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.

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

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