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|Overview:||Orthodontists correct malformations in the growth of mouth and dental structures. They design and install braces, wires and other appliances in patients' jaws to realign malformations. Treatments are often long term and require adjustments.|
|Duties:||They diagnose the causes of a patient's mouth and dental abnormalities in the jaw, mouth and teeth. Determine whether the abnormalities can be corrected with braces and devices.
May prescribe the removal of teeth or surgery as a preliminary step to the design of braces and devices to realign the patient's teeth or jaw.
They determine for each patient whether orthodontic corrective methods are needed for reasons of the health of teeth, mouth and jaws or for improving appearance.
Design actual braces, wires and other devices needed for each patient. Make adjustments on the devices as patient improves. Design devices patients can insert & remove for long term usage.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Health Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
|Job Outlook:||Employment opportunities are expected to be favorable over the next 10 years. The demand for orthodontic services will grow as the large number of baby boomer parents seek teeth straightening services for their children.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$75,000 to $81,000|
|Education Level:||Candidates for this occupation generally have completed their Bachelor’s Degree and have continued their education either 1 or 2 years longer.|
|Additional Training/Education:||All states require orthodontists to be licensed. Licensing requires graduation from an accredited dental school and passing written and practical exams. In addition to completing four years of dental school, most orthodontists have a bachelor's degree from a 4-year college including specialized training. Dental schools require a minimum of two years of pre-dental college training.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.