Examines, diagnoses, and treats dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Designs and fabricates appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Studies diagnostic records, such as medical or dental histories, plaster models of the teeth, photos of a patient's face and teeth, and X-rays, to develop patient treatment plans.
- Adjusts dental appliances to produce and maintain normal function.
- Fits dental appliances in patients' mouths to alter the position and relationship of teeth and jaws or to realign teeth.
- Diagnoses teeth and jaw or other dental-facial abnormalities.
- Examines patients to assess abnormalities of jaw development, tooth position, and other dental-facial structures.
- Provides patients with proposed treatment plans and cost estimates.
- Instructs dental officers and technical assistants in orthodontic procedures and techniques.
- Prepares diagnostic and treatment records.
- Designs and fabricates appliances, such as space maintainers, retainers, and labial and lingual arch wires.
- Coordinates orthodontic services with other dental and medical services.
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