Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course integrates the knowledge of dental occlusion and malocclusion with the clinical skills required by a dental hygienist to assist in the treatment and prevention of resulting dental conditions.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Provide appropriate information and care for the orthodontic patient and community;

2. Remove orthodontic arch-wires, bands and attachments;

3. Take impressions and study models;

4. Describe contemporary orthodontic practice;

5. Describe the various elements of orthodontic therapy;

6. Describe the features and possible sequelae of dental occlusion and malocclusion;

7. Analyse how disease affects development, structure and function;

8. Analyse oral health needs of orthodontic patients;

9. Identify tooth wear and determine aetiology;

10. Discuss the placement and removal of orthodontic archwires, bands and attachments;

11. Discuss the methods and materials used to take impressions and construct study models;

12. Discuss presenting signs and symptoms of dental and orofacial pain;

13. Place rubber dam;

14. Place fissure sealants

15. Demonstrate and apply the principles of infection control to the clinical situation;

16. Evaluate OH and S policies and procedures in any clinical situation;

18. Obtain and analyse a detailed history from a patient;

19. Recognise situations that are beyond experience, competence or legal guidelines;

20. Analyse how disease affects oral development, structure and function;

22. Interpret a treatment plan and discuss the relative merits of restorative and prosthetic treatment options;

23. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of teamwork in oral health care;

24. Select and safely manipulate dental biomaterials;


  1. Dental occlusion
  2. Dental and orofacial pain
  3. Malocclussion and oral health
  4. Orthodontic practice
  5. Teamwork
  6. Professional responsibility
  7. Clinical Skills


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of ORHL1001, ORHL1003, ORHL1004, HUBS1106, ORHL2001 and ORHL2007

Assumed knowledge

The learning from this course will be developed and integrated with aspects of clinical care throughout the rest of the Bachelor of Oral Health program

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Written examination *

Professional Task: Clinical Assessment *

Quiz: Online Quiz

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Clinical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Attendance at all clinical sessions is compulsory

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Compulsory Course Component - Clinical
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Compulsory Course Component (CCC)

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.