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Sample orthodontist job description

[Organization X] has gone through unparalleled growth, so we need to add an experienced orthodontist to our team. We’re proud to provide patients with high-quality orthodontic care that helps them achieve their dream of a beautiful smile. We’re searching for a licensed orthodontist who can assist us in promoting healthy teeth and good oral habits from early childhood through adulthood. The ideal candidate will be a master craftsperson who’s able to collaborate with dentists and medical professionals in helping patients attain better oral health, a more satisfying appearance, and teeth that will last a lifetime.

Objectives of this role

  • Serve as a preventive care specialist and provide educational and clinical services supporting overall health through optimal oral care
  • Perform a variety of orthodontic procedures to diagnose, prevent, and treat conditions and to help patients maintain oral health
  • Provide inspiring leadership to assistants, technicians, and administrators by establishing a culture of teamwork, quality, support, and trust
  • Nurture and grow relationships with local dentists who refer patients to our practice
  • Evaluate needs by determining changes and trends in dental disease, treatment, and technology


  • Examine teeth, gums, and related oral structures using dental instruments, X-rays, and other diagnostic equipment; diagnose diseases and abnormalities; and plan appropriate treatments
  • Evaluate facial aesthetics and proportions; assess developmental age and profile; and diagnose, prevent, intercept, and treat malocclusion of teeth and alterations in surrounding structures
  • Provide preventive and corrective treatment for disease, injury, and malformation of teeth, gums, and related oral structures
  • Guide oral structures to achieve optimal aesthetics among facial and cranial physiologies
  • Write prescriptions for oral health treatment

Required skills and qualifications

  • Doctor of dental surgery (DDS) or doctor of medicine in dentistry (DMD) degree, or equivalent, from an accredited university
  • Board certification
  • Regional licensure, such as CRDTS or CDCA-WREB
  • Ability to lead a staff and put patients at ease
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • One to three years of orthodontic experience
  • Advanced degree from accredited orthodontic specialty program