Board Certification

Board Certified

Dr. Olsen is an American Board of Orthodontics certified orthodontist. That means that after he received his orthodontic specialty training at the University of Washington, Dr. Olsen successfully completed even more rigorous exams to demonstrate his proficiency and excellence in orthodontic treatment.

This extra certification (achieved by only 25% of all orthodontists) shows that Dr. Olsen goes above and beyond to ensure you are receiving the best care possible. Dr. Olsen was recently recertified in 2020.

ABO Certified Orthodontist

What is Board Certification?

The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) was founded in 1929. It is the oldest and most prestigious specialty board in dentistry. The ABO’s aim is to elevate the standards of the practice of orthodontia, to familiarize the public with its aim and ideals, and to protect the public against irresponsible and unqualified practitioners.  As you can see, Dr. Olsen became a member of the American Board of Orthodontics with your care in mind because he knows these things are important to you and all his patients.

The board upholds four main objectives supported by its mission:

  • To evaluate the knowledge and clinical skills of graduates of accredited orthodontic programs by conducting exams and conferring time-limited certificates.
  • To re-evaluate clinical knowledge and skills through administration of recertification exams throughout a Diplomate’s career.
  • To support the development of quality graduate, post-graduate, and continuing education programs in orthodontics.
  • To promote and encourage certification expertise throughout the world.

Becoming Board Certified

To become board certified, an orthodontist has to pass a rigorous set of written and clinical examinations, as well as a comprehensive review of his or her credentials.  All of this takes place after the orthodontist’s speciality training.  The initial process of becoming board certified can take anywhere from five to ten years. Once certified, the orthodontist must become recertified every ten years to maintain board-certified status.

What does it mean to be board certified?

A board-certified orthodontist, also known as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, has been voluntarily examined by his or her peers on the basis of knowledge and clinical skills. Becoming board certified signifies the orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics. This honor is one that not many orthodontists complete because of the difficulty in achieving Board Certification!

Dr. Olsen’s board certification gives you confidence and peace of mind that your smile is in good hands. You are being treated by an orthodontist who has proved he can treat to the highest level.