Who is a Specialist in Orthodontics?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

Orthodontists must first attend a college or university for 2 to 4 years for pre dentistry. This is followed by a four year graduate program at a dental school in a university accredited by the Canadian Dental Association.

They must then complete an additional two to three year residency program in advanced orthodontic education at an institution accredited by the Canadian Dental Association.

This advanced training includes studies in genetics, embryology, human growth and development, and biophysics. Only dentists with this advanced specialty education can present themselves as a specialist in orthodontics.

The full description is actually “Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics” but as this is rather cumbersome, Specialist in Orthodontics or simply Orthodontist is generally used.

Just as you trust a cardiologist for care of your heart or a dermatologist for care of your skin you can trust an orthodontist for care of your face and smile.