Orthodontists can see up to 90 or 100 patients in a day, but 65 is a good number that allows them to provide excellent service and still do everything they need to do. According to Miles McGann, executive director of Progressive Orthodontic Seminars, it takes about 9 hours per case for the first patients. Providing quality orthodontic care to patients can be a cost-effective and satisfying part of any dentist's practice. As an orthodontist, you get used to caring for more patients and you have orthodontic assistants who help you a lot.
An adjustment occurs when the orthodontic patient comes to change the wire, reinforce the elastic wear, etc. This visit is special as it is when the patient sees the finished product for the first time, making being an orthodontist something incredible.