Challenges To Become An Orthodontist

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There were roughly 9,000 orthodontists in the United States as of 2013. This number is slowly declining as years go by. Many people believe orthodontists are like dentists but, they each perform many different tasks. Dentists can treat and diagnose problems that involve your mouth, teeth, or gums. Orthodontists align teeth, bites, and jaws. They also straighten teeth using braces. These things are done to people’s mouth for either cosmetic or functional reasons to help their everyday lifestyle. Another way to think of an orthodontist is to think of them is as a dental specialists. Although both jobs work together to help the patient be in as little pain as possible. After an orthodontists helps a patient they tell them to continue going to their dentist every six months.…show more content…
Most orthodontists take four years in regular college to get a bachelor degree. Their degree is usually one of the science fields like biology, physics, or chemistry. Then after their college degree, they have to go to a dental school for another four years. Dentists can stop their education here, but orthodontists have to go two years at an orthodontic specialty program. There are many challenges to becoming an orthodontist. One of these challenges are the many years of school. Going through so many years of school can be very stressful and frustrating. Another struggle is that because of the number of years in school it takes to become an orthodontist you do not have any time to study anything beside orthodontics. Ten years is a long time to study without studying anything else. Becoming an orthodontist is not easily done but, it is manageable. In the end, it will be worth all the years of school and all the challenges when you get to wake up everyday and practice the thing you love the most,
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