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Orthodontists

OaSIS code 31110.03

Orthodontists examine and diagnose dental, jaw or other oral and facial abnormalities, provide orthodontic treatment and place braces in patients' mouths to change the position and relationship of the teeth and jaws.

Overview

Also known as

  • Orthodontist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine patients' teeth, gums and surrounding tissue to assess abnormalities of jaw development, tooth position, and other dental-facial structures
  • Diagnose teeth and jaw or other dental-facial abnormalities
  • Propose treatment plan for conditions such as underbites, overbites, crowding and others
  • Design and fabricate appliances, such as space maintainers, retainers, and labial and lingual arch wires
  • Fit dental appliances in patients' mouths to alter the position and relationship of teeth and jaws or to realign teeth
  • Coordinate orthodontic services with other dental and medical professionals
  • Educate patients about improving and maintaining orthodontic care, and promoting routine dental health care.

Additional information

  • Certification by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada entitles dentists or graduates of approved dental programs to practise dentistry in any province in Canada provided requirements set out by the provincial and territorial licensing authorities are met.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Denturists (32110)
  • Dental hygienists and dental therapists (32111)
  • Dental technologists and technicians (32112)
  • Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants (33100)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

31 – Professional occupations in health

Sub-major group

311 – Health treating and consultation services professionals

Minor group

3111 – Dentists, optometrists and audiologists

Unit group

31110 – Dentists

Occupational profile

31110.03 – Orthodontists

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
5 - Highest Level
Managing Resources
5 - Highest Level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level
Coaching and Developing Others
4 - High Level
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
5 - Physically touching or very close

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
3 - About half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Hospitals
  • Private practice
  • Public health facilities
  • Universities

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
5 - Highest Level
Control of Settings
5 - Highest Level
Finger Dexterity
5 - Highest Level
Manual Dexterity
5 - Highest Level
Problem Identification
5 - Highest Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
5 - Highest Level
Decision Making
5 - Highest Level
Oral Communication: Oral Comprehension
5 - Highest Level
Oral Communication: Oral Expression
5 - Highest Level
Problem Solving
5 - Highest Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Independence
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important