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How long do you have to go to school?

I have a general knowledge of what orthodontics is but I'd like to gain more information. #Orthodontist #college

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Kylie:

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

Best of luck to you on your journey!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

How to Become an Orthodontist • https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/adult-orthodontics/how-to-become-an-orthodontist
Talk to your dentist to see if they could refer you to an orthodontist where you could schedule an informational session to ask questions.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for taking the time to make an organized and very detailed response, it means a lot to me to have your response give a way of influencing my future! Kylie
Thank you comment icon Hi Kylie: I'm glad I was able to help. Thank you for "acknowledging" my comments. It is greatly appreciated. 😉 Sheila Jordan
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Rachel’s Answer

10-12 years
Thank you comment icon Hi Rachel! Thanks for providing this info. 10-12 years is a lot! Could you give a little more detail for the Student about why this many years are required? Alexandra Carpenter, Admin
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