Choose a Board-Certified Orthodontist
Not Every Orthodontist Is Board Certified!
After dental school, dentists that want to become orthodontists must complete another two to three years of specialized training. After they become orthodontists, they can choose to be certified as a Diplomate with the American Board of Orthodontics. Becoming an ABO Diplomate (Board Certified Orthodontist) involves passing a written exam, oral exam, and successful presentation of completed orthodontic cases demonstrating ability to uphold the highest standards of orthodontic care. Less than 50% of all orthodontists are Board Certified and Dr. Yang is one of only three Board Certified Orthodontists within 10 miles of Redwood City.
AMERICAN BOARD OF ORTHODONTICS DOCTOR CERTIFICATION
The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) was founded in 1929. It is the oldest and most prestigious specialty board in dentistry. The ABO’s aim is to elevate the standards of the practice of orthodontia, to familiarize the public with its aim and ideals, and to protect the public against irresponsible and unqualified practitioners.
The Board upholds four main objectives supported by its mission:
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
The initial process of becoming board certified can take anywhere from five to ten years. Once certified, the orthodontist must become recertified every ten years to maintain board-certified status.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BOARD CERTIFIED?
A board-certified orthodontist, also known as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, has been voluntarily examined by his or her peers on the basis of knowledge and clinical skills. Becoming board certified signifies the orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.