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What is a Board Certified Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed an
American Dental Association accredited graduate program in the specialty
of orthodontics. A dentist who graduates from a specialty program
becomes an orthodontic specialist who is eligible to become board
certified through the voluntary examination process of The American
Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Involvement in the certification process
is a demonstration of the orthodontist's pursuit of continued
proficiency and excellence.
The certification process involves a thorough Written
Examination covering all areas of information on which an
orthodontist should be knowledgeable. Successful passage allows
the orthodontist to present treated cases which will be
evaluated by expert examiners of the Board during a Clinical
Examination. Certification is now awarded for a time-limited
period and the orthodontist must re-examine on a periodic basis
to retain the board certified status.
Orthodontic specialists who are current Diplomates of The
American Board of Orthodontics can be found at Find an ABO
Identifying a Diplomate of the ABO
Always verify the certifying board when an orthodontist does
not provide this information. The ABO is the only certifying
board recognized by the American Association of Orthodontists
and the American Dental Association. An orthodontist certified
by the ABO may use these logos:
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