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ABO Certification

An orthodontist is a specialized dentist trained extensively in aligning teeth and jaws. This specialization begins after undergraduate education, with high-achieving students entering CODA-accredited dental schools for a 4-year program, culminating in board exams. These dentists undertake an additional 2-3 years of focused training to specialize in orthodontics.

Post-residency, orthodontists can pursue board certification from the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO), the only orthodontic board recognized by the American Dental Association and established in 1929. The ABO aims to enhance orthodontic care quality and requires orthodontists to pass rigorous written and clinical exams, with a renewal process every ten years.

Choosing a board-certified orthodontist ensures care from a professional committed to ongoing education and high standards in orthodontic treatment, demonstrating their dedication to patient care and professional excellence.