Lab Day West Coast Stories Part 5 with Glen Smith and Gary Archer

Episode 279 · July 31st, 2023 · 1 hr 3 mins

About this Episode

Prime Zirconia: White and Pink Esthetics:

Ivoclar is having two amazing in-house training sessions in September featuring Jurgen Seger.
September 7 & 9 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
September 11& 12 in Amherst, NY, USA

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  • Choice of zirconia material related to strengths, esthetics and efficiency
  • Design nesting and milling strategies for Multi Zirconia
  • Infiltration options
  • Processing monolithic restorations surface finish, staining
  • Gingiva microlayering different pink ceramic colors
  • Tooth microlayering management of color and 3D effects.
  • Key tips related to firing aspects for zirconia bridge structures
  • Micro and macrotexture of the tooth surface

On August 27th many brave and fearless dental technicians will take to the water and road to participate in the 2023 Chicago Triathlon. They don't do it for fame or personal gain, but to raise money for the Foundation For Dental Laboratory Technology.
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Barb Warner
Team Abutments (Elvis Dahl, Mark Williamson, Bobby Kennedy)
Voices From the Bench (50/50 split between Barb and Elvis' team)

It’s always sad when good things come to an end and this week we bring you the last of all the amazing conversations Elvis and Barb got when Ivoclar partnered up with us to record at LMT Lab Day West 2023. First up is a 45-year veteran of removable dentures, Glen Smith. Glen comes on to talk about how his lab, Robertson Lab (part of the Apex Dental Laboratory Group) can do so much of their removables digitally. Even after all this time, Glen is full of excitement and passion for this workflow. He talks about the workflow, automating certain steps, and training the next generation of lab technician. Then a “movie star” in our industry stops by, Gary Archer. Gary makes custom dental prosthetics for movies and television shows. He talks about what shows he is working on, some recent movies where his teeth have been featured, the stories behind them, and how he makes some with removable teeth for gory scenes.

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