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The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) respects the privacy of every individual who visits our website. This Privacy Policy explains what information we collect from people who visit the website, and how we use that information.  By using our website, you are agreeing to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

What This Privacy Policy Applies To

This Privacy Policy applies to the use of our website:

The ABO Portal

This Privacy Policy does NOT apply to the use of the ABO Portal, which is located at  The ABO Portal is operated by a company called ROC-P, LLC. For information about ROC-P’s collection, use, and disclosure of information through the ABO Portal, please see ROC-P’s Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions, and Cookies Policy.  The ABO may update the information contained in the ABO Portal.  The ABO may also use and disclose information contained in the ABO Portal for its own administration purposes, such as to complete and update Delegate information on the Orthodontist Locator, to process and respond to verification requests, and to communicate with account holders.        

The ABO Storefront

This Privacy Policy does NOT apply to the use of, or purchases from, the ABO Storefront that is linked from our website. The ABO Storefront sells ABO-branded orthodontics-related items such as measuring gauges and calibration kits. The ABO Storefront is operated by Bender / EFI. For information about Bender / EFI’s collection, use, and disclosure of information through the ABO Storefront, please see EFI’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.  Bender / EFI provides certain information related to sales on the ABO Storefront to the ABO, and the ABO uses that information for its own internal administration, but it does not share that information with any third parties.

Information Collected through the “Contact Us” Feature on the Website

The ABO receives any information that you choose to provide through the Contact Us feature on the website. That could include your name, email address, and any information you include in the message, including other personal information. The ABO will use any information you submit through the Contact Us feature only for the purpose of responding to your inquiry or request.

Although the ABO takes steps to keep its data secure, there is always a risk that information transmitted through a website or email could be accessed by a third party. Please do not send to the ABO, through our website or by email, any confidential or sensitive personal information.


Our website uses cookies. A cookie is a small piece of text sent to your browser by a website you visit. It helps the website to remember information about your visit, like your preferred language and other settings. Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies, and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version of each browser. You can obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

If you block cookies, you might not be able to use all the features on our website, or on other sites.


We use Google Analytics to monitor and analyze the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information by using cookies and uses that information to create reports about the use of our website. Google's privacy policy includes an explanation of Google Analytics and how that service collects and uses information.

 No Sale of Personal Information

 The ABO does not sell any personally identifiable information that we collect through the website.

 Embedded Content

Resources on the website might include embedded content. Embedded content from other websites behaves as if the visitor has accessed the other websites. These other websites might collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your online behavior. The ABO is not responsible for the privacy or security practices of other websites, or for harm caused by or through any other website.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We review our policy practices from time to time and may change this Privacy Policy at any time. Any change will be effective immediately upon posting on our website.

Collection of Information from Children

We do not knowingly collect any information from or about anyone under the age of 18. If you have reason to believe that we have received information from or about someone under age 18, please contact us (see “Contact Us” section below).

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, feel free to contact us:

American Board of Orthodontics

401 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 300

St Louis, MO 63141-7839

Phone: (314) 432-6130

Fax: (314) 432-8170

Last Updated

This Privacy Policy was last updated 12.1.2021


These Terms of Use govern the use of the website of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO): By using our website, you are agreeing to these Terms of Use.

Ownership of the Information in this Website

The ABO holds the copyright to the data and information contained in this website unless otherwise indicated. Copyright infringement is a violation of federal law, and subject to criminal and civil penalties. No data or information from this website may be reproduced in any form without the express written consent of the ABO.

Use of the Orthodontist Locator

The ABO has established an Orthodontist Locator, which is a searchable database of Board-Certified Orthodontists. Only those orthodontists who have completed Board Certification with the ABO are eligible to be listed in the Orthodontist Locator. However, the ABO does not recommend or endorse any of the Board-Certified Orthodontists listed in the Orthodontist Locator, or the services they provide. It is up to every patient, in consultation with the orthodontist of their choice, to determine what orthodontic treatment is right for them.

The Orthodontist Locator includes information provided by Board Certified Orthodontists. Although the ABO makes reasonable efforts to keep the contact information contained in the Orthodontist Locator up to date, the ABO cannot guarantee that the information available through the Orthodontist Locator is complete and accurate.

The Orthodontist Locator does not list orthodontists by treatment methods. If you are looking for a qualified ABO Board Certified Orthodontist, we recommend that you contact one or more orthodontists listed through our Orthodontist Locator to discuss your orthodontic needs.

Information obtained through the Orthodontist Locator may NOT be used for any commercial purpose. For example, information from the Orthodontist Locator may not be used to create a mailing list or other collection of orthodontists’ contact information.

Information from the Orthodontist Locator likewise may not be used to contact a listed Board Certified Orthodontist for any purpose other than in connection with orthodontic treatment.   

Information from the Orthodontist Locator may not be:

  • Sold;
  • Transferred in exchange for anything of value;
  • Republished, in whole or in any part; or
  • Used to create independent data files or compendiums of statistical information.

Links to Other Internet Sites

This website contains links to other websites not operated by the ABO. These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. The fact that a link appears on this website is not an endorsement or an approval by the ABO of any of the products, services, opinions, or information provided on any external website. The ABO is not responsible for the accuracy, legality, or content of any external website. If you have questions about the content of any external website, you should contact the operator of that site.

No Guarantees

Although we strive to keep the information available on the website current and accurate, errors can occur. We make no guarantees about the accuracy of any information on this website. ABO will not be liable to you, or to any other person or entity, for any harm that arises from or relates to use of the website. 

Changes to these Terms of Use

We may change these Terms of Use at any time. Any change will be effective immediately upon posting on our website.

Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions about these Terms of Use, the ABO website or someone’s use of the ABO website, please contact us:

American Board of Orthodontics

401 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 300

St Louis, MO 63141-7839

Phone: (314) 432-6130

Fax: (314) 432-8170

*The ABO does not guarantee that any action will be taken as a result of a reported concern.

Last Updated

These Terms of Use were last updated 12.1.2021

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