Course Title: Construct orthodontic appliances

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2020

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Class Section: All

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Course Code: DENT5872C

Course Title: Construct orthodontic appliances

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5387 - Diploma of Dental Technology

Course Contact: Rachael Starr

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1420

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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


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to construct removable orthodontic appliances.

This unit applies to work in dental technology.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDET012 Construct orthodontic appliances


1. Select and assemble components and materials

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Select materials for removable orthodontic appliances according to design and function specified in work order

1.2 Select the required pre-formed components and confirm they are fit for the purpose

1.3 Construct individual custom-made components according to work order


2. Construct orthodontic appliance

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Secure components to model by appropriate means

2.2 Apply appropriate materials to the model to form a baseplate according to manufacturers’ instructions and the work order

2.3 Process the appliance using equipment and techniques according to manufacturers’ instructions and the work order


3. Finish orthodontic appliances

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select techniques, materials and equipment for trimming, finishing and polishing appropriate to the type and materials of the appliance

3.2 Trim and finish the baseplate to the thickness and coverage required

3.3 Finish and polish metal components ensuring surfaces that are free of sharp edges and irregularities

3.4 Evaluate the finished appliance

3.5 Decontaminate the appliance according to infection control guidelines

3.6 Place the appliance in a sealed container for dispatch

Learning Outcomes


On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Select and assemble components and materials 
  1. Construct orthodontic appliance 
  1. Finish orthodontic appliances

Details of Learning Activities

Block 4/Week 1: Theory: Lectures/tutorial  

Block 4/Week 1: Practical: Dental Laboratory exercises/activities 

Teaching Schedule

Block 4/Week 1 - (am) Topic Introduction and Theory Lecture

Block 4/Week 1 - (pm) Dental Laboratory Practical Exercises: Commence

Block 5/Week 1: Theory and Practical Assessments



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Please purchase dental laboratory toolkit and coat before attending first class.

Overview of Assessment

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency.   

Regular attendance is necessary. 

Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks and consist of theory and practical based tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Theory Assessment - Written Test

The theory assessment will include short answer questions and diagrams as required.

Assessment Period: Theory

Block 5, Week 1

Assessment 2: Practical Assessment – Practical Skills Test

During your practical assessment you will be required to fabricate 1 removable orthodontic appliance incorporating an active and passive component.

Assessment Period: Practical

Block 5, Week 1


Assessment Matrix

Elements/Performance Criteria

Assessment Task 1

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Other Information

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