No. While all orthodontists must be licensed to practice, only 1 in 3 orthodontists go on to complete Board Certification. The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification process marks a unique achievement. It is a significant accomplishment beyond the two to three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become specialized in orthodontics. The certification process requires the orthodontist to complete hundreds of additional hours of preparation while showcasing the judgment, knowledge, and skills required for providing the highest level of patient care. Furthermore, in order to become board certified, the individual orthodontist must go through a thorough interview completed by a highly-regarded panel of examiners.