This article presents several important details related to the orthodontist degree. More precisely, the readers of this post will discover what needs to be done in order to earn the right to practice this medical job.
First of all, every person that is interested in this occupation must be aware of the fact that all the orthodontists are, in fact, dentists that are specialized in dealing with the wrong positions and alignments of teeth and jaws. So, all the candidates for this medical position must become dentists, then they have to specialize in the specialty area of dentistry (that is called orthodontics) which is required for this profession.
This means that the first step in becoming such a medical professional is to graduate from an accredited dental school and pass the written and practical exams (more details about how to become a dentist in the USA can be read from the official website of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov). Obviously, the education and training requirements for being allowed to practice this job differ from country to country. In the United States, the first “orthodontist degree” that is required for this medical occupation is, in general, a bachelor’s degree. One of the most important education requirements for entering dental school is to have studied (in college) biology, chemistry, anatomy, physics and mathematics.
After finishing the accredited dental school, the applicant for this healthcare job must compete an accredited residency program in orthodontics, which can last two or three years. During this program, the candidate achieves the training that is necessary for practicing the desired profession.
After completing the residency, the persons aspiring to the medical profession presented in this article must earn a dentist license (which can be obtained after meeting some requirements, that vary by state; usually, a degree from an accredited dental school and passing a written and practical exam is enough for earning such a license) and also an orthodontist license, which implies passing a national exam, after completing the residency program, of course. So, for practicing the orthodontist job, which is a dentistry specialty, two licenses are required in the USA: one for the base profession, i.e. the dentist one, and another one corresponding to the chosen specialty.