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DENTAL NURSE The role of the dental nurse is to assist in the efficient operation of the dental practice. There are many tasks for which the dental nurse is responsible, from preparing and clearing up the surgery, ensuring that hygiene standards are maintained at all times, to taking notes, passing instruments and materials to the clinician and caring for the patient. Dental nurses must be qualified or be in training to register with the General Dental Council. Additional qualifications are available and for dental nurses working in orthodontics the most likely is the Orthodontic Nursing Certificate. ORTHODONTIC SPECIALIST The specialist has overall responsibility for orthodontic patients in their care. Their role is to diagnose any problems and suggest treatment options for the patient, explaining the risks and benefits, and then provide or supervise the care. To train successfully as a specialist orthodontist usually takes at least ten years. The career pathway starts with a degree in dentistry followed by at least two years of vocational training and a higher dental qualification. A further three years of combined study and supervised clinical work in a university hospital leads to a specialist qualification and a listing on the General Dental Council’s specialist register. ORTHODONTIC THERAPIST The orthodontic therapist is a new role which enables all dental nurses and other dental care professionals to work in a clinical capacity, under the supervision of an orthodontist. First, the dental care professional must undertake a year-long training programme, leading to an approved qualification in orthodontic therapy. This is usually a higher education course involving a high degree of practical training at the student’s training practice. Orthodontic therapists are taught to carry out skills such as placing and removing brackets so that they can take responsibility for some of the routine tasks in the orthodontic practice. 29 Smiles & F aces The Comprehensive Guide To Orthodontics Octagon Orthodontics www.octagonorthodontics.com AN INTRODUCTION TO ORTHODONTICS


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