Orthodontic assistants are trained to help an orthodontist with procedures related to straightening the teeth, such as adjusting braces, making impressions, taking x-rays and helping with office administrative duties. Orthodontic assistant duties include:
Perform administrative duties, such as setting appointments, billing, taking payments and maintaining patient records.
Working with fixed and removable orthodontic appliances
Preparing the appointment room prior to a patient’s visit,
Taking the patient’s oral health history
Prepare the tools necessary for each appointment
Hand the tools to the orthodontist during the examination and treatment
* The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts orthodontist assistant jobs will grow at a much faster-than-average rate of 31 percent between 2010 and 2020.
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