About Board Certification

Examination Process Overview


An orthodontist may become board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics by successfully completing the written examination and the clinical examination.  Once this has been completed, the orthodontist will be awarded a time-limited certificate.  By the end of the time-limited certificate, the Board Certified orthodontist must have taken the appropriate renewal examination to remain board certified. 


The Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) requires all recognized specialty certification boards to remain economically independent.  Thus, assessment of an annual fee from Board Certified orthodontists is necessary to finance actions which support the mission of the ABO and elevates the quality of orthodontic care for the public by promoting excellence through certification, education and professional collaboration.  Payment of the annual fee is required to maintain Board Certified status.