Textbooks & Other Resources

Written Examination questions are developed from the recommended reading list and referenced journals, textbooks and clinical case reports.


  • Articles 1-38 can be obtained free of charge at www.AAOinfo.org. Sign in and click on the News tab and then The AJO-DO link; this takes you to the AJO-DO site where you may search for articles.
  • Articles 39-56 are free of charge from the Angle Orthodontist website at www.Angle.org.
  • Examinees are responsible for the content of the entire reading list, even though some references may not be represented by an exam question.
  • The ABO does not consider any of the texts and/or articles to contain the indisputable answer to any questions within the field of orthodontics.
  • The list is not all encompassing and does not remain static. It will be subject to additions and deletions.
  • Current literature and textbooks on orthodontics may be studied in addition to the suggested references.

The ABO objective is to offer a list of references as a source of knowledge in preparing for certification through papers of historical and scientific interest providing a broad perspective of the changing world of orthodontic theory and practice.


 Print Reading List


3D Human Anatomy for Dentistry

Primals 3D Anatomy for Dentistry – ABO : ONE Month Access

***Any contemporary anatomy textbook, e.g., Gray’s, Netter, etc.



AAO Website 

Optional Reading





ABO Website

The American Board of Orthodontics




American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC, 2015

American Heart Association




Esthetic and Biomechanics in Orthodontics 

Author: Ravindra Nanda

Publisher: Elsevier/Saunders


Second Edition 2015

Chapter 4

Chapter 8

Chapter 18-20

Chapter 27             



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Optional Reading






Contemporary Orthodontics

Authors: William R. Proffit, Henry W. Fields, Jr., David M. Sarver

Publisher: Mosby


Fifth Edition 2012



Ethics Handbook for Dentists



American College of Dentists



Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion



Author: Jeffrey P. Okeson

Publisher: Elsevier


Seventh Edition 2013



Mosby’s Orthodontic Review

Authors: Jeryl D. English, Sercan Akyalcin, Timo Peltomäki, Kate Litschel

Publisher: Elsevier


Second Edition 2014



Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Authors: Brad W. Neville, Douglas D. Damm, Carl M. Allen, Angela C. Chi

Publisher: Elsevier


Fourth Edition 2015



Ten Cate’s Oral Histology: Development, Structure and Function

Author: Antonio Nan1ci

Publisher: Elsevier


Eighth Edition 2013

Chapter 3

Chapter 5



Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Authors: James A. McNamara, William L. Brudon

Publisher: Needham Press


First Edition 2001



Orthodontics: Current Principles and Techniques

Authors: Lee W. Graber, Robert L. Vanarsdall, Jr., Katherine W.L. Vig

Publisher: Mosby


Sixth Edition 2017

Chapter 1-4

Chapter 6-7

Chapter 12

Chapter 14

Chapter 20

Chapter 22-23

Chapter 27

Chapter 33-34



Radiographic Cephalometry: From Basics to 3-D Imaging

Author: Alexander Jacobson

Publisher: Quintessence


Second Edition 2006