Ricketts Retainer Fabrication


Nearly 1 hour and 30 minutes of content. Earn 10 CE credits from the National Board of Certification.


This course will teach you how to fabricate a Ricketts Retainer, commonly used for post-orthodontic retention. You will receive step-by-step instruction of popular wire clasps and the Ricketts labial bow, as well as acrylicing, trimming, and finishing procedures.

This course is intended for technicians with some retainer wire bending experience. To ensure a successful learning experience, the online Ortho-Lab Wire Bending and Hawley Retainer courses are strongly advised as a prerequisite.

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: 10
Validity: Credits are valid during your one-year renewal cycle.*

Course Chapters

1. Introduction (3min. 11sec.)
2. Preparation of Models (5min. 42sec.)
3. Ricketts Labial Bow (16min. 13sec.)
4. Prepare Wires on Model (1min. 26sec.)
5. Acrylicing Procedure (6min. 49sec.)
5A. Salt & Pepper Acrylic Technique (9min. 23sec.)
5B. Premix Acrylic Method (6min. 52sec.)
5C. Biostar/MiniSTAR Acrylic (10min. 38sec.)
5D. Light Cure VLC Technique (6min. 14sec.)
6. Trim Acrylic Plate (16min. 4sec.)
7. Appliance Finishing (Pumice & Polish) (5min. 9sec.)

Total time: Approximately 1 hr. 25 min.


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

Materials & Equipment Checklist

To take this course you will need: Maxillary and mandibular stone models possessing a relatively ideal dental alignment.

  • Safety Glasses
  • Ball Clasps
  • Arrow Clasps
  • Arrow Claps-Assorted
  • Stainless Steel or Duraloy Wire (0.028”)
  • Serrated #134 Pliers
  • Three Prong Pliers
  • Lab Wire Cutters
  • Jarabak Pliers
  • Special Adjusting Pliers #239
  • Model Holder (optional)
  • Torch & Wax
  • Wax Spatula
  • Biocryl Resin (1lb. Kits)
  • Great Lakes Pressure Pot
  • Handpiece & Burs
  • Finishing Equipment (Dental Lathe, Splash Pans, Polishes)

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