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