All orthodontists are dentists first (usually in the top 10% of their dental classes), but dentists are not orthodontists.
An orthodontist is a general dentist that has had at least 2 more years of full-time training in orthodontics resulting in a nationally accepted specialty certificate. The orthodontist then limits their practice to straightening teeth and dentofacial orthopedics.
Some orthodontists also take additional steps beyond orthodontic residency-for example, to become an American Board of Orthodontics Diplomate.
Dr. Chmura passed an extensive written test, he evaluated and treatment planned a patient for the board, then defended his approach in an oral exam, then presented 15 completed cases with complete records, which were also discussed with two examiners.
Dr. Chmura is also a believer in learning as much as possible, having taken over 10,000 hours of continuing education – currently about 300 hours each year.