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- March 2013
For 30 years, a commitment to education has been the driving force in Brian Lindke's career, whether it's been as an in-house technician, product developer or laboratory owner. And it continues to pay off: his laboratory, Beautiful Smiles by Vividx, saw its highest sales ever last year, at a time when many other labs are struggling.
But Lindke is quick to point out that's not the ultimate goal. "We don't grow our business just for the sake of growing our business and having more volume. We want to build it based on relationships with dentists who are in tune with our philosophies and appreciate...
- November 2012
When 15-year-old Adam Mieleszko moved to New York from Poland in 1990, he didn't speak any English and never dreamed that, 20 years later, he'd publish a book in his new language. But that's exactly what happened.
After graduating from an intensive English as a Second Language high school in Brooklyn, Mieleszko—who loved art, drawing...
The growing popularity of vital bleaching is creating new shade-matching challenges for the dental team because many patients are whitening their teeth to shades that are brighter and whiter than conventional shade guides. In addition to this expanded shade spectrum of uncommonly light shades, technicians have to contend with the unique optical qualities found in bleached dentition while working with a limited number of commercial shade tabs and restorative materials. (See Figures 1, 2 and 3.)
Bleaching presents a number of variables that can make accurate shade matching somewhat of a moving target:...
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- June 2012
Tom Lehman, Lehman Dental Arts, Ltd., Brooklyn Park, MN
Years in industry: 43
Lab opened: 1999
Tom Lehman, Owner of Lehman Dental Arts, Ltd. in Brooklyn Park, MN, likes to build crowns the old-fashioned way. A 1969 graduate of Southern Illinois University, he ultimately made color his niche by attending several courses on this topic from a variety of well-respected clinicians throughout his career. "I don't think you can replicate nature by painting color on the surface of the tooth," says Lehman. "I build the shading into my crowns using colors from the inside out starting with the...
A Look Inside Ten Home-Based Laboratories: Capture Dental Arts: Combining the Challenges of Motherhood and Entrepreneurship
Jessica Birrell, CDT, FACE
Capture Dental Arts
Saratoga Springs, UT
Years in industry: 13
Lab opened: 2009
"Being a ceramist and giving the patient a reason to smile are what drive me. It's what I love about this profession," says Jessica Birrell, CDT, FACE, who opened Capture Dental Arts in her Saratoga Springs, UT, home three years ago. After working in a larger laboratory, Birrell aspired to be her own boss and wanted the freedom to be more creative, explore new ideas and focus on the partnership approach to dentistry.
An added bonus: being home for her three children, ranging...
- April 2012
We've got the ball rolling. We're moving the needle in the right direction--maybe not as fast or as far as we'd like--but it's moving," said Dr. James Willey, Director of the ADA's Council on Dental Practice, addressing almost 50 technicians, dentists, educators, manufacturers and association representatives at the 8th annual Lab Summit in...
Smile Line USA introduced Flexipalette, an assortment of three photographic contrastors that have a spotless, anti-reflective black background that enhances your digital photographs. There are three different forms, each one made out of a bendable copper sheet overmolded with Plastimed, a safe medical-grade plastic rubber that's latex free...
- March 2012
And the winner of the first Heraeus Sponsored - Present Your Best Denture Work Contest is.......Brian Carson, CDT from Signature Restorations with 44 "likes." Congratulations Brian!
The second place winner was David Lindsay, Owner of Lindsay & Associates with 27 "likes" and third place was James Davidge, RDT, owner of James Dean Prosthetic Arts. Congratulations to David and James!
And thank you everyone for your participation.
Look for more contests and innovative products from Heraeus!
PRESENT YOUR BEST DENTURE WORK and earn a chance to win $500 from Heraeus.
- November 2011
The teamwork approach to continuing education is becoming the "gold standard" in dentistry. Technicians and dentists alike are reaping the rewards that come with learning and even teaching side-by-side: enhanced communication, shared skills and objectives, and an overall stronger working relationship. This month, we look at two dynamic duos—one that exemplifies learning together and the other teaching together—and how their teamwork produces beautiful results both in the classroom and out.
Technician-Dentist Educators Practice What They Teach
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- October 2011
(1) Free, Interactive Webinars
Webinars offer a convenient way for you to provide information to--and interact with--your clients without leaving the comfort of the laboratory or dental office.
Arrowhead Dental Laboratory, Sandy, UT, began offering free monthly webinars in 2009. While initially its webinars were geared to potential clients as a way of giving them a taste of the laboratory and its philosophies, the webinars now include topics for current clients as well, such as how to file insurance claims for oral appliance therapy, practice management and digital occlusion. The...
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- September 2011
The number of ADA-accredited dental technology programs has dropped dramatically since the 1980s. Now, with just 20 accredited programs left, LMT visits two thriving schools on opposite coasts—Los Angeles City College and New York City College of Technology—to learn their secrets of success. In large part, that success can be attributed to the programs' hard-working faculties, steadfast in their commitment to education. In fact, the two schools work cooperatively, frequently sharing ideas on how to keep their programs vibrant and best educate the technicians...
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- June 2011
On September 9, world-renowned technician Claude Sieber from Basil, Switzerland is presenting Visual Elements Pushed to the Limits at New York City College of Technology (NYCCT). Sponsored by NYCCT and Vident, the course covers light transmission and its influence on anterior restorations; enamel structures; the importance of incisal characterization; how to choose the right frame; VITA®'s new VM material and its application; intraoral photography; the importance of color and light; and techniques. It starts at 5:30pm and takes place at NYCCT, 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY. To reserve a seat...
- April 2011
Laboratory owners are using a variety of innovative strategies--from digital business cards to dentists on staff--to effectively market their laboratory's services and technical know-how.
Strategy: create digital business cards
Tom Zaleske, owner, Matrix Dental Laboratory, Bensenville, Illinois
Years in business: 15
When Tom Zaleske meets a potential dentist-client, he doesn't just hand him a run-of-the-mill business card. He gives the dentist a digital business card--a CD that contains 50 images of his work presented in a four-minute slide show.
Showcasing his work in such...
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It's not every day a dental school honors a dental technician. But that's exactly what the New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) has done for Jason Kim--twice.
In May, the school named Jason Kim a clinical assistant professor. Last year, the school honored Kim by naming the laboratory at its Rosenthal Institute of Aesthetic Dentistry continuing education center "Jason J. Kim Dental Laboratory."
"For the past five years, we've done numerous continuing education programs at NYU. My partner [Peter Kouvaris] and I teach at its residency program and we've developed a great relationship...
Andre Michel, owner of Andre's Dental Stuio, Dana Point, CA details a case he fabricated using pressed IPS e.max crowns and bridges.
One of only 20 technicians accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Andre Michel, owner of Andre's Dental Studio, a boutique laboratory in Dana Point, California, specializes in smile design...
The price of precious metals began a sharp move up in November 2005. The metal that seems to be most talked about right now is gold, which closed on December 12 at $536.50 a troy ounce, the highest price in 22 years, and was $502.50 at press time on December 20th. Why the spike? One reason is increased demand from investors who fear rising inflation and want to diversify their portfolios; using gold has historically been seen as a hedge against inflation in uncertain geopolitical times. The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks renewed this notion of gold as an investment haven during turmoil.