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Orthodontists

Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Study diagnostic records, such as medical or dental histories, plaster models of the teeth, photos of a patient's face and teeth, and X-rays, to develop patient treatment plans.
    • Adjust dental appliances to produce and maintain normal function.
    • Diagnose teeth and jaw or other dental-facial abnormalities.
    • Fit dental appliances in patients' mouths to alter the position and relationship of teeth and jaws or to realign teeth.
    • Examine patients to assess abnormalities of jaw development, tooth position, and other dental-facial structures.
    • Provide patients with proposed treatment plans and cost estimates.
    • Instruct dental officers and technical assistants in orthodontic procedures and techniques.
    • Prepare diagnostic and treatment records.
    • Design and fabricate appliances, such as space maintainers, retainers, and labial and lingual arch wires.
    • Coordinate orthodontic services with other dental and medical services.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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    Pay

    • US Annual Salary 208,000+/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage 100+/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 260
    • Yearly Projected Openings 10

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Concern for Others
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Orthodontic pliers
    • Dental scissors
    • Dental probes or explorers
    • Dental placement instruments
    • Dental mouth prop or bite block or gag

    Technology

    • Medical software
    • Internet browser software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Development environment software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
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