What degree do you need to become an orthodontist?
You must be accepted to an accredited Dental School/University.
You must complete the requirements particular to your dental
specialty. Thus, you must secure your dental degree whether a
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), of Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).
Both are the same, there is no difference, it's just a matter of
semantics. Most dental schools award the DDS, however there are
some who award the DMD. Still, they are both equal. You then must
sit for the dental license exam given by the official dental board
agency who responsibility lies within your state.