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What path do you take to become an orthodontist?

Also, about how long does it take? Thank you! #orthodontist #teeth #dentistry #dental-hygienist #dental-practice #career #career-choice #career-counseling #job-search #career-path #careers #job #college #college-major #college-advice #college #college-admissions #college-major #college-advice #biochemistry #biology #chemistry #dental-practice

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Debra’s Answer

Really nice info from Erinn on your question. Just wanted to offer a few more bits of info/resources. The following web link - see below - has some nice information on the career outlook for orthodontists. The outlook is generally quite positive with expected job growth as many current orthodontists are expected to retire in the next decade. Pretty much any occupation having to do with Healthcare is expected to grow in the future. You can also see where (which states) are expected to need the most new orthdontists in the near future. Also - while undergraduate degrees in Chemistry or Biology are an excellent way to start your college education , most dental schools don't "require" that your undergraduate degree be in Chemistry or Biology. However - Erinn is right, those degrees will increase your chances of getting admitted to dental school and will better prepare you for the rigors if dental school. Other popular degrees for a future in dental school include anatomy &physiology and physics. A few colleges have "pre-dental degree programs" including the Univ. of Maryland, and Baylor Univ. - (since I see you're in TX!). Best of luck!

Debra recommends the following next steps:

Review the American Dental Association's website. Lots of good info including state licensure requirements. https://www.ada.org/en
Review the Commission on Dental Education's website to review different dental schools around the country including contact info for each. https://www.ada.org/en/coda/find-a-program/search-dental-programs#t=us&sort=%40codastatecitysort%20ascending
Review info about the future outlook for careers in orthodontistry. https://www.myfuture.com/careers/growth/orthodontists_29-1023.00
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for your advice! Mireia R.
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Bob’s Answer

In addition to what Debra mentions above, this is a highly competitive field. Only the top performers in Dental School are eligible to be an orthodontist because after completing dental school, a student who wishes to become an orthodontist must enter an orthodontic specialty program. This training requires a minimum of two years to complete and you need to be accepted into the program.
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