Orthodontists

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, approximately 5,570 orthodontists work in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Diagnose problems with teeth, jaws, and lower facial development and treat malpositioned and misaligned teeth and jaws
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Education and Training
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship; residency
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Orthdontic Practice
  • Experienced Orthodontist
  • Associate in an Established Orthodontics Practice

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