- Examining patients
- Oral communication
- Assessing abnormalities in the mouth, teeth, and jaws
- Using diagnostic tools, such as X-rays and molds of the teeth
- Connecting multiple, seemingly unrelated symptoms
- Diagnosing problems originating in the face and mouth
- Recommending corrective treatment
- Monitoring progress of corrective treatment
- Staying up to date on braces technology and other corrective appliances for the teeth and jaws
Although most commonly associated with prescribing braces, orthodontists do much more than that. They help patients correct and prevent problems that stem from the misalignment of teeth and the lower jawbone since these issues can lead to more severe issues throughout the body.
As such, orthodontists are the key to helping patients identify why the teeth and jaw muscles are contributing to cavities or problems in the neck and spine. If this line of work interests you, it is important that you commit to understanding how the body can be affected by poor tooth and jaw alignment.