Orthodontics Taylor Chapman


Orthodontists examine oral cavity anomalies and dental abnormalities and treat such conditions. They are primarily responsible for realigning, or straightening, teeth and jaws by using orthodontic retainers and braces.They fit patients with dental appliances, prepare treatment records, and provide cost estimates. Orthodontists may also be required to design appliances like retainers.

Work Conditions

Orthodontists usually have their offices merged with a dental facility or own their own practices. There are pediatric and general orthodontists.The job of orthodontists requires frequent interaction with other doctors and staff. They need to educate patients about proper eating and teeth-cleaning habits. They may also be required to check and adjust dental fittings for patients. Orthodontists' offices are usually clean and well lit. The work in itself can be very rewarding, especially since the results of orthodontics help restore the confidence and self-esteem levels in people. Their hours are able to be flexible suiting themselves and their patients.

Education and Training

The first step to becoming an orthodontist is to complete a Bachelors degree in a science related field such as:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biomedical Science
  • Physics

The aspiring orthodontist would then have to take the DAT (Dental Admissions Test) to be accepted into dental school and complete four years in order to obtain their D.D.S (Doctor of Dental Science) degree.After completing dental school, a student who wishes to become an orthodontist must enter an orthodontic specialty program. This training requires a minimum of two years to complete, and in some cases may take longer. It takes the form of residency training, where the candidate works under the direct supervision of qualified orthodontists. This complete process will take at least 10-11 years.

Those wanting to go above and beyond may be interested in pursuing a Masters degree in Orthodontics. The highest paid orthodontist positions are the ones from the offices of physicians, which ensure a wage of $232,360.The average salary of an Orthodontist in the United States working in offices of dentists have a median wage of $196,170 per year (with a hourly rate of $94.31)while ones working in offices of other health practitioners have an income of $192,600 per year ($92.60 per hour).

The benefits package for an orthodontist typically includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans and paid vacation.

Aptitudes & Values

Some characteristics that contribute to becoming a successful orthodontist include:

  • Trustworthy
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Artistic
  • Social skills


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