The field of orthodontics is a stimulating, rewarding, creative and challenging. It’s an area where people skills are vital and offers opportunities to work in a wide range of environments whether you’re interested in being part of a specialist high street practice or running your own business, working in a hospital, a community clinic or teaching in a university. There are currently plenty of opportunities for full-time or part-time work.

Before becoming an orthodontist, you need to start out as a dentist. You will usually need A Levels at ABB grades to secure a place on a 5-year Batchelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree. This will qualify you to work as a dentist and gain experience in all fields of dentistry before a further 3 years of study and completion of the Membership in Orthodontics examination (MOrth). Trainees usually also study for a higher degree, such as a Master of Science (MSc), Master of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics (MClinDent) or Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS).

If you are seriously considering working in this branch of dentistry, we advise you spend some time with an orthodontist first.

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