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How to become an Orthodontist

Written by: RaeAnne Meyer - Joiner
Published on: Jun 21, 2022

How to become an Orthodontist

What do Orthodontists study in dental school?

Dental school typically takes about four years to complete and includes hands-on training and clinical practicum experiences as well as courses in physiology, anatomy, pathology, pharmacology as well as oral surgery. 

Orthodontists are specialized in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities using retainers, headgear, or other hardware. This treatment is able to then align the jaw correctly, fix bad bites, or otherwise straighten teeth. 

What Undergraduate degrees are required to become an Orthodontist

In order to become an orthodontist, you must first get your bachelor's degree prior to completing dental school. All Orthodontists must obtain a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or a Doctor or Dental Medicine (DMD). They must also pass a licensure exam and complete an additional four to six-year surgical residency that is accepted by the commission of Dental Accreditation to ensure that each resident receives training in anesthesia, oral pathology, oral surgery, and any additional training that is required to practice.

For more information on the type of undergraduate programs to consider, please see this additional post

How to find employment as an Orthodontist

Employers are seeking experienced professionals in the field of Dentistry. Search or post job opportunities for Orthodontists, as well as jobs for General Dentists, Associate Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Orthodontists, and other qualified dental professionals. The ADA CareerCenter is the official online job board of the American Dental Association (ADA), and your number one online resource for searching for dental career opportunities or recruiting dental professionals.