Our curriculum has been used at major public colleges and universities in their dental assisting programs. The orthodontist you’ll be training under is uniquely qualified to teach you the knowledge and skills dental employers are looking for in entry-level dental assistants.
You will learn the necessary skills and information needed to become one of the best orthodontic assistants in the state! You won’t waste your time with 9 months of classwork and no real patient experience. Remember, your time is valuable, DON’T LET IT BE WASTED!
Review of the school’s expectations. Get to know the orthodontic profession, dental instruments, the dental chair and accessory dental units. The building blocks to becoming an amazing in-demand Orthodontic Assistant. Learn about the various office positions, professionalism, law and ethics, HIPPA and patient communications. Learn how to do the various Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required in the orthodontic clinic. How to wash hands properly, learn how to use the ultrasonic and the autoclave properly; Disinfection control and procedures and placing barriers in the treatment room, plaster room, sterilizer room, and in the dental office. Covers mechanisms of disinfection, sterilization, OSHA, MSDS sheets. The goals of infection control are discussed together with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and standards. You’ll learn the various orthodontic instruments, and equipment as well as their parts and uses. Have fun learning and practicing instrument transfer methods.
We cover oral anatomy and physiology. You’ll become proficient in preparing a dental chart using appropriate symbols and abbreviations using hand charts and inpatient software. You’ll be introduced to the several different approaches orthodontists utilize to treat malocclusion and correct misaligned teeth, from treatments designed to correct mild bite issues that are strictly for cosmetic purposes to more complicated procedures that are used to correct malformed jaws in both children and adults. Get hands-on training on archwire selection, placement, and termination.
This week is dental radiology safety and on becoming very proficient in panoramic and cephalometric x-rays and how to position the patient. You’ll also learn all about how orthodontic headgear works in correcting malocclusion problems involving the upper jaw and mandible, and how to properly bond and position brackets. The course will help you understand the three ways braces move teeth. In the orthodontic banding section of this week, you’ll learn to recognize band differences, band components and identification markings, and how to recognize a well-fitting band and know when a band is cemented correctly. For photography enthusiasts, you’ll especially like the digital dental photographs you’ll learn to take during the New Patient Exam for documentation of special concerns, for Progress Records, for Post-treatment documentation, and for enhanced communication with patients, parents, and other practitioners. You’ll also learn basic dental digital photography techniques.
This course teaches the procedures for conducting a New Patient Exam with the help of a New Patient Coordinator. Students will be introduced to the complete diagnostic record and includes understanding the patient’s medical history, dental and orthodontic history, clinical examination, plaster study models of the teeth, photographs of the patient’s face and teeth, panoramic or other x-rays of all the teeth, a facial profile x-ray (cephalometric film), and other appropriate x-rays. Learn a system for producing excellent alginate impressions in a practice. Evaluation of the patient, selection of the best impression tray, proper mixing of alginate impression materials including dimensionally stable materials, proper impression technique, control of the gag reflex, evaluation of the quality of the impression, and problem-solving are covered in detail.
This course teaches the categories of secondary appliances such as fixed or removable appliances. Fixed appliances are cemented to the teeth. They can only be removed by the doctor or staff, including the laboratory prescription sheet. Students will learn how to assure patient compliance with removable appliances and trimming and polishing. You’ll learn how appliances are placed including the purpose, and types of separators, bands, and bonded appliances and become familiar with the proper procedure for cementing bands, mixing liquid/powder cements, and how teeth should be prepared for bonding. MID-TERM EXAM.
Preparing materials before the appointment, pre-removal procedures, safely removing orthodontic bands, brackets, adhesive, cement, attachments, and restoring the teeth to a high shine. Retention and post-treatment ortho procedures will be covered. You’ll be taught the process of selecting the best retention procedures with the patient following orthodontic tooth movement therapy. This week also features a thorough review of the radiographic technique, charting, and infection control.
You’ll learn the characteristics and personal qualities of the orthodontic assistant as part of the dental health care team. Roles, ethical and legal considerations, and levels of supervision are considered. After taking impressions, models can be made. get up to speed on the different types of working models and their purposes in orthodontics, learn the steps in making quality working models and an overview of study models and their alternatives. You will work with gypsum and the right equipment to produce models including the articulator, vacu-sopat, model trimmer, buffalo knife and vibrator. Get ready to learn advanced steps and techniques in producing excellent clinical photographs for dentistry and orthodontics using a Digital Camera.
Get valuable office skills. Learn front office duties, reception, record keeping, patient scheduling and general office management/maintenance. Review of Dental insurance terms. Insurance codes and filing dental insurance. Learn how to write effective resumes and present yourself well in a job interview. A mock interview will be held with each student to practice the interview process. procedures for conducting a Treatment Consultation with a patient, reviewing the diagnostic materials, reviewing the treatment options and their advantages and disadvantages, presenting the Treatment Plan. You’ll also become proficient with Dolphin Imaging & Management Software which utilized at most Orthodontic offices. Learn to capture, store and import photographs, X-rays, slides and other types of dental images as part of the patient treatment record.
Take the Finals Written and Practical Exams. The x-ray practical will include taking Panoramic and Cephalometric x-rays. The clinical assisting practical will consist of six mock orthodontic assisting stations for orthodontic procedures. This week you’ll also become CPR certified by the American Red Cross.
The day following the last day of class is YOUR day to shine! It is graduation day! We go off-site to a large local venue to celebrate you and all your hard work! Bring your family, friends, and loved ones to celebrate you and your amazing accomplishment! A variety of refreshments, video of your accomplishments throughout the class, diplomas, games with prizes, and memories! It is our pleasure to offer this day to you, our orthodontic dental professional and welcome you to an amazing career!
Religious Accommodation: Master Academy will make good faith efforts to provide reasonable religious accommodations to students who have sincerely held religious practices or beliefs that conflict with a scheduled course/program requirement. Students requesting a religious accommodation should make the request, in writing, directly to their instructor with as much advance notice as possible. Being absent from class or other educational responsibilities does not excuse students from keeping up with any information shared or expectations set during the missed class. Students are responsible for obtaining materials and information provided during any class missed. The student shall work with the instructor to determine a schedule for making up missed work.
Examples of religious accommodations may include: rescheduling of an exam or giving a make-up exam for the student in question; altering the time of a student’s presentation; allowing extra-credit assignments to substitute for missed class work or arranging for an increased flexibility in assignment due dates; and releasing a graduate assistant from teaching or research responsibilities on a given day.
Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 PM-10 PM
55 NE Fairgrounds Rd Suite 100
Bremerton, WA 98311
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