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ABO Certification

American Board of Orthodontics Doctor Certification

Dr. Patras is a board certified orthodontist. The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) was founded in 1929 and is the oldest and most prestigious specialty board in dentistry. The objectives of the ABO are 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."
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The Board's mission statement defines four main objectives:

  • 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 first step of the orthodontist certification process is a rigorous set of written and clinical examination and the evaluation of applicant's credentials. Only dentists who have completed an advanced education program in orthodontics approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association are eligible to apply for certification. Once certified, the orthodontist must become recertified every ten years to maintain board certified status.

Never assume that a general dentist is qualified to provide proper orthodontic care.