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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. 

Required Qualifications

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

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Duration of Study

Orthodontists in South Africa typically study for 5 years and render 1 year of community service. Following that, they usually study for another 2 years to get their Masters degree.

Employment Opportunities

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

Orthodontists often work in government or private hospitals and clinics. Many orthodontists go into private practise.

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