Working in the Field of Orthodontics
March 5, 2024 at 5:00 AM
by Kathleen Bokrossy
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Has working in the field of orthodontics been on your radar but you haven't taken the leap to dive in and learn more?

We have heard this often and have received numerous requests over the years to offer an Ortho program through rdhu, so guess what? We now offer a variety of ortho programs here at rdhu!

Our new Ortho page is now available on our website. If you haven't checked it out, please click here to see all that is offered in our Ortho programs.

What can happen if you delve into the field of Orthodontics?

As dental hygienists, we have so many opportunities to explore. We often see in the Facebook groups dental hygienists feeling like they want something different. Then the group jumps in and will often guide them to different jobs or professions and advise that perhaps it is time for a change. If you love our field, why jump ship and go to a different profession altogether when there are so many opportunities for us to explore as dental hygienists?! Perhaps it is time to add a new skillset to the already amazing skills that you have mastered!

Becoming an orthodontic dental hygienist can open up new opportunities and provide a unique set of skills that can benefit both you as a professional and your patients.

1. Expanded Scope of Practice:

Expand your Scope of Practice and get equipped with specialized knowledge in orthodontics! Understanding the principles of tooth movement, orthodontic appliances, and treatment planning enables dental hygienists to actively contribute to comprehensive orthodontic care under the supervision of an orthodontist.

2. Enhanced Patient Care:

Learning about orthodontics allows us to better educate patients about the importance of orthodontic treatment for overall oral health. Being able to identify early preventative measures can be life changing for the patient and very rewarding for the dental hygienist.

3. Professional Development:

Continuing education is a cornerstone of professional growth. Delving into orthodontics provides us with an excellent opportunity for professional development. Courses and workshops focused on orthodontic procedures, technologies, and advancements will help you to stay current and expand your skill set. We are excited to offer a variety of ortho courses through rdhu! We are also creating a private group for those who have gone through our ortho program so that we can continue to collaborate as a group, seek help or advice when needed, and share job opportunities.

4. Collaboration and Teamwork:

Becoming an orthodontic dental hygienist fosters collaboration with orthodontists and other specialists. These are exciting times for collaboration with many focusing on airway dentistry and early detection. A collaborative approach ensures comprehensive patient care and encourages a more holistic view of dentistry!

5. Increased Job Opportunities:

There are so many opportunities for an orthodontic dental hygienist. We constantly see career postings. If you have the skills, you will be in demand.

6. Job Satisfaction:

The ability to be a part of a transformative change in a patient's smile, overall health and facial aesthetics can be highly rewarding. To add this skillset to your practice will elevate you as a professional and will give you the confidence on so many levels. Get ready to feel confident when you are doing an assessment, or educating, or documentating, and communicating with the dentist and team. There are so many treatment options available, it is so important to stay abreast so that we can be a part of that journey with our clients and patients.

Becoming an orthodontic dental hygienist is not just a career choice; it's a gateway to a dynamic and fulfilling professional journey. If it is something you are considering, perhaps you start with the Fundamentals of Ortho. Click here to see all that we offer through rdhu. Our next Orthodontic Fundamentals for the Dental Hygienist, with Liisa Moore, begins in April.

CE Hours: 12

Tuition: $649

2-Day Hands-On Course:

Dates: Saturday, April 13th & Sunday, April 14th, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST

Click here for more info!

Thank you for your support and for reading! Please take a look below for upcoming live streaming courses, events, hands-on courses, career postings and our partner specials.

Have a great week!


Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH ~ President