Course Title: Construct orthodontic appliances

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: DENT5205C

Course Title: Construct orthodontic appliances

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5206 - Diploma of Dental Technology

Course Contact: Mark Doherty

Course Contact Phone: +61 93411407

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Simon Pearse: Ph - 9341 1411
Fax - 93411401
Email –

Zanne Frazer: Ph - 9341 1402
Fax - 9341 1401
Email –

Nicholas Greer: Ph - 9341 1420
Fax - 93411401
Email –

James Moser: Ph – 9341 1417
Fax - 9341 1401
Email –

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

• HLTIN301B Comply with infection control policies
and procedures
• HLTOHS300A Contribute to OHS processes
• HLTDT301B Construct models
• HLTDT302B Construct custom impression trays
• HLTDT303B Construct registration rims
• HLTDT304B Articulate models and transfer records
• HLTDT519A Construct simple complete removable
acrylic dentures and appliances
• HLTDT507B Construct immediate dentures
• HLTDT508B Set up and wax removable partial
• HLTDT509B Cast metal alloy removable partial
denture framework
• HLTDT510B Construct metal, crown and bridge
• HLTDT511B Join alloy structures

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and
knowledge required to construct removable orthodontic
All procedures are carried out in accordance with
occupational health and safety policies and procedures,
current infection control guidelines, Australian and New
Zealand Standards, state/territory legislative
requirements and organisation policy

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDT514B Construct orthodontic appliances


1. Select or construct and
assemble components and

2. Construct orthodontic

3. Finish orthodontic

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Select materials for removable orthodontic
appliances according to design and function
specified by prescription
1.2 Select pre-formed components which are required
and confirm they are fit for the purpose
1.3 Construct individual custom-made components
according to prescription

2.1 Secure components to model by appropriate means
2.2 Apply appropriate materials to the cast to form a
baseplate according to the manufacturer’s
instructions and the prescription
2.3 Process the appliance using equipment and
techniques which are appropriate to the
manufacturer’s instructions and the prescription

3.1 Select techniques, materials and
equipment for trimming, finishing
and polishing that are appropriate
to the type and materials of the
3.2 Trim and finish the baseplate to
the thickness and coverage
3.3 Finish and polish metal
components to leave surfaces that
are free of sharp edges and
3.4 Evaluate the finished appliance
3.5 Decontaminate the appliance
according to infection control
3.6 Place the appliance in a sealed container for


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the participants will be able to demonstrate, on a consistent basis, the process involved in the construction of orthodontic appliances

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in group activities based on a simulated workplace exercises.
Practical exercises
Individual exercises carrying out requirements of competency.
Student experiences in workplace “on job training”

Teaching Schedule

• Delivered as follows: 
Construct Orthodontic Appliances THEORY: Session time; four hours (approx)
Construct Orthodontic Appliances THEORY REVIEW: Session time; one hour (approx)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Anatomy of Orofacial Structures


Mosby's Dental Dictionary



Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

This unit is to be assessed in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of work conditions.
Practical exercises, presentation of competency assessment exercises & written tests are used.

Assessment Tasks

The assessments in this unit are undertaken in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of work conditions in the form of practical exercises, a practical competency and theoretical exams (PASS MARK 70%) all of which are to be
co-assessed with the following units;
HLTIN301A: Comply with Infection Control,
HLTOHS300A: Contribute to OHS Processes,
BSBCMN302A: Organise Personal Work Priorities,
BSBCMN305A: Organise Workplace Information
All forms of assessments and co-assessed units are to be passed to pass this unit.

Assessment Matrix

Weighting of the assessment tasks:

* Practical competency - 50%
* Theoretical exams - 50%

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