What is an
An orthodontist is a specialist who completed a post-doctoral orthodontic residency after dental school.
What Type of Training Does an Orthodontist Have?
After graduating from high school, an aspiring orthodontist earns their bachelor’s degree. Then, they spend four years in dental school to obtain their doctorate degree.
Next, they have to be accepted into a competitive orthodontic residency program (there are approximately 15 applicants for every spot!).
Over the course of their two- to three-year residency, they spend thousands of hours learning the nuances of diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial irregularities. When they finish, they become a certified specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
What is a Board-Certified Orthodontist?
Dr. Durschlag took the additional, voluntary step of becoming certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). This is the highest distinction in his field and something only about half of all orthodontists attain. The process takes years and hundreds of hours of preparation. Dr. Durschlag had to pass written and oral exams and present and defend cases to demonstrate a high level of clinical skill.
Dr. Durschlag must complete continuing education and renew his certification every 10 years, ensuring he remains on the leading-edge of his field. According to the ABO, board certification demonstrates an orthodontist’s “personal and public commitment to the standard of specialty practice and lifelong learning.”