Becoming an orthodontist requires more than just a DDS or DMD degree. After graduating from a dental school, an orthodontist must complete a competitive residency program in an accredited orthodontic program for two to three years. This additional training is necessary to gain the skills and knowledge needed to practice orthodontics. Although board certification is not mandatory for orthodontists, it is an option that can demonstrate their experience in the field.
The American Board of Orthodontics offers certification for those who wish to pursue it. It is important to note that even if an orthodontist is licensed in Michigan, they cannot practice general dentistry.