Board Certification by the
American Board of Orthodontics

Dr. Oh is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics

Dr. Don Oh is a Diplomate of American Board of Orthodontics, the only certifying board in the specialty that is recognized by the American Dental Association. Not all Orthodontists are Board Certified Orthodontists. Only a select few have achieved Board Certification by American Board of Orthodontics. As a Board certified Orthodontist, Dr. Oh pursues excellence in every step of his patients’ Orthodontic care.

Are all orthodontists Board Certified?

No. Not all Orthodontists are Board Certified Orthodontists by American Board of Orthodontics. In order to become board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO), an individual orthodontist is thoroughly tested by a highly respected panel of examiners to demonstrate their orthodontic knowledge, clinical skills and judgment. The most fair, reliable and valid testing methodology is utilized to test clinical proficiency in an objective manner. The ABO certification process signifies a unique achievement—a significant step beyond the two to three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist in orthodontics.

How many certifying boards are recognized by the American Dental Association in the specialty of orthodontics?

One. The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is the only certifying board in the specialty that is recognized by the American Dental Association. 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 for the public by promoting excellence through certification, education and professional collaboration.

Why would an orthodontist choose to complete this voluntary certification process?

Successful completion of the examination process demonstrates the orthodontist’s personal commitment to excellence in orthodontics – to both the orthodontic profession and the general public. It exemplifies a practitioner’s commitment to continue to keep abreast of the latest advances in patient care, and to continue to deliver these latest advances to patients. Many orthodontists see it as a demonstration of their dedication to the specialty and the highest level of personal achievement.

What steps are required to complete the ABO certification process?

For further information about The American Board of Orthodontics and Board Certification, click here.

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