American Board of Orthodontics Doctor Certification

The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is the oldest and most prestigious specialty board in dentistry, founded in 1929. Its mission is to elevate the standards of orthodontic practice, familiarize the public with its aim and ideals, and protect against irresponsible and unqualified practitioners.

What does the ABO do?

The ABO upholds four main objectives in its mission, including evaluating the knowledge and clinical skills of orthodontic graduates, supporting the development of quality education programs, and promoting certification expertise worldwide.

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How do you become ABO Certified?

To become board certified, an orthodontist must pass rigorous written and clinical examinations, as well as a comprehensive review of their credentials. The initial certification process can take five to ten years, and recertification is required every ten years to maintain board-certified status.

What does Certification entail?

Being board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics signifies an orthodontist's pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics. Choose a board-certified orthodontist for your treatment needs and experience the highest level of care.


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