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Orthodontics is the development, prevention, and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite and jaw.

Once you have a minimum of two years post basic qualification and are fully registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) you can apply to train in the specialty of orthodontics.

The courses take three years (or equivalent part-time) and consist of clinical training (in a hospital) alongside academic study (at the university). After three years you will sit the examination for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) and, if successful, you will gain a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST). This will allow you to apply to the GDC to be included on the specialist list and be known as a Specialist in Orthodontics. Trainees are also required to study for a higher degree, such as the MSc, during their training. You will normally receive a salary during your training, although you will be required to pay tuition fees. This is a Dental Postgraduate deanery approved programme which is accompanied by a National Training Number (NTN) and leads towards a CCST.

Training is designed to equip the trainee with the skills necessary to practice as a Consultant in Orthodontics. These are defined in the curriculum prescribed by the GDC:

Orthodontics Curriculum

The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) Training Grade Group (TGG) has put together a useful document: A Guide to applying for a Specialist Registrar post in Orthodontics.

This document is available here:

For further information please click the link below.

What is Orthodontics?

Please note that the Wales Deanery is now participating in the national recruitment process for StR's in Orthodontics. To apply for these posts please visit the London Deanery website.

This dental specialty is using the ISCP system. Please click the link below to log on:

Training Programme Director

Sheelagh Rogers - Orthodontics Consultant, University Dental Hospital Cardiff

Specialty Training Committee Chair

Sarah Merrett - Orthodontics Consultant, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

Specialty Training Administrator

Fran Yuen-Lee – Dental Postgraduate Section, HEIW, Ty Dysgu, Nantgarw