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Orthodontic Assistants and their Duties

Why Does the Assistant Do So Much of the Work in an Orthodontic Office?

When a patient comes in for his initial appointment to get his braces on, he’ll notice he spent more time with the orthodontic assistant than the orthodontist. So, why is that? Why doesn’t the orthodontist do all the work?

Please allow me to explain. Say you come in for a regular check-up or adjustment, the orthodontist will come over to see how things are going and where your teeth are relative to the specific plan he or she has made for your teeth. At that point, the orthodontist will advise the assistant regarding what needs to be done. But, why doesn’t the orthodontist just do it?

The assistants are qualified to perform these procedures, which are typically not too complicated.

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