What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has become a registered specialist in orthodontics (in much the same way that a cardiologist is a doctor who has become a specialist in heart problems).

In Australia an orthodontist must:

  • Complete a Bachelor degree in Dentistry (a 5 year full-time University course).
  • Complete a Masters degree in Orthodontics (a 3 year full-time University course).
  • Be registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHRPA).