From The Lab GuyThe Lab Guy

I’ve been around orthodontic labs for as long as I can remember. I was cleaning trays for my uncle way back when. After a very fun and expensive time at the University of Miami for a degree in journalism, I found my way back into a lab and now own one. I’ve been meaning to blog for a long time now and am finally getting around to it. Enjoy!

The New Orthodontic Lab

Foreword My Mom told people for 25 years that I make teeth. I would like to point out that I don’t. I did not make teeth in the old orthodontic lab and I do not make teeth in the new orthodontic lab. I would also like to point out that I did not want any parts of the...

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More Money for Your Practice

I hate to sound like the commercial where the cows have signs that read “eat more chiken” but… Here is a novel approach to make more money for your practice: lower the cost of your nightguards and splints. Or not. But do I still have you? Good. Let me explain. I...

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Invisible Retainers and Why I Don’t Treat Family

A nudge here, a little movement there, maybe a guard to keep from grinding or a series of trays to treat relapse. I get asked all of the time by family and friends to take care of them. I always do the same thing: I refer them to you, offering to make the appliances...

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Introducing our New InivisX Retainers!

After a year of development, we are excited to offer these dual layer invisible retainers. They have a soft, colorful inner liner that is more comfortable, rigid and makes them harder to lose. The outer shell is .76mm Zendura. Zendura, now our premium invisible...

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A Few Words About Retention and Relapse

It seems like every time I mention what I do for a living, I hear stories from half the people around me about how they had orthodontic treatment and have since relapsed, most back to the point where it was as if they never had braces. The fact is long term...

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Intraoral Scanners, a Mindwalk and “Spiced” Coffee

So you have or are looking at that fancy wand intraoral scanner. As practices move from just using it as a tool for Invisalign and difficult patients, and into digital dentistry and orthodontics, a very common conversation is taking place between doctors and lab...

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Catch the Rainbow: Tips, Info and my Annual Reminder/Plea

A few doctors have mentioned to me that patients can agonize over picking a color or design for their retainers, usually while in the chair, wasting your valuable time and setting the schedule back. There is an easy fix for this: Have an appointment card printed that...

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Bite Registration

An old adage in carpentry is measure once, cut twice; measure twice, cut once. This idea can be applied to guards and splints. Fitting a guard or a splint can be tricky, with a lot of grinding. But it does not have to be. I just had a doctor call complaining that the...

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