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Laser Sintering New Life into Your Sleep Appliances

Great Lakes Dental Technologies has fabricated sleep appliances for over 25 years. In that time, fabrication techniques have evolved to take advantage of traditional materials such as acrylic and wires. Optimization of these appliances within the confines of the materials’ characteristics created some uncrossable boundaries. Balancing the qualities of fit, strength and durability, comfort and flexibility, as well as cost has always been a challenge. The advent of 3D printing in dentistry, or more specifically, the application of additive manufacturing …

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Taking OSA Devices to the Next Level

by Alex Buddemeyer, CDT Change is difficult but in most cases can be rewarding. You have to decide if you are going to change and adapt to keep improving yourself and your business, or fight change and hold onto what you have while you can. With the dental community being introduced to new digital 3D printers, milling machines, and intra-oral scanners, it is important to stay on the cutting edge of technology. This will ensure that you are always giving …

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The Value of Making Oral Appliance Labs Part of Your Team by Steve Marinkovich, DDS

The value of a good working relationship with your dental lab cannot be overestimated. Long before I started treating Dental Sleep Medicine patients, I became aware that a lab could make or break a dental practice. In the past for me, it was crowns, bridges, night guards and removable prosthetics. Now it’s Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea and Snoring. However, what I learned in those earlier years serves me well now. Let’s start with the size and location of the …

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