Course Content and Format:
Our 84-hour / 3 full weekend
Orthodontic Assisting Permit course is a board approved
course, which will satisfy the state board requirements.
This is a Blended Course, which combines: Online / Home
Study & class attendance to satisfy the Dental Board
The course consists of the
• Didactic: (HOMESTUDY)
Students will learn the theoretical aspects relating to
the orthodontic assisting. You will need a computer for
this part of the course.
• Laboratory: Students will learn the step-by-step
procedures of Orthodontic Assisting through laboratory experience
in their dental office.
• Clinical: Students will be required to practice
live patients in their dental office under the direct supervision
of a licensed dentist or orthodontist (minimum of two (2)
The Dental Advantage California
Dental Board-approved Orthodontic Assisting Permit Course
provides students with the essential knowledge, skills and
practical experience to successfully acquire a position
as an orthodontic assistant. Students will learn to identify
dental anatomy, morphology, types of malocclusion, learn
the instruments necessary for orthodontic treatment, discuss
corrective orthodontics, describe the types of treatment
involved, and become familiar with the types of diagnostic
records used to assess orthodontic problems, understand
the importance of dietary and oral hygiene habits in orthodontics.
In addition, the training program will also cover proper
protocol and techniques to ensure proper sterilization,
disinfection and sanitation in the dental office.
This course will train students
• Perform measurements
for the purposes of orthodontic treatment;
• Placing and Removing orthodontic separators;
• Size, fit, and cement orthodontic bands;
• Remove orthodontic bands and remove excess cement
from supragingival surfaces of teeth with a hand instrument;
• Remove excess cement with an ultrasonic scaler from
supragingival surfaces of teeth undergoing orthodontic treatment
• Prepare teeth for bonding, select, preposition,
and cure orthodontic brackets after the licensed dentist
has approved their position;
• Place and ligate archwires;
• Place and Remove ligature ties;
• Remove only orthodontic brackets and attachments
with removal of the bonding material by the licensed dentist;
• After adjustment by the dentist, examine and seat
removable orthodontic appliances and deliver care instructions
to the patient.
This class is an online
blended class. Students must have access to a computer and
Internet for the program. Also students must have basic
computer knowledge to ensure proper operation of online
Students will be required
to bring orthodontic instruments and some orthodontic supplies.
A list of the required materials will be sent after registration
in the course.
OA Dental Board Information
1, 2010, All graduates of the Orthodontic assisting permit
course will be required to take a state dental board-administered
examination wherein the students must pass with a grade
of 75% or above in order to receive their orthodontic assistant
84 CE Units