Centre County Orthodontics
About us
Our Treatment

Welcome to Centre County's destination for orthodontics!

Dr. Robert Cinatl, whose name is pronounced by starting with Cincinnati and ending in Seattle (easy!).

As a state-of-the-moment orthodontic practice, we want to give you the latest and most thorough orthodontic treatment possible. Ask us questions, because we love to explain the answers!

Call us now at 814-238-7200, we are looking forward to hearing from you.  Our inital exam is at no cost.  You can also contact us at our e-mail address:  dr.fireman@centrecountyorthodontics.com

Why that e-mail address?  Dr. Cinatl is a member of the Alpha Fire Company, Station No. 5, in State College!

Dr. Cinatl is the first Board Certified orthodontist in Centre County.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a DDS from Indiana University.  After five years of restorative dentistry he studied at the University of Texas as an orthodontic resident, then came to State College.

We are located at 1315 West College Avenue in State College.  We are easy to find:  driving west from downtown State College, the first traffic light is at Corl Street.  Continue heading west on College Avenue, we are in the second building on the right, a three story beige office building.  We are on the 2nd floor.

You should know the following about us: our specialty is orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. We can treat any age, and have had patients from age 6 to age 96.  "Phase I" treatment benefits a few select children in the age range of 8 to 8.5 years of age.  The best time to begin "Phase II," or comprehensive orthodontic therapy, is with final bone growth, usually ages 11 to 15.  We treat second molars ("12-year-old molars"), which is a sign of high-quality treatment.  We select the most effective orthopedic therapy that is needed for each patient and educate the patients in the theory and use of each appliance.  We assess growth with hand-wrist radiographs so we work with fact, not guesstimates.  Our staff is very knowledgeable and nice as can be!

Your child has one final growth stage after age 11, we make the most of guiding that growth so that the result can be beneficial for the next 75 years.  Orthodontics requires diligence--but it is worth it!

Board Certification  
What is the American Board of Orthodontics?
The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) was founded in 1929 and is the oldest specialty board in dentistry. Today, it is the only certifying board recognized by the American Dental Association for the specialty of Orthodontics. Key objectives of the ABO are to elevate the standards of orthodontics, and to certify continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.  Dr. Cinatl is the first orthodontist ever Board Certified in Centre County, and the only one to hold a lifetime certification.

Is every Orthodontist Board-Certified? No. Certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics signifies a unique achievement—a large step beyond the two to three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist in orthodontics. The current procedure requires the candidate to demonstrate actual accomplishments in patient care with detailed case reports for a broad range of problems. Board Certification is a voluntary process by which an individual orthodontist is thoroughly examined by an expert panel for orthodontic knowledge and clinical skills.

Is any dentist eligible to be Board Certified? No.  A general dentist who treats patients with orthodontic appliances is not eligible since they lack the university training as a post-doctorate resident.  They are not recognized by the ABO.  Although any practitioner with a license may practice any aspect of dentistry, the state license recognizes minimum capability, not top quality.

What is the process by which orthodontists may become board certified? Since its founding in 1929, the process has changed numerous times. Today, the process involves a thorough Written Examination. Successful passage allows the orthodontist to then present detailed case reports to expert examiners of the Board during a Clinical Examination. For further information on the American Board of Orthodontists, click here.