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What are some benefits of being an orthodontist?

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Haripriya’s Answer

Hey! There are both professional and personal benefits to being an orthodontist.
Professionally, an orthodontist is one of the few doctors that spend a lot time with the patient over the years. Orthodontic corrections require at least 2 or 3 visits a month and the treatments extend up to a year or more depending on the severity of the malocclusion. This leads to a good doctor-patient rapport and through the months, an orthodontist can visibly see a difference in the patient's attitude and self esteem as their malocclusions get corrected. There is no other greater job satisfaction than knowing that your treatment can bring about a huge difference in someone's life.
Personally, being an Orthodontist is highly challenging as no two cases are alike. Therefore creating a treatment plan for each patient creates a highly stimulating work environment. Post treatment, seeing a difference in esthetics or function is highly rewarding.

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Orthodontics is also a highly evolving field. Braces have grown more and more sophisticated and new developments in the field make orthodontics an exciting line of work. With the advancements in braces like the clear brackets and clear liners, orthodontists also need to be on par with the advancements and technology to sustain in this competitive field.
Thank you comment icon Hi Dr. Ramasamy: Your comments are very insightful. Thank you. Sheila Jordan
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Ryan’s Answer

You meet a lot of people and see them on a monthly or 6 week basis. Lots of leadership and delegation. Lots of selling yourself and knowing and running a small business. If you enjoy constant learning (business and orthodontics) leading a team and developing systems and creating a brand, you will enjoy orthodontics. If you prefer to be more hands-on, enjoy more variety of procedures, follow the guidance of others, etc, then ortho may not be a good fit for you.

While you are in the 4 year dental program you will see if there is a particular specialty that interests you (crown and bridge, endodontics, orthodontics, pedodontics, public health).

Ryan recommends the following next steps:

Get a bachelor's year degree
Write the DAT
Apply to dental school
During dental school decide if you like ortho
Graduate dental school with high marks and apply to ortho program
Thank you comment icon Hi Dr. Cormack: Thank you for sharing the next steps; very insightful. Sheila Jordan