A CAREER IN ORTHODONTICS
Few careers are as rewarding as Orthodontics--a health care profession characterized by interpersonal patient relationships, stimulating technical challenges, and predictable financial stability. My personal quest to become an orthodontic specialist began after high school. I attended college, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. Afterwards, it was four years of dental school (Doctor of Dental Medicine degree) followed by an additional three years of graduate orthodontic education (Master of Science degree and orthodontic specialty certificate). Eleven years of college may sound quite overwhelming at first but taken one step at a time becomes quite manageable especially when keeping your long term goals in mind. Remember that even the longest journey begins with a single step. I would encourage anyone with an interest in Orthodontics to observe an orthodontist in action. Learn as much as you can about the day to day operations of the practice. Dental School and Ortho School can be extremely competitive so any activities on your resume that distinguish you from others will no doubt be helpful. A genuine compassion for community service and making good grades certainly won't hurt either. Our practice offers many opportunities for shadowing and observation. Why not get a jump start on becoming an orthodontist--one of the best jobs in the whole world.
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