SOC: 29-1023.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
8,200 employed

Projected (2024):
9,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Board Certified Orthodontist
  • Dentofacial Orthopedics Dentist
  • Invisible Braces Orthodontist
  • Orthodontist
  • Orthodontist, Small Business Owner
  • Orthodontist, Vice President
  • Pediatric Orthodontist
  • Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adhesive removing pliers
  • Autoclave sterilizers
  • Band contouring pliers
  • Band pushers
  • Band removers
  • Band slitting pliers
  • Bird beak pliers
  • Boone gauges
  • Bracket removing pliers
  • Cap removing pliers
  • Cheek retractors
  • Cold sterilizers
  • College tweezers
  • Dental cone beam computed tomography CT equipment
  • Dental curing light sources
  • Dental digital panoramic x ray units
  • Dental digital x ray machines
  • Dental explorers
  • Dental micrometers
  • Dental scalers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital stereoscopic cameras
  • Distal end cutters
  • Dontrix gauges
  • Double-ended band seaters
  • Dry heat sterilizers
  • Hemostat pliers
  • Hollow chop pliers
  • Interproximal strippers
  • Intraoral 3-D imaging devices
  • Jarabak pliers
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser scanners
  • Ligature directors
  • Ligature tying pliers
  • Light wire pliers
  • Lingual arch forming pliers
  • Lingual torquing keys
  • Loop forming pliers
  • Mathieu needle holders
  • Mathieu pliers
  • Mouth mirrors
  • Orthodontic wire cutters
  • Personal computers
  • Pin and ligature cutters
  • Positive positioners
  • Posterior band removing pliers
  • Rectangular arch forming pliers
  • Safety glasses
  • Single-end explorers
  • Surgical gloves
  • Surgical hook crimping pliers
  • Surgical masks
  • Tablet computers
  • Tie-back pliers
  • Twirl-ons
  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • Weingart utility pliers
  • Adstra Systems ADSTRA Management
  • Advance Ortho Systems Program Director
  • Algorithm Compu-Ceph
  • American Orthodontics Compu-Ceph
  • American Orthodontics Photo-Eze
  • Dolphin Imaging & Management Solutions Dolphin Management
  • EZappt
  • FYI Technologies Dr. Ceph
  • FYI Technologies Dr. View
  • GAC International OrthoPlex
  • ICE Dental Systems
  • IMS Specialty Services IMS Digital Office
  • Innovative Software Inn-Soft Office Manager
  • Katchitek Corporation OrthoManager
  • Kodak Dental Systems Kodak OPMS Practice Management Software
  • Kodak Dental Systems Kodak Orthodontic Imaging Software
  • Kodak Dental Systems Kodak ORTHOWARE
  • New Horizons Software OrthoExec
  • Oasys Practice
  • Ortho Computer Systems ViewPoint
  • OrthoChart
  • Orthoease
  • PerfectByte Ortho
  • Solutions by Design ScreenPlay
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800