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Additional information

body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss & Team


Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


Either Alone or In a Busy Environment

Specialist Orthodontist

An orthodontist is a specialist that studies, treats and diagnoses malocclusions of the teeth. In other words, these doctors help fix things like the incorrect bite between the upper and lower teeth that might result from misshapen or mispositioned teeth or from disproportionate jaw relationships or from both. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

  1. NSC/NC(V) (Entry into programmes subject to the specific requirements of the educational institution)
  2. Bachelor of Dentistry (BDS) or Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BChD)
  3. 12-month internship 
  4. Master of Science in Dentistry

Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

  • NSC/NC(V) 
  • English
  • Maths
  • Physical and Life Sciences

Duration of study

5 Years + 1 Year Community Service

2 Years Masters Degree


Once qualified, you will have to register with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in order to work.

Orthodontists can be employed in government or private hospitals and clinics. Many orthodontists go into private practise.

Further Information:

The Health Professionals Council of South Africa

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