This is the most forward-thinking and gratifying way to practice dentistry that I know of. You are truly helping children and their families overcome major obstacles to health. The gifts you will give these children will last their lifetimes.
The diagnostic process is complex and more like doing a medical assessment than a dental assessment (within our scope of practice, of course). Collaboration with other HCP's is common. Getting to know the patient and their parents is an essential part of the process. Helping a child become a better version of themselves - physically and mentally - is our ideal outcome.
Our office is bright and modern. There are two docs here now. Our practice income has doubled in the past three years. Our staff loves their work and is well organized ]. And there is plenty of room for growth and associateship leading to ownership for the right person. We are just 12 miles West of Manhattan.
There are three ways to approach this position, but all require you to have a sincere interest in expanding your view of dentistry well beyond what you learned in your training. If you understand that malocclusion is just the side effect of an imbalance in the anatomy, physiology or habit patterns of the mouth, face, head and body, then you might be interested. If you or a loved one has had a breathing problem during the day or at night that disturbs their sleep and you know there must be a better way of dealing with it than just expanding the maxilla, then you might be interested. And if you understand that the inclusion of "Airway" into dental practice is the way of the future in both dentistry and medicine, then you may be in the right place.
Here are good candidates:
1) A pediatric dentist that is great with patient management and also has an interest in orthodontics and is willing to learn more orthodontics skills
2) An orthodontist with good hand skills but is willing to learn to work with young children and able to manage their behavior
3) A dual-degree ortho/pedo would be an ideal candidate for the position
Prior experience with clinical and patient management is helpful, but the right personality trumps experience.
You will be working chairside doing appliance therapy at whatever level you feel competent. You will be talking to children and parents about what it takes to become healthy and beautiful. You must be willing to learn more than you know about both of these areas of practice.
Addititonal course work will be required as time goes by to build up your skill set.