Course Title: Construct orthodontic appliances

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5312 Diploma of Dental Technology

Course Title: Construct orthodontic appliances

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term2 2013,
Term1 2015,
Term2 2015,
Term2 2016

Course Contact: Mark Doherty

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1407

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge you will require to construct removable orthodontic appliances. The appliances you construct would be used in industry to move patients teeth into a position that will provide better function and aesthetics. You will construct a range of appliances to cater for the various needs of a patient. All procedures are carried out in accordance with work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures, current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards, state/territory legislative requirements and organisation policy.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

HLTDT301D Construct models
HLTDT302D Construct custom impression trays
HLTDT303D Construct registration rims
HLTDT304D Articulate models and transfer records
HLTDT507C Construct immediate dentures
HLTDT508C Construct removable acrylic partial dentures
HLTDT509D Cast metal alloy removable partial denture framework
HLTDT510C Construct metal, crown and bridge structures
HLTDT511C Join alloy structures
HLTDT519C Construct simple complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDT514D Construct orthodontic appliances


1. Select or construct and assemble components and materials

2. Construct orthodontic appliance

3. Finish orthodontic appliances

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate, on a consistent basis, the construction of removable orthodontic appliances. You will develop your manual dexterity bending wires of varied gauges to facilitate various functions, coupled with processing acrylic in a range of colours to appeal to the aesthetic needs of patients.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of work conditions.

You will be assessed on both the essential knowledge and the demonstration of essential skills through;

Completion of practical exercises - including detailed self reflection of each exercise
Practical exam
Theory exam