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ABO Vision

The American Board of Orthodontics is the global leader in orthodontic board certification and sets the standards of care for excellence in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

ABO Mission

The mission of The American Board of Orthodontics is to elevate the quality of orthodontic care for the public by promoting excellence through certification, education and professional collaboration.


Directors elected in 1929 to form the first American Board of Orthodontics:

  • Albert H. Ketcham
  • Alfred P. Rogers
  • Martin Dewey
  • Lloyd S. Lourie, Sr.
  • Abram Hoffman
  • B. Frank Gray
  • Oren A. Oliver
Our Education Committee has outlined a plan for the creation of an American Board of Orthodontists, which shall examine applicants, and if they are found proficient, issue a Certification of Fitness.

- President Albert H. Ketcham | American Association of Orthodontists* | Estes Park, Colorado | July 16, 1929

*formerly named the American Society of Orthodontists

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