What Is A Board Certified Orthodontist? (We Explain)

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Zaytoun Orthodontics recognizes the significance of staying current with the latest advancements in orthodontics, which is why they prioritize achieving certification from the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). The ABO certification is a prestigious achievement that showcases a practitioner’s dedication to upholding the highest standards of orthodontic care. By undergoing the rigorous evaluation process set by the American Board of Orthodontics, orthodontists demonstrate their commitment to providing top-notch treatment and ensuring optimal patient outcomes.

Your orthodontists have been board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Dr. Henry Zaytoun Jr. and Dr. Mary Paula Zaytoun Steele have successfully completed the voluntary, rigorous examination process established by dentistry’s first specialty board.  This distinction is attained by 1 in 3 orthodontists nationwide.

What Is The ABO?

The American Board of Orthodontics was founded in 1929. It is the oldest and most prestigious specialty board in dentistry- recognized by the American Dental Association. 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 Diplomat’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, an orthodontist has to pass a rigorous set of written and clinical examinations, as well as a comprehensive review of his or her credentials. 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.

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What Benefits Do Patients Receive From Choosing A Board Certified Orthodontist?

Choosing a board certified orthodontist ensures that you receive care from a professional who has undergone rigorous additional training and assessment. This certification process involves passing a comprehensive written exam and presenting detailed case studies that showcase their expertise in orthodontics.

Board certified orthodontists stay current with the latest advancements in treatments and technologies, ensuring that you benefit from the most up-to-date and effective options available. This commitment to continuous education translates into high-quality care.

The certification signifies that the orthodontist adheres to high standards of practice and ethics, monitored by the American Board of Orthodontics. This assurance gives you greater confidence in the care you receive.

Board certified orthodontists are often more experienced in handling complex cases, from common misalignments to complicated dental and facial irregularities. Their extensive training and proven expertise make them well-equipped for these challenges.

The certification process includes peer evaluations, meaning their work is reviewed and validated by other experts in the field. This peer review ensures that their skills and knowledge meet the highest professional standards.

How Often Must Board Certified Orthodontists Renew Their Certification?

Board certified orthodontists must renew their certification every 10 years to stay current with the latest advancements in orthodontics. Overseen by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO), this process ensures they maintain high standards of care.

To renew their certification, orthodontists complete continuing education courses and pass a comprehensive written exam. This verifies their knowledge of new techniques, technologies, and research. Additionally, they submit case reports for evaluation to ensure treatment outcomes meet ABO’s rigorous standards.


Zaytoun Orthodontics understands the significance of utilizing the latest practices and advancements within the field of orthodontics. They are dedicated to upholding the standards of excellence by ensuring that their orthodontists are board certified orthodontists. This certification is crucial as it demonstrates their commitment to providing top-quality care and staying current with the latest techniques and technologies in orthodontic treatment. By choosing board certified orthodontists, patients can trust that they are receiving the highest level of expertise and care for their orthodontic needs.

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