ABO Certification

American Board of Orthodontics Doctor Certification

The American Board of Orthodontics was founded in 1929. It is the oldest and most prestigious specialty board in dentistry. The ABO’s aim is to elevate the standards of the practice of orthodontia, and to familiarize the public against irresponsible and unqualified practitioners.

All orthodontists must be licensed to practice; however, board certification is a voluntary achievement that not all orthodontists choose to pursue. In order to become board certified by the ABO, an individual orthodontist is thoroughly interviewed by a highly respected panel of examiners to demonstrate his or her orthodontic knowledge, clinical skills, and judgment.

The American Board of Orthodontics certification process signifies a unique achievement: a significant step beyond the two to three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist in orthodontics. The process requires the orthodontist to demonstrate actual accomplishments in patient care with detailed case reports on the treatment provided for a broad range of patient problems.

For more information on the steps required to complete the ABO certification process, click here.


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