Dr. Okubo understands the importance of providing his patients with the highest level of care. That’s why Dr. Okubo is proud to be a American Orthodontics Board certified Orthodontist

The "Road Map" to become an American Board of Orthodontics Orthodontist.

Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate program for dental school prerequisites (2-4 years.)


Pass dental acceptance test (DAT)

Dental School

Graduation from an accredited dental school (4 years)


Pass national and state Licensing exams.

Orthodontic School

Acceptance to competitive, accredited* Orthodontic program.


Completion of Orthodontic residency (3 Years)

ABO Exams

Completion of American Board of Orthodontics written exam.

Peer review

Case submission at clinical exam. (Clinical outcome.)

Certification renewal

Certification renewal every 10 years to maintain accreditation.

American Board of Orthodontics (ABO)

What is an Orthodontics? The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) defines a orthodontists as: “An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed an American Dental Association accredited graduate program in the specialty of orthodontics.”

ABO Board Certified Orthodontist

It is important to make sure that your orthodontist is a member of ABO to ensure that your doctor is committed to providing you with the most up to date standards of orthodontic care as well as maintaining the high level of continued education on new procedures available to you.


Orthodontist that have received their certification from the ABO are defined as Diplomates or Orthodontic Specialist of the ABO. A Diplomate is defined as: “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). Involvement in the certification process is a demonstration of the orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence.”  (ABO Source)

Identifying a Diplomate of the ABO

Always verify the certifying board when an orthodontist does not provide this information. The ABO is the only orthodontic
certifying board recognized by the American Dental Association and sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists.

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