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Board-Certified Orthodontist

Dr. Cullinan receiving ABO lifetime certification

What is a Board-Certified Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed an American Dental Association (ADA) 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). Involvement in the certification process is a demonstration of the orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence.


The certification process involves a thorough Written Examination covering all areas of information on which an orthodontist must 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.

Dr. Cullinan has earned a Lifetime Certification.

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Dr. Cullinan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics

The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is the only certifying board recognized by the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association.







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