What does an orthodontic assistant do?

An orthodontic assistant helps the orthodontist or dentist chair-side during procedures. They may explain procedures to patients, help position patients, or expose dental radiographs.

What skills do I need to be an orthodontic assistant?

You’ll need good manual dexterity, good communication skills, and a pleasant personality. You should be organized, comfortable working both independently and as part of a team, and able to follow instructions easily.

What does an orthodontic assistant earn?

The U.S. Department of Labor reports the median annual wage for orthodontic assistants as $33,520.


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