Tips and Tricks: Managing Remakes

Welcome to America’s smiles tips and tricks. Today’s question to answer is, “How do you stop doing free remakes?” It’s a bad habit of the lab industry. I work with hundreds of laboratory owners on a monthly basis, and I don’t know how we got trapped into these notions of thinking that we’re the weak ... Read more

Tips and Tricks: Marketing Basics

Welcome to America Smiles with tips and tricks where we try to help the average laboratory owner with some guidance on how to run their laboratory more effectively. The topic we’ll discuss is marketing-related; my favorite subject. More specifically, we’ll be tackling essential marketing tactics that all labs should be using. Don’t Get Comfortable Far ... Read more

Tips and Tricks: Onboarding New Dentists

Welcome to the America Smiles tips and tricks. We’re going to touch on various financial subjects, technical subjects, and marketing subjects. The whole idea of this program is to give you simple tips and tricks to help you run your business more efficiently. For today’s installment, we’re going to discuss something in the marketing category ... Read more

Leveraging the Emergence of Intraoral Scanners

With the increasing adoption rate of intraoral scanners grows dental labs and clinicians are realizing added value in leveraging the technology. Here are a few reasons why your laboratory will benefit from using intraoral scanners. 1. You position yourself as a valuable asset. As digital technology reinvents the laboratory marketplace, laboratories have the unique opportunity ... Read more

Properly Evaluating Implant Components

3 IMPORTANT FACTORS WHEN SELECTING QUALITY IMPLANT COMPONENTS. Almost all dental laboratories now support dental implants as part of their core services for their dentists. These implants utilize a number of different materials and techniques specific to individual need. 1. FDA CLEARANCE The safety and efficacy of dental implants is regulated by the FDA. These ... Read more

Becoming a Full Service Lab

The Necessity of Diversifying Your Services Technology has brought the most considerable directional shift that anyone in today’s dental industry has ever experienced. The “good ol’ days” where labs relied upon time-tested methods and practices have come to a resounding close. Dental labs are forced to compete in an ever-changing technological world. The last few ... Read more

Connecting with Your Customers

The adage, “Out of sight, out of mind,” is more true today than ever. It is nearly impossible to avoid the barrage of messages, communication, and people who are vying for our time and attention. The same is true of your customers and prospective customers. If you are not regularly communicating with your customers, you ... Read more

The Value of Networking with Fellow Lab Owners

If you are like most business owners, you have heard over and over about the importance of networking. You have probably also asked yourself, “who has the time to do all that networking?” If so, you are not alone. In fact, many business owners we talk with are so busy working in their business that ... Read more

Un-leveling the Playing Field: Overcoming Commoditization in a Rapidly Evolving Market

Like it or not, rapid advances in CAD/CAM technology and material sciences are commoditizing the lab industry more and more every day. With the implementation of these technologies, quality restorations are now produced more quickly, accurately, and cost-effectively than ever before. The changes in operational workflows have resulted in significantly lower barriers to entry for ... Read more
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