What does an Orthodontist do?

Orthodontists are doctors who specialize in evaluating and treating dental conditions, with a particular focus on issues related to the alignment of teeth, jaws, and surrounding areas. Their work frequently involves the placement and adjustment of braces and other dental appliances and equipment. They diagnose issues related to misalignment of the teeth and jaw and develop a recommended treatment plan. They monitor facial growth and development to detect any abnormalities or issues of concern.

Orthodontists are doctors who have graduated from dental school and have a valid license to practice dentistry. They should be board certified in orthodontics and have extensive hands-on experience performing a range of common orthodontic procedures. Familiarity with cutting-edge orthodontic tools and treatment methods is an advantage. These roles require strong patient relations skills.

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How much does an Orthodontist make near United States?

$224,422 /yr
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Orthodontist Career Path

Learn how to become an Orthodontist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.


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Orthodontist Insights

Read what Orthodontist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Smile DoctorsSmile Doctors
Sep 8, 2022

“it was cool and i was able to work with amazing people!!”

MB2 DentalMB2 Dental
May 31, 2023

“I was seeking a partner that would allow me to remain competitive but also allow me to keep complete clinical autonomy and also ownership.”

SUNY BuffaloSUNY Buffalo
Orthopedic Surgery Resident
May 30, 2022

“nothing really theyve been great for my career”

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation HospitalMary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Certified Prosthetist Orthotist
Feb 22, 2023

“Good work life balance opportunities”

Mar 4, 2022

“work life balance would be better”

Orthodontist Assistant
Jun 9, 2023

“The hourly pay was decent.”

Artisan Prosthetics
Certified Prosthetist Orthotist
May 11, 2023

“Great work life balance.”

Certified Prosthetist Orthotist
Sep 14, 2021

“Compensation was good.”

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