An orthodontic specialist is a specialised dentist who understands that orthodontics has its
risks and benefits and that these must be delivered clearly to patients. Orthodontics is a
niche speciality in many countries because of its complexities that take 3-4 years to learn
after obtaining a dental degree.
The further training to become a specialist orthodontist is not just a structural measure
supported by public authorities to ensure the qualification of dentists. The approval of
orthodontic specialist also offers patients a safe and reliable point of orientation in their
search for a specialised practitioner.
The current discussion in Spain on the recruitment of non-specialist physicians may be
understandable against the background of ensuring basic medical care. However, it must
also be taken into account that the citizens of Spain have a right to reliable and quality-
assured specialist care also in the field of orthodontics.
EFOSA appeals to the government of Spain to abandon their opposition to the introduction
of the orthodontic specialist.
EFOSA Council on November 23rd,2022
171 words / 1.126 signs
EFOSA represents all the national societies of Professional Orthodontist Associations in
Press Contacts / Pressekontakt:
• Representatives of the national EFOSA-Members (EFOSA - European Federation of
Orthodontic Specialists Associations)
• EFOSA-Council E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org