An orthodontist is a specialist in the field of dentistry that is focused on the treatment and prevention of certain kinds of dental and facial irregularities. Aside from designing and applying dental braces, they also treat jaw irregularities, such as overbite and underbite, and even certain kinds of facial abnormalities as well.
American Association of Orthodontist
Almost all orthodontists in the United States will belong to the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO. The AAO is a professional organization that is meant strictly for orthodontists that was first established in the early 1900's. The first members graduated from the Angle School, which was founded by Dr. Edward Angle, "the father of orthodontics."
One of the main attractions to the orthodontist career is the salary potential one can incur. Even though the career requires extensive education, it is possible to earn up to $300,000 annually in the position. Furthermore, those just starting the careers will begin at around $90,000, offering a great start to a professional career.