1. Orthodontic Laboratory Wire Bending


Nearly 1 hour and 45 minutes of content. Earn 14 CE credits from the National Board of Certification.



The skill of wire bending within an orthodontic laboratory requires the highest level of manual dexterity. Designed for the novice or beginner technician, this in-depth course will guide you through basic wire bending exercises. You will learn the proper use of pliers and how to bend orthodontic lab wire, beginning with paper exercises and graduating to working on stone models.

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: 14
Validity: Credits are valid during your one-year renewal cycle.*

Course Chapters

1. Course Introduction (2min. 49sec.)
2. Overview of Wires & Pliers (7min. 32sec.)
3. Paper Exercise #1 (8min. 30sec.)
4. Paper Exercise #2 (15min. 7sec.)
5. Paper Exercise #3 (18min. 16sec.)
6. Paper Exercise #4 (16min. 45sec.)
7. Snowman Model Exercise (14min. 42sec.)
8. Scallop Wire to Model Exercise (20min. 15sec.)
9. Conclusion (1min. 33sec.)

Total Time: Approximately 1hr. 43min.


Above average manual dexterity skills are necessary to successfully complete wire exercises. Prior dental lab experience is a plus.

Materials & Equipment Checklist

To take this course you will need:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Stainless Steel Wire (.025″ & .030″)
  • Serrated #134 Pliers
  • Three Prong Pliers
  • Lab Wire Cutters
  • Jarabak Pliers
  • Special Adjusting Pliers #239
  • Model Holder (optional)
  • No. 7R Lab Knife
  • #2 Pencil and/or Fine Tip Sharpie Marker

Additional information