Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.

Should I become an orthodontist

jakeoshjakeosh Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
I am going to be a junior in HS, and I am trying to figure out whether I should be an orthodontist or go into biotech or business. I am leaning towards an orthodontist, since they get to make people confident about themselves by fixing their teeth, they make $$$$$$$$ and they have the potential to begin a practice, which is practically owning a business (one of my life goals). The only concern is that I’ve heard dental school is insane and the DAT is insane. I just want some input from people experiencing this and telling me if it’s worth it. Also, what can I do in HS to get early experience?

Thanks!

Replies to: Should I become an orthodontist

  • April011April011 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Don’t go into something just for the money or if it’s “easy”. I suggest you choose something you are highly interested and despite the difficulty, you will continue to work at it. If you are going to spend the next 4 to 8 years of schooling, better do it on something you look forward to doing.
  • dentmom4dentmom4 Registered User Posts: 1,037 Senior Member
    Dentistry is a hard career for someone just in it for the money. Shadow your dentist and orthodontist to get more perspective.

    It’s a little early to pick a career, especially in the dental field.
  • GoldPennGoldPenn Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    No. You’re likely to make more money in biotech. Owning a dental practice is extremely stressful and expensive. There is a great deal of competition from corporate dentistry which is taking over many smaller private practices. I highly recommend you interview or job shadow orthodontists before making a decision. Be sure to interview at least one person who has been in practice for 20 plus years. In addition, four years of dental school will run you between $400,000 and $500,000, not to mention the additional time involved in becoming a specialist.
Sign In or Register to comment.