Some schools that have highly rated orthodontics programs include the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry, University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry and University of Michigan School of Dentistry as of October 2015, according to StartClass.com. The data that the website uses to rate the top orthodontic schools comes from Dental School Websites and the American Dental Association.
The Orthodontics Postgraduate Training Program at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry is for clinical specialists who have a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. The program includes a comprehensive mix of clinical orthodontics, didactic lectures and seminars, and research experience. Students only receive a certificate of completion after earning a master's degree in oral biology.
The University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry offers a full-time, 36-month Orthodontics Program that meets ADA requirements as well as those of the American Board of Orthodontics. It prepares Doctor of Dental Surgery postgraduates for careers in the orthodontic specialty of clinical dentistry with a balanced education that emphasizes didactic lectures, clinical experience and research.
The orthodontic graduate program at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry takes 35 months to complete and allows graduates to pursue academic orthodontic careers. It gives students an extensive understanding of craniofacial biology and its application to different orthodontic methods and techniques in traditional clinical practice.