An orthodontist is a dentist that specializes in straightening teeth and correcting bite. After graduating from a 4-year dental school, orthodontists train for an additional 2 to 3 years at an accredited orthodontic residency program. The residency includes training in growth and development, biomechanics, treatment planning, and various orthodontic treatment techniques.
Like cardiologists, dermatologists, and other specialists in medicine, orthodontists limit their practices to their area of specialty. Armed with an expert working knowledge of the factors associated with misaligned teeth and jaws, an orthodontist can provide each of their patients with an appropriate diagnosis and treatment solution that can produce a healthy, beautiful smile.