Academy of Orthodontic Assisting Level 2 – Course Outline

Academy of Orthodontic Assisting Level 2 – Course Outline

The topics listed below are covered in the Academy of Orthodontic Assisting – Level 2 program.

PVS Impressions
– Oral anatomy
– Uses of PVS
– Preparing for impressions
– Methods for success
– Evaluating a PVS impression
– Bite registration

Infection Control in the Orthodontic Office
– Infectious diseases
– Modes of disease transmission
– Protection agencies
– Preventing infection
– Exposure prevention
– Standard precautions
– Hand hygiene
– Personal protective equipment (PPE)
– Sterilization and disinfection
– Environmental infection control

Adjustment of Headgears and Retainers
– Adjusting wire retainers
– Adjusting and inserting retainers
– Adjusting clear retainers
– Retainer instructions for the patient
– Fitting headgear
– Headgear instructions for the patient
– Adjusting headgear

Identification of Cephalometric Landmarks
– What are cephs?
– What are landmarks based on?
– Soft tissue landmarks
– Hard tissue landmarks
– Key anatomy
– Hard tissue landmarks
– Soft and hard tissue counterparts
– Introduction to tracing cephs

Risk Management for Orthodontics
– Malpractice
– What is risk management?
– Handling an incident in the office
– Main points
– Why do people sue doctors?

The Assistant’s Role in Soft Tissue Laser Procedures
– Classification of lasers
– Orthodontic laser procedures
– Safety with lasers
– Assistant’s role during the procedures

The Assistant’s Role in Mini-Implants
– Introduction to Mini-Implants (TADs)
– The assistant’s role
– Placing TADs
– Post treatment
– Removal of mini-implants

The Biological Basis of Tooth Movement
– Review of dentoalveolar anatomy
– Influences on tooth position
– Types of tooth movement
– Advanced dental anatomy
– Components of the PDL
– Bone formation
– Overview of the tooth movement process
– Forces in tooth movement

Analyzing, Tracking, & Preventing Unnecessary Repairs & Emergencies
– Emergency vs. repair
– Effects of unnecessary repairs
– Benchmarking
– Common repairs
– Employee roles in prevention

Predictable Bonding to A-Typical Tooth Surfaces
– Bonding to a-typical tooth enamel
– General preparation
– Key terms
– Use and care of products
– Bonding to challenging enamel surfaces
– Bonding to non-enamel surfaces
– Using self-etching primer