Puntillo, who is president and founder of Puntillo & Crane Orthodontics located in northwestern Illinois, will represent the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists on the board.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) House of Delegates elected Anthony M. Puntillo, DDS, MSD, of Chesterton, Ind, to serve as a director of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO)

Each ABO director represents one of the eight constituent organizations of the AAO and serves an 8-year term, which culminates in the position of president. The ABO directors are responsible for establishing policy for the board certification of specialists in orthodontics. Puntillo, who represents the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, will become president of the ABO in the 2028-2029 year. 

“Our profession, like virtually every other, is experiencing the disruptive impact of our societal digital transformation,” said Puntillo. “I am honored and humbled to have been chosen as a director of the ABO and eager to share my time, knowledge and talents with the board to assist in advancing the mission of elevating the quality of orthodontic patient care.”  

Puntillo is in private practice at Puntillo & Crane Orthodontics, operating four facilities across northwest Indiana. He founded the practice 27 years ago and currently serves as its president. Puntillo received a master’s degree in orthodontics and an orthodontic specialty certificate along with a dental degree, from Indiana University. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Notre Dame.

Certified by the ABO since 2003, he is a member of the College of Diplomates of the ABO and has been an Examiner for the ABO Clinical Examination since 2011. In addition, Puntillo is a national leader in implementing digital technology in the orthodontic office and has given numerous presentations on the digital orthodontic practice at national and international meetings.