ABO Certification

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

To become board certified, Dr. Overby had to pass a rigorous set of written and clinical examinations, as well as a comprehensive review of his credentials. The initial process of becoming board certified can take anywhere from five to ten years. Once certified, Dr. Overby must become recertified every ten years to maintain board-certified status.

What does it mean to be board certified?

As a board-certified orthodontist, also known as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Overby has been voluntarily examined by his peers on the basis of knowledge and clinical skills. Becoming board certified signifies Dr. Overby's pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.