The Importance of Orthodontics in Dentistry
In the world of cosmetic dentistry, one man’s meat is another man’s vinegar. Mark Woolhouse has been practicing orthodontic dentistry for more than 20 years and he is one of Australia’s best-known practitioners of this often complex and controversial practice. Although every orthodontist is also a dentist, many orthodontists won’t specialize in orthodox dentistry and instead, they’ll work in any number of other fields of dentistry. So what makes Mark special?
Well first of all he started doing his job in a rather unusual field
general dentistry. He started in a small GP office (a very small one, actually) in Sydney before taking up his job as an orthodontist in the Gingko Health Care Institute. It was the beginning of a long and illustrious career that would see him travel to China, America, France and even Israel. The Orthodontic Foundation started giving him financial assistance as he pursued his dream of becoming an orthodontist.
As he began his studies at the University of Sydney
he realised that there were a number of other challenges in his chosen career. Unlike many dental students, who have the luxury of going straight to dental school and spending several years learning their trade, Mark had other things on his mind. He realised that he needed to specialise within a certain area in order to set himself apart from the other well-educated, well-trained dentists in Australia. He did this by setting up a private practice. This was against the rules at the time, but because Australia had few private practices and its economy was not yet developed, the government allowed him this freedom of movement – something which he took full advantage of.
The rewards of a career in orthodontic dentistry are many.
You can be proud to work in an industry which has so much room for creativity and growth. In an ever-changing world, a career in dentistry offers you a stable and rewarding career that won’t be set aside once you’ve finished your education and are preparing to enter the workforce. Dentistry is about changing the way we look at what goes on around our mouths and making a difference in the lives of those who look up to us for their teeth.
A job in orthodontics also means hard work.
Although you may enjoy the challenge of working with patients, it’s not something that you can take lightly. You will spend countless hours in the office putting patients at ease, conducting oral exams, diagnosing problems and treating them. You may also choose to specialise further within the field of dentistry, helping to train the next generation of the business, creating jobs for those in your community and travelling around to build up more clinics and orthodontics around the country.
The world of orthodontics isn’t for everyone, however.
Some people simply aren’t cut out to be dentists. If this sounds like you, it’s important that you make the right decision in terms of your educational and work experience training. Don’t just assume that because you had a successful childhood that you’re automatically cut out for the big job. If you have tried to enter the world of orthodontics but were turned away, don’t give up. There are plenty of other opportunities available to you.