Purpose and summary of role
The primary purpose of the Orthodontic Assistant role is to ensure the
Orthodontists are set up for success prior to interfacing with patients and
during patient procedures. The OA clearly communicates to Orthodontist– the
patients’ needs/request and other education, procedures, diagnosis and
treatment related matters prior to treatment. The OA performs a variety of
patient care, office, and laboratory duties, in addition to performing work
chair-side as Orthodontist examines and treat patients and works proactively to
ensure clinical/hygiene needs are met. The OA is responsible for sterilizing
and disinfecting instruments and equipment, preparing trays of instruments for
orthodontic procedures, and instructing patients on post operative and general
oral health care.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a
comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are
required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities
may change at any time with or without notice.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
*High school diploma or GED.
*Must be detail oriented and organized
*Must possess excellent customer service skills and work well under pressure
*Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office suite and desk top publishing
*Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced environment
*Ability to work independently as well as with a team
*Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
*Must pass criminal background check
Preferred Education and Experience
*1-year experience as an Orthodontic or Dental Assistant.
*Bilingual (Spanish and English)
*Certified Orthodontic Assistant.
*Use of dental/medical technology.
*Ability to connect with patients.
*Driven and works with a sense of urgency.
*Has the ability to multi-task.
*Professional, courteous and approachable demeanor.
Additional Eligibility Requirements
*Current CPR certification.
*Employee must submit to a post offer, pre-employment physical
examination/medical history check.
*Employee may be required to submit to an annual Tuberculosis (TB) and Rubella
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.
*Retrieve patients records and escort patients to proper dental specialty
section; seat and prepare patient for attending Orthodontic Officer; assist the
Orthodontic Officer by preparing dental instruments, essential materials,
drugs, and medications.
*Assist Patients with disabilities to lie back in dental chair for procedures.
*Required to keep instruments sterilized and the sterilization area clean and
*Maintain a tidy, neat and organized supply closet.
*Triage emergency patients.
*Maintain a clean and stocked Operatory at all times, to ensure it’s ready for
use for any procedure.
*Sterilized all operatory equipment between every patient
*Change suction filters weekly.
*Set up for each procedure. Be prepared for any procedure at any time. The
orthodontic assistant should never have to leave the room to get supplies or
*All equipment, cart, and bins should be stocked and ready for use. Bur blocks
and trays should be ready to use. The supplies should be easily found by
another employee working in your operatory.
*Change water and suction filters located outside in utility room.
*Take radiographs of patients.
*Provide Post-Operative instructions as directed by Orthodontist.
*Make sure any x-rays and narratives necessary for insurance are attached to
the front of the patient’s chart and given to the insurance coordinator. (This
includes claims for payment as well as pre-estimates).
*Ensure proper documentation is made on the route slip, in the treatment area
of the patient’s chart in the comment area of the patient’s chart, on the
hygiene sheet, and on the treatment plan sheet prior to patients’ departure.
*Give chart and route slips to Orthodontist after all patient procedures are
completed for review and signature.
*Inform Ordering Assistant of orthodontic supplies that are running low on
orthodontic supplies via written onto the supply order list.
*Unpack orthodontic supply orders as they are delivered. Breakdown boxes and
place outside for disposal.
*Ensure composite lights are charged daily.
*Gather all lab statements/invoices and match them to the lab bill.
*Follow all OSHA and HIPPA laws and regulations.
*Take out operatory trash daily.
*The job description provides a framework for the job and is not an all-
inclusive list of duties required for this job, other duties may be assigned as
This job operates in a medical/clinical environment. This role routinely uses
standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing
cabinets and fax machines.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be
met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
The employee frequently is required to talk and hear; stand for long periods of
time; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to
blood and blood-borne pathogens and/or physical risks, which will require OSHA
Position Type and Expectations of Work Hours:
This is a part-time. Days are Thursdays and Fridays.
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