Another submission to our thankful campaign is from Jon Boyer, CDT, TE, Island Dental Lab LLC, Beaufort, SC. We love seeing all the gratitude in the community!
"I'm thankful for the opportunity to establish...See more my laboratory within Dr. Ed Wise's office (Marshlands Family Dentistry), and to work directly with him and his patients for the past eleven years."
“Is zirconia meeting expectations?” asked Dr. Rella Christensen, PhD, in her keynote presentation at the 13th annual DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo & Symposium in November. Click here to learn her answer as well as more about the products introduced at the show.
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- December 2016
Members of our community are a diverse and talented bunch both on and off the bench. Read four inspiring stories of readers pursuing their passions—from writing screenplays to helping to find a cure for diabetes.
- November 2016
LMT's biennial Fee Report is now available as a downloadable eBook! Find out why the vast majority of respondents are delaying fee increases, which specialty is hardest hit by price cutting as well as nationwide average fees for C&B restorations, removable prosthetics, orthodontics, implants and much more.
Fill out the form below to get your copy.
Fill out this form to download your free 2016 Fee Report eBook!.
- October 2016
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.
Ryan Gottlieb, Owner, Gottlieb Dental Laboratory, Columbia, SC, takes first place in Sagemax’s NexxZr Plus Zirconia Competition, earning him not only bragging rights but a $10,000 prize.
Our exclusive 2016 Wage Report (September 2016) is now available as a downloadable eBook! This makes it easy to quickly reference average national wages and wages by laboratory size, as well as LMT's in-depth analysis and other pertinent data.
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Fill out this form to download your free 2016 Wage Survey eBook!.
- September 2016
A humorous look at the dental laboratory profession. By Bill Mrazek, CDT.
- August 2016
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.
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- June 2016
For older adults, maintaining good oral health is a daily challenge and one that may be out of their control because of barriers such as lack of Medicaid and insurance coverage, non-fluoridated water and inadequate public health policies.
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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More and more businesses are adopting content marketing strategies since social media has made it easier than ever to share content. In its June/July issue, LMT looked at the benefits of content marketing and profiled six laboratories that have implemented it into their marketing efforts. Read it first here.
Below, Derek Van Volkom, VP of Account Services, Lanmark360—a marketing agency specializing in dentistry and healthcare—shares some additional tips he feels every lab owner should keep in mind as they focus on content marketing:
Pictures are powerful. Videos and photos are gaining the most traction on social media. If you feel like video is too cumbersome, remember photos are super easy and can be uploaded to any medium you’re using (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). If you have a great looking case that looks amazing, snap it, upload it and see how many “likes” it gets. It could be something the doctor hasn’t seen before.
Don’t forget LinkedIn....
From non-traditional work schedules to wellness programs, laboratory owners are thinking outside the box to help their employees better juggle work and personal lives.
- May 2016
To answer this question, Dr. Sunnie Giles, Founder of Quantum Leadership Group, completed a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries. Participants were asked to choose the 15 most important leadership competencies from a list of 74. She grouped the top 10 competencies into five major themes, all of which have less to do with authority and more to do with our basic human needs:
Strong ethics and sense of safety. This theme combines two of the three most highly rated attributes: high ethical and moral standards and communicating clear expectations. “A leader with high ethical standards conveys a commitment to fairness, instilling confidence that both they and their employees will honor the rules of the game. Similarly, when leaders clearly communicate their expectations, they avoid blindsiding people and ensure that everyone is on the same page,” says Giles.
Empowers others to self-organize. Providing clear direction while allowing employees to organize their own time and work is...
It’s well known that strong management is a critical part of organizational health. But exactly what type of leadership behavior is most effective?
Using their own practical experience and searching the relevant academic literature, researchers at McKinsey & Co. came up with a comprehensive list of 20 distinct leadership traits. They surveyed 189,000 people in 81 diverse organizations worldwide to assess how frequently certain kinds of leadership behavior are applied within their organizations. They divided the sample into organizations whose leadership performance was strong (the top quartile of leadership effectiveness as measured by McKinsey’s Organizational Health Index) and those that were weak (bottom quartile) and found that these four kinds of behavior account for 89% of leadership success:
Solving problems effectively. The process that precedes decision making is problem solving, when information is gathered and analyzed. This is deceptively difficult to get right,...
- April 2016
Given all of the talk about the commoditization of our industry, the CAL-Lab Group’s focus on maximizing profits during its 90th annual meeting in Chicago was right on point. Chaired by Jim Gorgol, CDT, the meeting attracted 774 attendees and highlighted strategies for building your bottom line, offering value to dentist-clients and increasing efficiency and productivity with digital technology.
Keynote speaker Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, addressed doing business in a slowly recovering economy during his presentation Paradigm Shifts in Dentistry Influencing the State of Dental Technology. “With the economy still recovering, patients hesitant to spend and benefit plans paying less, both technicians and doctors need to look at the areas that are on the rise, such as implants, digital technology and esthetic dentistry,” he said, also offering his take on new and up-and-coming trends. “Endodontics is going to be big due to aging baby boomers, and sleep dentistry...
Nearly 200 laboratory owners, managers and technicians filled Jensen Dental’s Education Day lecture hall at the Swissôtel in Chicago on February 26 and an additional 200 attendees joined remotely via the streaming live webcast. Now in its 22nd year, attendees saw a stellar lineup including Peter Pizzi, MDT; Don Cornell; Dr. Brian Vence; Steve Anderson; Naoki Aiba, CDT; Adam Mieleszko, MDT; Jungo Endo, RDT; Daniele Capoferri, CDT; Luke Hasegawa, CDT; Skip Carpenter, CDT; and Thomas Sing, MDT.
Presenters explained the “how’s and why’s” behind techniques that technicians can use every day to grow their technical, artistic and business know-how and were on hand to answer attendees’ questions. In addition, clinicians held focused two-hour “master class” workshops during which they shared full contour zirconia customizing tips, esthetic techniques, zirconia layering strategies, photography and shade-taking insight and much more.
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.