Is it possible to change the default alphabetical order of teams? in this case so dentist is before other team listings? IE: not ADVANCED DENTURES • DENTAL DISORDERS •DENTIST.
I would like to help you with this, but sadly there is no possibility to change the order in which the team-member categories are written on each team member. Not without reprogramming the widget.
If you are fluent in php, you can check the /dentalia/widgets/so-widgets/orion-team-w/tpl/orion_team_w-template.php file and search for
$departments = get_the_terms( $post_id, 'department' );
This fetches all the team member categories. You would need to reorder this array somehow.
I would probably break it..
How does the widget respond to spacebars? could i make the other category start with a space? would it treat that as a symbol and then put them at the back of the que?
The issue with this is, that WordPress will delete space when you save department title with a space.
But your thinking is actually good and out of the box... What you could do, is add html entity instead of space (it translates into space in browsers).
Try to write it everywhere as " dentist" instead of " dentist".