An orthodontist can be described as a specialist in orthodontic care. This involves the use of braces to straighten teeth. Specialization in this area of dentistry requires that a student studies for at least two to three additional years after completing dental school.

An accredited educational institution must offer an orthodontic specialty program to the aspiring orthodontist. Participation in an orthodontic specialty program at an accredited educational institution will lead to the award of an orthodontic specialty certificate.

You should ask the doctor about their schooling before you start looking for an orthodontist for your child. While some choose to get their orthodontic training before seeking employment, others go on to complete their Master's degree and look for work in a dental office.

The American Association of Orthodontists can help you find out about the qualifications and credentials of an orthodontist. Only orthodontic specialists can become members of this organization. This means that only registered dentists can be considered specialists in their field. Orthodontists of Comfort Dental are certified and lawfully located around the U.S. to serve all your orthodontic needs.

ABO board certification is voluntary for each practitioner. ABO certification is an option for those who are specialists in orthodontics. This certification allows them to improve their clinical knowledge and to have their competence evaluated. Participating in this organization and being awarded a certificate shows that the dentist has a high level of expertise and proficiency in the field. You can find the names of board-certified dentists on the American Board of Orthodontics website.