The American Board of Orthodontics, established in 1929, is the premier dental specialty board. Its mission focuses on enhancing orthodontic practices, educating the public, and safeguarding against unqualified practitioners.

Orthodontists undergo a rigorous certification process, including extensive exams and credential reviews over a 5-10 year period, followed by recertification every decade. Achieving board certification, known as Diplomate status, represents a commitment to excellence and continuous development in orthodontics.