Asked in Orthodontists
What do orthodontists have to do in order to become an orthodontist?
An orthodontist must first attend college, then dental school acquiring a DDS or DMD degree (depending on the university attended). In order to practice dentistry legally, the doctor is then required to complete a state board exam upon which a license is awarded.
Next, participation in a 2-3 year orthodontic residency program is required where a certification in the specialty of orthodontics is received. During the residency, a Masters degree may or may not be required for graduation (some residency programs provide a certification without a Masters degree in Dentistry).