risk level
Based on 157 votes
by year 2032
or $83.82 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

16% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

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Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Finger Dexterity

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Persuasion

  • Negotiation

  • Originality

User poll

31% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 16% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Orthodontists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Orthodontists' job openings is expected to rise 4.5% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Orthodontists' was $174,360, or $83 per hour

'Orthodontists' were paid 262.8% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 6,400 people employed as 'Orthodontists' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 23 thousand people are employed as 'Orthodontists'.

Job description

Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.

SOC Code: 29-1023.00


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Khaled says
Orthodontists are all of Robots taking over part of the labor bill. For example, I can not wait to get a robot receptionist who does not get sick, does not have to take personal days off, compassionate days off (because her pet is sick). Patients should be able to walk to the front and get an appointment booked themselves. Just like when you book a flight and select your seat.

Similarly, there's got to be an accounting software which orthodontists use for bills, to pay bills, to communicate with your accountants for the year end, to generate cheques for staff (pay) without having to hire a bookkeeper. This will decrease the overhead.

Even the financial manager position can be replaced. You enter the contract for the particular patient, and the robot presents and emails all the details. No need for cleavage to close the deal, for patients to bargain, or for them to feel that they are being treated unfairly price wise.

Replacing the job of the Orthodontist with a robot is actually risky. When teeth move, there is a biologic cost. If things are moving via Autopilot, and then someone finds out, that movement took place in the wrong direction, fixing these errors is costly both in time, money, and most importantly, patient's dental tissue repair sometimes.
Oct 11, 2020 at 02:34 PM
GGM says
I think, the risk will be more, the AI actually is able to make diagnostic and with plastic printer make the treatment. The braces are soon out of date.
Sep 28, 2019 at 08:53 AM
Christian Lopez says
Because if a robot makes a wrong move when taking out teeth or putting braces they could mess up and lose a lot of money
Apr 24, 2019 at 03:23 PM
Sami says
Who wakes up one day and decides they want to look at mouths everyday? This job is dead.
Apr 02, 2019 at 11:53 PM
Idgaf says
Someone who’s interested in that? I personally want to be an orthodontist bc I think it’s really cool and the work-life balance is great (the salary is nice too)
Jul 06, 2020 at 02:30 AM
Raphael Tavares Pinto says
I love it
Mar 30, 2019 at 01:03 PM

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