Orthodontic laboratory technicians work with orthodontists to provide the high-quality care for patients. Tasks performed by these technicians include pouring impressions, making bite registrations, and preparing try-ins, as well as storing and updating patient records. Orthodontic laboratory technicians are also responsible for scheduling appointments and fabricating custom trays, base plates, and bite rims for final waxing. This person is also responsible for performing repairs and upkeep within the lab, and they may prepare reports on lab activities performed. In all tasks, the technician must maintain a sterile environment and follow all safety and health procedures.
Applicants for orthodontic laboratory technician positions generally must have a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as at least one year of experience in a dental or orthodontic lab is required. These professionals also need to have strong attention to detail, manual dexterity, and proficiency with basic computer programs. They should work well independently, as well as in a team environment. Orthodontic laboratory technicians must have familiarity with dental lab equipment, materials, and instrument as well. This can be a high-pressure environment, so potential employees should be able to thrive in such a situation.
Orthodontic Laboratory Technician Tasks
Clean and finish dental parts with electric grinders and polishers.
Verify the conformance to prescription specs by using articulator.
Assemble metal and plastic orthodontic appliances.
Construct and repair appliances for straightening teeth.
Create and perform work according to orthodontic prescription.