Orth means "straight" and odont means "tooth." Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose problems with teeth, jaws, and lower facial development and treat malpositioned and misaligned teeth and jaws. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 7,700 orthodontists work in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • Doctorate
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required