Career Advancement

Where is Demand for Orthodontists the Highest?

Career Advancement

Where is Demand for Orthodontists the Highest?

Smiling ortho patient with braces.

Whether you choose to open your own practice, partner with a DSO, or seek an associateship, finding the perfect job starts with finding the right location. While orthodontia as a specialty has good projected growth throughout the country, the demand for orthodontists varies widely from place to place. How can you find the right location for your career? Where are orthodontists most in demand?

Demand for Orthodontists Is Growing in Rural Areas

There has been an interesting trend in health services and especially dental industries in the past several years. Metro areas have historically been great places to seek employment. Between high population density and patient pools with more disposable income, there used to be a strong draw to urban centers for dentists and orthodontists entering the field.

However, in the past several years, urban areas have become oversaturated with health professionals, including orthodontists. Competition can be fierce, and many patients already have providers. Trying to carve out your niche as a newcomer to the area—regardless of your years of experience—can be daunting.

On the other hand, rural and suburban areas can offer an untapped market. Many patients in these areas have little or no access to certain healthcare services, orthodontia being one of them. Rural areas are primed for orthodontic services. The demand for orthodontic services is expanding more and more into the rural communities and to those demographics that were previously priced out of care.

Young, smiling ortho patient sitting in a dental chair.

Demand for orthodontists in rural areas is changing for several reasons. For one thing, more patients in these areas now have access to dental health benefit plans than in the past, meaning they have better access to general dentists. Even if their insurance does not cover orthodontic services, seeing a dentist regularly can help patients along the road to ortho. 

Patients in these areas are also becoming more aware of the value of orthodontic services, largely because of social media marketing. Ortho is becoming more prolific in our communities with the awareness that is being generated in the marketing world. While online aligner services are controversial at best, they have done one good thing when it comes to the demand for orthodontists. More and more patients now understand how alignment can benefit them and have started seeking treatment.

No matter how interested these patients are, living away from population centers can be an insurmountable obstacle to accessing care. When it comes down to it, living rurally can make regular trips to the orthodontist too difficult to be feasible. While the demand for ortho has drastically increased, the number of providers has not met the demand. If the nearest provider is an hour’s drive away in the next city, even the most well-intentioned and motivated patients may not be able to make it work.

Better Technology Means Better Demand for Orthodontists

Changes in technology have added to the change in demand for orthodontists in recent years. Digital technology and new treatment modalities help streamline the orthodontic process and minimize a patient’s number of visits to the office. Technology has played a key role in this evolution in orthodontic demand.

With digital technology, we are able to monitor patient progress remotely and deliver more efficient care by not having patients come into the office for as many regular appointments. This is essential for serving the previously underserved. Community Dental Partners works hard to embrace new technologies as they are proven effective. By incorporating aligner therapy and braces in conjunction with Dental Monitoring to reduce face-to-face patient interactions, CDP can provide better access and accommodate busy lifestyles.

Dentist showing teen female a set of teeth

We’ve said it before: Texas is a great state for dentists. It’s also a great state for orthodontists! Jobs for orthodontists in Texas are projected to grow significantly faster than the national average in the coming years, a trend that has been proven to be true for the past several years. Not only that, but salaries for orthodontists in Texas are typically higher than average, especially considering the lower-than-average cost of living. 

Texas has more orthodontists than the average state, which might make it sound like a saturated market. However, take into consideration how much of the state qualifies as rural or non-metro. Wide swaths of land between urban centers leave huge untapped markets. In addition, many people are moving from places like Dallas and Houston into the more spacious regions away from huge cities. And they will need dentists and orthodontists for their families!

In the past, Texas was not considered a great job market for dental professionals because, while many people needed care, they couldn’t afford it or didn’t want it. However, Texas has overall followed the trends discussed above. More patients now have dental benefit plans, seek dental care more regularly, and understand their need for care, leaving Texas as a market with a high demand for orthodontists!

Partnering with CDP Can Help You Capitalize on Demand for Ortho!

No matter where you choose to establish your ortho career, partnering with a great dental service organization like CDP can help you maximize your potential. Our network of family dental practices will help keep you busy with a consistent stream of new patients. Our financial and administrative support means you’ll have access to the best technology and facilities, meaning your patients can get the excellent care they deserve. We can also help you find the perfect location for your practice, where your skills will be in high demand! 

At CDP we are committed to providing access to care to underserved communities throughout Texas. Skilled doctors change their patients’ lives, and we want to help you make the best possible impact. Schedule a call with a Recruiting Manager to learn more about a great orthodontics career with CDP!

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Dr. Dustin Roden-Johnson
Dr. Dustin Roden-Johnson Founder and Clinical Director CDP Smiles

Dr. Roden-Johnson is an orthodontist and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. He then went on to receive his degree in dental surgery in Houston. After graduating from dental school in the top 5% of his class, he was accepted into the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston-Dental Branch, where he acquired a master’s degree in oral biology and a specialty certificate in orthodontics.

While in training, he was published twice in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. He has lectured several times in the past years to many different audiences about the science of orthodontics in Central Texas. He is currently the CFO and Clinical Director of Orthodontics for OrthoDent.

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