What do Orthodontist Assistants Do for a Living?
That’s a good question. Like anyone who is looking to get into any field it is important you know exactly what is expected of you before you go in. The last thing you need is to go through years of schooling and find out that you are overwhelmed by the expected job duties day in and day out. Here is a rough estimate of what you can expect to go through.
Orthodontists are responsible for fixing, realigning, and repairing the teeth. Though a number of the procedures can be regarded as strictly for vanity, there are some procedures that are health related. Through the use of braces, invisible aligners, and retainers the teeth are repaired.
As an orthodontist assistant, you are expected to be there as the lead orthodontist performs procedures. You are the extra pair of eyes and ears for the physician and help with patients before, during, and after procedures and check ups. What is expected of you is usually up to the office you work for, but it usually is not much more than we have outlined here. What ever office you work in will further train you on your exact requirements.
What Education Is Required
You have to first have a high school diploma before you can expect to get started. From there you need to enroll in a technical college, or a community college and obtain a degree. You have to obtain specialist training in this field, meaning you cannot enter with a liberal arts or business degree. The degree must specifically be in the field of dentistry and orthodontics.
Obtaining said degree is not difficult. Start your search at the local community college. Most courses only run a few thousand dollars a semester. Much cheaper than a four year University. You can also find online degree programs as well if there are no schools in your area. There are also job corps all around the country that provide on the job training for orthodontist assistants as well.