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How to become an Orthodontist

avg. starting salary

Want to become an Orthodontist? Don’t forget your toothbrush… An Orthodontist specialises in the assessment and treatment of crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, and general irregularities in teeth alignment. Usually working with Dentist’s referrals, orthodontic work may be carried out for various reasons related to functionality and appearance. But whether it’s for re-alignment to fix abnormal development, preventing damage to the jaw or simply aesthetical improvements, providng every patient with a winning smile is all in a day’s work for an Orthodontist. Main duties for an Orthodontist include:
  • Examining patients’ teeth and jaws
  • Assessing and treating any irregularities
  • Designing specialised dental equipment such as retainers and braces
  • Fitting dental appliances to alter the position of teeth
  • Regularly checking and adjusting equipment
  • Keeping records of treatment for each patient

To become an Orthodontist, you must have strong technical knowledge in dentistry, proven by extensive on the job experience and education. Logical thinking will be key, and a background in science and human biology will certainly help when you get started. As you’ll be dealing with people, you’ll also need to have a confident and friendly approach when conveying information to your patients, ensuring you’re always actively listening to what they have to say and are constantly looking out for their well-being. An Orthodontist should also be:
  • Attentive and empathetic
  • Technically minded
  • Able to demonstrate accuracy, with a keen eye for detail and precision
  • Dexterous enough to make precise movements
  • A good problem solver
  • Good at hand-eye co-ordination


Associate Orthodontist

Up to £30,000


Up to £40,000

Senior Orthodontist

Up to £80,000

"I’ve always had an interest in human biology, and after studying Science at college, I decided I wanted to specialise in something more specific, where I could help people. Dentistry has always fascinated me, from all the different types of equipment, to the procedures they are able to do to drastically improve someone’s life. After five years of studying, I became a qualified Dentist, but I wanted to learn more – so an extra three years of University later, I qualified as an Orthodontist. It took a long time, but it’s great. I get to combine practicality, logic, and people skills and enjoy a varied and interesting day job. And I haven’t paid for floss in years…"

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