What is an Orthodontist?

There are three steps in an orthodontist’s education: college, dental school, and orthodontic residency program.

It takes approximately 10 or more years of education after high school to become an orthodontist. After completing college requirements, the prospective orthodontist attends dental school. Upon graduation, he or she must be accepted as a student in an accredited orthodontic residency program, then successfully complete a minimum of two academic years of study. The orthodontic student learns the skills required to manage tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide facial development (dentofacial orthopedics).

Only those who have successfully completed this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists.” And only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists

Orthodontists limit their scope of work to orthodontics only and they are uniquely qualified in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of orthodontic problems.

Dr. Meharg is a Board-Certified Orthodontist who has been practicing for more than 20 years. He has submitted over 100 cases of Invisalign and has earned Premier Preferred Provider status with Align Technology. To schedule a FREE consultation please call 315-471-6790.