Orthodontics is a dental specialty described by the General Dental Council (GDC) as "the diagnosis, prevention, interception and treatment of irregularities of the teeth, dental occlusion (bite) and growth of the face in both children and adults".

This guidance refers to the application process for an individual specialty. You should read this guidance alongside the dental specialty training recruitment applicant information.


View the dental specialty training recruitment applicant information.

Eligibility for specialty training

Specific entry and selection requirements for specialty training are detailed in nationally-agreed person specifications.


For more information visit the dental specialty training eligibility page.

Orthodontic curriculum

The content of the curriculum was developed by Specialty Advisory Committees who report to the relevant Dental Faculties of the Royal Colleges. 

View the curriculum on the GDC’s website.


Visit the COPDEND Communications and Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

Page last reviewed: 2 October 2023

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