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I have embarked on a new journey! I have created a Patreon account which will enable me to create the orthodontic lab school that I have always wanted to! What is Patreon? Patreon is a way to join your favorite creator's community and pay them for making the stuff you love. […]

Patreon Announcement



Lab Preview
Here is a video of the start of my ortho lab / studio that is in my house. This is where I will shoot future training videos. This will be the start of a series of videos that will cover the instalation of things like cabnets, sinks, plaster traps and […]

Preview of the lab/studio I’m building in my house


Zapit Closeup
I finally made this video to answer all your questions about "What is that purple stuff you put on your model?" All credit goes to the Owner of Ortho Works Lab, Inc. for showing me the versatility of using this material to tack our wires to the models. We mainly […]

Review: How to use “Zapit” in your ortho lab


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I had a question on my Youtube video about the composition of flux. Since I can't attach a PDF into a comment on YouTube. I decided to put it in a post on my site so I can post the link. It has an interesting composition: Here you go if […]

Silver Solder Flux SDS



Model Trimmer
Someone asked on the Association of Ortho Labs Facebook group what are alternatives to plaster stone nippers. I shot a quick video of what I use: I use a set of hand held hedge trimmers. They are Fiskars Puner Shears. They work a little differently than nippers. They "shave" the […]

What I use to trim my models


Soldering Wraparound
Paid Subscribers: Solder a Wraparound to C's This is a followup video to the video on how to bend a Wraparound soldered to C's. I thought I would shoot a quick video on how to solder it after you bend it. Let me know if you have any questions... Thank […]

Paid Subscriber: Soldering Wraparound to C’s


Wrap soldered to c clasps
This video covers the steps of the wire bending of a Soldered Wraparound Retainer to C Clasps. Step 1: Bend C Clasps Step 2: Bend Labial Bow Step 3: Bend Keeper Wires (Check out how to bend alternative keeper wires here: https://youtu.be/zTfb01qU-Mc ) Step 4: Solder the Appliance (Not shot […]

WrapAround Soldered to C’s (YouTube Version)



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This video covers the steps of the wire bending of a Soldered Wraparound Retainer to C Clasps. Step 1: Bend C Clasps Step 2: Bend Labial Bow Step 3: Bend Keeper Wires (Check out how to bend alternative keeper wires here) Step 4: Solder the Appliance (Not shot in the […]

How to Bend: Wraparound Soldered to C’s (Extended Version)


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Serrated Laboratory Plier (134L) Superior Three Prong Laboratory Plier (344) Superior Three Prong Laboratory Plier (344) Economy Serrated Wire Bending Laboratory Plier (134) Superior Hawley Loop Forming Laboratory Plier Superior Jarabak Laboratory Plier Superior DX134: SERRATED BIRD BEAK PLIERS DX3144: YOUNG PLIERS DX344T: STANDARD 3 PRONG - FINE TIPS Three […]

A Complete List of all the Piers I use


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Hello out there! In case you have not been here in a while I have been updating all the Paid Subscriber videos. I noticed a week ago that most of the links were broken to the videos, my greatest apologies! I do not how that happened to the membership software […]

Updates are happening!



Keep Calm and Bend On Pliers
I was creating a campaign for the Dental Laboratory association of Texas when I came up it this idea. Most of the people didn't know what I was talking about, So I thought I would make a few for my ortho peeps. Hopefully you guys know the meme Im basing […]

Keep Calm And……


Band and Loops
Band and Loops: One of the most common appliances an orthodontic lab makes. It is a very simple appliance, It is just a simple lop of wire soldered to a band but there are tons of ways to make them look. This video covers just the wire-bending portion of the […]

Premium members: Band and Loop(s)


Soldered Wraparound
In this video I show how to bend and solder the version of the wraparound retainer soldered to Adams clasps. I have uploaded privately to youtube so it can stream better for you paid members, Thank You for your support.

Premium Members: Soldered Wraparound to Adams



Harris Orthodontic Lab
I received an email with this picture asking how its made. I thought I would share my response with this person with everyone on this blog. First off this picture is from Maggie Harris of Harris Orthodontic lab, you you want to see some amazing retainer designs visit her site: http://www.harrisorthodonticlaboratory.com/Store/custom-retainer-designs-2/ She […]

How is this retainer Made?


Long-span flipper 1
Here is the video of the acrylic portion of the long span flipper. Sorry for the roughness of the video, I didn't have time to clean it up and make it look nice. I decided to give you members the raw footage. comment below if you have any questions.

Long-Span Flipper Raw video for Members only


Long-span flipper 2
Have you gotten a request for a flipper with multiple teeth? For us ortho techs we usually work with single tooth flippers or hawleys with pontics added to them. We can usually attach the pontic with wax using the existing teeth on either side of the pontic. But what if you […]

Long – Span Flippers: How to set up



Also great for finishing extraction cased
This is a special request from a doctor to help close those annoying gaps distal (and mesial) to the 3's. Great for extraction cases! Made by Jason Brown, CDT of Ortho Works Lab, Inc.

Full Arch Spring Retianer


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Here is the rest of the video of me struggling with a new method of waxing in teeth. Sometimes it works beautifully sometimes not! It is nice to have a couple of ways to do these things in case the model wont allow one method. I do like the use […]

Waxing in Teeth (Diffrent Method) – Members only


Removing teeth
I have come across a couple of different methods of cutting teeth out of models since my last video on this subject. I thought I would give you an update on how I do it now. This is not the be-all-end-all how to cut teeth out but just one way. […]

A Different Method for cutting out teeth on a Dental ...



Preping Tooth For Bands
Prep teeth for bands on model using round bur   This is just one way to prep the teeth on a plaster model to place bands on. I have found this method works best for me when the doctor pre-fits the bands on the patent, Removes the bands Takes an impression […]

Prepping teeth for bands


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Well we have begun the idea for the hands on training portion that will complement this online training here on this site. Here are the humble beginnings...We have invited some people for a trial run while we work out structure and class details. If you are in the Dallas, TX […]

Ortho tech school beginnings


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  Here is an example of you guys learning along with me... Jason, the owner of the lab I am now working at took the time to explain one of our wire benders how he bends a 3x3 spring clip (usually in 4 min!). I whipped out my phone and tried […]

The 4 Minute 3×3 Spring Clip / Gemini (explained in ...



Ortho Works Lab
Where have I been?   As some of you may know I have taken a new position in a new lab. I started working there on April 16th. Why the new job you ask? Im glad you asked.... Simple answer, Opportunity. Not financial opportunity ( well, maybe a little 🙂 […]

Where has Cade been?


Camo Design
I was asked a while back if I could show how we make a camo retainer. One finally came a round and I remembered to film it. This is just one of many ways to make a camo retainer. I don't call this actual "camouflage" because it doesn't look 100% […]

Camo Pattern Retainer (YouTube Version)





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 In case you were not able to attend the meeting here in Dallas, here is what you missed out on: Orthodontic Panels Discussion ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 12 As Picture of me moderation the Panel Discussion with Don Inman and Priscilla Mier with a special webcast guest […]

Pictures from 2014 DLAT Conference


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Im testing some new streaming services to hopefully get rid of the endless buffering you guys/gals are experiencing Below are some different versions of the some video let me know in the comment section below which one works best for your computer/media device. Thanks, Cade 1. Original Streaming service : […]

Hello Paid Subscribers- look in here, need your opinion!



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  Hello all! For those that can't make it to the DLAT (Dental Laboratory Association of Texas) Conference this year (March 28-29th) I am going to attempt to live stream the whole 3 hours. Be sure and catch it if you can! It is Friday, March 28th 9am-12pm (central time […]

Live Webcast Orthodontic Forum at 2014 DLAT Conference


Hello guys! here is a test broadcast. Im trying something out for the DLAT conference im working on. here is the embed code: Here is the youtube page: http://youtu.be/jATmcHVg7lM   If you have a Gmail (and Google + profile) you can ask me questions here (if im still in live […]

Test Live Broadcast Live Wire! (Paid Subscribers)


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Having fun Soldering/ Brazing a RPE in Slow Motion using the Slow motion app on my Galaxy Note3 Smart phone. Everyone should do this sometime, it really makes you look at your technique! I defiantly want to work on mine after seeing this! Too many burn spots I see! I […]

Soldering in Slow Motion



Pontic Flipper
A video taking the time to show the process of trimming a denture pontic tooth down to fit an edintulous space. This won't take as long once you do a few of these I was just slowing down the process to explain a few things. I took my time and […]

Trimming a Pontic for an Orthodontic Flipper (Free version)


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An icy day in Texas means some video editing time which means a new video for you guys! Sorry I took so long with this one it is kinda long at over 36 minutes. Plus I had a lot of editing due to the patients name. I explain it more […]

Trimming a Pontic for an Orthodontic Flipper


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Come see me at the 2014 Dental Laboratory Association of Texas Spring Conference and Expo. I will be co-presenting a couple of classes and be an orthodontic forum host. March 28-30th 2014, Omni Mandalay Hotel, Las Colinas, Texas Come see Donal Inman of Inmanortho.com inmanaligner.com inmanpower.com give a presentation of how he […]

Come see me in Texas! Meet some of the ...



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Sometimes a doctor will ask you to add a spring to an existing retainer. Here is one way to do it. Note: This method depends on the fact that the retainer fits the model very well. If the patient did not wear his/her retainer then you might have a model […]

Add a Spring to a Retainer


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 ***This is the free edited version of the Retainer Repair Video to see the full unedited version you will need to be a paid subscriber 🙂 *** Here is a video of me repairing a retainer. This shows the simplest method. The other method involves stripping out all the wires out […]

Retainer Repair (Free Subscribers)


Retainer Repair Waxed
Here is a video of me repairing a retainer. This shows the simplest method. The other method involves stripping out all the wires out of the old acrylic and applying new acrylic. Here is an overview of the steps: You just need to open up the crack in the acrylic […]

Retainer Repair (Paid Subscribers)



Study Model Trimming 2
OK, so I tried to film me trimming some study models , but I didn't like the footage I got to make an official video. So, i decided to go ahead and upload it here so that you paid subscribers can see it an maybe get something out of it. […]

Study Models: Trimming – Paid Subscribers


I thought this was a great question that I got in my inbox today. Since I havent really covered this question to much detail in my videos I thought Id share my answer here and other people can join the discusson fi they have any more questions. Here is the […]

Adams Clasps Prep Question and Labial bow Wirebending question


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With the video I made of the Wraparound retainer I got a few questions. Since the video I took was taken with my GoPro camera, everything looks far away. I gives a good overall picture of the whole process (The general idea for that video) but you miss some of the […]

Wraparound Retainer: More Details (videos) – Paid Subscribers



Wrap
This video covers an overview of the wire-bending component of the construction of a wraparound retainer. This video does not cover the acrylic component of the wraparound construction, but that is pretty basic like a regular retainer. (acrylic videos are listed below the Wraparound Video) Keeper wires or stabilization wires […]

Wraparound Retainer- Edited Version (Free Subscribers)


Wrap
Here is a video of me bending a wraparound retainer. Also called a Wrap or Circumferential Hawley. This is just a general overview of how I bend this type of retainer, no close-up shots of the actual bending process. If any of you guys want to see a more detailed […]

Wraparound Retainer – Paid Members


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Guess the Movie Soundtrack! So I had some fun with the GoPro camera when I first got it and  and recorded some video of me trimming the acrylic on some retainers. With the dust/water proof case that it comes in I was not afraid to try the camera up close […]

Paid Members Contest!



I got this question on the discussion section of my YouTube channel. About the Adams clasp.., I get the adaptation of the wire across the marginal ridge, and into the palate,., but the angulation of the bridge of my adams is almost always more the 45 degrees , and its […]

Adams Clasps Revisited (angle of the Adams bridge)


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I am going to try and start this new series for The Ortho Wire Podcast, called "Live Wire!" This is where I am going to interview some of the movers and shakers of the orthodontic laboratory industry. Also, many of you lab owners and managers out there. I hope to […]

Live Wire! episode one


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I call this a "bluegrass attachment." Kinda like a bluegrass appliance but smaller form so it can fit in a removable retainer. Some of my doctors call it "spinners" I got this idea (and the beads) from one if my doctors and used to make it exclusively for him, until […]

BlueGrass Attachment



Ball Clasps Occlusion
I was asked through my you tube channel how I bend the ball clasps across the occlusion I thought I would share our discussion in case any out there would be interested: Hello there, I'm having a challenge getting my occlusal wire bends out of the way of the bite. […]

Ball Clasps Over Occlusion



Your eyes don't deceive you! I decided to update the theme for this site to one that gives me more options. Bear with me as I work through the changes.

Under Construction




Here is the free youtube version of my video showing the technique i use to finish soldered, fixed orthodontic appliances. Here are some links to the wheels I used in this video: Mizzy Heatless wheels Green Rubber Wheels Skinny Rubber Wheels (These rubber wheels where the closest I could find at […]

Finishing Metal Orthodontic Appliances -Free version


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That's right, Frank is! Just kidding, I had fun making this. It has extra padding in the posterior for all those uppercuts! I started with 3mm green mouthguard material, I cut out the posterior and placed it back on the model The did another suck down over the model with […]

Guess who is ready for their MMA fight?



Hello guys and gals long time no post, It was the back to school rush for us, very,very,very busy! At one point we were 3 days behind! I never want to be there again. But here I am, Thanks to a nudge from one of you paid subscribers (Thanks Jaimi!) […]

Metal Finishing Orthodontic Appliances after soldering


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THank YOu! Due to your faith and patience with me I was able to purchase a new camera! Here ia a raw video of me trying out the camera. I got a GoPro Hero3 White edition. The cool thing is, is that it is so small you can mount it […]

Thank You Paid Subscribers! Soldered C-Clasps Demo


Here is the edited version of the previously posted videos about the clear aligner. This video shows the steps involved in making an invisible orthodontic retainer(Essix type) designed to move teeth using a series of 3 trays (invisible retainers) The steps involved include: Designing case to see how many trays […]

Clear Aligner- YouTube video



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Here is an interesting view I saw while trimming this retainer. You can see the line between the two colors I used for this retainer. One way I try to save money, use just enough colored acrylic to cover the wires then switch to the cheaper clear acrylic to fill […]

Save a little money?


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I was asked to post a video of how I make a clear aligner, or as I like to say and essix with resets. This is not Invisalign®, this is the old school way of cutting out teeth and waxing them in straight and doing a clear thermoform over it. […]

Clear Aligner ( Essix with resets) – Parts 1&2 – ...


Here are some pictures from the 2013 Dental Laboratory Association of Texas Conference and Expo. These are mainly from 2 of the 4 ortho classes that were provided.

Pictures: 2013 DLAT Conference and Expo



Sorry everybody for the non-existent updates lately. It has been kinda crazy around here lately. First, was the DLAT lab conference here in Dallas, of which I will post pictures soon, it was very fun and exhausting! Second, we are moving our lab tomorrow and for the past week have […]

Update


For those of you who have asked which company I get my acrylics from it is from JBC and Company. When I asked Pricilla if I could post her Catalog to my site so that others can download it an look up some of the things I use easier she […]

The Fundamentals of Acrylic by Pricilla Mier of JBC


  I have been asked how to tighten the retainers after you are done making them. This is a very important Quality Control (QC) step! Be sure and check with your doctor how tight he/she wants the retainer on the model. I shot this video real quick using my new, […]

QC’ing a Retainer



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This video covers the removing to the plastic tab part on the expansion screw of the lower CDT exam model. To get to the point that where I actually remove the plastic tab from the acrylic-embedded screw I had to to well...embed it in acrylic. So I included most of […]

CDT Exam Removing Tab from Expansion Screw (Updated)


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If anyone is in the Texas (or surrounding states area) come to Dallas to see me at the DLAT Conference and expo on April 11-14, 2013. We are going to have dedicated classes for orthodontics, yes I said that right! DEDICATED classes for orthodontic labs! The President of the DLAT […]

DLAT Spring Conference and Expo (April 11-14, 2013)


This video covers bending of the C clasps on model A of the CDT exam. The first part of the video shows a close up of the bending process on the first molar on the patients left side. I tried to zoom in  to the details the best that I […]

CDT Exam C Clasps on Model ‘A’




CDT Instructions Part 2 2
Hello Paid Subscriber! Here are pictures of the models I used for the CDT exam as you can see I made multiple duplicates and practiced a lot!  start making videos covering the making of these appliances. If anyone has the prescriptions for these for the exam email them to me […]

CDT Exam Models


Zebra Retainer
I was looking back at my earlier videos I made and saw the zebra one. I noticed first it looked more Tiger than zebra, and it was all pictures, no videos (this was pre-iphone era!) plus, half the pics were out of focus! See old video here So I decided […]

Zebra Pattern Retainer Acrylic Method – Updated



Zebra Pattern Retainer
Ive been wanting to update the zebra retainer Youtube video. So I tried to sneak some video footage of my acrylic pro Ivan while he was doing a black and red zebra retainer. I caught him kinda of late, he already started, but I think you will get the idea. […]

Sneak Preview- Zebra Pattern Retainer Updated- Subscribers Only


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For the Subscribers: Im trying to make this site special for you guys and gals, so I will try to publish these same youtube files but with out the ads and in the highest quality my server (and your bandwidth) can handle! Comment below if you would like to see something special. Here […]

Retainer Pumicing Ad free HD -Subscribers only


Here is a video of the Pumicing and polishing techniques I use on the retainers I make. Pumice Substitute: http://www.garreco.com/abrasives.html#resilience High Shine: http://jbcandcompany.com/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=251&cat=Polishing+Compounds I also get my pumice wheels from JBC: http://jbcandcompany.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=613  

Retainer Acrylic Pumicing and Polishing




A video I shot of the trimming process involved in the process of making a retainer. This is actually 2 videos of 2 different retainers, this first time I shot the video(with the blue retainer) I either lost some video or thought I pressed record when I didn't. Either way, […]

Retainer Acrylic Trimming


Most Ortho labs are set up already to be able to provide this service to general dentist doctors. You may not know how to do this yet, but maybe after this video it will give you an idea how to do this.  You will need is some cold-cure denture repair […]

Add a new service for your Dentist-clients



In case you guys behind the bench haven't heard, twitter has a new app, called Vine. (for those of you that don't know what twitter is, then...you need to get out from behind the bench more;) What Vine is, is a way to take and share 6-second videos, sounds weird, […]

Fun With Vine App!


Closeup view on the half wrap
I thought this was an interesting appliance. I talked to the doctor about this case and she originally wanted a wrap, but asked me to caller her about the case. The UR7 (Upper Right Second Molar) wasn't in all the way and didn't get all the way in the impression. […]

Half-Wrap


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I just had to post this retainer! Sometimes when u read the script I think " this color combination is gonna look terrible, I should warn the kid!" And usually I'm right, but this time I was pleasantly wrong. They asked for Luminary Pink, Turquoise and Royal Blaze Yellow. I […]

Interesting Tye Die Colors




I was asked through youtube if I had a better way of setting an expansion screw so that it stays in place while you pour acrylic. So, I shot a quick video of how I do it. Basically, I use the part of the plastic tab that protrudes from the […]

Setting Expansion Screw for a Retainer (or Schwartz)


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** I updated the video sorry it was in the wrong format for streaming 🙁 You can thank one of your fellow paid subscribers for pointing that out, you guys be sure and let me know when y'all are running into problems with my site! I want you techs to […]

Prepping tooth for band – extras



Pedo Partial
Here is a video I made of a pedo partial from some pictures and videos I took. This is kind of a lengthy process, and I don't have enough room on my iPhone to take video the whole time and then just edit it down. So, instead I set my […]

Pedo Partial


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This was interesting. A Hawley with soldered Adams clasps I the place of the usual soldered 'C' clasps

Hawley w/ Soldered Adams


Modified pendulum
I got an interesting request from a Dentist, she wanted a Pendulum with removable activation arms. On top of that, she wanted 4 of them! We discussed the case a bit over the phone and she said she will send along some information with the case. When I got the […]

M-Pendulum (Modified Pendulum)



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I have been asked many times what I use for the names I put in the retainers. First, off the reason I do this is because it is state law here in Texas that some form of ID needs to poe placed in any removable device that has enough acrylic […]

How to make names for retainers


How to bend sweeper springs and wax them into place on a retainer These are used to help close diastemas (gaps between the teeth). Also I try my best to explain how they work.

Sweeper Springs


Here is a very basic overview of how to bend Ball Clasps. I go over the difference between premium and economy clasps and why I like the Premium better. The video just shows an overview I do not get into the details and differences of the different types of bends, […]

Basic Ball Clasps




Well, here is the first of hopefully many special post for the members only area. I am going to put this first for the free subscribers, and once I figure out what the special content the paid members will receive, this will remain free. This is the uncut recording of […]

‘C’ Clasps – left side: Uncut for members only


Here is a quick video showing how I bend the 'C' Clasps. Nothing special, these are pretty basic to do. I use .036 Wire for my 'C' Clasp and a large serrated beak lab plier. I have more videos of me bending the other side I will put that in […]

‘C’ Clasps



Panoramic - Acrylic Department
I was asked recently by a friend ( g'day, mate!) on YouTube about production areas if I had any ideas about desks and layout for an in-house lab. Well I thought, hey why don't I just post pictures of my lab, and since I just got an update to my […]

Ortho Lab Production Areas



Yolo Retainer
I was asked by a patient to put the letters "YOLO" in her retainer. Yes, I showed my age by having to look that up! If your like me and don't know, it means "You Only Live Once". I thought that was interesting so I decided to record it. I […]

Inlay Acrylic Design



For those of you that attended the Wire Bending 101 class at the DLAT spring conference in Las Colinas, Tx, this model might look familiar to you. It was included in the kit you recieved with a pre-bent wire already on it. It was the final goal of the whole […]

Wire Bending 101 Final


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Royal pink with midnight black zebra stripes. I need to update my zebra instructional video with this technique.

Zebra


Here is the second part of the beginner worksheet. It will problably take 2 more videos to complete it. Looks like it will take about 4 videos per worksheet, maybe more on some of the more advanced worksheets. Attention more advanced technitions, not to worry I will be interjecting other […]

Wirebending-beginner-(Part 2)



I know, I know, this is not part 2 of the beginner wire bending series! Sorry, I need a quiet, not detracting room to record those so that I can explain what I am doing at the same time that I am bending. That way I don't have to over […]

Adams Clasps


Finally! Here is the first video! Kind of.... I know I promised these videos back in April at the conference, but I had to replace my hard drive on my iMac,( it was making funny noises 😉 I didn't want to get into some intensive HD usage editing videos until […]

Wirebending – Beginner – (Part 1)


In case you guys didn't know, I am teaching a Wirebending 101 class this Friday at the DLAT (Dental Laboratory Association of Texas) Conference and Expo in Las Colinas, TX. We will cover very basic wire bending techniques. I will have wire bending exercise on paper for everyone to use […]

WireBending 101 Hands-On Class



Tye Dye Retainer
Here is a video I made showing how to make the tye dye design retainer. You will find this and other videos in the Ortho Wire Podcast section.  

How to make the Tie Dye retainer


I got a question on the YouTube channel asking how we make those bends and such. I thought I would make a short video of the basics of wire-bending. Hence, "Wire-bending 101". Enjoy, and ask more questions!

Wire Bending 101


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I had a dental lab technition from Iran email and ask me how I made my Tie Dye retainers. I wrote down some instructions on how we do that design here in our lab with a promise that I had some video of the procedure somewhere on my hard drive. […]

Tie Dye Retainer Design



I have a doctor that this is his standard MD retainer. His preferences are: Labial bow from distal of the first bicuspid to distal of first bicuspid on both MX/MD retainers. Labial acrylic 3-3 on both MX/MD retainers. Finger clasps mesial to the 6's on the MX retainer. Acrylic trimmed […]

Mandibular Hawley W/ 4-4 Labial Bow