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LMT’s 2012 Fee Survey shows an increase in the orthodontic sector, where fees have risen a healthy 8% since 2010. In fact, two-thirds of orthodontic laboratories say they've raised prices an average of 5% just within the last year.
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Throughout my 34-year career as a technician, lab owner, manager, consultant and denturist, most of my problems have been the doctors' lack of training and experience in fixed and removable appliances. Since many dentists graduate with minimal lab experience—especially in removables—they get very frustrated by denture cases. In Indiana, technicians, assistants and other dental professionals can work directly with patients under the dentist's supervision and over the years I found myself spending more and more time working chairside...See more with my dentist-clients on removable cases. Today, I consider myself a "Denture Practitioner" and I've found much success in this approach. I work chairside in three offices doing removables cases from start to finish and training the doctors and their staff on troubleshooting techniques. While I do most of the lab work in my own home laboratory, being in the office allows me to get the proper impression, proper bite, etc. needed to fabricate a quality product; I even guarantee every case I fabricate. I also help educate patients—explaining the entire process to them and talking about expectations before, during and after the process. Doctors love this because in a fast-paced office they often don't have the time to explain things thoroughly. In a nutshell, I take away the headaches from the dentist and his staff. I see this type of in-office position growing in popularity in the future. And while it can be very profitable—I bill for both my chairtime and the case itself—the best part is leaving at the end of the day with everyone feeling good about the process and confident in the results.
I read an article about placing patient identification in acrylic dentures. May labs were discussing the best way to cold cure the ID into the denture and what materials to use for the actual ID. I heat cure the denture ID into the denture and it will never yellow or fade. Here's how, 1. perform your wax up, boil out, and separation in the usual method. 2. using the "mini-ident" product, type the information then apply a thin film of super glue to the type so it will not be affected by the monomer. 3. Choose the thickest area on the denture...See more that will not be subject to gross reduction in future relines. 4. Using type 1 monomer wet an area slightly larger than your ID tag, sprinkle type 1 clear denture resin to a thickness of approx. 2 mm to your separated cast. 5. Place the ID tag on the wetted clear acrylic and press into the about half the thickness of the wetted acrylic. 6. Sprinkle another 1mm of type 1 clear resin onto the ID tag. 7. Let the acrylic assembly set for approx. 3-4 minutes. this is necessary so the ID tag will not "float" during the packing process. 8. Carefully place pink denture base into the mold trying to pack around the ID tag without disturbing the ID tag. Close case and compress slowly. 9. You will have a very cool and permanent Identified denture.