An orthodontist is a type of dentist who specializes in
orthodontics, a part of dentistry that deals with
preventing and correcting irregularities of the teeth.
Orthodontists are best known for straightening
people’s teeth by uses braces n the teeth connected
by wires followed by use of a plastic and metal
retainer. However, orthodontists can also perform
oral surgery and help reconstruct problems with the
teeth and facial area.

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To become an orthodontist requires entering dental school to earn a DDS (Doctor of
Dental Science; 4 year program), which itself requires a Bachelor degree or Masters
degree, with classes preferably focused in the medical area. After obtaining the DDS, the
dentist must pass the Dental Admissions Test, which is a test of one’s dental skills that
must be passed before offering services to the public. The next step is completing
graduate studies in orthodontics approved by the American Dental Association.

Dentists can become board certified in orthodontics (which is a demonstration of
proficiency and excellence in the field) through The American Board of Orthodontics.
Orthodontist comes from the Greek word "orthos" meaning "correct," and the Greek word
"odous" meaning "tooth." Put the two words together and you have "correct (the) tooth."
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