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what should I study in college if I want to become an orthodontist?

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I want to know the process of becoming an orthodontist. The studying would take a long time, but I want to know what major should I be in to get into that path. What college would best prepare me for this profession?
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ellyn’s Answer

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Congratulations on your decided path! Dentistry is a great service and patients love a beautiful smile!


Study something about which you are passionate, it makes it easier for you to be at the top of your class before applying for dental school. That being said, I chose to study biomedical science and Spanish because the biomedical science interested me AND covered all pre-requisites for any healthcare professional school, and Spanish because it's so prevalent in the US, I loved it and I wanted to study abroad.


Most importantly, make sure whatever you study will make you an attractive candidate for dental school and get it poppin!

ellyn recommends the following next steps:

  • take the DAT
  • look into majors that interest you
  • figure out what schools have these majors
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Rachel’s Answer

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Major in whatever field interests you and will allow you to maintain an excellent GPA. I majored in Spanish literature and had no trouble with my med school applications. You do need to complete the pre-dental requirements, preferably with A’s.
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Richard’s Answer

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Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for dental school.

Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.

Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters
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