Looking for a rewarding and fun career? Want to work in healthcare and help create beautiful smiles? Becoming an orthodontic assistant might be an answer for you!
An orthodontic assistant is a dental assistant who works with patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment (braces, Invisalign). Orthodontic assistant can either work in a general dental or pediatric dentist’s office that does orthodontic procedures, or an orthodontic office.
One of the first people you’ll meet at the orthodontic office will be the orthodontic assistant. They meet the patient, take X-rays of their mouth, take photographs and take impressions of the patient’s teeth.
They also prepare the patient for the orthodontist, perform simple tasks such as tightening braces, and conduct a preliminary examination. In addition orthodontic assistant is being responsible for sterilization of instruments and maintenance of orthodontic equipment and supplies.
Being an orthodontic assistant is very different from being a dental assistant. A dental assistant sits next to the dentist and passes him instruments and assists in the procedures. An orthodontic assistant is much more independent, performing hands on orthodontic procedures under the supervision of an orthodontist. Orthodontic assistants also work in the lab, pouring and shaping molds from the impression they took earlier. In addition, orthodontic assistant can make simple orthodontic appliances such as retainers or space maintainers.