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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.
We are a vibrant academic department of faculty, staff and students working collaboratively to support the teaching mission of the school and committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Department of Orthodontics has an outstanding opportunity for an Orthodontic Assistant.
The Orthodontic Assistant will assist graduate orthodontic residents and faculty in clinical treatment of patients.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
General Clinical Assistant Responsibilities:
•Check that units are ready, stocked and clean at beginning of each clinic day. •Turn on chair side computers and programs. •Knowledge of orthodontic procedures and instruments; ability to accurately setup clinical units and prepare for clinical care. •Seat patients in preparation for planned procedures, show appropriate care and concern for patients. •Provide brief history to orthodontic resident regarding status of appliances (broken/missing) and status of oral hygiene of patient being seen. •Review 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. •Perform 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, Intraoral and extraoral photographs, and intraoral digital scans - Place and remove orthodontic separators. - Place and remove elastomeric chains. - 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 •Retrieve and enter information as appropriate in the electronic dental record. •Knowledge of orthodontic terminology, abbreviations, and orthodontic tooth numbering system (Palmer notation) •Use software to schedule patient appointments and recall visits as needed for patient care. •Be responsible for proper sterilization and set-up of instruments (hand instruments, pliers, and handpieces) •Give patient instruction and demonstration where necessary: - Oral hygiene - Wearing of removable appliances - Patient motivation and cooperation - General appliance care •Monitor for patient arrival during clinical hours. •Assist in time management for graduate student appointments; show good judgement in personal work time management. •Help in other areas of clinic operations when necessary (phones, filing study models and materials, archiving records). •Demonstrate responsibility in inventory control: clinical supplies, patient instructional materials, etc. Assist in distribution of products, product management, and quantity control. •Be responsible for accuracy in custom appliance delivery. •Evaluate sterility of instruments/submit spore testing •Perform other tasks as assigned by Supervisor and/or Clinic Director •Pour and trim study models using bubble- and void-free technique, finish and polish stone models •Fabricate orthodontic appliances, acrylic application, other technical laboratory procedures as directed. •Demonstrate proficiency in giving instructions on orthodontic procedures to other department staff, graduate students & residents, and other personnel •Expose and save radiographic images, digital scans, and other patient records. •Ability to assist with coordination of pre-doctoral orthodontics clerkship duties as required. •Actively participate in staff meetings •Maintain laundry service for clinic lab coats
Interpersonal: Good interpersonal skills to maintain effective rapport with patients, parents, doctor, other staff members and community, legible handwriting, correct grammar for intra-office communications. Computer Skills: Familiarity with computers, basic knowledge of word processing, email, web browser. Ability to learn dental software and extend knowledge to emerging technology needs. Verbal Skills: Effective verbal skills to communicate with patients and parents. Teaching ability to convey material necessary for patient education. Ability to clearly articulate orthodontic protocols to pre-doctoral graduate students and residents Physical Skills: Dexterity and hand coordination to perform manual tasks with patients as outlined in job responsibilities.
•Completion 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. •Registration with the State of Washington as a Dental Assistant.
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
Excellent customer service skills. Compassionate, self-motivated, independent, and positive attitude. Motivation to meet and exceed expectations.
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