No. The short answer is no, your dentist is not an orthodontist. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), an orthodontist is an individual who completed college, dental school, and an orthodontic residency.
Only dentists who graduate at the top of their dental class are accepted into a residency program. Similar to any other medical specialist, orthodontists complete their residency program for two to three years after dental school. This means that all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. [Read more…] about Is My Dentist An Orthodontist?