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Why Board Certification Matters


Are All Orthodontists Board Certified?


No! All Orthodontists must be licensed to practice, but at this time only about 25% of Orthodontists have Board Certification. The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification process signifies a unique achievement.  It is a step beyond the years of advanced education it takes 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. Board certification is a voluntary achievement that all orthodontists do not choose to pursue. In order to become board certified by the ABO, an individual orthodontist will go through an examination by a highly respected panel of examiners to demonstrate their orthodontic knowledge, clinical skills, and judgment.


What is the American Board of Orthodontics Doctor Certification?

The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) 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, to familiarize the public with its aim and ideals, and to protect the public against irresponsible and unqualified practitioners.

The Board upholds four main objectives supported by its mission:


  • To evaluate the knowledge and clinical skills of graduates of accredited orthodontic programs by conducting exams and conferring time-limited certificates.

  • To re-evaluate clinical knowledge and skills through the administration of recertification exams throughout a Diplomate's career.

  • To support the development of quality graduate, postgraduate, and continuing education programs in orthodontics.

  • To promote and encourage certification expertise throughout the world.


Why Choose A Board Certified Orthodontist?

Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth.


Orthodontists understand the complexity of growth development and facial form.  Treatment plans include issues related to the jaw and bite, not just the movement of teeth. There’s a reason that Orthodontists go to additional years of highly specialized dental school – to learn and perfect their ability in the specialty. A Board Certified 

Orthodontist is one step above a licensed orthodontist.


A Board Certified Orthodontist has shown

commitment to providing the highest level of patient care.  This is demonstrated in their examination with evidence of a comprehensive treatment plan and quality work.


Board Certified Orthodontists must renew their certification every 10 years to demonstrate their continuous commitment to excellence.

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