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
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