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What Is an Orthodontic Technician?

Dec 09, 2008

Orthodontic technicians are trained to work alongside orthodontists, and to assist them in improving people's lives by giving them a great smile. Generally an orthodontic technician is responsible for adjusting braces and dental prosthetics, under the supervision of an orthodontist. They can also create molds for dentures, and be involved with billing and insurance.

To become an orthodontic technician it is recommended that you complete a one-year program at a dental school or technical college. You may have to start out as an assistant to an orthodontic technician until you have the requisite experience to do the job yourself. There are also many apprenticeship programs available that can help you gain experience while you learn.

The average salary for orthodontic technicians is $15 per hour; however, due to the growing demand in this field it is expected that the rate of pay will increase over the next few years.

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