ABO Certification: Elevating Orthodontic Standards

The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO), established in 1929, stands as the oldest and most esteemed specialty board in dentistry. Its mission is to enhance orthodontic practice standards, inform the public about its goals, and safeguard against unqualified practitioners.

Operating with four key objectives:

  • Evaluate orthodontic program graduates’ knowledge and clinical skills.
  • Re-evaluate clinical proficiency through recertification exams.
    Support high-quality education programs in orthodontics.
  • Promote certification expertise globally.

Becoming Board Certified

To achieve board certification, orthodontists undergo rigorous written and clinical examinations and a thorough review of credentials. This process spans five to ten years, and recertification is required every decade to maintain board-certified status.

Significance of Board Certification

Board certification, or Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, signifies an orthodontist’s commitment to maintaining excellence in orthodontics. It reflects their voluntary validation of knowledge and clinical skills through peer examination, ensuring continued proficiency.