While all orthodontists are licensed, not every orthodontist is board certified. (This is an additional step to the advanced education that a dentist completes in order to have an orthodontic specialization.) Only around one out of every three orthodontists have this certification. The ABO (American Board of Orthodontics) certification requires that an orthodontist be evaluated by an examination panel and judged to have a high degree of knowledge, skills and professional judgment.
Established in 1929, the only certifying board for orthodontics the ADA recognizes is the American Board of Orthodontics.
Each certification process includes written and clinical exams. After completing 240 questions covering a broad spectrum of orthodontic areas, the orthodontist will go on to present before the ABO panel. The panel will evaluate a series of case reports from the orthodontist’s practice. These will also be discussed during an oral examination that tests the orthodontist on clinical and academic areas. If an orthodontist does successfully become board certified, certification renewal is required every 10 years.
The board certification represents the overall quality and experience of orthodontists and demonstrates their ability to keep atop of current changes in modern orthodontics. Learn more about our Dr. Peter M. Vrontikis’s experience. Schedule a Holladay Orthodontics appointment at (801) 278-7272 or stop by our orthodontist office in Holladay, Utah.