The American Board of Orthodontics was founded in 1929, and is the oldest specialty board in dentistry. The American Board of Orthodontics was initiated by Dr. Albert Ketcham and several colleagues, who believed that the specialty of orthodontics should have a certifying body. The certificate issued by the Board was then and has continued to signify a certification of attainment. It does not confer any legal qualification, privilege, or license to practice orthodontics. It is not a professional or academic degree.