Board Certification, or achieving Diplomate status with the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO), is the highest level of achievement an orthodontist can attain. After completing undergraduate work, dental school, and an accredited orthodontic school, an orthodontist begins operating their own practice and acquiring the necessary case studies they will later present to the Board.
The certification process begins with the written examination and culminates with a lengthy Clinical Examination where experts evaluate, as an orthodontist presents their treated cases. An orthodontist must therefore be practicing for several years before becoming certified. Since this process is voluntary, the ABO testifies that the passage of the examination process is a demonstration to the dental profession and the general public of the orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.
Dr. Davis achieved his certification with the ABO in 1995, after ten years of operating his private practice. For more information on the history and purpose of the ABO, please visit their website at www.americanboardortho.com/about.