5 considerations when buying an intraoral scanner

5 considerations when buying an intraoral scanner

Intraoral scanners (IOS) have been been becoming increasingly popular each year. An ADA study back in 2021 reported that, even then, more than half of dental offices in America utilize IOS in their dental practice. Sales reps boast that it will increase efficiency, accuracy, and even improve patient experience and comfort. Although many dental practices …

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Nate honored in LMT Magazine’s “Most Inspiring Cases of the Year”

Whatcom Dental Lab owner Nate Seimears is known for specializing in cosmetic cases and full mouth restorations. He is particularly passionate about working with young adults who struggle with self confidence due to their smile. It is no surprise then that one of his cases was chosen as one of LMT Magazine‘s “Most Inspiring Cases …

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intraoral scanning: changing the lab as we know it

This article, written by Nate Seimears, was first featured in the WSDLA newsletter. If you haven’t heard the news; IOS (intraoral scans) are here to stay! I’m sure you’ve gotten “the call” from a client that you least expected asking which scanner you thought would be best for them. Blame it on the “dental boom” …

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avoiding remakes with effective intraoral dental photography

Few things are more frustrating than working hard on a case, feeling good about it, then upon try-in, discovering it needs to be remade.  As your dental technician it is our job to do our best with the information given to us. We want your cases to succeed just as much as you do. Over …

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Whatcom Dental Lab is featured on TruAbutment’s YouTube channel!

We had the privilege of being featured on season 2 of TruAbutment‘s YouTube series, InTRUview. Check out our interview below, and get to know where we came from, and where we are going! Jeff: Just a few miles south of the Canadian border is a town called Ferndale, Washington. Now Ferndale got its name because …

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Meet the CAD/CAM department!

A lot has changed since the early years of dental technology. Computers and digital technologies are a large part of the industry now.  CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design and CAM stands for Computer-Aided Manufacturing.  A CAD/CAM department is only as good as their technicians and their equipment. We are proud to have a stellar CAD/CAM …

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Equipment Spotlight: DWX-52D5-Axis Dental Milling Machine

Making quality products starts with using quality equipment.  These past few years we have seen unprecedented growth, much of that growth extending into our milling department. Our current mill was not meeting our needs, so we found ourselves in need of an upgrade.  After much consideration and consultation, we decided to purchase the Roland DWX-52D5-Axis …

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What is a dental technician?

“I make teeth.” Ask a dental technician what they do for work, and you will probably get an answer close to that. It’s short and sweet, and to the point, but in reality it’s not quite that simple. Dental technology is a multifaceted, highly specialized niche career. It takes a blend of artistry, dexterity, and …

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What your dental lab needs for a successful cosmetic restoration.

It is no secret that any dental restoration driven by cosmetics, whether it be a single unit or a full arch, requires extra time and attention for both the dentist and the dental lab. Here at Whatcom Dental Lab, we have had the privilege of working on thousands of cosmetic dental restorations. Over the years …

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dental lab management 101: organizing cases

As your lab becomes busier keeping track of your caseload can get overwhelming. Many lab owners find themselves asking, “How can I better organize and manage my cases?”. Over the years Whatcom Dental Lab has grown exponentially to better serve our community, and we were forced to refine our case-flow systems. Creating an effortless workflow …

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How to pick the right dentist.

You wouldn’t choose a boyfriend out of the phonebook. Choosing your dentist shouldn’t be a rash decision either. It is common for individuals or families to stick with the same dental office for years or even decades. Dentists are privy to your health history and have an up close and personal look at your oral …

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