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What Is An Orthodontist?

The teaching of orthodontics for dentists is primarily focused on the recognition of orthodontic problems and simple interceptive treatments with removable braces. The General Dental Council document ‘The First Five Years’ focuses the intended learning outcomes on gatekeeper skills.

Comprehensive orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning and fixed appliance mechanics are only taught at post-graduate level on recognised teaching programs under the supervision of Universities and the Royal College of Surgeons.

Video courtesy of American Orthodontics.

Entry to these courses is by national recruitment and is competitive with approximately 30 places available each year in the UK. Successful completion of the course, after a minimum of three years, leads to the award of an MSc (University) and MOrth (Royal College Surgeons) in orthodontics and entry onto the orthodontic specialist list. Only then can a practitioner call themself an Orthodontist.