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You might hire an orthodontist to:

  • Provide preventative and corrective treatment for oral diseases and injuries 
  • Straighten teeth and correct nonoptimal bites

  • Treat jaw pain, sleep apnea, and gum disease

  • Fit patients with braces, expanders, and other appliances

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Degree from an accredited dentistry school
One to three years of orthodontic experience
Degree from an accredited orthodontic program
Strong leadership skills
Board certification and required regional licensure
Good bedside manner