Wrap Around Retainer Fabrication


Over 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 Wrap Around Retainer, commonly used for post-orthodontic retention. You will receive step-by-step instruction of this labial bow stabilizing bar, as well as acrylicing, trimming, and finishing procedures.

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

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 (43sec.)
2. Preparation of Models (5min. 42sec.)
3. Wraparound Labial Bow (17min. 44sec.)
4. Prepare Wires on Model (5min. 10sec.)
5. Support Wire (1min. 29sec.)
6. Introduction to Acrylicing Procedure (6min. 49sec.)
6A. Salt & Pepper Acrylic Technique (9min. 23sec.)
6B. Premix Acrylic Method (6min. 52sec.)
6C. Biostar/MiniSTAR Acrylic (10min. 38sec.)
6D. Light Cure VLC Technique (6min. 14sec.)
7. Trim Acrylic Plate (16min. 34sec.)
8. Appliance Finishing (Pumice & Polish) (5min. 9sec.)
9. Adjust Retainer (1min. 36sec.)

Total time: Over 1 hour and 30 minutes


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. Note: Pour your own models or order them from Great Lakes for a nominal fee.

  • Safety Glasses
  • Stainless Steel or Duraloy Wire (0.32”)
  • 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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