Isabella FioreReading & Writing 1 courseSeptember 23, 2020Careers: Orthodontist/DentistWhat is an orthodontist? “Orthodonticsis a specialty of dentistrythat deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws, misaligned bite patterns. It can also focus on modifying facial growth, known as dentofacial orthopedics.” What does an orthodontistdo?An orthodontist receives special training to fix misaligned teeth. If a dentist refers you to an orthodontist, the inference is that your teeth aren’t quite right. It’s not a big deal at all. You’ll likely receive a recommendation for braces orsome other method of straightening your teeth. The orthodontist is the person who does this job. The most important job for an orthodontist is identifying issues with your teeth and mouth.How long do you have to be in school to become an orthodontist? It takes approximately 12 years of formal university education to become a certified specialist in orthodontics!Overall you have to attend college and then dental school. The yearly salary for an orthodontist is $292,000.