As you know, dentists are in charge of teeth, gums and mouth health issues. Working as a general dentist has an estimated salary of $70.36 per hour. Some dentists, however, choose to focus their studies and practice only on specific areas or procedures. Orthodontists – who mainly design braces and appliances to straighten teeth – are a good example of this. Oral surgeons are a whole other specialty area by themselves; they operate on the mouth and teeth when surgically repairment is required. The hourly salary for these last two career options is about $90.00.