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Are there specific classes you should take during undergrad to become an orthodontist, if so what are they?


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David’s Answer

I can you see are trying to focus on the Dental field, so what you can do is start by either follow the course work of Pre-Dental or take all the require Dental School admission courses in college which in order to get into dental school, these are the general class requirements are:
Biology with lab, Physics (some school require course with lab), General Chemistry with lab, and Organic Chemistry with lab. Afterward, you have to take DAT (Dental Admission Test) exam and apply for dental school, the first 2 years are basic and then you will be moving onto general or specialist of dental and go from there. Normally, it is a 6 years pathway to get your DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) this is depend what the school honor you from their program but most college awards DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery).

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Sydney’s Answer

To be an orthodontist, you have to graduate dental school with DDS, then generally, one would specialize in orthodontics in your residency. There is an orthodontic exam for each state that you must pass to get licensed before you can practice. To get into dental school, the general class requirements are:
8 hours Biology with lab, 8 hours Physics, 8 hours English, 8 hours General Chemistry with lab, and 8 hours Organic Chemistry with lab.
Majoring in science is not a must, but completion of pre-dental science requirements is necessary. You also have to take the DAT (dental admission test) to get into dental school.

Sydney recommends the following next steps:

https://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/careers-in-dentistry/be-a-dentist/applying-for-dental-school
https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/adult-orthodontics/how-to-become-an-orthodontist

Thank you, this was very informative. Elon O.

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Patricia’s Answer

No there is no specific classes to take while undergrad in order to get you better prepared a residency in Orthodontics.
If you are able to, try volunteer or working at an orthodontist clinic. . This way you will gain some "clinical" experience .

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