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?

$223,934 /yr
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Orthodontist Insights

Read what Orthodontist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
SUNY BuffaloSUNY Buffalo
Orthopedic Surgery Resident
May 30, 2022

“nothing really theyve been great for my career”

Sesame PlaceSesame Place
Feb 16, 2021

“Good job to work for”

Mar 4, 2022

“work life balance would be better”

Certified Prosthetist Orthotist
Sep 14, 2021

“Compensation was good.”

North American Dental GroupNorth American Dental Group
May 27, 2021

“I’ve always felt supported and encouraged to grow in my career.”

Associate Orthodontist
Sep 10, 2020

“4. Too much politics”

Certified Prosthetist Orthotist
Sep 14, 2021

“There are many good people who work for Hanger, and I was glad to be able to work with them.”

University of Alabama at BirminghamUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
Sep 13, 2021

“good good pay good people”

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