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8 Specialist Orthodontist Jobs Found

Special orthodontist jobs are a specialist field of dentistry that deal with the diagnosis and correction of problems related to alignment of the teeth and jaws. The role involves working with patients suffering from a variety of issues, often young children and teenagers. Such issues can include irregular teeth and wrongly developed jaws requiring the need for braces.

Orthodontist vacancies can be found in both the public and private sectors. As such, you could find yourself working in a large hospital, community dentistry practice or specialist clinic. Keep reading to learn how to become a specialist orthodontist, including expected salaries and required qualifications.

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Orthodontist jobs involve helping patients suffering from issues related to their teeth and jaws. This is performed using a variety of techniques and equipment. This includes x-ray machines and moulds. The role involves examining, diagnosing and treating patients. You will be part of a close team and be expected to operate professionally at all times.

The role can be varied, with no two days ever likely the same. Orthodontist job description duties are likely to include:


  • Performing initial patient assessments
  • Removing teeth and performing jaw surgery
  • Educating patients/their families on correct dental care
  • Continuing treatment of patients, sometimes over extended periods of time

Qualifications are required to become a specialist orthodontist. Firstly, you must study and qualify as a dentist, often at a recognised dental school. Once qualified and registered with the General Dental Council (GDC), you will be able to begin practising as a dentist in the UK. Specialist orthodontist jobs require additional training. This often includes the need for at least two years of working experience before applying for postgraduate orthodontist courses.

Orthodontist training features a mixture of practical and academic tests. In addition to having the appropriate qualifications and clinical experience, specialist orthodontist jobs require the following:

  • Excellent ‘bedside’ manner with patients
  • Pleasant, calming personality
  • Able to communicate effectively with young people
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Confident decision maker and strong understanding of your specialist area

Working as a specialist orthodontist can provide excellent career prospects. There is strong demand for the role and specialist orthodontist jobs can be found in both the public and private sectors. There will likely be many opportunities to develop professionally through experience and gaining further qualifications. Options include running your own specialist practice, becoming a consultant or going on to provide orthodontist training to students.

The average orthodontist salary begins at around £45,000 once you have gained the relevant qualifications and skills. Experienced NHS practitioners can earn up to £100,000 a year. Wages in the private sector can be higher or lower depending on the size and location of the practice you are working in.

Specialist orthodontist jobs can provide excellent professional and financial rewards. The role comes with lots of responsibilities. You will also be making a positive difference to many people’s lives every day. Long-term stability and prospects are good. You will also likely have many opportunities to develop further through gaining additional skills and experience.

However, the role can also be demanding. You may have to work long hours and will be dealing with patients often in pain and apprehensive of having dental work. You may be required to be ‘on call’, as well as work some unsociable hours.