Orthodontic Tech

Orthodontic technicians work in dental laboratories and they spend most of their working days creating and repairing dental appliances such as retainers and teeth positioners. Such devices are used by orthodontic patients who need their teeth moved or aligned for various reasons. In order to create dental appliances orthodontic technicians must use many types of tools and equipment that is designed to help them create items that will be custom-fitted to each patient. Orthodontic technicians must be good with their hands and be able to efficiently use tools such as pliers grinders and polishers. In creating an appliance orthodontic technicians must follow the exact prescription sent by the orthodontist who is caring for the patient and they also use the impression of the patient’s teeth that accompanies the prescription. Once they finish the appliance they test it to make sure it fits the impression before sending it back to the orthodontist who makes sure it fits the patient’s mouth properly and comfortably. Some orthodontic technicians specialize in one specific appliances whereas others are trained to create various types of orthodontic apparatuses. A high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement for this career but many employers prefer to hire individuals who have a two-year degree from a community college or vocational school. Also they must be familiar with dental terminology so that they can understand the orthodontist’s prescription. Most orthodontic technicians work in private laboratories large dental clinics or at dental schools. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a faster than average growth for orthodontic technician. According to the website httpeducation-portal.com the average annual salary for orthodontic technicians is approximately $37000. Hourly wages range from $12 to $28 depending on employer and years of experience.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $41600
High Salary: $58240
Low Salary: $24960
Tasks: Creates dental appliances.
Reads and interprets orthodontic prescriptions.
Shapes, grinds and polishes dental apparatuses.
Tests dental appliances to ensure they meet desired standards.
Also Called: Dental Lab Technician
Dental Technologist
Orthodontic Laboratory Technician
Orthodontic Technologist
Additional Resources: http://education-portal.com/orthodontist%27s_technician_career.html
http://www.medical-career-training.com/orthodontic_technician.htm
http://www.careerplanner.com/DOT-Job-Descriptions/ORTHODONTIC-TECHNICIAN.cfm