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How many years of school I need to take before becoming an orthodontist?

How much it will cost to become an orthodontist after high school? #orthodontist #dentistry #orthodontist

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Faiga:

An Orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has completed advanced training in corrective appliances (such as braces) and tooth and jaw alignment. Here's some info on an orthodontist. . . .

An Orthodontist completes an orthodontic residency after graduating dental school. It typically takes a total of 10 to 11 years before they are certified and licensed to practice; that's about four (4) years at an accredited undergraduate school, four (4) years at an accredited dental school and two (2) to three (3) years in an accredited orthodontics residency program.
• Undergraduate School = 4 years
• Dental School = 4 years
• Residency = 2/3 years

Orthodontists in training need to take the following steps before being able to practice:
• Obtain an undergraduate degree
• Pass the Dental Admission Test to be able to apply for dental school
• Complete dental school and residency
• Pass the National Board Dental Examination
• Obtain a license to practice orthodontics as a specialty, which may require a special state exam

I do not have a specific cost amount to share with you because each medical experience is unique to the individual. Regarding my personal experience with my son in the medical field (Pediatrician), it "is" expensive as you will incur mounds of debt on this path. Best of luck to you on your journey!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

How to Become an Orthodontist •
US Bureau of Labor Statistics •
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Hassan’s Answer

You'd need 4 year undergraduate degree before enrolling in Dental school. Dental school takes another 4 years and then another 3 years of orthodontic residency. has the specific requirements for NY State and gives you an idea of the costs of becoming an orthodontist in NY.