Jefferson Dental Clinics
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Orthodontics Dental Assistant
at Jefferson Dental Clinics
The Ortho Dental Assistant works under the supervision of the Clinical Coordinator and are responsible for a wide range of tasks in the dental office - ranging from patient care and education to administrative duties to laboratory functions. Note: All employees need to be flexible and available to provide dental assistance and perform front desk duties based on the patient needs and as directed by clinic management.
- Instruments: Sterilize dental instruments and equipment for each patient; Organize and lay out instruments for use; Hand instruments and other materials to orthodontist during procedures
- Patients/Interpersonal: Question patients about their medical history and record the information for orthodontist’s reference; Advise patients on effective dental care; Manage patients - help patients feel comfortable before, during and after orthodontic treatment
- Patients/Clinical: Take x-rays of patients' teeth; Takes impressions for models and orthodontic appliances and registrations
- Remove cement from bands using hand scaler or ultrasound; Remove and replace any portion of orthodontic appliance that causes discomfort to the patient; Recement loose orthodontic bands
- Instruct patients in oral and orthodontic hygiene, removable appliances, and tooth brushing techniques
- Evaluate returning patients for unbonded brackets and loose or broken bands; Place and removes arch wires
- Administration: Obtaining patients' dental records; Complete Orthodontic Charting; May schedule appointments, prepare bills and receive payment for orthodontic services, complete insurance forms, and maintain clerical records
- Infection Control: Perform dental infection control plan management to conform to CDC, OSHA and ADA standards. Follow clinical guidelines for sterilization, disinfection, instrument cleaning and dental treatment room disinfection
- Team Support: provide assistance in others areas of the clinic, as requested
Competencies for Excellence
- Concern for Order and Quality: Keeps records, checks quality of work and documentation
- Teamwork: Work to develop friendly and supporting atmosphere; Pitch in and help others
- Self Management: Exhibit self-confidence when interfacing with the patient; Function effectively under pressure; Manage own behavior to prevent or reduce feelings of stress
- Integrity & Credibility: Able to gain the trust and respect of patients, co-workers and managers; Exhibit professional demeanor
- Customer Service: Adhere to proper clinical practices; Become a trusted advisor to the patient
- Adaptability: Adapts to change in direction in order to support changing priorities
- Diversity: Bilingual language skills; Adapts and integrates into diverse work group and patient population
- Must be bilingual (English/Spanish)
- Minimum age of 18 with High School Diploma or equivalent
- RDA certification highly desired at hire; Required within six months of hire
- A minimum of 1 year experience in a professional dental clinic, orthodontic practice highly desired
- Intermediate to advanced computer use and data entry skills
- Reliable transportation: Full-time team members will be required to travel among 3 Ortho locations; Part-time Available as well with no travel; Ability to work clinic hours: Monday and Tuesday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; Wednesday: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm; Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Work Environment & Physical Demands
- The work environment characteristics and physical demands are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in an office setting.
- Dental Assistants work in a well-lighted setting that, due to its medical nature, must be extremely clean. Dental Assistants must wear gloves, masks, eyewear and protective clothing to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases. Assistants also must familiarize themselves with safety procedures to minimize the risks associated with equipment such as x-ray machines.
- The employee is regularly required to use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or control. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk and reach with hands. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel or crouch. Employee frequently uses computer keyboard and mouse and views computer monitor frequently.
- The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 5 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.