Although Friendship Dental Laboratories, Inc.'s first case was fabricated in 1973, it wasn't until 2006 that it implemented the efficient, computerized tracking system by Labtrac. This October, it logged in its half-millionth case!
Compensation strategies, productivity benchmarks, sales, marketing, quality control strategies and product growth areas were the key topics tackled at Lab Faster, Smarter, Better: Business Think Tank the day before LMT LAB DAY East.
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When creating the social media content here at LMT, I’m always looking for eye-catching graphics to accompany my posts. I’m far from a graphic designer, which is why I lean on a few online-based graphic design tools. These tools also take away the guesswork of figuring out what size to make your graphics since every social media network has image size guidelines you should follow so your image will look its best in the news feed, timeline or stream.
Here are my three favorite design tools that are not only really easy to use, but also free!
Canva is my go-to website for most of my social media graphic needs. Whether I’m creating an infographic after one of our LAB DAY shows or posting about an article, it helps me make professional looking graphics in a snap!
One thing I really like about Canva is that it uses a drag and drop interface, making it perfect for people who don’t have a ton of graphic design experience. It also offers thousands of beautiful layouts...
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You know as well as I do that time “ain’t what it used to be.” Contrary to what Mick Jagger sang to us when we were young enough to believe him, time is not on our side. Maybe it used to be but, nowadays, the summer is practically over before I even welcome its arrival.
So here we are in September, the start of another show season, and I find myself mulling over the content of business advisor and author Chuck Blakeman’s breakout session at last month’s Dentsply Sirona’s Siroworld in Orlando. Blakeman laid out a series of challenges for attendees to help us identify whether or not we are hostages to our businesses.
Yeah, he said “hostages.” I had to think about that. Not being a hostage, he said, requires a shift from the idea of “you as the business owner making money versus the business itself making money.” More importantly, he maintains that our business should produce both money and time. One can have “riches,”...
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LMT has long celebrated the artistic talents of our readers in the magazine; now, we’re doing it live!
If you’re attending LAB DAY Chicago, join LMT’s Art in the Park—your chance to showcase your artistic talents off the bench at our community’s largest gathering.
Bring your paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures, etc. (no restorations or prostheses please) for display in the Park in the center of the LAB DAY Chicago Exhibit Hall. Artwork will be displayed in secure, plexiglass cases.
Submission Form: Click here to enter. Submission form, including a photo of your artwork, are due December 30, 2016.
Artwork within the following dimensions is automatically accepted (if your piece is larger, please contact Zhane Cardenas to see if we can accommodate it).
3D artwork: 16” wide x 16” deep x 22” tall
2D artwork: 24” x 24”
Participation is limited due to space constraints; first come, first served.
Drop Off Your Artwork: Thursday,...
LMT’s 26th annual LAB DAY West in Garden Grove, CA, hit all the marks: a high-energy exhibit hall, a top-notch lineup of educators and countless networking opportunities with 1,643 laboratory owners, managers, technicians and dentists.
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Much like the polarization we’re seeing in our country this election year, members of our community—including, of course, the dentists we serve—have different ideas about where they think our industry is headed and, more interestingly, why.
Some believe independent dental laboratories are going to disappear altogether. They are concerned that, in the not-too-distant future, most dentists will use chairside systems to make restorations and those who don’t will be sending work overseas.
This is the most negative end of the spectrum. It includes visions of profit-focused dentists who are compromising the quality of care they deliver in order to boost their bottom line. Part of this comes from buzz about some corporate dental groups working recent grads “to the bone” in an effort to move as many patients through the door as possible.
Some lab owners also voice concern for the quality and depth of education dental students are receiving and say today’s...
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There were many companies exhibiting at LMT LAB DAY for the first time:
Based in São Carlos, Brazil and founded in 1977, Bio-Art Equipamentos Odontologicos offers a variety of small equipment, including articulators and facebows, microblasters, vacuum forming machines, curing lights, magnifiers, ultrasonic machines and more. Its Bio-Art semi-adjustable A7 Plus Articulator is made of aluminum and offers a modern design that provides greater visibility. It combines several features—including a Fixed Intercondylar distance at the average 110 mm; curved condylar guide; adjustable condylar guide angle; adjustable Bennet Angle; and Central Lock—making it easy to use. Visit www.bioart.com.br.
Chung Song (Sunburst) is a Korean manufacturer and exporter of lab equipment and consumables. It offers a wide variety of products including micromotors, polishing systems, plaster trays and more. Visit www.dentalmicromotor.com.
DDS-Pro USA launched its new DDS-3D Printer, which has a...
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Dortmund, Germany-based DOCERAM Medical Ceramics has established a wholly owned American subsidiary, Nacera US, Inc., with distribution facilities in New Castle, DE. It offers multiple lines of zirconia, porcelain oven cleaning products, and single-bake ceramic products for staining, glazing and veneering.
At the show, Nacera US launched Nacera® Pearl, a highly translucent zirconia in white, pre-shaded or multi-layered in various shades for full contour restorations. Nacera Pearl Multi-Shade offers a natural and smooth transition of color from the cervical to the incisal. All Nacera Pearl zirconia has a flexural strength (biaxial) of 1,400MPa and excellent machinability for milling accurate, thin margins. “The Nacera Zirconia product line combines strength and beauty with a tooth-like, natural translucency,” said Sascha Holstein, Nacera’s Global VP of Sales & Marketing.
In addition, Nacera US and OPT-In Management have formed a strategic partnership to manage...
Ottawa, Ottawa Everywhere: Nearly 50 Staff Members from Ottawa Dental Laboratory on Hand at LMT LAB DAY
Ottawa Dental Laboratory sent a whopping 48 staff members to LMT LAB DAY to take advantage of CE opportunities, network with their peers, and get an up-close look at new products and services. Pictured here are three members of the administrative staff (from l. to r.): Kelsey Tomano, HR representative; Joanie Bretag, Senior Vice President, Human Resources; and Leslie Wisler, Manager of Training and Compliance. “We’ve been all over the exhibit hall and learned about the new PTC training app, met with safety compliance experts at Safelink and talked with software representatives at Jenmar,” said Bretag.
Wagner Rotary showcased several new lines of instruments at LMT LAB DAY. Cerulean™ Blue handpiece carbides feature a super nitride coating made of TiAIN (Titanium Alumina Nitride). Their nanocomposite structure offers increased hardness, durability and extremely smooth cutting and is ISO 513 certified. The shanks are constructed from high-quality, hardened steel known as X46CrS13.
Also on display were the new Cirrus™ diamond-infused instruments. Highly flexible and available in 26-mm knife edge, they provide gentle contouring or polishing ideal for all-ceramic restorations and PFMs with metal collars.
For additional information, please call 888-223-2231 or 201-541-9700 or visit www.WagnerRotary.com.
For the second year in a row, Ivoclar Vivadent raffled off an IvoBase-System in their LMT LAB DAY Chicago ballroom. The winner (center) was Lee Anne Sibila, Owner, Oralab Dental Laboratory, LLC, Bullard, TX, who was thrilled as she’s wanted a system for years. The fully automated press injector is worth nearly $10,000. Also pictured is Kristin Lind, denture patient and blogger, and Ivoclar Vivadent’s Senior Marketing Manager, Removables, Ted Smudde.
If you saw LMT LAB DAY attendees walking around with stickers on their lapels, they were likely competing in Jensen Dental’s new product giveaways. Once an hour, an attendee wearing an Imagine™ sticker was randomly stopped and awarded a can of Jensen’s InSync universal spray glaze, the newest member of the InSync Paste Stain and Glaze product line. It offers a quick application process that allows more units to be completed with less labor, and also eliminates a firing cycle since it’s sprayed directly over set surface stains. The thin, uniform coat preserves surface detail and occlusal anatomy and provides a smooth, glossy, streak-free surface texture after firing that enhances natural esthetics. The glaze can be used on zirconia, lithium disilicate, metal ceramic and titanium restorations.
Two sticker-wearing LAB DAY attendees were also chosen to receive Jensen’s new Imagine Veneering Ceramic Kit, which includes 20 powders, a glaze paste and three liquids...
Alongside demonstrations from well-known technicians including Peter Pizzi, Thomas Sing, Jungo Endo and Javier Vasquez, Harvest Dental debuted several new products in the LMT LAB DAY Exhibit Hall.
Developed by Sascha Hein and the Bio-Emulation group—a collaborative, global think tank of renowned clinicians—Visual Eyes is an optical contact liquid you mix into your ceramic powders to see the actual fired shade of your wet ceramic restoration prior to firing.
Scan Ink is a 3-micron scanning film for achieving non-glaring surfaces for CAD/CAM scanning. Apply a thin layer using a brush or spray bottle; it’s quick drying and easy to clean off.
The ZCAD Wax Press 98 System is a new CAD/CAM wax system synergizing digital and analog workflows. The system includes millable waxes that produce strong and smooth wax patterns as well as premium modeling waxes for harmonious post-milled adjustments. Available in Beige, Gray, Brown and White.
For more information, call 800-706-7599...
Talladium launched the C5 MASTERmill, an affordable, five-axis unit that mills zirconia, PMMA, stone and composites. With a rotation range up to 35°, it’s ideal for fabricating models and surgical guides and holds blanks up to 40mm. Its 16-tool automatic changer has a haptic tool-usage measurement for diamond-coated tools to extend tool life. The C5 also features a powerful and precise spindle, a sealed-air working chamber to protect mechanics, and a drawer to conveniently store your tools and blanks. Call 800-221-6449 or visit www.talladium.com.
The company also raffled off $500 worth of Luminesse zirconia. Entrants were collected at LAB DAY and the winner—Bill Bone, AAA Dental Studios, Omaha, NE—was announced in an entertaining video posted online; click here to see it.
Anthony Arcari, CDT, Owner of Arcari Dental Laboratory in Wakefield, MA, was a winner in Ivoclar Vivadent’s “Passport to IDS” promotion at LMT LAB DAY Chicago. He received a trip for himself and a guest to the 2017 International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany next March. Due to the promotion’s overwhelming response in Chicago, Ivoclar Vivadent is extending it to LMT LAB DAY West and East attendees (May 14 in Garden Grove, CA, and September 17 in Atlantic City, respectively). Stop by Ivoclar Vivadent’s booth to get your passport and enter to win.
Wilfred Fernandez, CDT, Wilfer Dentures Laboratory in Springfield, VA, was the first attendee to register onsite using LMT’s faster, more efficient badge printing software from ATS. The system was especially fast for those who pre-registered; they received an email with a QR code a few days before the show and when they arrived at registration, the code was scanned directly from their smart phone or printed version of the email. One beep of the scanner and the badge was printed and ready to wear! With Fernandez are (from l. to r.): LMT’s Kate Conetta, Laurie Freddino and Jessica Fila.
Aurident’s Delta Milling Center is now offering BruxZir® Anterior Shaded anterior and premolar crowns and bridges in addition to Delta Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia restorations. At LMT LAB DAY, it also announced three specials, effective until July 31, 2016:
A free titanium scan body with your first milled custom abutment order; the scan bodies are engraved with the implant type for easy identification.
A free scan body kit with the purchase of an Optimet Scanner. A $1,925 value, the kit includes 70 scan bodies—two per implant system—for 35 implants of your choice plus an implant library.
Special abutment pricing: $99 for a titanium abutment and $109 for hybrid abutments; both come with two free screws and you can submit .stl files or models.
Aurident also introduced Helling Anti-Glare 3-D Spray for laser scanning. Its uniform thin application layer eliminates pooling and clumping that can impact scan data accuracy and it’s easy to remove by brushing, air blowing...
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary of exhibiting at LMT LAB DAY Chicago, 3Shape launched a special campaign offer for laboratories that already own a 3Shape lab scanner: they can now purchase an additional 3Shape lab scanner and receive up to five years of 3Shape LABcare™—that includes training, unlimited software upgrades, access to more than 50 training videos and global support—for free. Two years of LABcare are included with every scanner purchase and the additional number of years depends on the scanner model you purchase: an extra three years for D750, R750, D850, R850, D900L and R900; an extra year for D1000 and D2000.
“Our new 3Shape ‘Pump up the volume’ campaign gives labs a cost-effective means to meet the growing demand for digital production while at the same time, staying up to date with our latest technology,” said Flemming Thorup, President and CEO at 3Shape.
During his lecture at LAB DAY, The Latest and Greatest Innovations from...
Amann Girrbach introduced Ceramill Zolid FX Multilayer to the U.S. market at LMT LAB DAY Chicago. Ceramill Zolid FX Multilayer is a polychromatic, super-high-translucent zirconia with an integrated shade and translucency gradient. Smooth shade transitions simulate enamel, dentin and cervical shades in a naturally fluent progression without shade break lines; each Ceramill Zolid FX Multilayer blank covers two VITA tooth shades.
To ensure complete shade stability, Amann Girrbach has linked the shades integrated in the blank with an intelligent nesting concept. Material-analogous visualization of the shade gradient enables the user to position the design in the blank according to the selected tooth and mill it. Ceramill Zolid FX Multilayer is currently available with shade gradients 0/A1, A2/A3, 0/B1, B2/B3; other shades are in development.
In addition, Amann Girrbach now has three U.S. distributors—CAP, Benco Dental and Esthetic Professionals—and is offering the complete line...
DENTSPLY launched two new products at LMT LAB DAY:
The ATLANTIS CustomBase solution is a combination of an ATLANTIS patient-specific abutment and an ATLANTIS Core File with a screw access hole already indicated, providing a proper foundation for screw-retained restorations. Available for all major implant systems, and in titanium or gold-shaded titanium, the solution offers a customized emergence profile for soft-tissue esthetics, built-in anti-rotational features created by the patented ATLANTIS VAD (Virtual Abutment Design) software, and a retentive surface.
“By incorporating the new ATLANTIS CustomBase solution, laboratories can avoid all the confusion and any concerns related to the restriction for use of titanium blanks and titanium bases by dental laboratories who are non-510(k) holders to hand-milling only,” said Matt Gassel, Director of Marketing, DENTSPLY Implants North America. “This latest solution streamlines workflow efficiency and allows the laboratory...
Zahn Dental’s LMT LAB DAY Ballroom was bustling with attendees eager to see the company’s new line of open CAD/CAM equipment, Novux®, for printing, scanning and milling. The printing line includes the NX 3 Print and NX 4 Print printers and the NX 3D Print Box for post-curing. For scanning and milling, options include the NX100 scanner, NX Mill4 four-axis dry mill, NX Mill5 five-axis wet/dry mill and NXS-Plus and NX M-Therm sintering furnaces. The mills are designed for a wide variety of materials, including Zirlux®, Zirlux Acetal, BruxZir®, KATANA, wax, titanium and non-precious metals. Distributed in Belgium by Arseus Lab, the system is now available in the U.S. through Zahn Dental.
The company also expanded its comprehensive Zirlux line with Zirlux 16+. These pre-shaded zirconia discs and blocks correlate with the 16 classical VITA shades as well as white and bleach shades. Demonstrating greater than 44% translucency and a flexural strength of 1,200MPa, Zirlux...
To celebrate 15 years of Lava brand success, 3M launched a new website at LMT LAB DAY Chicago dedicated to showcasing before-and-after case photos that demonstrate the esthetics and strength of Lava-brand zirconia crowns and bridges. In its 15 years of clinical use, millions of Lava restorations have been placed in over 40 countries.
“Thousands of skilled clinicians and technicians have allowed 3M to offer the benefits of zirconia to patients around the world,” said Jennifer Van Ranst, U.S. Marketing Manager. “We are looking forward to using this website to showcase the clinical success our customers have achieved with this material.”
Technicians and dentists can upload their favorite cases at www.3M.com/Lava15.