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Do you need to be really good in science to become an orthodontist?

I'm a Junior in high school. I want to know if I have to be really smart in science because I don't want to get to college or university and lose money for something I know I'm not really good at. I want to find the best match for me. #college-majors #university #dental #dental-hygienist #orthodontist #dentistry #dentist #teeth #dental school #college


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Julio’s Answer

As Jane stated, it is a yes and no answer to your question. First off, many people tend to get a Bachelor's in Biology or a related science to have the best chance into getting into medical school, this is where you have to take many Chemistry, Biology, Math, and Physics courses to learn as much as possible in preparation for medical school. Now, the thing many students don't know is that you are able to get into medical school with any major, whether it is Health (a much easier major than Biology), Psychology, or anything even remotely related to the medical field, the downside to this is that you will have a harder time catching up to your peers in medical school AND all medical schools take priority in accepting graduates with a major in the sciences.
Conclusion: Yes, you have to be good at science because although you can avoid some of the much harder science classes in your undergraduate years by majoring in something such as Public Health or Allied Health, learning advanced science concepts and lessons is inevitable once you reach medical school.

- If you are not sure how good you are at science, use your very first semester as a test trial. Make sure to take core classes such as English, Math, etc., but also try out a Biology class and if you feel as though you are struggling, consider majoring in Health or something related to your future career that is a bit easier, but keep in mind that you may have a harder time getting into medical school and keeping up with the intense workload. If you feel maybe a career in science isn't for you, look into all the majors that your potential colleges/universities offer and see if there is anything that you may be passionate about; just make sure to look at the required classes for that major and make sure they are classes you will enjoy and will be able handle along with your core classes. Good Luck!

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Jane’s Answer

Hi Alicia,

I think this is a yes and no because while you don't need to be amazing, you need to understand the topics well enough. Work really hard if science isn't easy for you, not just to pass the exams, but to also understand the topics. There are always improvements you can make so study hard and study correctly (research active recall study techniques), do your absolute best, ask those around you for help if you are having trouble with a topic, and use resources outside of the classroom (YouTube and Anki are great). For your career path, science classes will be a large chunk, so it is really important to find ways to understand the topic.

Whatever path you choose, hard work and understanding will always be required, so do your best and make sure you love the field.

Good Luck!

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Rachel’s Answer

Yes, you will need to take various science courses in your preparation to become a Dentist and then Orthodontist specialty.

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Bryce’s Answer

Hi Alicia,

The answer is quite simple, yes you will have to be fairly well versed in the subject of science. Most people who want to pursue becoming an orthodontists, get a bachelor's degree in biology. This helps you gain much needed content information in the field of biology that will prepare you best for dental school. Then in dental school you will have more biology and anatomy specific to the field you want to go in. So, be prepared for a lifetime of science.

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