Orthodontic Practice Management and Clinical Assisting

Orthodontics within a General or Pediatric Practice: Practice Management and Clinical Assisting is a program about the clinical and business management of an orthodontic practice and is designed for the entire office staff. It incorporates the multiple aspects of practice management that will educate and prepare the office staff for the delivery of orthodontic treatment within a general or pediatric dental practice.

It is our belief that for maximum office efficiency, staff members should be cross-trained so they can understand everyone's role and responsibilities. We will emphasize the interdependence of these roles and their joint importance on the practice success. We therefore recommend that each staff member (assistant or manager) takes this program in its entirety.

The first day of the program consists of incorporating the administrative or business side of orthodontics into your practice. Day two covers the clinical systems and procedures required to build the necessary chairside skills which are critical for efficient orthodontic care. You will also participate in a hands-on typodont course, the Clinical Technique Program, where you will learn how to apply basic orthodontic mechanics.

This course will cover systems and procedures for Chairside Assistants:

  • Orthodontic exam
  • Orthodontic chart system
  • Orthodontic records
  • Scheduling for treatment
  • Orthodontic documentation
  • Organization of orthodontic model boxes
  • Instrument identification
  • Clinical intraoral orthodontic products
  • Bracket identification
  • Molar band sizing and fitting
  • Assistant responsibilities
  • Preparation for orthodontic treatment
  • Preparation for bonding
  • Orthodontic wires/indications for use
  • Headgear
  • Archwire changes
  • Elastics
  • Oral hygiene instructions
  • Care of removable appliances
  • Fixed appliances
  • Lab prescriptions
  • Patient education

This program will also cover orthodontic office procedures for Office Managers and Orthodontic Coordinators:

  • Scheduling
  • Orthodontic chart system
  • Documentation
  • Orthodontic fees
  • Orthodontics as a non-provider
  • Orthodontic insurance codes
  • Insurance submission
  • Insurance reimbursement
  • Financial arrangements
  • Orthodontic budget accounts
  • Accounts receivable
  • The orthodontic exam
  • Orthodontic records
  • Computer utilization
  • Role of the Orthodontic Coordinator
  • Orthodontic consultations
  • Patient tracking
  • Orthodontic recall
  • Dismissal of patients
  • Patient and parent communication
  • Orthodontic office policies
  • Informed consent

In the "Clinical Technique" portion of this program, you will also learn basic orthodontic mechanics and procedures and perform typodont course exercises:

  • Fitting molar bands
  • Ligation of cuspids to molars
  • Cementation of molar bands
  • Compressed coils
  • Bonding procedures
  • Headgear
  • Ligature ties
  • Elastics
  • Kobiyashi hooks
  • NiTi springs
  • Figure-eight ligatures
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