BOARD CERTIFICATION

ARE ALL ORTHODONTISTS BOARD CERTIFIED?

No. All orthodontists must be licensed to practice, at this time only 1 in 3 orthodontists have continued on to complete Board Certification. Our Orthodontist, Dr. Forrest is board-certified. The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification process represents a unique achievement—a significant step beyond the two to three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist. The process requires each orthodontist to demonstrate actual accomplishments in patient care with very detailed case reports on the treatment provided for a broad range of patient problems. Board certification is a voluntary achievement that not all orthodontists choose to pursue. In order to become board certified by the ABO, an individual orthodontist is thoroughly interviewed by a panel of examiners to demonstrate their orthodontic knowledge, skills and judgment.

HOW MANY BOARDS ARE RECOGNIZED BY THE ADA IN THE AREA OF ORTHODONTICS?

Only One. The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is the only certifying board in the specialty that is recognized by the ADA. The ABO was founded in 1929 and is the oldest specialty board in dentistry. The board’s purpose is to elevate the quality of orthodontic care by supporting excellence through education.

WHY WOULD AN ORTHODONTIST CHOOSE TO COMPLETE THIS VOLUNTARY CERTIFICATION PROCESS?

Successful completion demonstrates the orthodontist’s utmost commitment to excellence in orthodontics. It represents a commitment that he/she has the necessary knowledge base and skills to treat patients to the highest level of standards. It exemplifies a practitioner’s commitment to continue to keep abreast of the latest advances in patient care, and to continue to deliver the latest techniques to his/her patients. Many see it as a demonstration of their dedication to the specialty and the highest level of achievement possible.

WHAT STEPS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE ABO CERTIFICATION PROCESS?

The process involves a Written Examination (240 questions) covering all areas of information which an orthodontist should be knowledgeable. Successful completion of this “board exam” allows the orthodontist to proceed to the Clinical Examination where they present detailed case reports from their practice/residency, demonstrating a history of excellence in patient care. These cases are evaluated by a panel of examiners and later discussed during an oral examination where the applicant is tested on a wide variety of academic and clinical topics. After successful completion of these examinations, the orthodontist has officially achieved Board Certification, for a time-limited period. Every ten years the orthodontist must renew their Certification to maintain their status.

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