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(OAP) Orthodontic Assistant Permit Course

*Dental Board Approved

Orthodontic Assistant Permit with Ultrasonic Scaler: $2,000 (Includes all necessary supplies)

Proof of 6 months work experience as a Dental Assistant; Hepatitis B immunization records OR HBV Refusal form; TB Test Result (old or new); CPR certification. Students must obtain a current (within the last 12 months) 8 hour Infection Control and 2 hour Dental Practice Act certificate, in order to apply for the Orthodontic Permit. Please see our webpage under 8 hour Infection Control for our available upcoming classes.

Course Content and Format:
Our 84-hour / 3 full weekend Orthodontic Assisting Permit course is a board approved course, which will satisfy the state board requirements. This is a Blended Course, which combines: Online / Home Study & class attendance to satisfy the Dental Board requirements.

The course consists of the following:
• Didactic: (HOMESTUDY) Students will learn the theoretical aspects relating to the orthodontic assisting. You will need a computer for this part of the course.
• Laboratory: Students will learn the step-by-step procedures of Orthodontic Assisting through laboratory experience in their dental office.
• Clinical: Students will be required to practice live patients in their dental office under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist or orthodontist (minimum of two (2) clinical patients).

Course Description
The Dental Advantage California Dental Board-approved Orthodontic Assisting Permit Course provides students with the essential knowledge, skills and practical experience to successfully acquire a position as an orthodontic assistant. Students will learn to identify dental anatomy, morphology, types of malocclusion, learn the instruments necessary for orthodontic treatment, discuss corrective orthodontics, describe the types of treatment involved, and become familiar with the types of diagnostic records used to assess orthodontic problems, understand the importance of dietary and oral hygiene habits in orthodontics. In addition, the training program will also cover proper protocol and techniques to ensure proper sterilization, disinfection and sanitation in the dental office.

This course will train students to:
• Perform measurements for the purposes of orthodontic treatment;
• Placing and Removing orthodontic separators;
• Size, fit, and cement orthodontic bands;
• Remove orthodontic bands and remove excess cement from supragingival surfaces of teeth with a hand instrument;
• Remove excess cement with an ultrasonic scaler from supragingival surfaces of teeth undergoing orthodontic treatment practice.
• Prepare teeth for bonding, select, preposition, and cure orthodontic brackets after the licensed dentist has approved their position;
• Place and ligate archwires;
• Place and Remove ligature ties;
• Remove only orthodontic brackets and attachments with removal of the bonding material by the licensed dentist;
• After adjustment by the dentist, examine and seat removable orthodontic appliances and deliver care instructions to the patient.

Computer Requirements
This class is an online blended class. Students must have access to a computer and Internet for the program. Also students must have basic computer knowledge to ensure proper operation of online class work.

Students will be required to bring orthodontic instruments and some orthodontic supplies. A list of the required materials will be sent after registration in the course.

OA Dental Board Information
Effective January 1, 2010, All graduates of the Orthodontic assisting permit course will be required to take a state dental board-administered examination wherein the students must pass with a grade of 75% or above in order to receive their orthodontic assistant permit.

84 CE Units


Schedule 2023

Course # Dates Location Details
OA1 Sat, March 25 Zoom
April 1 & 2, April 15 & 16,
April 29 & 30
Madera All classes are
8:30am to 4:00pm
OA2 Friday, May 5 Zoom
May 6 & 7, May 20 &21, June 3 & 4
Madera All classes are
8:30am to 4:00pm
OA3 Sat, June 24 Zoom
July 8 & 9, July 22 & 23, August 5 & 6
Madera All classes are
8:30am to 4:00pm
OA4 Sat, August 19 Zoom
April 1 & 2, April 15 & 16,
April 29 & 30
Newhall All classes are
8:30am to 4:00pm
OA5 Fri, September 30 Zoom
Oct 7 & 8, Oct 21 & 22, November 4 & 5
Madera All classes are
8:30am to 4:00pm
OA6 Fri, December 1 Zoom
Dec 2 & 3, Dec 16 & 17, January 6 & 7, 2024
Madera All classes are
8:30am to 4:00pm

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If a situation arises, requiring you to cancel a class, the student must notify the office at least 5 business days prior to the start date of the class. All cancellations made within this timeframe will receive a refund of the amount paid, minus a $100 cancellation fee. All material shipped to the student must be returned to the office within 7 days of cancellation to initiate the refund process. If the cancellation is made with less than 5 business days’ notice, or a student is a No-Show, no refunds will be issued. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the office has been properly notified in a timely manner. All home study materials are a final sale. No refund can be issued once the item has shipped to the student. Thank you for your cooperation.

If the original certificate is lost or misplaced, the student must submit a written request and must be notarized by the notary public.
A fee of $25 will be charged for each duplicate copy of each certificate that is lost or misplaced.
For 8 hour Infection Control and 2 hour Dental Practice Act certificates, if the certificate is more than 5 years old, the student will need to retake the entire course again.


Dental Advantage

P.O. BOX 1146
ATWATER, CA. 95301

(209) 358-0707

Fax: (209) 357-7899

Office Hours
9:00am - 5:00pm

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