Career Overview

Orthodontists put braces on teeth in order to straighten them.


This career requires a lot of education! A person must go to dental school for four years to obtain a doctor of dental medicine degree; this is after first obtaining a four-year bachelor's degree. Then, after dental school, one must complete a three-five year program in orthodontics.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$82,000 /yr
$174,000 /yr
$305,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including chemistry and biology!
Work Environment

Orthodontists work in dental or orthodonists' offices.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada
PayScale, Inc.