We all know that an orthodontist straightens your teeth, but what does an orthodontic assistant do?
When you visit Austin Heights Orthodontics for the first time, the orthodontic assistant will be one of the first people you’ll meet. The orthodontic assistant meets with new patients, takes dental photographs and x-rays, and also takes impressions of the teeth, all to prepare for treatment.
The orthodontic assistant also performs braces adjustments, and conducts preliminary examinations at your check up appointments.
Is an orthodontic assistant like a dental assistant?
Yes and no. The main difference is that a dental assistant works primarily with the dentist, helping during procedures by doing things like passing instruments and generally making the process more efficient, while an orthodontic assistant tends to work more independently from the orthodontist.
Orthodontic assistants often work in their own offices and in the lab, creating molds from teeth impressions.
What else do orthodontic assistants do?
Orthodontic assistants do assist the orthodontist as well, however! They often clean and polish the teeth before the braces are applied, and afterwards, the assistant will attach the wires, and give the patient specific instructions on how to brush and floss while wearing braces.