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5 Benefits of a Dental Assistant Training as an Orthodontic Assistant

5 Benefits of a Dental Assistant Training as an Orthodontic Assistant


For dental assistants who are passionate about helping people achieve beautiful, healthy smiles, expanding their skillset into orthodontics can be an incredibly rewarding career move. Orthodontic assistants play a vital role in the specialised field of straightening teeth and correcting jaw misalignment, contributing to patients’ long-term oral health and confidence.

Here are five key benefits of a dental assistant training as an orthodontic assistant.

Increased Job Security and Higher Earning Potential

The demand for qualified orthodontic assistants is growing steadily, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 19% job growth for dental assistants in general, significantly higher than the average for all occupations. By acquiring specialised orthodontic skills, you’ll be more competitive in the job market, making you a valuable asset to orthodontic practices and opening doors to better career opportunities. Additionally, orthodontic assistants often command higher salaries compared to their general dental assistant counterparts.

Enhanced Knowledge and Skills

Orthodontic training equips you with a deeper understanding of tooth movement, treatment planning, and the specific instruments and techniques used in orthodontics. You’ll gain expertise in various aspects of patient care.

  • Applying and adjusting braces and other orthodontic appliances
  • Assisting with X-rays, scans, and impressions
  • Educating patients on proper oral hygiene and care for orthodontic appliances
  • Monitoring treatment progress and reporting any concerns to the orthodontist
  • Providing administrative and organisational support in the orthodontic practice

This expanded knowledge base increases your value as a healthcare professional and allows you to contribute more meaningfully to a specialised team.

Improved Patient Care and Job Satisfaction

Orthodontic patients often require additional support and attention due to the nature of their treatment. Your specialised training will allow you to provide more comprehensive and personalised care, addressing their specific needs and concerns. This can lead to increased patient satisfaction and a more fulfilling job experience for you.

More Diverse and Engaging Work Environment

Orthodontic practices offer a dynamic and collaborative work environment. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside orthodontists, hygienists, and other specialists, contributing to a team effort aimed at achieving optimal results for patients. The day-to-day tasks in an orthodontic setting are typically more varied and engaging than those in a general dental practice, keeping you motivated and challenged.

Personal and Professional Growth

Upskilling yourself through orthodontic training opens doors to personal and professional growth. You’ll gain increased confidence in your abilities, expand your network within the orthodontic community, and potentially take on more responsibility and leadership roles within your practice. Mastering new skills and knowledge can be a source of personal satisfaction and contribute to your overall career development.

Investing in Your Future

The decision to pursue orthodontic training is an investment in your future. The benefits extend beyond increased earning potential and job security; they offer a path to professional growth, personal satisfaction, and the opportunity to make a positive impact on patients’ lives. Through specialised training, you can become a highly sought-after professional in a growing field, contributing to the advancement of orthodontic care and creating a rewarding career for yourself.

Here are some additional factors to consider before making the decision to pursue orthodontic training.

  • Cost and Time Commitment
    Orthodontic training programs can vary in duration and cost. Research different programs to find one that fits your budget and schedule.
  • Program Accreditation
    Choose a program accredited by a recognized institution to ensure you receive high-quality education and training.
  • Your Personal Passion
    Consider your own interests and career aspirations. If you are passionate about orthodontics and helping people achieve beautiful smiles, then this career path could be a perfect fit for you.

By carefully assessing your options and taking into account the significant benefits, you can make an informed decision about pursuing orthodontic training and embarking on a successful and rewarding career in this specialised field.

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What People Are Saying

  • I completed the BOSS UK Diploma in 2021 and when it became available, signed up for the AU course as well. I completed the AU course at the end of last year and can honestly say BOSS (now Digital Orthodontic College) has completely changed my approach to clear aligner treatments and increased my confidence with treatment planning immensely. The fact that the course is 100% online was a huge drawcard for me initially since I have two young children, work clinically part-time and run my own business. It allowed me the flexibility to study when I had the chance and didn’t result in any loss of clinical time. Dr V is extremely passionate about orthodontics and more importantly sharing her wisdom and that comes through in her approach to teaching. The course is extremely comprehensive (NB: the AU course has quite a few complex assessments) and covers everything starting from the basics of tooth movement, which sets a good foundation and is therefore suitable even for beginners. The monthly/bimonthly webinars allow students to share cases and is a safe space, non-judgmental and therefore an incredible learning platform. I had been doing clear aligner treatments prior to starting this course, but BOSS helped me see patients with new eyes and has overhauled my treatment planning approach. I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone interested in learning, or to extend their knowledge about, clear aligner treatments.

    Thank you so much Dr V!

    Dr Lora Banicevic, Dentist NSW
  • The Australian accredited 10905NAT Graduate Diploma of Digital Orthodontic Treatment offers comprehensive training in the field, gives the candidate the opportunity to do things in a self-paced manner, while getting a personalised 1-on-1 learning experience with Dr Vandana Katyal. It was an excellent choice for me and gave me the flexibility to get the well-designed training done in my own time frame. I would strongly recommend the course to any practitioners who is looking to upskill themselves with a no-compromise high quality course, while also having to juggle between busy practices and family schedules.

    Dr Charles Sun, Dentist WA
  • I started this course unsure of how much I would benefit. The in-person lectures were fantastic (although the course is now 100% online) where I made good friends and learned a lot. The online resources are extensive and second to none, accessible at your convenience. The webinars were great – usually with the right mix of teaching, cases demonstrated and the attendees’ cases being discussed. I was also invited to deliver a webinar on intra-oral scanners, 3D printers and in house aligner manufacturing (from a dentist’s point of view) – which I enjoyed.
    Most of all the course gave significantly more confidence what can be done with aligners, how plan the setup efficiently with the end in mind and how to make the processes to get there smoother. As a result, a MUCH larger chunk of my work is now aligner based. My conversion rate for aligner treatments has definitely increased along with my confidence. The course has easily paid for itself. Full disclosure: I was invited to deliver a webinar on intra-oral scanners, 3D printers and in house aligner manufacture to my BOSS batch mates, which I also thoroughly enjoyed doing. I declined any remuneration for this, although it was offered.
    Dr Shammi Moopen, Dentist VIC
  • Since I have joined the postgraduate diploma in orthodontics I have noticed all the applied practical learning/knowledge on my patients and I am only half way through the year. Dr Vandana is a genuine educator. She goes way beyond to simplify every lecture and I really like her evidence based information and that is available for us 24/7. Her webinars helped a lot for busy dentists and loved the feedback we get in the one on one sessions with our cases. It make us think every step of the way. But the best thing I like is to see she is giving back to the community and her association with Smile Train in helping children with cleft palate is just beyond words. Thank you so much for being nice and approachable.

    Dr Claudia Braybon, Dentist NSW
  • Received my Diploma in Digital Orthodontics from BOSS and couldn’t be more stoked! Huge shout out to Dr Vandana Katyal and the BOSS team for a wonderful year. I would recommend BOSS to every dentist no matter their level of experience with Orthodontics and clear aligners. Starting off with barely any orthodontic experience, I have commenced about 9 cases in the matter of months and BOSS gave me the confidence to predictably deliver results for my patients through clear aligners which are the future of modern orthodontics.
    Dr Sarang Sathe, Dentist NSW
  • I chose Boss’s clear aligner diploma because I wanted to know the latest evidence based practice to enhance my treatment planning and case execution. I now have a much better understanding of how to diagnose, what movements can be done and what will get me into trouble. The flexible nature of the course delivery also fit perfectly into full time work and my otherwise packed schedule. The monthly case presentation webinars are also great to not only get feedback from Dr Katyal, but also to validate your own thoughts self-assess and see how you are tracking with your learning.

    Dr Gregory Nguyễn, Dentist NSW

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