Assistant, Orthodontic Dental
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- Instruct the patient in proper technique of orthodontic oral hygiene, e.g. the use of elastics, separators, face bow and removable appliances and proper tooth brushing technique.
- Perform the following functions provided the dentist is on the premises and checks the patient before and after the functions are performed: Remove cement from bands using an ultrasonic or hand scaler. Re-cement loose orthodontic bands Take impressions for the following purposes: Diagnostic models; Counter and opposing models; Fabrication of temporary removable orthodontic appliances; Intraoral bite registration for study model articulation. Remove any portion of an orthodontic appliance causing a patient discomfort and replace isomeric ligatures in an emergency when the dentist is not on the premises. Evaluate each returning patient for loose or broken bands and/or unbonded brackets.
- Place and remove ligature ties for adjustment of arch wires and/or bands. Place and remove arch wires. Preliminarily select and size bands. Place and remove interarch elastics and/or spring orthodontic separators. Place bracket on study model and fabricate tray for indirect bonding procedures.
- Photograph patient for intraoral and extraoral diagnosis utilizing appropriate retraction technique and equipment. Label and record all models, photographs and x-rays for presentation of case and later retention. Properly finish study models consistent with the criteria established by the orthodontist.
- As instructed, trace cephalometric x-rays for diagnostic purposes consistent with criteria established by the orthodontist.
- The individual must meet the requirements:
- Complete a dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
- Complete a course of instruction in Orthodontic assisting approved by the Board and pass the Basic and Expanded Function Orthodontic Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB).
- Dental Radiation Proficiency Certificate (Oregon) required at hire
- Expanded Function Orthodontic Dental Assistant Certificate (Oregon) within 6 months of hire
- Basic Life Support within 3 months of hire
- The individual applicant for this position must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the individual performing the selection interview, the following qualifications if he/she is to be selected. Furthermore, consistent with the fact that these qualifications are required for selection, they then must be satisfactorily maintained by the individual as a condition of continued employment.
- Demonstrated competence in four-handed dentistry technique.
- Satisfactory level of knowledge and proficiency in the use of current dental materials, instruments and equipment.
- Demonstrated ability to follow instructions and work effectively under both direct and indirect supervision.
- Well organized and manages time well.
- Demonstrated capacity to work in a fast paced, high performance environment.
- Excellent attendance record.
- Final candidate is required to pass a clinical pre-employment skills test.
- Prefer no less than one (1) year of experience as a dental assistant.
- Prefer experience as an orthodontic assistant but willing to train.
- Basic knowledge of sterilization and infection control equipment