American Board of Orthodontics Doctor Certification

Founded in 1929, the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is the first and oldest specialty board in dentistry. The ABO is the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and is sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists. The ABO sets the standard for the highest level of orthodontic care and fosters excellence in all its certified orthodontists, who are recognized as Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics. 

The ABO upholds four main objectives supported by its mission: 

  • To evaluate the knowledge and clinical skills of graduates of accredited orthodontic programs by conducting exams and conferring time-limited certificates
  • To re-evaluate clinical knowledge and skills through administration of recertification exams throughout a Diplomate’s career
  • To support the development of quality graduate, postgraduate and continuing education programs in orthodontics
  • To promote and encourage certification expertise throughout the world

Becoming Board Certified

Board certification is voluntary and currently achieved by 61% of orthodontist in the country. To become certified by the ABO, an orthodontist is required to pass rigorous written and clinical examinations, which may take years to complete. Once certified, the orthodontist must recertify every ten years to maintain certification status. 

Dr. Tiffany personally pursued board certification to ensure she has the knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional orthodontic treatment because nothing is more important to her than her patients’ smiles!