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How many years of additional training did you go through to become an orthodontist?

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Parthey’s Answer

Hi Elon!

To become an orthodontist, one must complete a 4-year bachelor's degree with sufficient grades and DAT scores to be accepted into an accredited 4-year dental school. Their training must also include a 2-4 year residency or internship. See the link below for some additional helpful information. Keep in mind that salary data is just a range based on high level data, but it can vary based on how early you are in your career, which geographic region you live in, and other relevant factors.


When making your career choice, be sure to take into account as many factors as possible. The length and cost of schooling is a great thing to consider. It also helps to think about what the daily life as an orthodontist looks like. The best way to do this is to talk to or if possible, shadow an orthodontist for at least 1 day and see their work in person.

I hope this helps! Best of luck!

Parthey recommends the following next steps:

Find a local orthodontist through LinkedIn or with the help of a parent/guardian. Ask if you can shadow them or speak to them over the phone about what they like about their work and what schooling they had to complete.
Make a pros and cons list of everything you find out about life as an orthodontist to help you make a decision if this career path is right for you.

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Julianne’s Answer

Hello! Orthodontics residencies are two years long. You can apply for Orthodontics once you have completed a 4-year DDS/DMD degree.

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Mohammed’s Answer

orthodontics program is a 2 years post-doctorate program, you can apply to it after dental school (4 years), dental school prerequisites takes about 4 years.
hope that helps.