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What is an Orthodontist?

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An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. All orthodontists are dentists, but only about six percent of dentists are orthodontists. Admission to orthodontic programs is extremely competitive and selective.

It takes many years to become an orthodontist and the educational requirements are demanding.

An orthodontist must first do a five-year graduate program at a dental school. After dental school, a minimum of three academic years of advanced specialty education in an orthodontic program are required to be an orthodontist. The program includes advanced education in biomedical, behavioural and basic sciences. The orthodontic students learn complex skills required to manage tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide facial development (dentofacial orthopaedics).

Only dentists who have successfully completed these advanced specialty education programs may call themselves orthodontists.


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