The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification process provides orthodontists with the opportunity to stay up to date on the latest technology, pursue continuing education, and reevaluate their approach and critical case evaluation. Although certification is not a mandatory requirement for obtaining a license, it is a great way to ensure that your orthodontist has the necessary experience and knowledge to provide quality care. The ABO certification process is open to all orthodontists, regardless of their practice environment or career stage. To verify that your orthodontist is board-certified, you can use the ABO orthodontist locator.
Plus, since certification is voluntary, you can be sure that your orthodontist is passionate about keeping up with their education. When deciding which orthodontist to choose for yourself or your child, you may be faced with an ABO Board-certified candidate. In addition, all orthodontists now have the ability to go through the certification process. In Michigan, an orthodontist who is licensed as an orthodontist cannot also practice general dentistry.
Therefore, it is important to make sure that you are choosing an orthodontist who has completed the certification process.