Orthodontic assistants work in dental offices where they are required to provide chairside assistance to Orthodontists by preparing patients, ensuring that they are comfortable and offering assistance for complex oral surgery procedures.
Orthodontic assistants perform many tasks such as preparing the patient by taking x-rays and impressions, performing preliminary examinations and collecting diagnostic data. They prepare appointment rooms, sterilize orthodontic tools, recordkeeping, sterilization of equipment and adjust patients’ braces as directed by the resident Orthodontist.
To work as an Orthodontic assistant, one should have good knowledge of orthodontics along with skills like customer service, dexterity, ability to follow instructions, attention to details, effective communication, and infection control.
Educational requirement to become an Orthodontic Assistants includes a high school diploma, or its equivalent, and on-the-job training or an associate’s degree or certificate in dental assisting, along with licensure in certain states.
Following is a list of skills for an Orthodontic assistant:
Orthodontic Assistant Sample Skills
- Skilled in taking patients medical history , x-rays, and tooth impressions.
- Capable of taking intra and extra oral pictures of the patients’ teeth to help the orthodontist in developing treatment plans.
- Talented at preparing patient and instruments for treatment.
- Qualified to make patient comfortable in the chair and answering their queries.
- Experienced in taking x-rays and administering anaesthesia as instructed by the orthodontist.
- Competent at assisting the dentist in performing clinical procedures.
- Well-versed at discarding one-use supplies according to the Medical Waste Tracking Act.
- Exceptionally talented in diagnosing and providing treatment in removing dental diseases.
- Unmatched ability to restore misalignment of teeth with tooth extraction, dental braces and invisalign.
- Able to maintain clean environment and sanitise the clinic thoroughly.
- Excellent ability to handle scheduling, billing and record-keeping.
- Proficient in cleaning instruments and and assisting during orthodontic treatments.
- Adept at chair side assistance instrument identification charting and patient education and support.
- Strong medical knowledge, technological proficiency and interpersonal skills.
- Special talent in handling multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.
- Excellent communication and critical thinking skills.