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

Orthodontic techs can earn a dental assisting degree in two years and may participate in an internship program to specialize in orthodontics. In this specialized program, orthodontic techs learn how to assist orthodontists with patient care, including applying and adjusting braces.

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.

Consider these points when choosing a school:

  • A program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association will ensure readiness of program graduates.
  • Programs that have on-campus dental clinics allow for practical experience, although internships off-campus are often required as well.

10 Schools with Dental Assisting Programs

College/University Institution Type
University of Alaska, Anchorage - College of Health 4-year, Public
Calhoun Community College 2-year, Public
Pima Community College 2-year, Public
San Diego Mesa College 2-year, Public
Front Range Community College 2-year, Public
Broward College 4-year, Primarily associates, Public
Cerritos College 2-year, Public
Indiana University Purdue University 4-year, Public
Rutgers University 4-year, Public
Monroe Community College 2-year, Public

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