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    I've wanted to become an orthodontist for a while but I don't know the process and what subjects I have to take. Can anyone help me?
    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by haha_help)
    I've wanted to become an orthodontist for a while but I don't know the process and what subjects I have to take. Can anyone help me?
    Thanks in advance
    From the British Orthodontic Society:

    • Obtain good A level grades, generally ABB or higher in order to secure a place at university to study dentistry (in Scotland this will be ABBBB or higher). Due to the competitive nature it is becoming more common to spend time doing an initial degree before embarking on the dental degree.
    • It usually takes 5 years to become a dentist and obtain a degree in dentistry (the Bachelor of Dental Surgery or BDS degree).
    • After qualifying, work as a dentist and gain experience in all fields of dentistry.
    • Apply for a place on an orthodontic training scheme. This training takes a further 3 years of study and consists of both academic training. At the end of this, if you are successful in the Membership in Orthodontics examination (MOrth) you will become a specialist orthodontist. Trainees usually also study for a higher degree, such as a Master of Science (MSc), Master of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics (MClinDent) or Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS).
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    After BDS you need to complete DFT then to gain a place on a specialist course you need to be qualified for 3 years post BDS at the earliest to apply.

    Good luck - I would start by getting work experience with a local orthodontist or your GDP. If you want something just go for it and accept its going to take a while but it will be worth it!

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    (Original post by kkboyk)
    From the British Orthodontic Society:
    For dentistry these days i would easily make that at least AAA at A level.
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    (Original post by Kartace)
    For dentistry these days i would easily make that at least AAA at A level.
    Indeed, though there are some universities that require AAB (e.g. Dundee) but they are just as competitive as the rest.
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    (Original post by kkboyk)
    Indeed, though there are some universities that require AAB (e.g. Dundee) but they are just as competitive as the rest.
    Realistically I can't imagine even Dundee giving out any offers to those predicted AAB these days. Especially as now some unis require A*AA.
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    Haha_help, don't give up on something you want to do. Hard work and determination will pay off just have faith. A lot of the best dentists I've worked with have never been handed things on a plate. Where do you stand academically and where are you applying?
 
 
 
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