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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
Doctor of dental surgery (DDS) or doctor of medicine in dentistry (DMD) degree, or equivalent, from an accredited university
Strong leadership skills
Degree from an accredited orthodontic specialty program relevant to country of hire
Good bedside manner
Board certification or equivalent and required regional licensure Strong attention to detail and accuracy 
One to three years of orthodontic experience