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Born and trained in Germany, Thomas Sing is the youngest member of the world-renowned Oral Design Group, established...See more in 1982. The Group is comprised of almost 100 highly skilled technicians worldwide who are hand picked by Founder Willi Geller and devoted to teaching and practicing the highest level of esthetic, functional dentistry. For Sing, who was named a member this year, the Oral Design Group is like a family, with all the members sharing their skills, experience and passion for dental technology. "All over the globe, Oral Design members form connections and inspire each other to help patients," he says. "Dental esthetics is more than making teeth; it's about reestablishing shapes, colors, traits that once were part of a personīs identity to help restore this integrity and self esteem." Sing, also a talented pianist, is artistic by nature and always knew he would have a creatively demanding career. Early on, he was largely self taught, learning ceramic layering through books, watching lectures and as he says, "many, many mistakes." He's won several international dental competitions and in 2008, he became a Master Dental Technician, graduating from the Master School for Dental Technology in Munich. "The school system for dental technology in Germany is great!" says Sing. "We learned absolutely every step—anatomy, physics, chemistry and material science—all of which are so important. How can you create the optimal occlusal surface without knowing the theory of bones and anatomy?" In 2009, he moved to Boston to be a visiting lecturer for the Post Doctoral Program for Prosthodontics at Tufts University of Dental Medicine and work for Drs. Kenneth Malament, Dan Nathanson, Hans-Peter Weber and Mo Taheri in their Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group laboratory. This year, he transformed that laboratory into Oral Design New England. Sing loves dental technology because "every day is different, as is every case. This field is not always easy but I never gave up and I've been very lucky. I couldn't imagine doing anything else."
In just two years, Brad Stevenson has made significant changes at Stevenson Dental Technology, Inc., a full service...See more lab in Crystal River, FL, owned by his parents, Tim and Linda Stevenson. He's established a CAD/CAM department and stepped up the lab's marketing efforts, including creating a Facebook page and website, through which the lab gained three new clients; updating its promotional materials; and enhancing its sales effort with face-to-face sales calls. "Recently when I stopped by a new dental office to pick up its first case with us, the office manager mentioned that my wonderfully friendly son stopped by so the dentist decided to give us a try," says Linda. "Brad has brought new life to the lab. His youth and fun personality add so much to our work day. The profession needs more young people like him!" Having grown up in the lab, the family business is close to Brad's heart. He earned a degree in geology from the University of Florida and returned to the lab after graduation. In 2011, he won the NADL's Pillar Scholarship and is awaiting the results of his final exam to become certified in removable prosthetics. He loves his job because of the creativity and artistry involved and the fact that "there's a physical product as a result of my labor. It's very rewarding. Working in the lab doesn't feel like work."
Fabricating and matching anterior cases is challenging enough, but ceramist Alwyn Naraine does it in a matter of...See more hours. An in-house technician at Gallery 57, a New York City-based dental practice, Naraine specializes in all-ceramic implant restorations and same-day smile makeovers using CAD/CAM technology. He's known for his dead-on color matching and attention to detail, but equally important are his "people" skills. "Alwyn has to work extensively with our patients in order to deliver excellent veneers and crowns in just a few hours. In addition to tremendous technical skills, he has an easy-going, yet confident manner that patients trust and respect," says Dr. Andrew Koenigsberg of Gallery 57. "You have to know how to communicate technical considerations to the patient but you also have to know how to listen to them."- Alywn Naraine Working directly with patients is why Naraine feels he's found the perfect position. "I've worked in some laboratories where you do the same thing over and over again and never get to see the patient," says Naraine, who began his career in 2004 and graduated from the New York City College of Technology in 2008. "I have the opportunity to see the results of every single case; having the patients tell me how pleased they are is what I look forward to every day." But for Naraine, it's not just about the gratification of seeing the final result; rather, his goal is to make patients feel they are involved in the process of creating their new smiles. "You have to know how to communicate technical considerations to the patient but you also have to know how to listen to them," he says. "It's comforting for them to discuss their expectations with the person who's going to actually make the restorations." Naraine's ability to convey technical information and his friendly, affable demeanor are also befitting to his newest role: technical educator. Naraine teaches at CAD/CAM Excellence, an education center affiliated with Gallery 57 that offers CAD/CAM courses for both technicians and dentists. "Since starting to work with CAD/CAM in 2005, I've really focused on using the technology to perfect form, function and fit and I enjoy sharing that knowledge," he says. "Lecturing helps me to continue to raise awareness of the possibilities of digital dentistry."
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