What Training is Required?
This depends on what state you live in. In some states, to become a dental assistant you need formal training and to be certified by a board. However in some other states, you do not have any requirements to receive formal training before you can work. Though it is not required in some of those states, it still helps to get the proper training.
To become an orthodontist assistant you have to be certified by the Dental Assisting National Board in some cases. The training can be obtained at some local community and junior colleges. Online classes are also available as well. The classes do not last long, typically ending between 10 and 12 weeks. Such schooling generally costs between $3000 an $5000.
Orthodontist Assistant Jobs: How to Get Started
This is pretty self explanatory. Assistants will work in a orthodontist office and assist him or her with their duties. This usually involves being with the patient before a procedure and helping with tools and supplies.
If you are doing “on the job training” such as at a job corp or similar type of school you will learn quickly how to use the instruments, how to speak with patients, and how to keep everything sanitary and comfortable in the office.
Once you have trained, gotten your degree and certification you can then look for work. Create a resume’ upload it to Monster.com, Careerbuilder, and Craigslist. That’s a start to your career search. Be sure to try to land interviews by calling up and inquiring offices nearby. You can even ask for an apprenticeship/internship if you cannot find immediate paid work.
Once you are asked to interview, simply be calm and be prepared to talk about why you would like the position. Be sure to negotiate your salary requirements and benefits package as well.