About Us

Founded in 1929 as the first specialty board in dentistry,  The American Board of Orthodontics is sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists and is recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards as the national certifying board for Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.


The ABO sets the standard for the highest level of patient care and promotes excellence in orthodontics for all of its certified orthodontists.  As a specialty board, we serve to protect the orthodontic specialty and encourage orthodontists to achieve certification, demonstrating their commitment to lifelong learning and excellent care. 


As advocates for the orthodontic specialty, The American Board of Orthodontics is a resource for orthodontists, orthodontic residents, as well as anyone looking for the best in orthodontic care.