Are orthodontists paid well?
Orthodontists are dental professionals who specialize in correcting tooth and jaw abnormalities. They straighten teeth and assist in the correction of overbites and underbites.
If you’ve ever had braces or a retainer to straighten your teeth, you can credit your orthodontist for designing a treatment plan that was tailored to your individual needs.
“I was fascinated with how the face and jaws grow in dental school, and how the teeth, jaws, and a person’s smile affect how they feel about themselves,” says Chris Roberts, president of the American Association of Orthodontists in 2020-21 and adjunct clinical associate professor of dentistry at the University of Michigan. “Becoming an orthodontist takes several years of higher school, yet it is the most fulfilling vocation I can imagine.” Orthodontist employment is expected to expand by 8.1 percent between 2020 and 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During that time, an estimated 500 jobs should become available.
What Does it Take to Become an Orthodontist?
Before becoming licensed and authorized to practice, aspiring orthodontists must complete around a decade of schooling and training.
“To become an orthodontic specialist, an orthodontist typically completes four years of undergraduate college, four years of dental school, and two to three years of full-time residency,” Roberts explains.
To apply to dental school in the United States, candidates must take the four-hour Dental Admission Test. Students should take the test at least a year before they plan to enter dental school and after they have completed their biology and chemistry prerequisites, according to the American Dental Education Association. According to the ADEA, many students take the admissions test after their third year of college. For more information about braces, invisalign or orthodontistry contact Orthodontist Downey CA Thomas Gibson DDS at 562-927-6453
Students in dental school must also pass a national board test. The two-part National Board Dental Examination has been used in the past, but it is being phased out in favor of the Integrated National Board Dental Examination, which will begin in 2020.
Getting a residency is exceedingly difficult. Only 4% of candidates are accepted into one of the 67 residency programs in the United States, according to Roberts.
The average annual salary for dental assistants is $39,770
According to O*NET, they help dentists with everything from setting up equipment to preparing patients for treatment, as well as keeping track of patients’ dental histories. A vocational school diploma is usually the only prerequisite for this job.
The average salary for dental laboratory technologists is $43,180 per year
They make and repair dentures and dental appliances using models made from a patient’s mouth, according to O*NET. The dental product’s design is determined by the models they develop, which must mirror the bite and movement of a patient’s jaw.
Dental hygienists earn around $75,500 per year on average
They polish teeth and evaluate patients’ mouths for symptoms of oral illness, according to O*NET. They also take X-rays and clean teeth and gums with dental equipment to remove deposits and stains. The majority of dental hygienists just need an associate’s degree.
Dentists in general earn an average of $175,840 a year
Dentists are responsible for ensuring that their patients’ teeth are kept clean, according to O*NET. They offer routine check-ups and cleanings, as well as examining teeth and gums. Dentists, unlike dental hygienists, employ surgical equipment for a variety of operations, such as tooth extraction and dental appliance installation. To work as a dentist, you must have a doctoral degree.
Prosthodontists earn $191,400 on average per year
They make oral prosthesis to replace lost teeth, correct congenital deformities, or improve a patient’s appearance, according to O*NET. Prosthodontists build the actual prostheses that put in a patient’s mouth, unlike dental laboratory technicians who make dental models.
Orthodontists earn a median annual salary of $225,760
Orthodontists put braces and other dental appliances in patients’ mouths and undertake more intrusive procedures that dentists can’t, such as root canals, according to O*NET. They search for anomalies such as misplaced teeth or jaws to decide which patients require dental equipment.
The average annual salary for oral and maxillofacial surgeons is $242,370
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive the most money but undertake the most invasive operations, according to O*NET. Patients’ wisdom teeth are examined, and any impacted, broken, or non-restorable teeth are removed. They also help patients get ready for bigger dental appliances.
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