Anyone who had braces as a child or teen is very familiar
with what orthodontists do. But the practice of an orthodontist extends beyond
correcting irregular dental development to include treating and preventing
problems caused by missing teeth and other abnormalities. They offer their
patients a return to normal oral functioning and appearance. Imagine the wide
smiles of patients who have had their braces removed, and you have an idea of
why this can be such a rewarding career.
Advanced dental education programs in orthodontics take
between 24 and 36 months to complete. Currently, you can choose from 73 programs in the United States.