orthodontic dental assistant resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Enthusiastic and reliable Dental Assistant with 30+years of experience. Strong dental knowledge. Skilled in building rapport with patients and prepping them for chairside procedures- routine and complex. Expert in assisting with 4-handed dentistry procedures, setting up exam rooms, taking dental radiographs, preparing and mixing materials for impressions or restorations. Team-focused with commitment to providing exceptional care to all patients.


  • As a Training Coordinator, Mentored over 200 dental assistants.
  • Attended Training-

  • Intra Oral Scanning at the Cerec Education Center
  • DOCS-Oral Conscious Sedation, IV Sedation Dentistry
  • Infection Control Boot Camp through OSAP

  • Personable Communication, Building Rapport
  • Taking Impressions & Pouring Stone Models
  • Oral Hygiene Techniques & Oral Health Assessments
  • Advising and Educating Patients
  • Postoperative Care Instructions
  • Treatment Room Preparation
  • Disinfection and Sterilization-Infection Control Proficiency
  • Dental Radiography
  • Orthodontics & Pedodontics
  • Oral Surgery & Periodontics,
  • Oral & IV Sedation Monitoring
  • Temporary Restorations & Temporary Crowns
  • Digital Radiographs
  • Data confidentiality measures
Work History
Orthodontic Dental Assistant, 09/2019 to Current
Pacific Dental ServicesPasadena, CA,
  • Infection Control: Utilizing best practices and following infection control standards to ensure patient treatment areas are properly cleaned and disinfected between each patient.
  • Helping put patients at ease. Providing patients & parents instruction and guidance on hygiene, braces care and various other instruction depending on their course of treatment.
  • Taking records at start/completion of treatment including intra-oral & extra-oral digital radiographs, patient photo's, and intra-oral mouth scans using ITero scanner.
  • Assisting chairside with instrument transfer, water & debris evacuation.
  • Also, including, but not limited to taking alginate impressions, cementation of appliances (expanders/holding arches, etc.), placement of Invisalign attachments & trays, placement of fixed/bonded and removable retainers, changing & adjusting wires.
  • Non-chairside duties consist of making & trimming stone models, making removable retainers and mouth guards.
  • Keeping drawers stocked and communicating with clinic director on ordering supplies.
  • Performing daily, weekly maintenance of dental equipment.
  • Use of Patterson Dental Software and Dolphin Software systems.
  • Utilizing the ultrasonic and sterilization equipment to properly clean & disinfect instruments.
  • Communication: Strong and constant communication with team members, throughout day regarding schedule, patient flow.
  • Cleaned and sanitized dental tools and equipment, straightened treatment rooms and restocked supplies to prep for next patient.
  • Sanitized trays, instruments and surfaces to ensure clean dental office setting and maintain safety standards.
  • Educated patients and their parents on best practices for protecting & maintaining orthodontic appliances, including diet restrictions and oral hygiene strategies.
  • Created dental impressions and stone models used for diagnostics and to fabricate fixed and removable treatment appliances.
  • Performed general orthodontic chair-side duties removal and placement of A-ties/metal ligature ties, archwires.
  • Help Orthodontist by preparing instruments, materials and patients.
  • Coronal polishing, placement of separators, fitting bands, preparation and fitting of appliances. for placement and/or removal of brackets and orthodontic appliances.
  • Taking and preparing diagnostic quality digital radiographs, while adhering to operator/patient safety guidelines.
  • Documented patient medical and dental updates, in addition to procedural details upon each visit.
Training Coordinator, 05/2001 to 06/2019
Avmax Montana IncGreat Falls, MT,
  • Assist Benefits Dept. with holding New Hire Orientation classes.
  • Planned and conducted mandatory new hire staff trainings per month with emphasis on Infection Control & Safety Protocols.
  • Provided training and administrative support of electronic dental record software systems and digital imaging systems.
  • Assisted with support functions such as new software conversions.
  • Developed, implemented and updated training programs for clinical staff. Compiled training handbook and related course materials.
  • Created curricula, instructions, documents and written tests for various types of training courses specific to Dental Assistants.
  • Additional training classes: Coronal Polishing, Making Temp Crowns, Oral Conscious Sedation.
Dental Assistant, 08/1992 to 05/2001
Department Of DefenseColumbia, SC,
  • Cleaned and sanitized dental tools and equipment, straightened treatment rooms and restocked supplies to prep for next patient and maintain health and safety practices.
  • Staged tray for procedures by arranging dental instruments and equipment.
  • Performed general chair-side duties in general dentistry, endo procedures, oral surgery, also including pediatrics and orthodontics.
  • Measured and recorded vital statistics by taking patients' blood pressure, temperature and pulse.
  • Documented patient dental health information, medical history and vital signs for future reference.
  • Prepared comprehensive radiological images, allowing supervisory dental staff to spot cavities, tooth decay and areas needing treatment.
  • Sanitized trays, instruments and surfaces for clean dental office setting and patient safety.
  • Helped doctors complete routine and advanced procedures by preparing patients and instruments for expected needs.
  • Educated patients on dental hygiene, pre-surgical instructions and post-surgical care.
  • Maintained dental supply inventory by checking stock to determine inventory levels and placing and expediting orders for supplies.
  • Successfully assisted dentist by performing four-handed dentistry and other chair-side duties.
  • Sterilized rooms and prepped equipment and instruments for numerous procedures daily.
  • Recorded patients' health histories, documented current symptoms and pulled up records from prior visits for dentists to view and evaluate.
  • Explained treatment procedures and instructed patients on home care guidelines.
  • Assisted dentists, hygienists and other personnel by handing appropriate tools and supplies needed for procedures.
  • Prepared and arranged instruments, medications and required materials for dental procedures.
  • Prepared patient X-rays and images for review by dentist.
  • Created dental impressions used for diagnostics, opposing models and study casts to make crowns, bridges and other dental prosthetics.
  • Assisted dentists by passing instruments, suctioning intraoral fluids, adding water and mixing materials for fillings, and impressions.
High School Diploma: , Expected in 06/1989 to UW Steven's Point - Stevens Point, WI,

  • Airway Management
  • Certified American Heart Association BLS Faculty/Instructor (currently certified to instruct until 2/24)

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School Attended

  • UW Steven's Point

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  • Orthodontic Dental Assistant
  • Training Coordinator
  • Dental Assistant


  • High School Diploma

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