An orthodontist is a dental professional with 2-3 years of specialized training beyond dental school and is a specialist at straightening teeth. The Orthodontic specialist is concerned with the diagnosis, and the guidance of corrective treatment for malocclusions (Latin for “bad bite”).
Orthodontists are specially trained in the corrective treatment of the misalignment of teeth and jaws to promote long term oral health. Orthodontists are required to study at an accredited orthodontic residency program as part of their extended education. Orthodontists limit their practice to orthodontic treatment only unless they have training in another dental specialty.