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Thanksgiving is a time to come together with friends and family, eat delicious food and give thanks. We’d like to hear about one person—a lab owner, employer, mentor, staff member, colleague or teacher—in the dental laboratory community for whom you’re thankful. It’s a great way to recognize someone who’s had a big impact on your life!
Click here to fill out the form: https://lmtmag.wufoo.com/forms/s1hbkxjc1560n0a/. We’ll be featuring these stories on our website and social media accounts around Thanksgiving so please submit the form by November 11th.
Thanks for your help in spreading the gratitude around our community!
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.
Back in 1981, the Board of Directors of the NADL began its search for a new association management group to breathe new life into what had become a rather sleepy organization.
For a while after its new Association Executive was installed, the NADL became a hot organization. In 1984, it introduced a snazzy, newly designed and renamed magazine [Trends & Techniques in the Contemporary Dental Laboratory] with a great tagline: “T&T is dynamite” and reasserted itself as an educational organization.
Unfortunately, within a decade the Association Director imploded, leaving the Board of Directors (who are lab owners and managers) to pick up the pieces. A group of large lab owners stepped up to give the NADL its full support by donating their time and money in its hour of need. They formed committees, created a five-year plan and introduced the excellent, motivational Vision21 program that enables attendees to network while keeping abreast of industry news, views and...
LMT’s survey offers some optimistic news, but many respondents are still uneasy about the state of the market which, in turn, is affecting their personnel decisions.
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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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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.
Fill out the form below to get your copy.
Fill out this form to download your free 2016 Wage Survey eBook!.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: check out average sales volumes for your laboratory size based on data from LMT's 2016 Fee Survey. Watch for the full survey report in our October issue.
Learning and educating can be fun, and even taste good! Anthony Calonico, CDT, explains how he uses root beer floats to spark conversation among staff members at Artistic Dental Studio.
LMT toured Ivoclar Vivadent’s Somerset, NJ, facility, which is adding 64,000 sq. ft. of space and expanding its zirconia, IPS e.max and IPS Empress production.
A humorous look at the dental laboratory profession. By Bill Mrazek, CDT.
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 15, 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,...
Trade name or patent infringement. Libel or defamation claim. Slander.
Walking into a legal entanglement is not something that’s typically on the mind of a dental laboratory owner yet the possibility for it is there any time you knowingly represent your laboratory as providing a particular brand-name product when, in fact, it is not actually that brand.
To bring it down to the very personal, you want to know if you’re given a substitute for a prescription drug. You already know the old prescription works for your body’s chemistry; you don’t know the new one will. We all—dental patients included—want what works best for us. Keep this in mind the next time you’re on the fence about which product to add into your line of approved materials.
We are aware dental offices and dental laboratories list brand name products in their brochures and on their websites when, in fact, they don’t actually use that brand. We understand that, in some cases,...
Professor Philip Russo, CDT, MA, introduces a single-unit implant case into his advanced crown and bridge classes at NYCCT.
Nobel Biocare showcased the role digital technology plays in implant diagnostics, treatment planning and guided surgery at its Symposium in New York City in June.
These days, especially in urban areas, we can find a place to stay through Airbnb.com, get a ride from Uber.com or carpooling.com, have household errands done via taskrabbit.com, arrange for an in-home massage through Zeel.com or get our car valet-parked by Luxe.com.
These internet-based marketplaces are part of what has been coined “the sharing economy.” Rather than getting goods or services from a traditional, centralized company or institution, we get similarly priced goods and services from other individuals mediated by some type of peer-to-peer community.
This type of collaborative consumption is considered more efficient given how infrequently we use some of the goods we own. For example, on average, our car sits idle 95% of the time and when it is used, it’s typically at 20-25% occupancy. In our industry, efficient usage is one reason why laboratory owners offer outsourcing services: one laboratory has a milling machine with excess capacity; another lab doesn’t...