What is an orthodontist or a Specialist in Orthodontics?

An orthodontist or specialist in orthodontics has received specialist training for orthodontics for at least six years. It comprises two parts, basic and higher training respectively. The basic training (in total four years) comprises of one year of general practice and active participation in continuous education, followed by a three-year full-time postgraduate training at the University leading to a Master in Orthodontics. The two years of higher training can either consist of two years part-time studies at the University leading to an Advanced Diploma of Orthodontics (in combination with supervised training in private practice), or two years supervised full-time training in an approved institution (Government Dental Service / University).