Why a Board Certified Orthodontist?

What is a Board Certified Orthodontist?

An orthodontic specialist is a dentist who has completed an American Dental Association accredited graduate program in the specialty of orthodontics. A dentist who graduates from a specialty program becomes an orthodontic specialist who is eligible to become board certified through the voluntary examination process of The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). In essence, board certification is a process by which an individual orthodontist is voluntarily examined by his/her peers as to orthodontic knowledge and clinical skills. The passage of the examination process is a demonstration to the dental profession and the general public of the orthodontist’s pursuit of the continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.

The certification process involves a thorough written examination covering all areas of which an orthodontist should be knowledgeable. Successful passage allows the orthodontist to present treated cases which will be evaluated by expert examiners of the board during a clinical examination. Certification is now awarded for a time-limited period and the orthodontist must re-examine on a periodic basis to retain the board certified status.

To find an orthodontic specialist who is a current Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, go to Find an ABO Diplomate.

The primary purpose of the American Board of Orthodontics is to evaluate the level of orthodontic care for the public by encouraging excellence in clinical practice and specialty education. In its mission statement, the board clearly defines four objectives: 1) to evaluate the knowledge and clinical skills of graduates of accredited orthodontic programs by conducting exams and conferring time-limited certificates; 2) to re-evaluate clinical knowledge and skills through administration of recertification exams throughout a Diplomate's career; 3) to support the development of quality graduate, postgraduate and continuing education programs in orthodontics; and 4) to promote and encourage certification expertise throughout the world.

We gladly accept patients from Treasure Valley, including Marsing, ID in Owyhee County; Nampa, ID and Caldwell, ID in Canyon County; and Meridian, ID and Kuna, ID in Ada County.

For the only board-certified orthodontic specialist in Canyon County, call Chris Cusimano Orthodontics at (208) 467-4362 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris.