If you walked past the Smile Line booth at LAB DAY, it was hard to miss the pirate logo hanging on the wall behind the hands-on demonstrations. Smile Line partnered with the Dental Technicians Guild (DTG),...See more a group of 130 technicians committed to helping each other improve their skills, networking and sharing ideas. With a strong Facebook following, members come from all over the world including Spain, Columbia, Japan and Russia. Founder Von Grow started the Damaged Goods t-shirt line a few years ago and decided to use the pirate logo to brand the DTG group. For more information—including DTG’s quartly publication, DTG Magazine—visit www.dental- techniciansguild.com. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Dental-TechniciansGuild.
More than 40 technicians from D&S Dental Laboratory made the trip to LAB DAY Chicago, most of them riding together on a chartered bus from the lab’s Waunakee, WI location. “We always look...See more forward to LAB DAY Chicago to catch up on industry news and see new, exciting developments from vendors. The education and networking opportunities are especially valuable, with so many knowledgeable people from across the country in one place,” says Travis Zick, President, D&S Dental Laboratory. “Our technicians enjoy talking to exhibitors, visiting with other technicians, and learning a few tips they can bring back and implement in their daily work. For the young technicians, getting outside the lab and seeing the imprint of the industry as a whole is a valuable, eye-opening experience.”
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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...See more 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 be able to come to LAB DAY East and see them in person," said David Soto, Accurate Dental, Middletown, NY. The show—held April 6 at the Grand Hyatt in the heart of Manhattan—also attracted seasoned digital labs that are looking to expand their existing digital portfolio. "Over the past two years, we've switched our clients over to full contour zirconia and now it's 95% of our business," said Ron Mottola, RDT, J&B Dental Studio, Danvers, MA. "We have the Origin machine now and are looking to add another scanner and mill." Another draw of the show: well-known technicians like Peter Pizzi, MDT; Joshua Polansky, MDT; and Richard Pavlak, MDT. All three were on hand at the Harvest table offering hands-on demonstrations, creating a stir on the exhibit hall floor with attendees crowding around the area for a better look. "I'm here to see my mentor, Peter Pizzi," said Heather Pear, CDT, a ceramist at AR Dental Lab in Toms River, NJ. "I try to connect with him whenever I can. I love coming to LAB DAY East because all of my peers here are always so enthusiastic the atmosphere is energizing." Pear and the 900-plus attendees also had the chance to learn from 27 other educators—including Luke Khang; Bill Mrazek; and Alek Aronin, RDT—at the show's 36 continuing education courses, on topics ranging from dentures and implants to esthetics and full contour zirconia. Known for its smaller, more personal feel, LAB DAY East also provided attendees with a prime networking opportunity—they reunited with old friends and shared tips and ideas on everything from digital technology to marketing to the future of the industry. "It's great coming to LAB DAY East because all of the lab owners and technicians are from this region, so it's the perfect place to reconnect with people who work right around here," said Jim Redden, Lab Manager at Watchtower in Brooklyn, NY. "I love the local networking part of the show." Join us for LAB DAY East in 2014. The show will be held April 5, once again at the conveniently located Grand Hyatt, adjacent to Grand Central Station. LAB DAY East® by the numbers: Over 900 laboratory owners, managers and technicians from the tri-state area and from as far away as Texas, Virginia and California. Over 300 manufacturer and supplier representatives from 93 companies. 33 educators at 36 continuing education courses.
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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Laboratory participants and Straumann employees gather at the company's Laboratory Customer Conference, held in Dallas in October. The program featured two days of strategic business-building activities,...See more best practice sharing, networking and a preview of 2013 product launches. Speakers included Andy Molnar, Straumann's EVP, Head of North America, on Straumann's Vision 2020 which outlined the company's commitment to digital dentistry for the laboratory; Dr. Brody Hildebrand on case presentations and photography tips for documenting cases; Dr. Russell Giordano on material science; and Chris May, CDT, on Straumann's materials and applications at work in the laboratory.
The American Prosthodontic Society (APS) has long been an advocate for teamwork among clinical and laboratory professionals and, in 2005, modified its bylaws to establish full membership and voting rights...See more for dental technicians. Now, to further encourage technician participation and membership, the APS is offering a special incentive program: get a complimentary one-year APS membership (a $276 value) when you pay to attend the APS annual meeting at the Swissotel in Chicago February 21-22. The fees for non-member dental technicians to attend the annual meeting are as follows: $515 by October 31, $565 by December 31 and $615 onsite. With 400 members from over 20 different countries, including 25 U.S. technicians and about 250 dentists, the annual meeting features unique networking opportunities and the latest research and techniques, including lectures on ceramics, esthetics, implants and more. An annual technician membership to the APS offers a variety of benefits: discounted annual meeting rates, invitations to social events, access to the APS Membership Directory, subscription to the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and a bi-monthly electronic newsletter, access to members-only features of the website including the online forum, use of the APS logo, ability to join the APS LinkedIn group and more. For additional information, please visit the website at www.prostho.org or call 312-981-6780.
The market is asking for change. Dentists and technicians are looking for technologies and services that save them time or make their businesses more profitable