I want to congratulate the directors of the American Board of Orthodontics on their newest study, “Posttreatment tooth movement: For better or for worse” (Greco PM, English JD, Briss BS, Jamieson SA, Kastrop MC, Castelein PT, et al. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2010;138:552-8), which appeared in the November 2010 issue. It is exceedingly refreshing to see evidence-based clinical research driving the board-certification process. With the specialty under assault in the lay press, it is quite heartening to have board members volunteering their time and expertise with the hope of broadening knowledge and encouraging practitioners to raise the quality of their finished orthodontic cases.
Several years ago, I wrote a special article that was critical of the clinical component of the board-certification process. After that time, the American Board of Orthodontics made a concerted effort to examine, modify, and institute an examination process that the entire specialty should be proud of. Thank you.