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Orthodontists - 29-1023.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Board Certified Orthodontist
  • Orthodontist
  • Orthodontist, Small Business Owner
  • Orthodontist, Vice President
  • Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Adjust dental appliances to produce and maintain normal function.
  • Coordinate orthodontic services with other dental and medical services.
  • Design and fabricate appliances, such as space maintainers, retainers, and labial and lingual arch wires.
  • Diagnose teeth and jaw or other dental-facial abnormalities.
  • Examine patients to assess abnormalities of jaw development, tooth position, and other dental-facial structures.
  • Fit dental appliances in patients' mouths to alter the position and relationship of teeth and jaws or to realign teeth.
  • Instruct dental officers and technical assistants in orthodontic procedures and techniques.
  • Prepare diagnostic and treatment records.
  • Provide patients with proposed treatment plans and cost estimates.
  • Study diagnostic records, such as medical or dental histories, plaster models of the teeth, photos of a patient's face and teeth, and X-rays, to develop patient treatment plans.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust dental devices or appliances to ensure fit.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members.
  • Design medical devices or appliances.
  • Diagnose dental conditions.
  • Examine mouth, teeth, gums, or related facial structures.
  • Fabricate medical devices.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Train medical providers.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Dental Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orthodontics (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orthodontist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orthodontist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orthodontist (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Orthodontist