In this article I am going to talk about the orthodontist schools you can attend in 2017. Prior to getting into details about this subject, let me tell you a few things about this healthcare occupation; it’s important to know these things in order to better understand the main aspects of the education required for practicing this job.
First of all, any person interested in this topic ought to know that orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry; this means that all the individuals who intend to work in this specialty must become dentists. The training and education requirements for practicing a healthcare or a medical profession differ from country to country and, sometimes, from state to state. Anyway, in this article, which deals with the orthodontist schooling, I will focus on the education path that must be followed in the United States of America (in all the U.S. states, in general; however, the laws in some U.S. states may stipulate specific requirements for practicing this medical profession) for becoming an orthodontist.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the previous paragraph, all these healthcare workers are actually dentists, so anyone aiming to practice this job in the USA must complete one of the accredited dental schools; moreover, these candidates must graduate with one of these academic degrees in dentistry: Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS).
The next step is to enter one of the orthodontist programs, which is a residency program that needs to be accredited, i.e. approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. This specialty program can last between one and four years (in the United States, it lasts two or three years). This residency is required simply due to the fact that the orthodontist schools offering this program provide the training that is mandatory for earning the right to work in this medical profession that is a dentistry specialty (for the general dentists, the training is provided during the dental school).
The graduates of this program can become certified by the American Board of Orthodontics; for earning this certification, they must pass some examinations, after finishing the orthodontics school. The path to earning the right to practice this healthcare profession does not stop here, because all the U.S. states require that these professionals must be licensed in order to practice.