Have you been exploring new careers? Are you trying to decide if dentistry is the right move for you? Here are a few ways to decide whether you would be happy as a dentist, orthodontist or dental assistant.
Read About Dentistry
One way to explore the field before making decisions is to read the journal of clinical dentistry. Journals like these give you a small insight into what the career looks like. It will also give you an idea of the kind of reading you may have to do if you decide to go to school for dentistry. Look at pictures of surgeries, learn a little more about teeth and make a decision about whether you want to learn more.
Find out what you need to do to get into the field. Look into dental assistant programs at community colleges and technical schools. Look into medical schools to become a dentist as well. Figure out how much those programs would cost and how much time you would need to complete them. Contact the schools to get more information and shadow a student for a day if you can. Once you learn more about the program it will be easier for you to decide what to do.
Go To the Dentist
One of the best ways to gauge interest in a subject is to go and learn from the best. Make an appointment with your dentist to see if you could shadow for a day or come into the office to learn more. You could even spend some time with the secretary or dental assistant to determine your interest overall. No matter what you decide to do, with thorough research you will find out whether you really want to pursue a new career. At the very least, you will know more about what goes on in the office during your next dental visit.