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Can dentists practice general dentistry while pursuing a specialty like orthodontics?

21 doctors weighed in
Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Sure

If you have successfully passed the boards and have a license in your locality, you can practice according to those documents.
Having time to do so while in a full time graduate program is another issue, however.

In brief: Sure

If you have successfully passed the boards and have a license in your locality, you can practice according to those documents.
Having time to do so while in a full time graduate program is another issue, however.
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Dr. Brian Hoffman
I would think working part-time would be the ONLY possibility, unless you really can function with no sleep.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Of course

for the extra income to pay off debt, save more, or spend on the things you love or need.
Many dentists who are in specialty programs (orthodontics) will practice general dentistry while doing their residency.

In brief: Of course

for the extra income to pay off debt, save more, or spend on the things you love or need.
Many dentists who are in specialty programs (orthodontics) will practice general dentistry while doing their residency.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, but...

Dental degree + licensure = you're allowed to practice dentistry no matter what else you are doing with your life.
As someone who did that when in specialty training, i can tell you that it is very difficult. Ortho training requires about 60 hours per week of your time. Adding a part-time dental "job" on top of that doesn't leave much time for sleep, meals, or other activities.

In brief: Yes, but...

Dental degree + licensure = you're allowed to practice dentistry no matter what else you are doing with your life.
As someone who did that when in specialty training, i can tell you that it is very difficult. Ortho training requires about 60 hours per week of your time. Adding a part-time dental "job" on top of that doesn't leave much time for sleep, meals, or other activities.
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If you are fully licensed to do so, yes.
You must first complete your dental school education for general dentistry before you are eligible to apply for a specialty. Whether you are able to manage working as a general dentist and complete specialty training is up to you and the program. Good luck !

In brief: Yes

If you are fully licensed to do so, yes.
You must first complete your dental school education for general dentistry before you are eligible to apply for a specialty. Whether you are able to manage working as a general dentist and complete specialty training is up to you and the program. Good luck !
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Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe.

If the dentist hold a current license to practice dentistry while attending an orthodontic residency, the dentist can practice general dentistry.
However it is best to seek the answer with the state board of dentistry in which you are asking. They have the final authority.

In brief: Maybe.

If the dentist hold a current license to practice dentistry while attending an orthodontic residency, the dentist can practice general dentistry.
However it is best to seek the answer with the state board of dentistry in which you are asking. They have the final authority.
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Perhaps

There are several considerations here.
First, you state board licensing rules. Second, any restrictions placed upon you from your specialty training institution. Finally, time constraints. It is probably possible but a very demanding schedule. While it's a good idea to explore your options and look ahead, i suggest more specific investigation on your part what you would be getting yourself into.

In brief: Perhaps

There are several considerations here.
First, you state board licensing rules. Second, any restrictions placed upon you from your specialty training institution. Finally, time constraints. It is probably possible but a very demanding schedule. While it's a good idea to explore your options and look ahead, i suggest more specific investigation on your part what you would be getting yourself into.
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Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: They could

usually orthodontic training is very demanding and the possibility of having time to do both would be questionable.

In brief: They could

usually orthodontic training is very demanding and the possibility of having time to do both would be questionable.
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Dr. George Ayoub
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Maybe

It depends on the state, but usually yes , once he finish then he cant.

In brief: Maybe

It depends on the state, but usually yes , once he finish then he cant.
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Dr. Paul Epstein
Dentistry

In brief: Yes

Yes. Once you have you have your specialty degree and become an orthodontist and limit your practice to orthodontic you will be able to practice general dentistry ( in ma).

In brief: Yes

Yes. Once you have you have your specialty degree and become an orthodontist and limit your practice to orthodontic you will be able to practice general dentistry ( in ma).
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