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What is a Board Certified Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed a graduate program accredited by CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) 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.

Through this accomplishment, an orthodontist has earned the title of Diplomate of the ABO. Current Diplomates of The American Board of Orthodontics can be found at Find an ABO Certified Orthodontist.

Identifying a Diplomate of the ABO

Always verify the certifying board when an orthodontist does not provide this information. The ABO is the only orthodontic certifying board recognized by the American Dental Association and sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists. An orthodontist certified by the ABO may use these logos:

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In the US or Canada:

You can search by all or part of a diplomate's last name, distance from the center of a zipcode, city, or area code. To search in a city, both a city name and a state are required. Choosing only a state/province will list all in that state/province.

Outside the US or Canada:

Choose a country to list all diplomates alphabetically.

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