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.
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.