History

1929

ABO was founded as the first specialty board in dentistry by seven founding board members

1929

1935

Dr. Albert H. Ketcham died and the Albert H. Ketcham Award was created in his memory

1935

1938

Name changed from American Board of Orthodontia to The American Board of Orthodontics

1938

1950

Council on Dental Education of the ADA recognized the ABO as the official certifying agency in orthodontics

1950

1950

Requirement was 15 cases and a thesis

1950

1954

ABO's 25th Anniversary

1954

1964

Written Examination was implemented

1964

1969

Last year seven (7) Directors served. All future boards consist of eight (8) Directors and one (1) past president.

1969

1974

Written Examination was permitted immediately after graduation

1974

1978

Discontinued 3000 word thesis requirement

1978

1979

ABO's 50th Anniversary

1979

1987

Reduced case requirement from 15 to 10

1987

1996

Elimination of “C” records

1996

1998

Began issuing time-limited certificates requiring Certification Renewal Examination

1998

1998

Publication of the Objective Grading System

Implemented the Cast-Radiographic Evaluation tool

1998

2003

Implemented the Discrepancy Index

2003

2005

Dallas testing center used to accommodate increase in examinee numbers

2005

2006

Implemented Case Management Form

2006

2006

Written Exam given at Exam Centers throughout the U.S. and Canada

2006

2006

Reduced case requirement from 10 to 6

2006

2007

Implemented concept of certification following residency by allowing presentation of 6 cases treated in residency

2007

2008

Began accepting electronic records

2008

2010

Began allowing “Banking” of cases

2010

2011

New Examination Center opens in St. Louis  for ABO Clinical Examinations

2011

2014

Recent Graduates and Clinical Orthodontic Practitioners follow same 6 case pathway with renewal every 10 years

2014

2015

New Branding resulted in adoption of new logo and seal

2015

2016

Clinical Examination "Banking Process" accepted for both Recent Graduates and Clinical Orthodontic Practitioners.

2015