An orthodontist is a dentist first...
Meet the Doctors
Alan F. Justin, D.M.D.
Caleb A. George, D.D.S.
What Is an Orthodontist?
All dentists have the opportunity to continue their education in an area of dental specialty, e.g., orthodontics, oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, etc.
These residency programs take between 2 and 6 years to complete. To become an orthodontist, one must complete a 2- to 3-year residency focusing only on orthodontic treatment. This is where a future orthodontist learns the science and art of orthodontic treatment.
When the residency program is successfully completed, a dentist receives a certificate to practice orthodontics — and is then both an orthodontist and a dentist. Only dentists who receive this certificate from an accredited orthodontic residency program are orthodontists. That is, they specialize in treating orthodontic-related problems with braces and other appliances.