Orthodontists are qualified dentists, who after graduating from dental school, go on to additional full-time university-based education in an accredited orthodontic residency program supervised by orthodontists. That training lasts at least two to three academic years and sometimes more. By learning about tooth movement (orthodontics) and guidance of facial development (dentofacial orthopedics), orthodontists are the uniquely educated experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and align jaws.
Orthodontists diagnose, prevent, and treat dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists limit their practices to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, treating a wide variety of malocclusions (misaligned teeth and/or jaws).
Dr. Orup and Dr. Murthy are members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). To be a member of the AAO, dentists must have at least two to three years of postdoctoral, advanced specialty education in orthodontics in a university-based program accredited by the American Dental Association. Specialty education includes the study of subjects in biomedical, behavioral, and basic sciences; oral biology; and biomechanics.
Only orthodontists may be members of the AAO.