Where Can Dental Nursing Take You? [Further Qualification – Orthodontic Nursing Certificate]

30 Apr 2016

Where Can Dental Nursing Take You? [Further Qualification – Orthodontic Nursing Certificate]

Dental Nursing is a fantastic career that not only pays well but also offers lots of different ways to develop skills with further qualifications.

The Dental Nursing Academy offer the initial Dental Nurse Courses you need to take the first step in becoming a qualified dental nurse. Our aim is to help those who lack qualifications, or who want a career change, to gain real skills in a respected profession.

Where Can a Career in Dental Nursing Take You?

Once you have gained your initial dental nursing qualification, there are a variety of different further qualifications you can take as a dental nurse to help you specialise and further your skills.

Such certificates include Dental Radiography and Dental Hygiene & Therapy, however, today’s post is focused on Orthodontic Nursing providing detailed information to help you decide if a further qualification in Orthodontic Nursing is something you could work towards in the future. We will run you through the basics of the certificate and answer any common questions!

What Does the Role of Orthodontic Nursing Involve?

Orthodontic nursing offers a significant contrast with other forms of dental nursing. Procedures are not invasive and patients are usually young. The role involves making sure patient records are available for the day and setting up the surgery: preparing instruments, mixing any substances that will be needed and ensuring that the necessary work has been returned from the laboratory. In common with any clinical setting, you will also be responsible for making sure that protocols to avoid infection and cross-infection are followed.

Orthodontic Nursing Course Requirements and Content

To pursue this course, you should be suitably qualified as a dental nurse and also be registered with the General Dental Council – you must provide proof of this with registration. In order to compile a Record of Experience, you will additionally need access to 50 orthodontic patients, which includes 10 fixed and 5 functional treatments, and 10 removable appliances. As well as being a self-motivated nurse, you will also need the support of your employer who will act as your supervisor during training. If you opt to follow the additional training, you will need to assist with 12 impression cases.

During the course, you will work with patients who require either movable or fixed orthodontic treatment, learning about the different types of treatment available. These are either braces to move the teeth in order to position them correctly, or some form of removable device designed to re-align the jaw. This can be done for both aesthetic and functional reasons.

Course content additionally includes record keeping, orthodontic photography, oral health education and legislation relating to orthodontic care.

Orthodontic Nursing Course Assessment

The course concludes with a 90 minute written exam – sessions are held twice a year in March and September, with centres available in Lancashire and London. Your Record of Experience also forms part of the assessment process and it is submitted about 4 weeks before your exam. If you opt for the additional unit in impression taking, a separate Record of Experience is required.

The Record should be compiled in three sections. The first is comprised of the log sheets for your 50 selected patients. The second section is formed from 2 detailed case studies, each containing 2000 words. The third section contains your Evidence of Competence, formed of completed assessment sheets for clinical photography; taking and handling impressions; model casting; fitting and adjusting appliances, and cephalometric measurements.

Orthodontic Nursing Course Outcomes

By the completion of the course, you will acquire a range of new skills. You will understand the aims, benefits and risks of orthodontic treatment and be able to provide patients with oral health advice on how to care for their appliances. You will be able to prepare patients for their treatments, and demonstrate competence in taking impressions, taking clinical photographs and assisting with procedures.

Start Your Dentistry Journey Today!

If you are interested in Orthodontic Nursing the first step is to become a qualified dental nurse. At the Dental Nursing Academy we have 12-month courses working towards a National Diploma in Dental Nursing starting regularly so don’t delay, get in touch to reserve your place and start your dental career today!