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Orthodontic Assisting Level 1 – Course Outline

Orthodontic Assisting Level 1 – Course Outline

The topics listed below are covered in the Academy of Orthodontic Assisting – Level 1 program.

1. Oral and Dental Anatomy
– Oral anatomy
– Dental anatomy
– Tooth development
– Tooth numbering
– Tooth surfaces and directions
– Malocclusions

2. What is Orthodontics?
– Introduction
– Dentistry and dental specialties
– Types of orthodontic treatment
– Stages of treatment
– Orthodontic instruments
– How teeth move

3. The Orthodontic Appliance
– Basic orthodontic appliance parts
– Elastomeric ligatures
– Steel ligatures
– Intraoral auxiliaries
– Non-traditional orthodontic appliances

4. Archwire Selection
– Placement and termination
– Archwire selection

5. Headgears and Elastics
– Extra-oral auxiliaries – Headgears
– Intra-oral auxiliaries – Elastics

6. Secondary Appliances
– Categories of secondary appliances
– Introduction to appliance fabrication
– Types of appliances

7. Application of Orthodontic Appliances
– Separators or spacers
– Orthodontic bands
– Bonding of orthodontic appliances

8. Removal and Retention
– Removal of braces
– Retention
– Post-treatment procedures

9. Diagnostic Records
– Introduction to diagnostic records
– Impressions
– Bite registration
– Orthodontic x-ray techniques
– Photographic techniques
– Digital records

10. Radiation and X-ray Safety
– Introduction
– Radiation safety
– The x-ray cassette – extra-oral film
– The darkroom

11. Orthodontic Models
– Types of models
– Pouring models
– Separating models
– Trimming models
– Alternatives to standard study models

12. Patient Management
– Chair, patient, and body positioning
– Physical interaction with patients
– Checking appliances
– Patient instructions
– Charting
– Parent communication

13. Infection Control in Orthodontics
– What is infection control?
– Sterilization and disinfection
– Protecting our patients and ourselves

14. Professionalism in Orthodontics
– What to expect
– Interviews and resumes
– Professionalism in the office