What is an Orthodontist?


dental examAn orthodontist is a dental specialist who treats misaligned teeth in children, adolescents and adults. He/she also treats dentofacial deformities in children.

Orthodontists are dentists as well. They have completed four years of college and attained their undergraduate degree. From there, they go to dental school and earn either a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree.

After dental school, a dentist enters an orthodontics residency which is affiliated with a dental school. Residencies last from two to three years. Commonly, the resident not only receives a certificate in orthodontics, but also a Master's Degree.

As such, orthodontists are not only members of the American Dental Association (ADA) but also of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) as well. Orthodontists do not practice general dentistry.