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What is an orthodontist?
Orthodontists are generally confused with a variety of different dental experts when in fact they are a separate entity entirely. Orthodontists have an extensive education after dental school and are chosen specifically as the top members of their dental class. Orthodontists need to continue their education even after they have received their orthodontic certification so that they can stay up-to-date on the latest treatment options when they become available. The orthodontist treatment options that are available keep changing with new technology and software that are implemented for orthodontists constantly.
Just 6/100 graduates from dental school on average are able to go on and complete an orthodontic registry program. An orthodontist usually takes about 10 extra years after high school before they are able to practice in their field. They need to first complete a college program, dentistry school and then the grueling two-year residency program to eventually qualify for their certification. Becoming a qualified orthodontist takes real work but after a qualification is achieved they can begin making a real difference by helping people to achieve their perfect smile through manipulating jaw movement and by moving teeth using a wide variety of treatment options.
It may seem hard to believe that it takes up to 10 years to become an orthodontist after you achieve a high school diploma, but what’s even harder to believe is that you need to continuously strive for excellence the entire way through. Only the top applicants from a related college program will make it through to dentistry school. Someone who is interested in going to dentistry school will most likely need to take an applicable program in health sciences or a science-based degree. Keeping your marks up is paramount through college and then through dentistry school as well is mandatory. Only the top performers in dentistry school will be allowed to advance through and into orthodontic program so it’s very important to get noticed on an application. The two-year residency program for orthodontic experts is very tough and it’s required for orthodontists to be enrolled in this program full-time for two years before they are able to qualify for orthodontic certification.
Once an orthodontists have become certified they will dedicate their career to providing treatment options that diagnose, prevent and treat a variety of orthodontic issues and conditions that many patients face. They can help their patients to achieve the smiles they’ve always dreamed of as well as help them to avoid health concerns like issues with speech, breathing, sleep and eating. It is their responsibility to complete continuous education and potentially even join into an association that they can deliver a higher quality of care and have access to new treatment options as they become available. Find out more about the importance of an orthodontist.
If you are interested in a free consultation from a qualified orthodontist contact King Orthodontics for a free consultation today. We hope that we can answer any of your questions or concerns.
King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324
Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530
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Samuel B. King, D.D.S., M.S. – King Orthodontics – Specialist in Orthodontics for kids, teens and adults in Centerville and Fairborn.