Are you interested in becoming an orthodontist? Or maybe you’re already an orthodontist or a dentist looking for ways to expand your practice? This video shows how students may become orthodontists.
An orthodontist is a dentist specializing in diagnosing, treating, and preventing malocclusions. This field involves correcting bite problems through braces and other devices. Orthodontists also provide preventive care to patients and educate them about oral health.
To become an orthodontist, you must graduate high school and begin undergraduate studies. You’ll be required to complete prerequisite courses for your chosen field in your undergrad study. You’ll need to pass these classes to be accepted into dental school. You can find these classes on many dental school websites. You’ll find a list of courses you must take before dental school admission.
Depending on the college, the undergrad course can take four years or more. Once you join dental school, you will learn multiple aspects related to dentistry. That’s because you’re being trained to become a general dentist, and general dentists typically practice many things. Then, you can choose whether you want to become an orthodontist from the list. After graduating with honors, you’ll need to attend a residency program. Residency programs train future orthodontists. Most residency programs take two years to complete, although some programs allow for three years.