Founded in 1929, the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is the oldest and most prestigious specialty board in the dental field.
The goal of the ABO is to promote the highest level of orthodontics. They want all orthodontists to be held to a high standard so that their patients are guaranteed the care they deserve. They also serve to protect the general public against orthodontists who are unqualified to practice.
The ABO has several main objectives. The first is to provide examinations and certificates to graduates who are able to practice orthodontics at a high level. They also offer a “diplomate’s career,” which means that orthodontists are re-evaluated throughout their career with examinations to ensure that they are practicing the way that they should be.
After an orthodontist becomes certified, the ABO helps to continue the orthodontist’s education with further education programs to study and promote the most modern technologies offered in the orthodontic field.
It is not easy for orthodontists to become board certified. They must pass both written and clinical examinations. The board will also go over their credentials to make sure they are qualified to receive the honor. This process can take between five and ten years. Once an orthodontist becomes certified, they will have to become recertified every ten years to maintain their status.
Once they are board certified, they can be called a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. This tells others that they are truly dedicated to development and excellence in the field.