What do the Initials Mean?
The initials DDS stand for Doctor of Dental Surgery. The initials DMD stand for Doctor of Dental Medicine. Both sets of initials indicate the degree awarded upon graduation from dental school, and all general (family) dentists and specialists have earned one of these equivalent degrees. Both degrees use the same curriculum requirements set by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. Generally, four years of undergraduate education plus four years of dental school is required to graduate and become a general dentist. State licensing boards accept either degree as equivalent, and both degrees allow licensed individuals to practice the same scope of general dentistry.
To become a specialist in orthodontics requires additional post-graduate training. After finishing college, earning a DDS degree, and becoming a general (family) dentist, Dr. Hendrix spent an additional three years in graduate level training and was awarded a joint Master of Science degree (MS) and Certificate in Orthodontics.It is this extra clinical and didactic training that distinguishes Dr. Hendrix as a Specialist in Orthodontics.