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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  • 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.

  • 244: Whip Mix Digital Forum 2022 Part 2: Jill Swafford, Eiron Simmons, Todd Hydock, & Dr. Michael Scherer

    November 28th, 2022  |  59 mins 20 secs
    cuff height, dental, dentures, education, folgers, full arch, housing, implants, inserts, laboratory, learning, leather pants, locator, lotm, new employees, podcast, removal tool, shade, technician, voices from the bench, zirconia

    Back again with more conversations from the 2022 Whip Mix Digital Forum. This time with Jill Swafford, Eiron Simmons, Todd Hydock, and Dr. Michael Scherer.

  • 243: Whip Mix Digital Forum 2022 Part 1: Chris Wilson from Zubler USA, Blake Barksdale, Sandra Ramsey, and Bob Iulino

    November 21st, 2022  |  1 hr 4 mins
    ceramic, dental, dentures, glidewell, janitor, laboratory, ovens, podcast, porcelain, second generation, sintering, suction units, technician, voices from the bench, zirconia

    We start our collection of conversations recorded LIVE LIVE at the Whip Mix Digital Forum 2022 with Chris Wilson from Zubler USA, Blake Barksdale, Sandra Ramsey, and Bob Iulino.

  • 242: Minimally Invasive Veneers to the MAX! with Jorgen Gad and Vincent Silvia

    November 14th, 2022  |  1 hr 5 mins
    bulimic, certified, clear aligners, competitive learning, contacts, cutback, dental, ed mclaren, education, invisalign, laboratory, milling center, no prep, noritake, norway, oslo, podcast, porcelain, technician, voices from the bench

    This week we talk to Vincent Silvia that went to the UCLA Center of Esthetic Dental Design and brings on Jorgen Gad from Norway to talk about what he is doing in the way of minimally invasive veneers.

  • 241: Well Crafted at Pro-Craft with Cirenia Tobon & Dylan Schubert

    November 7th, 2022  |  58 mins 59 secs
    2nd generation, 3 shape, cad/cam, colorblind, conversion, dental, dentures, digital dentures, exocad, hawaii, ipad, laboratory, lmt lab day, pfm, podcast, technician, teeth, timer, tooth set up, training, voices from the bench

    This week we talk to a fantastic removable technician from Pro-Craft Dental Laboratory, Cirenia Tobon. Cirenia learned the trade in Mexico before bringing her talents to California. Dylan Schubert is the second generation lab owner building a lab on good training and interesting marketing.

  • 240: The Views From Mt. Aspen with Tiffany Carroll & Amanda Shelley

    October 31st, 2022  |  1 hr 5 mins
    aspen, dental, dental assistant, dentures, instagram, laboratory, likes, military, partials, pod leader, podcast, relines, repairs, social media, technician, teeth, texas roadhouse, tiktok, views, voices from the bench

    This week Aspen Dental technicians Tiffany Carroll and Amanda Shelley join us to talk about life at Aspen and creating a TikTok account that gets MILLIONS of views.