Founded in 1929, the American Board of Orthodontics is the oldest and most prestigious specialty board in dentistry. The ABO aims to elevate the standards of the field of orthodontics, to be sure the public is familiar with both its aims and ideals, and to protect the public against unqualified practitioners.
To become board certified, an orthodontist must pass rigorous written and clinical examinations and undergo a comprehensive review of his credentials in order to be certified. This process can take anywhere from five to 10 years, and once board certified, the orthodontist is required to update his certification every 10 years. Board certification signifies the orthodontist’s pursuit of proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.