Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.

Common job titles of Orthodontists include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 92.36% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.

  • 7.58% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.


    Instruct dental officers and technical assistants in orthodontic procedures and techniques.

    Prepare diagnostic and treatment records.

    Coordinate orthodontic services with other dental and medical services.

    Design and fabricate appliances, such as space maintainers, retainers, and labial and lingual arch wires.

    Examine patients to assess abnormalities of jaw development, tooth position, and other dental-facial structures.

    Fit dental appliances in patients' mouths to alter the position and relationship of teeth and jaws or to realign teeth.

    Diagnose teeth and jaw or other dental-facial abnormalities.

    Adjust dental appliances to produce and maintain normal function.

    Study diagnostic records, such as medical or dental histories, plaster models of the teeth, photos of a patient's face and teeth, and X-rays, to develop patient treatment plans.

    Provide patients with proposed treatment plans and cost estimates.


Weingart utility pliers

Ultrasonic cleaners


Tie-back pliers

Tablet computers

Surgical masks

Surgical hook crimping pliers

All Tools

Surgical gloves

Single-end explorers

Safety glasses

Rectangular arch forming pliers

Posterior band removing pliers

Positive positioners

Pin and ligature cutters

Personal computers

Orthodontic wire cutters

Mouth mirrors

Mathieu pliers

Mathieu needle holders

Loop forming pliers

Lingual torquing keys

Lingual arch forming pliers

Light wire pliers

Ligature tying pliers

Ligature directors

Laser scanners

Laptop computers

Jarabak pliers

Intraoral 3-D imaging devices

Interproximal strippers

Hollow chop pliers

Hemostat pliers

Dry heat sterilizers

Double-ended band seaters

Dontrix gauges

Distal end cutters

Digital stereoscopic cameras

Digital cameras

Desktop computers

Dental scalers

Dental micrometers

Dental explorers

Dental digital x ray machines

Dental digital panoramic x ray units

Dental curing light sources

Dental cone beam computed tomography CT equipment

College tweezers

Cold sterilizers

Cheek retractors

Cap removing pliers

Bracket removing pliers

Boone gauges

Bird beak pliers

Band slitting pliers

Band removers

Band pushers

Band contouring pliers

Autoclave sterilizers

Adhesive removing pliers


Adstra Systems ADSTRA Management

Advance Ortho Systems Program Director

Algorithm Compu-Ceph

American Orthodontics Compu-Ceph

American Orthodontics Photo-Eze

Dolphin Imaging & Management Solutions Dolphin Management


All Technologies

FYI Technologies Dr. Ceph

FYI Technologies Dr. View

GAC International OrthoPlex

ICE Dental Systems

IMS Specialty Services IMS Digital Office

Innovative Software Inn-Soft Office Manager

Katchitek Corporation OrthoManager

Kodak Dental Systems Kodak ORTHOWARE

New Horizons Software OrthoExec

Oasys Practice

Ortho Computer Systems ViewPoint



PerfectByte Ortho

Solutions by Design ScreenPlay


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Teaching others how to do something.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Finger Dexterity

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Control Precision

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