According to U.S. News and World Report, a good job is one that pays well, challenges us, allows us to utilize our talents and skills, isn’t too stressful, offers room for advancement, and provides a satisfying work-life balance. Their top choice? Orthodontist!
As they go on to state, a beautiful smile begins with an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received advanced training in orthodontics for two to three years beyond the four years of general dental education. Orthodontists focus on the teeth and jaws, specifically their realignment to provide ideal function and appearance.
The report also states that the need for orthodontists is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, resulting in about 1,500 new job openings. Now is a great time to pursue an orthodontic career.
I made my decision to become an orthodontist during high school. I attended Kenyon College, a small liberal arts school, and was their only pre-dental student during my four years there. I attended Georgetown University School of Dentistry and that’s when I really knew I had made the right decision. I loved teeth and everything about them. From there I went to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry where I received my certificate in orthodontics. Upon completion of my residency, my husband and I moved to Guilford, I opened my orthodontic practice, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Orthodontics has been a wonderful career choice for me on many levels. It has given me the freedom to choose to live in Guilford, start my own practice here, and raise my three children here. It has given me the opportunity to become part of a larger family as well, my family of patients. There are few things better than the day when a patient who you have gotten to know over the course of two years, has their braces removed! It’s a huge milestone for them and a day of celebration for all of us. The big smile we get on that big day is the greatest reward we could receive.
One of the biggest thrills I get is when a patient comes to me and says that they would like to become an orthodontist. If that’s you… let’s talk!
Read the complete U.S. News and World Report article hereÂ http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/orthodontist.