Orthodontist

Jillian Sosa

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ORTHODONTIST

An orthodontist specializes in how the jaws and teeth are aligned. It is their job to diagnose any of their patient's orthodontic problems. Orthodontists need to have a desire to help, be able to see a good outlook, be sensitive, detailed and very patient. You have to be able to handle a lot of stress while being an orthodontist. It takes a lot of experience and schooling to become an orthodontist. The average salary is $206,290.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

In order to become an orthodontist you need to apply to and graduate from any accredited college or university with your bachelor's degree. Once you pass the Dental Acceptance test you then have to go through 4 years of dental school and receive your master's degree or Ph.D. In orthodontics. After that you have to do 2-3 years of graduate school to become an orthodontist.

TYPICAL DAY

Being an orthodontist is very stressful. They work 40 hours or more. A lot of orthodontists start their own business and this requires a lot of effort and responsibility. It is their job to employ, pay their employers, and keep up with everything required to run a business. They examine teeth and jaws and know what needs to be done to fix the problems. They check in with different patients daily to see the progress that has been made.

Employment OUTLOOKS

Orthodontists are the largest group of dental specialists and are expected to grow. The availability of the career is influenced by the working patterns of other orthodontists and the location of where other orthodontists are working.