Voices from The Bench

A Dental Laboratory Podcast

About the show

A weekly podcast dedicated to the dental laboratory industry. Featuring anyone associated with the profession from all over the world. Host are in their own dental laboratory every day making teeth and interviewing people from the industry on their time off. New episodes every Monday morning.

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  • 260: The Students Become the Teachers with Renata Budny and Oscar & Natalie Galvis

    March 20th, 2023  |  1 hr 5 mins
    2nd generation, dental, dentures, family, females, full arch, implants, laboratory, lecturing, part time, podcast, removables, students, technician, videos, voices from the bench, work/life

    As we celebrate 5 straight years of doing the podcast, Elvis and Barb welcome back the first guest Renata Budny from the New York City College of Technology Restorative Dentistry program and past students and current adjunct professors Oscar and Natalie Galvis.

  • 259: You Have the Right to Remain in a Digital Restoration with Raul Garcia

    March 13th, 2023  |  1 hr 1 min
    3 shape, 3d scanning, animation, blue sky, cad/cam, cop, dental, exocad, laboratory, pixar, podcast, research, security, self-teaching, surgical planning, teaching, technician, voices from the bench

    This week brings us police officer turned dental technician, Raul Garcia. Raul has an interesting path that took him from patrolling the streets to doing the digital work for the students at the University of Oklahoma School of Dentistry.

  • 258: Love At First Tooth with Lola and Mark Welch

    March 6th, 2023  |  1 hr 6 mins
    all-on-4, all-on-x, anaxdent, asiga, ceramic designs, dental, dtg, full arch, gc, headhunter, hybrids, implants, instagram, ivoclar, keystone, laboratory, lmt lab day chicago, london, models, nexa3d, open source, pink composite, plant bases, podcast, social media, technician, trees, uk, voices from the bench

    This week we talk to the Welch's. Lola and Mark meet while both working at dental labs in the UK. Together they talk about getting into the industry, falling in love, getting married, continuing to work together, and what amazing things they are doing today.

  • 257: A Nation Full of Full Arches with Dr. Mark Nation

    February 27th, 2023  |  1 hr 4 mins
    airway, all-on-4, baby boomers, bruxism, cbct, christmas, clenching, dental, dry mouth, farm living, hybrid, implant failure, implants, iti, laboratory, lmt lab day chicago, medication, mouth breather, occlusion, patient expectation, podcast, sleep apnea, technician, trauma, voices from the bench

    This week we talk to Prosthodontist Dr. Mark Nation out of Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Nation spends a lot of time fixing bad "All-on-Xs", so he's seen the good and bad. Dr. Nation talks about the why patients’ teeth fail and the proper way to address the issues before restoring the teeth.

  • 256: Destined to Tell His Story with Anas Afana

    February 20th, 2023  |  1 hr 4 mins
    ace, athletic, basement, burnout oven, dental, electric waxer, email, empress, equipment, esl, football, friends, gold, iowa, jordan, kirkwood, lab day, laboratory, lincoln supply, lmt lab day chicago, monster, nowak, podcast, siblings, soccer, sudan, technician, voices from the bench, waxing

    This week we are joined by Anas Afana, owner of Ace Dental Lab and author of the book "Destined to Fail". Anas talks about growing up in Jordan and Sudan as the son of a diplomate, coming to America to learn dental technology, working at various labs, and eventually opening up his own.

  • 255: A Century worth Celebrating with Ivoclar: Laura Gilbert & Dr. David Rice

    February 13th, 2023  |  1 hr 2 mins
    apologize close, bad impressions, clinical, communication, dani farago, dental, dentsply, denturists, ed mclaren, emotions, eric kukucka, esther schwenning, florida, hugo herbert, ibm, influencers, jed archibald, jenelle tabakovic, lab day, laboratory, lee culp, lmt lab day chicago, mackenzie mayer, materials, micheal roberts, non teachable, podcast, teachable, technician, trends, turn around times, voices from the bench, yuki momma

    This week we ask the hard questions to Dr. David Rice, who will be at the Ivoclar Ballroom during Lab Day Chicago 2023. Also joining us is Laura Gilbert, the marketing director for Ivoclar, to talk about their BIG 100 year celebration going on all weekend!

  • 254: The Full Story of Full Contour with Rob Laizure

    February 6th, 2023  |  1 hr 12 mins
    3shape, argen integration, artificial intelligence, cole bishop, dental, dental wings, dentures, digital, dropdental, family, itero, laboratory, lmt lab day chicago, milling centers, night guards, outsource, partials, photography, podcast, relationships, surgical guides, technician, training, trios, value, voices from the bench

    One of the largest design services in our industry is Full Contour and the president Rob Laizure comes on the podcast to tell us the story of scaling and growing to become what they are today along with their new partnership with 3shape

  • 253: Getting Candid About Candulor with Alexander Ewert

    January 30th, 2023  |  1 hr 3 mins
    acrylic, advertising, colored wax, dental, dentures, germany, ids, lab day, laboratory, milk, molds, monomer, podcast, shade 34, swiss, technician, teeth, vision 21, voices from the bench

    This week we talk to Alexander Ewert, the Director of Marketing & Education at the Swiss company Candulor. Alexander talks about the early days of Candulor, his past in dental labs, all the products they carry, and their dedication to removable education.

  • 252: The Family That Creates Smiles: Wayne Szara Sr, Mike Capps, Wayne Szara Jr, Steve Szara, and Erin Szara

    January 23rd, 2023  |  1 hr 9 mins
    biomet 3i, christmas, dental, dental school, family, growing up in a lab, laboratory, lmt lab day chicago, navy, orthodontics, podcast, students, technician, tiktok, triton college, vision 21, voices from the bench, whopper, youtube, zimmer

    We have a full house on today's episode with multiple generations of a family all in dental technology. Joining us first is the one who started it all, Wayne Szara Sr. He pulled in his brother-in-law, Mike Capps. But also, his two sons, Wayne Szara Jr and Steve Szara. Now Steve's daughter Erin Szara is starting dental school. It's a big family of smile creators!

  • 251: A BIG Heart for Dental with Marithe Baclagon

    January 16th, 2023  |  1 hr 2 mins
    anax usa, assisting, ceramist, dental, digital, ear, exocad, formlabs, full arch, gc america, icam, in-office lab, ivocalr, lab day, laboratory, master dental technician, nadl university, phd, podcast, printed jaw, technician, vision 21, voices from the bench

    This week features a conversation with Marithe Baclagon, who’s passion for dental and teaching has guided her on a journey that you need to hear to believe. The amazing adventure starts chairside and goes on to teaching techniques to dentist.

  • 250: From In Office to In Lab with Tra' Chambers

    January 9th, 2023  |  1 hr 5 mins
    blue cam, business, cerec doctor, dental, dental assistant, hammer, insurance payments, ivoclar, laboratory, labstar, lmt lab day chicago, omnicam, outsourcing, podcast, primescan, same day, seminars, sintering oven, technician, vision 21, voices from the bench, zirconia

    Celebrating our 250th episode with a great conversation with Tra' Chambers from Express Dental Laboratory. Tra' talks about learning the clinical side of office management before owning a digital leading lab.

  • 249: A Feather In Your CAP with Rob Nazzal and icortica

    January 2nd, 2023  |  58 mins 57 secs
    3m, bar graphs, bob cohen, cam, crm, culture, dental, laboratory, lava, lmt lab day chicago, mentors, mills, podcast, roland, scanner, tech support, technician, true definition scanner, vision 21, voices from the bench

    We are joined by co-creator and past CEO of CAP (Custom Automated Prosthetics), Rob Nazzal. Rob talks about getting into the dental industry, starting and running CAP, and his new venture of using data and analytics to grow labs with icortica.

  • 248: The Law(yer) of Printed Splints with Ira Rosenau and Keystone Industries

    December 26th, 2022  |  1 hr 5 mins
    3d printing, 510k, beauty industry, carbon, clear splints, cure box, dental, fda, happy new year, ivoclar, laboratory, lawyer, lmt lab day chicago, models, mouthguards, nightguards, podcast, printers, printing, sugical guides, technician, voices from the bench

    This week we chatted with a lawyer that helped set the bar for printed splints. Ira Rosenau from Keystone Industry talks about creating, developing, validating, and marketing the Keysplint resin and changing 3D printing in our industry forever.

  • 247: A Rural Technician for Rural Dentists with Anne Koelzer

    December 19th, 2022  |  1 hr 3 mins
    dental, dentsply, ds world, family, flexcera, inlab, laboratory, ladies of the mill, lmt lab day chicago podcast, lugs, miyo, north dakota, patterson, salespeople, siblings, south dakota, technician, training, voices from the bench, wet and dirty

    This week we venture to the middle of nowhere and talk with the owner of AMK Dental Lab in Nebraska, Anne Koelzer. Anne talks about working with her family that is full of dentists, building a lab, going digital, and how she learns and how she teaches all while in the middle of nowhere.

  • 246: The Colorful Life of a Removable Technician with Ashleigh Henderson

    December 12th, 2022  |  57 mins 27 secs
    aspen, bench assessment, blood, clear aligners, dental, digital, implants, instagram, laboratory, locators, models, overdentures, patient expectations, podcast, repairs, sameday, social media, surgery, technician, training, voices from the bench, workflow

    This week brings us our first technician from Affordable Dentures and Implants. Ashleigh Henderson talks about life in Affordable’s lab, working directly with patients, same days, and so much more.

  • 245: Whip Mix Digital Forum 2022 Part 3: Step Toothmaster Bay & James Mahan from PTC

    December 5th, 2022  |  1 hr
    advanced, basic, casino, chairside, dental, dtg, education, framework, gc america, hands on, in-office, jelenko, john ness, laboratory, online, podcast, poker, steps, technician, testing, training, vision 21, voices from the bench, wagner rotary

    This week we wrap up our conversations from the Whip Mix Digital Forum with two amazing people. Frist up is Step Toothmaster Bay talking about all things ceramics and then James Mahan from the PTC talking about training.