Board certified, explained
What is a Board Certified orthodontist? Great question. An orthodontist is a dentist who has not only completed a graduate program in dentistry where they receive their DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine), but has also gone through a competitive residence at an orthodontic program for an additional 2-3 years to be trained specifically in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
After residency, orthodontists must be licensed to practice but are not required to become board certified. Becoming ABO Board Certified is a voluntary credential showing personal and public commitment to the standards of specialty practice, lifelong learning, and providing unmatched lifelong quality patient care. The American Board of Orthodontics certification process requires the completion of peer-developed, externally validated written and clinical examinations. During the final clinical exam, the orthodontist is thoroughly interviewed by a highly respected panel of examiners to demonstrate the orthodontist’s knowledge, clinical skills, and judgment. Once an orthodontist has completed their ABO clinical examination, they undergo certification renewal every 10 years.