My Career - Orthodontist

By:Erika Garcia


Orthodontics- Is a type of dentist who specializes in straightening crooked teeth. (Definition)

Tasks and Responsibility


Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.


Orthodontics are mostly responsible for locating problems with the positioning of patients' teeth and with their oral development.

High school Preparation

Coursework for High schoolers




-Biology are all highly recommended.


- Need to graduate Highs school or have a GED

- Four years of college

- Four years of Dental school

-Two to Three years of training

- knowing another language would be a advantage

- Extensive written and clinical certification and licensing exams.

Job Outlook

According to BLS Orthodontic jobs are expected to grow by 21% between now and 2020.

Extracurricular activities

Any club that can improve your leadership skill.

Post-secondary Plan Requirements

UIC- college of dentistry - specialty in orthodontics

Southern Illinois university school of dental medicine -Commission on dental accreditation

Midwestern university college of dental medicine -Commission on dental accreditation


- Medicine within the dentist career

- Regular Dentist

-Specialties in mouth surgeries

Job Skills

- Active listening

- Speaking

- Critical Thinking

- being able to manage time

- Good hand coordination

Work Environment / Career Connections

- Being able to solve problems

- updating and using correct information

- Monitoring and controlling resources


Median annual wage- $201,030

Median hourly wage - &96.65