Get ready for DEBT
An orthodontist is a dentist who has spent a likely 3 year residency after 4 years of dental school (i believe 1 school is 3 years u of pacific).
So 4+4+3=11 in most situations. Depending upon where you go, and what scholarship monies are available, the debt incurred can be significant indeed! not to be discouraging, it is a wonderful profession, but costly to obtain the rights. Good luck!