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Orthodontic Training for Assistant


If you love helping people feel more confident about their smiles and forming meaningful relationships with patients. Becoming an orthodontic assistant means you get to help people get their smiles back in one of the fastest-growing fields out there. Orthodontic training for assistants has a rewarding career as they provide patients with treatment and follow-up care, but there is always room for further education and to expand your skill set. What better way to advance your career than to train as an orthodontic assistant?

Orthodontic Training for Assistant Can Boost Your Career

Create more opportunities

Training as an orthodontic assistant gives you the opportunity to expand your skill set. You will learn how to work with the latest dental appliances, assist in helping dentists develop an adequate treatment plan, and learn to use the terminology needed to communicate with patients. When it comes to orthodontics, patients will be more likely to go with the treatment plans they feel most comfortable with, this is where an orthodontic assistant’s skills come in.

As an orthodontic assistant, you will have more career opportunities since general practitioners seek assistants who are cross-trained in multiple specialties. You will also be able to do clinical tasks such as taking x-rays, facial photographs, making dental moulds, fabricating dental appliances such as whitening trays and get involved in modern orthodontic appliances and techniques based on comprehensive and instructive knowledge in orthodontics.

Orthodontic training for assistants is a great chance to be educated and be aware of how important orthodontics is in dentistry. This will create more opportunities for you to assist dentists and orthodontists for a range of patients. Whatever the case is, you are properly trained with the skills necessary to confidently assist the dental practitioner to identify and diagnose orthodontic cases.

Fast career advancement

Like most jobs, it may take time to boost your career to the next level. The training period for orthodontic assistants is relatively short. By taking courses, you can become an orthodontic assistant in just a few months. This means that you will soon be able to get out there and start working alongside orthodontists and general dentists performing orthodontic treatments. Developing new skills and earning an income will go hand-in-hand.
Becoming an orthodontic assistant has multiple benefits. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn a new set of skills and you could even jump into a more desirable position if you have the proper certifications.

How To Become An Orthodontic Assistant

First, you do not need to have formal education or experience in order to apply to orthodontic dental assistant jobs.

Optionally, you can also participate in a dental assistant externship in institutions such as TAFE to gain more experience and knowledge about orthodontics in a clinical setting, which gives you the upper hand of working with other dental professionals when applying for a dental assistant position.

Remember to create a resume and emphasise on your knowledge and skills in specialised orthodontic duties. Then you can start finding a program that works for your schedule, needs, and budget. Make sure your program complies with the certification requirements of your state.

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What People Are Saying

  • 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
  • Having always steered away from clear aligners and only stuck with fixed braces, I’ve finally decided to give aligners a go this year. BOSS is extremely practical, informative and backed up by heaps of research. Dr. V is a great mentor, she’s always helpful and truthful. The team at BOSS and CCC smiles are just amazing, always there to help you whenever you need, even if it was a question that’s been repetitively asked many many times. I would highly recommend BOSS to anyone who wishes to start their journey in digital orthodontics. With Dr. V and her team behind me, my confidence level is soooo much higher and I feel like I am delivering my treatment to a higher standard and overall making me a better clinician. Thank you Dr. V!!

    Dr Claire Chiu, Dentist QLD
  • I joined BOSS in 2018 for the full year, and the wealth of knowledge that Vandana shares is immeasurable! This course is perfect for absolute beginners and also those with more experience, and Vandana caters it perfectly for the whole group. All her information is evidence based and very relatable for general dentists, giving you information that those “generic” 1-3 day clear aligner courses cannot give you. BOSS is a very comprehensive course. I highly recommend it, I plan to join BOSS again!

    Dr Michelle Sujenie, 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
  • 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
  • Dr Katyal shares so much of her own protocol and is extremely generous not only with her time but with the well thought out information she provides along with the course such as inventory lists, marketing material and case presentation templates. She tailors her advice to your own experience and helps with appropriate case selection, points out possible pitfalls and helps you understand how to overcome them. The course is also up-to-date using the latest technologies in orthodontics and is heavily evidence-based.

    I would recommend it to anyone wanting to start doing some orthodontic treatment or looking for a more comprehensive course to assist in some ortho they are already doing.

    Dr Becky Dudman, Melbourne

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