Board Certified Orthodontist A Step Beyond
What is a Board Certified Orthodontist? An orthodontist 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). 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 the second phase of the board certification process. The final step is an oral exam covering all subjects of advanced case diagnosis, treatment, planning, and knowledge of the orthodontic literature and research. Upon successful completion of these steps, the orthodontic specialist is then granted “board certified” status – a difficult and unique achievement that only 25% of all orthodontists achieve.