Orthodontic Tech Schools, Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

Orthodontic techs assist orthodontists with patient care including applying and adjusting braces. Orthodontic techs can earn a dental assisting degree in two years and are may participate in an internship program to specialize in orthodontics.

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How to Select an Orthodontic Tech School

With few orthodontic technician degree or certificate programs to choose from, orthodontic techs often get degrees in dental assisting and transfer the skills to an orthodontist's office. Therefore, when seeking out a dental assistant program, students can look for objectives on the school's website that promote transferable skills, including chair-side procedures for orthodontics or dentistry, infectious materials control, office management assistance and X-ray handling.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association accredits dental assisting programs that meet certain standards and works in accordance with local accrediting commissions to assure that program graduates are ready to assist dentists and healthcare centers. Prospective orthodontic techs can look for programs' accreditation on a school's website.

Dental assisting schools may offer a dental clinic on campus, where students can work alongside dentists, orthodontists and other assistants. In addition to this coursework, an internship is often required, in which students work off-campus at a center of health and dentistry. Specialized orthodontic training may be available through workshops or elective courses in a dental assistant program.

Schools by Overall Student Population

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Houston Community College 48,169 2-year, Public
College of Southern Nevada 40,310 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Tarrant County College District 39,596 2-year, Public
Riverside Community College 36,146 2-year, Public
City College of San Francisco 34,868 2-year, Public
Pima Community College 34,136 2-year, Public
Broward College 33,448 4-year, Public
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis 30,300 4-year, Public
Palomar College 26,805 2-year, Public
Pasadena City College 26,713 2-year, Public
Portland Community College 26,278 2-year, Public
Sacramento City College 26,128 2-year, Public
Florida State College at Jacksonville 25,903 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
El Paso Community College 25,818 2-year, Public
Central New Mexico Community College 24,870 2-year, Public
Orange Coast College 24,742 2-year, Public
Hillsborough Community College 24,037 2-year, Public
Cerritos College 23,236 2-year, Public
Cuyahoga Community College District 23,234 2-year, Public
San Diego Mesa College 23,059 2-year, Public
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