Jennifer A.’s Answer
To be an ortho or dental assistant, you'll just go to a local trade school for about 1 year. Because you need very little training, you'll also get paid very little! I was in your same position. I couldn't afford to go to 8 years of college to be a dentist so, I became a dental hygienist! Dental hygiene is the absolute best field for working moms! Your hours are very flexible, a full work week is only 4 days and you'll start around $32-36/hr! The best part is, after your prerequisite classes, which take about 1 year, the dental hygiene program is only 2 years! Good luck on your endeavor!