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What are the general course requirements for majoring in orthodontics?

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In brief: Science and biology

The general requirements are four years of college, four years of dental school, and then several years in an orthodontic residency.
It amounts to years of chemistry, biology, physiology, and general science.

In brief: Science and biology

The general requirements are four years of college, four years of dental school, and then several years in an orthodontic residency.
It amounts to years of chemistry, biology, physiology, and general science.
Dr. Donald Rollofson
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Dr. Stanley Siu
Dentistry - Cosmetic
3 doctors agree

In brief: Dental school first

Most dentists have at least a bachelor's degree but to be an orthodontist, you must have graduated from dental school (usu.
4 more yrs after 4 yrs of college) & been near or at the top of their graduating dental class. Ortho is a specialty that is highly competitive to get into & is usu. Another 2 to 3 yrs post-dental school. Orthodontists must have a good foundation in general dentistry 1st.

In brief: Dental school first

Most dentists have at least a bachelor's degree but to be an orthodontist, you must have graduated from dental school (usu.
4 more yrs after 4 yrs of college) & been near or at the top of their graduating dental class. Ortho is a specialty that is highly competitive to get into & is usu. Another 2 to 3 yrs post-dental school. Orthodontists must have a good foundation in general dentistry 1st.
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: BA, DDS and then ...

As an undergrad, focusing on sciences will be key in helping you with your application to dental school.
All orthodontists are dentists first. Be aware that only the top of dental school class graduates get into ortho programs as they tend to be the most competitive. typically most ortho programs require 2-3 years after dental school. so yes, its a long haul-- but worth it!

In brief: BA, DDS and then ...

As an undergrad, focusing on sciences will be key in helping you with your application to dental school.
All orthodontists are dentists first. Be aware that only the top of dental school class graduates get into ortho programs as they tend to be the most competitive. typically most ortho programs require 2-3 years after dental school. so yes, its a long haul-- but worth it!
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Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Basic sciences

Usually a degree which is weighted in biology or chemistry

In brief: Basic sciences

Usually a degree which is weighted in biology or chemistry
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Dr. John Sheets
One must first receive a dental degree before they are eligible to become an orthodontist. Most schools require 1 year of biology, 2 years of chemistry, and a year of physics to be eligible to apply to dental school. The other requirements are an exam called the Dental Apptitude Test. The test is biology, chemistry, reading interpretation and a 3D spacial test. Good Luck as your proceed!
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Orthodontics

4 years of college.
4 years of dental school. 3 years of orthodontic residency for a grand total of 11 years.

In brief: Orthodontics

4 years of college.
4 years of dental school. 3 years of orthodontic residency for a grand total of 11 years.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Specialty

4 years of college, with emphasis on physics, chemistry, biology, math, and english.
Top 8% have chance of being accepted into a 60 dental school program. Top 1.5% of dental school graduates have chance of being accepted 2-5 years of additional 60 hr/wk training to specialize in orthodontics, limiting their practice to just that specialty. Orthodontics is primarily applied bio-physics.

In brief: Specialty

4 years of college, with emphasis on physics, chemistry, biology, math, and english.
Top 8% have chance of being accepted into a 60 dental school program. Top 1.5% of dental school graduates have chance of being accepted 2-5 years of additional 60 hr/wk training to specialize in orthodontics, limiting their practice to just that specialty. Orthodontics is primarily applied bio-physics.
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Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 11 years

In the United States, a four year undergraduate degree is required for admission to an ada approved dental school (there are six year programs - combined bachelors/dental degree).
Following completion of dental school, a three year residency in orthodontics from and ada acredited program is the final step.

In brief: 11 years

In the United States, a four year undergraduate degree is required for admission to an ada approved dental school (there are six year programs - combined bachelors/dental degree).
Following completion of dental school, a three year residency in orthodontics from and ada acredited program is the final step.
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: My take on this...

One must have a college degree a dental degree and an orthodontic residency (11 years).
My perpective on this that one should take more than just science requirements in college, learn about the world of art, language, sociology, you name it...Go for a well rounded education so that you are educationally enriched and can speak with anyone about anything. That is one of the joys of orthodontics!

In brief: My take on this...

One must have a college degree a dental degree and an orthodontic residency (11 years).
My perpective on this that one should take more than just science requirements in college, learn about the world of art, language, sociology, you name it...Go for a well rounded education so that you are educationally enriched and can speak with anyone about anything. That is one of the joys of orthodontics!
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Dr. Sam Kadan
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: DETAILS BELOW

You would have to go to college and finish courses required to be prepared for the dental school.
Then you would have to be admitted to a dental school ( 4 years). You would have to then go to a residency ( 2-3 years) to specialize in orthodontics. Long course of study but worth it!

In brief: DETAILS BELOW

You would have to go to college and finish courses required to be prepared for the dental school.
Then you would have to be admitted to a dental school ( 4 years). You would have to then go to a residency ( 2-3 years) to specialize in orthodontics. Long course of study but worth it!
Dr. Sam Kadan
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In brief: Extra education

It is a specialty of dentistry that requires additional years of training and education, like endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery.
Need approximately 3-4 years of undergraduate science and math courses, and generally 4 years of dental school and 2 years of intense orthodontics training.

In brief: Extra education

It is a specialty of dentistry that requires additional years of training and education, like endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery.
Need approximately 3-4 years of undergraduate science and math courses, and generally 4 years of dental school and 2 years of intense orthodontics training.
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