In October of 1979, Oscar Mendoza fled for his life to California in the trunk of a car after his uncle was killed in the Salvadoran Civil War.
At the same time 19-year-old Oscar arrived in the U.S., Martha Rico Aguilera arrived from Mexico, 16 and pregnant. Mendoza got a job in an auto detail shop; she in a balloon factory, printing balloons for Disneyland. They met on the bus to their respective jobs and soon got married.
Though they applied for citizenship in the early 1980s, it was a long and ardous path to get there. “We kept meticulous records,” says Oscar, “and that sealed...
Coming from 23 states and 12 countries, LAB DAY East 2014 attendees—more than 900 lab owners, managers and technician--were upbeat and optimistic about business and keenly interested in adding new materials, products and equipment to their labs.
Using genuine Laser-Lok® and non-Laser-Lok® abutments and BioHorizons components and materials, Core3dcentres NA now offers BioHorizons Custom Titanium Abutments and Hybrid Abutments to customers across North America. All related Core3dcentres workflows have also been fully validated by BioHorizons, including the use of Core3dcentres scan bodies by the technician and the dentist.
“This agreement further enhances Core3dcentres in-tegrated ‘Practice-to-Lab’ Digital Implant Solutions™ for customized implant prosthetics, supported by continuing education, extensive...
Owner: Dental Services Group; Area Vice President: Kim Jones
Twice named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, DSG Davis has found numerous ways to create a work environment where employees feel excited about coming to work each day. “Even though we’re owned by a corporation, Dental Services Group, management has maintained a family-like atmosphere,” says Dan Smith, CDT, Crown and Bridge Supervisor.
For example, the lab promotes work-life balance by allowing employees, when feasible, to set their own start time...
Owner: Warren Rogers
Knight Dental Group considers its employees so valuable, they’re included in the company’s mission statement: “Our employees are one of our most precious resources; we will treat them with respect and provide a state-of-the-art facility with continuing education and a quality-centered environment.”
True to its word, the lab provides the latest equipment and materials in its sparkling, 23,000-sq-ft facility as well as top-notch training. In addition to bringing speakers in house eight times a year, managers create individualized...
The phrase “Like father, like son,” has never been better illustrated than at last year’s American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) meeting in Seattle. At the event, Bill Brown, CDT, Owner of Brown Dental Lab in Issaquah, WA, and his son, Kevin Brown, DDS, became the first father-son team to simultaneously receive AACD accreditation.
A technician for over 40 years, Bill has always been close with his kids. While growing up, Kevin and his brother, Craig, spent a lot of time in their dad’s lab, learning waxing techniques and becoming familiar with anatomy. Craig...
The female patient was previously restored with less than ideal esthetic and functional results. When the old restorations were removed, the canine preps were very dark.
- November 2013
It's a perfect storm heading straight for your bottom line: the economic crisis, new technology, profit erosion, offshore competition and the changing demographics among your dentist-clients...
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- October 2013
When it comes to marketing, more laboratories are going digital to reach dentists: theyâre building websites, using social media, advertising online and phasing out printed marketing pieces in favor of digital ones.
- August 2013
Written by Erik K. Curtis, DDS, MA, MAGD and reprinted with permission from AGD Impact, October 2012. (c)Academy of General Dentistry. All rights reserved. On the Web at www.agd.org. License #37166
America loves big business. Never mind the warnings of philosophers and other naysayers. For every Occupy Wall Street curmudgeon huddling under a leaky tent to protest stratospheric CEO incomes, a million of his compatriots get in line at the local Apple store to purchase the company's latest and greatest products. For every crusader decrying the ethics of the bottom line, an army of analysts crisply...
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- May 2013
LMT's LAB DAY EAST—the largest dental laboratory trade show on the East Coast—was the place to be to research digital technology. This year, of the 93 exhibitors, over 40 companies offered the latest scanners, milling and rapid prototyping machines, wax printers, software, materials and services, allowing attendees to see products up close and personal and comparison shop.
"We're looking to invest in a scanner and milling system—we'll be 'newbies'. Since I own a one-person lab and want to expand, I've been doing a lot of reading and research on new systems but it's key to...
- April 2013
In the latest installment of Barry D. The Lab Guy, Laboratory Owner Mike Hill explains his strategies for protecting the bottom line.
- March 2013
Sixty-eight percent of the larger laboratory respondents to LMTâs latest Howâs Business? survey are optimistic about this year, compared to only 42% of labs with five or fewer employees.
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Both teacher and student, Laboratory Owner Brian Lindkeâs focus on education runs the gamut from study clubs to clinical programs to in-office consultation, rendering him an indispensable resource to his dentist-clients.
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For years, Laboratory Co-Owner Marc Daichman has been sponsoring continuing education events for dentists at least once a week. He finds it to be the best, fastest and easiest way to connect with clients and build his business.
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From its inception in 1984, the AACD has celebrated the dentist/technician relationship. From a business perspective, membership provides valuable opportunities for networking with dentists and attending teamwork-focused courses together.
- February 2013
From consistency and good service to referrals and successful seminars, these tips and techniques help you maintain the relationships you have and find the customers you want.
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Thereâs a 50/50 chance your clients will switch laboratories in the next five years. Want to know why they might jump ship? Read the results of LMTâs 2013 Dentist Survey conducted jointly with Dental Economics.
- January 2013
Now with three locations and 77 employees, D&S, headquartered in Waunakee, WI, remains true to its mission: focusing on the internal customer.
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- 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 and carving—earned his degree in dental technology from the New York City College of Technology in 1997. When he decided a large production laboratory setting wasn't for him, a professor got him an interview in an in-house lab run by prosthodontist Dr....
Both zirconia and metal lack fluorescent qualities, which we should attempt to re-create when restoring the oral cavity with fixed prosthetic restorations. When applying porcelain to a zirconia or metal coping or framework, it is helpful to use a porcelain material that has fluorescent properties to add vitality to the substrate.
In this article, we use several different shades of zirconia (zerion®) frameworks from Straumann with Creation® ZI Porcelain System* to demonstrate how to use a fluorescent
dentin material to match shades. Today, most dental porcelain companies provide materials
- June 2012
This world-renowned group is now giving technicians and GPs the opportunity to establish and lead Spear Study Clubs in their area.
- May 2012
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill requiring labs to register and disclose material content and country of origin.