An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed extensive training after dental school in order to become an expert in moving teeth and jaws. After completing their undergraduate education, high-achieving students are accepted into Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited dental schools. Dental school is 4 years long and dental students must pass various written and clinical board examinations to become a dentist. To become an orthodontist, the top dental students, who choose to apply to orthodontic programs, have to be accepted and then complete an additional 2-3 years of advanced training that is specifically focused on orthodontics.
Becoming an orthodontist is a long and challenging road, but allows us to provide the best care for our patients. You should only trust your care or the care of your child to an orthodontist who has dedicated their career to the achievement of healthy smiles, is committed to continuous learning, and is devoted to treating patients with the highest standard of care.