I need help writing an introduction to a paper on becoming an orthodontist.I need help writing an introduction to a paper on becoming an orthodontist.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think it might be good to start to describe why you want to be an orthodontist, or the benefits of being an orthodontist. You also might want to describe what an orthodontist does, because some people may not really know all that the job entails.
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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Writing an introduction can be tricky. If you're having trouble with it, you may want to write your paper first and come back to the introduction. The first thing your introduction should do is capture the reader's attention. You want to find some part of being an orthodontist or visiting an orthodontist that will draw your reader in. Think about why you want to be an orthodontist or what you remember about going to the orthodontist. Maybe something like, "I still remember how nervous I was the first time I went to the orthodontist" (of course, if this is a formal paper, you shouldn't say I). From there, you could lead into how you want your patients' experiences to be the same or different. Then, you can go into your thesis statement about why you want to be an orthodontist. Remember to follow this thesis for the whole of the essay. For this type of paper, choose your first sentences carefully and try to keep it interesting. Your paper may seem weak if you can't draw the reader's interest in your introduction.
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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that your introduction can play with the concept of being an orthodontist in some rather interesting manners.  The idea of "making straight" that which is crooked,  righting what was wrong, being able to rectify that which is the past into what can be the present and future is fairly powerful.  The power in making childhood teeth straight to help provide a better today and tomorrow is something that can be introduced in an almost "superhero" manner.  The appliances that are used to help in this process could be the superhero's "tools."  I almost see this emerging as the narrative of a "Dark Knight" type of figure.  Focus on how the attempts of the orthodontist fighting teeth crookedness are akin to the superhero who fights crime, and this introduction is both "tongue and cheek" (no pun intended) and insightful about the career choice.

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