Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry associated with malocclusions, or misalignments, between teeth and jaw structures. Orthodontists use braces and retainers to straighten teeth and align jaws for health and aesthetic reasons. If you'd like to help improve smiles, keep reading!

Inside Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the largest of nine dental specialty areas. Like other dentists, orthodontists require postgraduate education in dentistry and earn either a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) or a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). After earning a dental degree, future orthodontists must undergo a 2-3 year residency program in orthodontics, which may result in a master's degree, depending on the program.

Orthodontists typically work with orthodontic assistants. Assistants may help orthodontists perform regular checkups and routine adjustments to braces or other orthodontic appliances. Orthodontic technicians create the appliances used by orthodontists.

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