Orthodontics is a dental specialty described by the General Dental Council (GDC) as "concerning 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.


You must have completed Orthodontics ST1 to ST3 or equivalent training before taking up an ST4 level post.

You must be registered as a specialist with the GDC before post commencement.

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.

Page last reviewed: 2 October 2023

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