This article presents a short description of the orthodontist programs. Before getting into details about these programs, there is a thing that must be clarified, and that is the fact that these professionals are actually highly trained dentists; more precisely, they are dentists who have completed additional education and training, for becoming experts in diagnosing, treating and preventing the problems of the alignment and position of the teeth and jaws. These physicians do more than answering to the question “how much do braces cost?” – they actually create the dental braces for adults or children, that are necessary for rectifying the incorrect positions and alignments of jaws or teeth.
This means that these healthcare professionals have to complete an accredited orthodontics program, after having finished an accredited dental school (this school is necessary for becoming a dentist). This program is actually a residency program, which can last one, two, three or four years, depending on the country where the candidate for this medical position would like to work.
Speaking about country, it’s essential to be aware of the fact that the requirements for the orthodontics school – education and training – are not the same in all the countries and states. In the USA, the admission to such a residency program (which is, otherwise, very competitive) is conditioned by the completion of one of the accredited dentistry schools and by a graduation with one of these professional degrees in dentistry: DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery), DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery).
So, the orthodontist programs represent an additional period of academical preparation, in the form of a residency, whose main purpose is to provide the candidate (for this healthcare occupation) with the training that is necessary for practicing this medical profession. It’s important to understand that this residency program is mandatory for earning the right to work as an orthodontist, simply because orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry and the dental school, which is also mandatory for becoming such a “teeth and jaws” expert, is not enough for preparing to this specialty (it is enough only for offering a general dentist education and training) and the additional training can only be provided within a residency orthodontics program, which has to be accredited by the CODA (that is the Commission on Dental Accreditation).