Vanchure 1Julia CunhaMrs. GramingaCCR1 January 2019A Career In Orthodontics Orthodontists are specialized dentists whose expertise lies in the proper alignment of the jaws and teeth (Doyle, 2019). Although most commonly associated with prescribing braces, orthodontists do much more than that. They help patients correct and prevent problems that stem from the misalignment of teeth and the lower jawbone (Doyle ,2019). Some duties of an orthodontist include but are not limited to examining patients, oral communication, assessing abnormalities in the mouth, teeth, and jaws, using diagnostic tools, such as X-rays and molds of the teeth, connecting multiple, seemingly unrelated symptoms, diagnosing problems originating in the face and mouth, recommending corrective treatment, monitoring progress of corrective treatment, staying up to date on braces technology and other corrective appliances for the teeth and jaws (Doyle, 2019). As such, orthodontists are the key to helping patients identify why the teeth and jaw muscles are contributing to cavities or problems in the neck and spine. If this line of work interests you, it is important that you commit to understanding how the body can be affected by poor tooth and jaw alignment (Doyle, 2019).Only about 6 percent of all dentists are orthodontists, due to competition and selectivity, it takes certain personality traits to be an orthodontist (Windermere, 2016). A characteristic that an orthodontist must have is to be aesthetically oriented. Having a love of physical beauty and the desire to help people helps orthodontists to visualize the final outcome of their work. Sensitivity is something an orthodontist should have. The personality trait of sensitivity is extremely helpful
Vanchure 2in making their patients feel more comfortable. A certain level of embarrassment might come with having to talk to the orthodontist about what's wrong with the appearance of their teeth, so patients are comforted by the sensitivity and kindness an orthodontist displays toward his patients as he seeks solutions to correct their smiles. An orthodontist must be detailed oriented.