The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) was founded in 1929 and is the only orthodontic certifying agency recognized by the American Dental Association. The primary purpose of the ABO is to elevate the standards of orthodontic care for the public by encouraging excellence in clinical practice.
The ABO clearly defines their four objectives in their mission statement:
- 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
To become board certified, Dr. VanderWall went through the rigorous two-step process of both a written exam and an oral presentation of his treated cases. After passing the thorough written examination, he successfully presented his completed cases to a panel of expert examiners of the board.
What Does it Mean to be Board Certified?
Being a board certified orthodontist, referred to as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, shows that Dr VanderWall voluntarily went through the process of being examined by his fellow peers. Involvement in the certification process is a demonstration of his pursuit of continued clinical excellence and proficiency.