Why A Board Certified Orthodontists?

What is a Board Certified Orthodontists?

An orthodontic specialist 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). In essence, board certification is a process by which an individual orthodontists is voluntarily examined by his/her peers as to orthodontic knowledge and clinical skills. The passage of the examination process is a demonstration to the dental profession and the general public of the orthodontist's pursuit of the continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.

The primary purpose of the American Board of Orthodontics is to evaluate the level of orthodontic care for the public by encouraging excellence in clinical practice and specialty education. In its mission statement, the board clearly defines four objectives: 1) to evaluate the knowledge and clinical skills of graduates of accredited orthodontic programs by conducting exams and conferring time-limited certificated; 2) to re-evaluate clinical knowledge and skills through administration of re-certification exams throughout a diplomate's career; 3) to support the development of quality graduate, postgraduate and continuing education programs in orthodontics; and 4) to promote and encourage certification expertise throughout the world.