As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years. The Department of Orthodontics at the School of Dentistry is one of the premier clinical training programs for orthodontists in the country. We provide excellent clinical care in our busy clinics with predoctoral students, graduate students, and faculty providers. Duties and ResponsibilitiesGeneral Clinical Assistant Responsibilities:oCheck that units are ready, stocked and clean at beginning of each clinic day.oTurn on chair side computers and programs.o Knowledge of orthodontic procedures and instruments; ability to accurately setup clinical units and prepare for clinical care. oSeat patients in preparation for planned procedures, show appropriate care and concern for patients.oProvide brief history to orthodontic resident regarding status of appliances (broken/missing) and status of oral hygiene of patient being seen.oReview and assess patient's oral hygiene at each visit. Instruct patients and demonstrate techniques used to maintain healthy oral hygiene. Notate evaluation of oral hygiene.oPerform clinical procedures as licensure allows:- Remove and retie arch wires as directed by graduate orthodontic resident or instructor- Check for loose bands and brackets.- Ligate/tie-in arch wires.- Obtain alginate impressions, extra- & intraoral photographs, and intraoral digital scans- Place and remove orthodontic separators.- Place and remove elastics (chains, rubber bands).- Polish teeth in preparation for banding/bonding- Remove bands and brackets (leaving adhesive)- Assist in preparation of Bonding and Banding appointments. (Ability to isolate while bonding)- Knowledge of Angle's occlusal classifications and ability to give accurate elastic wear instruction. - Ability to pass orthodontic instruments. - Knowledge of orthodontic procedures. e.g. bracket bonding, band cementation, appliance/adhesive removal, archwire adjustment, retainer/appliance delivery.- Effectively deliver Invisalign appliances, including bonding composite attachments. - Experience with temporary anchorage devices, minor surgical procedures, soft tissue laser procedures.oRetrieve and enter information as appropriate in the Electronic Dental Record.o Knowledge of orthodontic terminology, abbreviations, and orthodontic tooth numbering system (Palmer notation). oUse software to schedule patient appointments and recall visits as needed for patient care.oBe responsible for proper sterilization and set-up of instruments (hand instruments, pliers, and handpieces).oGive patient instruction and demonstrate where necessary:- Oral hygiene- Wearing of removable appliances- Patient motivation and cooperation- General appliance careoMonitor for patient arrival during clinical hours.o Assist in time management for graduate student appointments; show good judgement in personal work time management. oHelp in other areas of clinic operations when necessary (phones, filing study models and materials, archiving records).oDemonstrate responsibility in inventory control: clinical supplies, patient instructional materials, etc. Assist in distribution of products, product management, and quantity control. oBe responsible for accuracy in custom appliance delivery.oEvaluate sterility of instruments/submit spore testing.oPerform other tasks as assigned by Supervisor and/or Clinic Director.oPour and trim study models using bubble- and void-free technique, finish and polish stone models.oFabricate orthodontic appliances, acrylic application, other technical laboratory procedures as directed.oDemonstrate proficiency in giving instructions on orthodontic procedures to other department staff, graduate students & residents, and other personnel.oExpose and save radiographic images, digital scans, and other patient records.oAbility to assist with coordination of pre-doctoral orthodontics clerkship duties as required.oActively participate in staff meetings.oMaintain laundry service for clinic lab coats.Requirements oCompletion of an accredited training program for dental assistants; AND current certification as a dental assistant (CDA) OR the ability to obtain same within six months; PLUS two years of experience as an orthodontics assistant. One year of additional dental assistant experience may substitute for required education.oRegistration with the State of Washington as a Dental Assistant.oDemonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.oGood interpersonal skills to maintain effective rapport with patients, parents, doctor, other staff members and community, legible handwriting, correct grammar for intra-office communications.oFamiliarity with computers, basic knowledge of word processing, email, web browser. Ability to learn dental software and extend knowledge to emerging technology needsoEffective verbal skills to communicate with patients and parents. Teaching ability to convey material necessary for patient education.oDexterity and hand coordination to perform manual tasks with patients as outlined in job responsibilities.DesiredoExcellent customer service skills. Compassionate, self-motivated, independent, and positive attitude. Motivation to meet and exceed expectations. Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.BENEFITSFor detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.Application Process The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready.Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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