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.

Becoming Board Certified

To become board certified, an Orthodontist has to pass a rigorous set of written and clinical examinations, as well as a comprehensive review of his or her credentials. The initial process of becoming board certified can take anywhere from five to ten years. Once certified, the Orthodontist must become re-certified every ten years to maintain board-certified status.

What Does it Mean to be Board Certified?

A board-certified orthodontist, also known as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, has been voluntarily examined by his or her peers on the basis of knowledge and clinical skills. Becoming board certified signifies the orthodontist's pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics. 

Board Certification is the highest level an Orthodontist can aspire to and only about 25% of Orthodontists earn this advanced certification.  Both Dr. Seuss and Dr. Owtad are Board Certified Orthodontists and are committed to maintaining the highest level of Orthodontic standards.  

Why Choose A Board Certified Orthodontist?

Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth.

and facial form. Treatment plans

include issues related to the jaw and bite, not just

movement of teeth. There’s a reason that

Orthodontists go to additional years of highly

specialty dental school – to learn and perfect their

ability in the specialty. A Board Certified

Orthodontist is one step above a licensed


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 re-new their certification every

10 years to demonstrate their continuous

commitment to excellence.