3. Orthodontic Laboratory Soldering


Over 2 hours and 45 minutes of content. Earn 30 CE credits from the National Board of Certification.



The Orthodontic Laboratory Soldering Course is designed for technicians with wire bending experience and interested to learn the soldering technique used to fabricate a variety of orthodontic appliances and special components.

Course Information

This course comes with 12 months of streaming access and handout materials. You may rewatch the course as many times as you wish.

Continuing Education Credits

This course includes free Continuing Education (CE) submission to the National Board of Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC). To receive CE credit, you must complete the work listed in the last chapter of this course and then submit a series of digital photographs to our instructors. Once approved, you will be able to download and print a letter and certificate of course completion.

Type: Scientific
Hours: 30
Validity: Credits are valid during your one-year renewal cycle.*

Course Chapters

1. Introduction (2min. 20sec.)
2. Review Materials and Equipment (7min. 23sec.)
2A. Micro Torch (3min. 38sec.)
2B. Orthodontic Blowpipe (3min. 51sec.)
2C. Easy Torch Mark II (10min. 8sec.)
2D. Electrosoldering (3min. 59sec.)
2E. Tack Weld Operation (3min. 17sec.)
3. Introduction to Solder Exercises (1min. 13sec.)
3A. Solder Exercise #1 (3min. 3sec.)
3B. Solder Exercise #2 (2min. 9sec.)
3C. Solder Exercise #3 (4min. 54sec.)
3D. Solder Exercise #4 (2min. 35sec.)
4. Model Preparation and Banding (12min. 40sec.)
4A. Impression Taking (6min. 53sec.)
4B. Model Pouring (3min. 55sec.)
5. Space Maintainer (15min. 14sec.)
6. Space Regainer (11min. 47sec.)
7. 6×6 Lingual Arch (10min. 54sec.)
8. Nance Holding arch (15min. 4sec.)
9. Transpalatal Arch (TPA) (8min. 16sec.)
10. Hygienic Maxillary Expander (15min. 50sec.)
11. Introduction to Soldered Auxilliaries (2min. 41sec.)
11A. Soldered Circumferential Clasp to Labial Bow (3min. 27sec.)
11B. Labial Bow Soldered to Circumferential Clasp (6min. 11sec.)
11C. Labial Bow Soldered to Adams Clasp (6min. 48sec.)
11D. Soldered Elastic Hooks to Labial Bow (3min. 24sec.)
11E. Soldered Springs (5min. 43sec.)

Total time: Over 2 hours and 45 minutes


Prior wire bending experience is a must. To ensure a successful learning experience, you are strongly encouraged to take these courses:


To take this course you will need: Maxillary and Mandibular stone models with bands

  • Space Maintainer – band 1st molars w/ missing 2nd premolar/bicuspid
  • Space Regainer – same as Space Maintainer model
  • 6×6 Lingual Arch – upper or lower model w/ bands on 1st molars
  • Nance Holding Arch – Upper model w/ bands on 1st molars
  • Transpalatal Arch (TPA) – same as Nance Holding Arch model
  • Hygienic Rapid Maxillary Expander – Upper model w/ bands on 1st molars and 1st bicuspids.
  • Soldered Auxiliaries – upper model, ideal dental alignment for soldered retainer components


  • Safety Glasses
  • Solder Torch
  • Silver Solder
  • Flux
  • Soldering Station (optional)
  • Stainless Steel Wire (.020″, .028″, .032″, .036″)
  • RME Screws (005-013 or 125-003)
  • Serrated #134 Pliers
  • Three Prong Pliers
  • Lab Wire Cutters
  • Jarabak Pliers
  • Special Adjusting Pliers #239
  • Model Holder
  • Mortite Clay (search online)
  • #7 Spatula
  • Pink or Clear Biocryl Resin 1-lb kits
  • Great Lakes Separator
  • Great Lakes Pressure Pot
  • Electric or Air Handpiece
  • Handpiece Trimming Burs (Carbide Cone-Terp-Egg, Sandpaper Mandrel, Sandpaper Strips, Heatless Stones, Rubber Wheels, Standard Mandrels)
  • Dental Lathe w/ Splash Pans (suction on right side)
  • Plastic Center Rag (pumice) & Loose Muslin Buff (polishes) Wheels
  • Tripoli, Fabulustre, & Metal Polish
  • Spot & Tack Welder (optional)
  • Variety Kits of Plain 1st Molar & Bicuspid Bands (RMO, ORMCO, 3M/Unitek)

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