Register TODAY - NADL Spring Daze

Posted on March 01, 2017

NADL is expanding their Spring Daze line-up and will be offering two courses in conjunction with LMT LabDay West. The 2017 NADL Spring Daze will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, CA. 
NADL will offer two important courses that you won’t want to miss:
Regulations vs. Best Practices, presented by Bennett Napier, CAE, will review key state and federal regulatory topics that keep lab owners up at night. The focus will be on areas that are most pressing in terms of risk management. As part of the course deliverables, Bennett will be reviewing a sample action plan/checklist to get your regulatory house in order.
We Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, presented by Mark Ferguson, will examine advancements in hardware, software, and manufacturing techniques. Mark will highlight several workflows the digital dental lab has never seen before. He will walk you through the tools and techniques currently available to bring higher quality and production to your lab. 
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There is a discounted rate of $35.00 for CDTs, RGs, and CDLs to attend. This one fee gets you access to the entire day of courses on Saturday, May 20, 2017! Plus, all funds will go to the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology to help support grant programs for schools, education and certification. Please register online or complete the RSVP Form and return it to the NADL office by the registration deadline, May 12, 2017. This course is limited to 100 attendees.

NADL Welcomes New President Jerry Ulaszek, CDT, TE

Posted on February 07, 2017

Jerry Ulaszek CDT, TE, is the President and Owner of Artistic Dental Laboratories, CDL,  in Bolingbrook, Illinois, which has been in operation since 1981.  As a business owner, and as the NADL President 2017, he is dedicated to promoting and advancing the high standards and ethics of the dental laboratory industry.

Jerry’s commitment to consistently providing the highest quality of product and services qualifies the lab as one of only three Dawson Academy dental laboratories worldwide and one of only 50 DAMAS certified labs in the USA. Jerry can proudly say that all Artistic products are made in the USA. 

Jerry has been an active member of the NADL since 2012; he has served on several committees and on the NADL Board of Directors.  He contributes regularly to the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology and is currently serving as the President of the Illinois Dental Laboratory Association. 

The National Association of Dental Laboratories is a trade association representing dental laboratories.  NADL is the unified voice for the dental laboratory industry, supporting the dental profession and serving the public interest by promoting high standards.

2017 NADL Awards

Posted on January 30, 2017

NADL Awards presented at the Vision 21 Meeting in Las Vegas

NADL honored the outstanding contributors to dental laboratory technology at the annual Vision 21 Meeting on Friday, January 20, 2017 at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winners were nominated by their peers and were selected based on an objective point system.

NADL Awards Included:

NADL Supplier Member of the Year
PREAT Corporation – Grover Beach, CA

This award is presented to an NADL member manufacturer/supplier company that has made significant contributions and demonstrated leadership in relation to working in the dental laboratory industry.

NADL Laboratory Member of the Year
Thayer Dental Laboratory, Inc., CDL – Mechanicsburg, PA

This award is presented to an NADL member laboratory that has made significant contributions and demonstrated leadership in relation to working in the dental laboratory industry.

NADL Hall of Fame Award
Jim Glidewell, CDT – Glidewell Laboratories, Inc., CDL, Newport Beach, CA
Terry Johnson, CDT – Dental Designs, Inc., Lincoln, NE

This award is presented to an individual that has made contributions to the dental laboratory profession in general. This award holds NADL's highest honor.

Educator of the Year Award
Brooke O’Neil Pratt, MPM,CDT,TE- Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne

This award is presented to an individual educator who has made outstanding contributions in formal dental technology education.

Excellence in Education - Laboratory
Dental Designs. Inc.,- Lincoln, NE

This award recognizes a dental laboratory that has provided services to the dental technology industry in the furtherance of education.

Excellence in Education
Thomas Zaleske, AS- Matrix Dental Laboratory, Crown Point, IN

This award recognizes an individual that has provided services to the dental technology industry in the furtherance of education.

Harry Hagman Inventors Award
 Royce Thompson, Whip Mix Corporation - Mark 300 Articulator System - Ft. Collins, Co

This award honors inventors in the dental laboratory industry who hold a U.S. patent(s) or copyright(s) which bring new and innovative tools, materials and processing methods to the dental laboratory industry.

Vision Award
Shawn Nowak- Nowak Dental Supplies, Inc., Carriere, MS

This award is in recognition of incredible vision, tireless service and tremendous dedication to the dental laboratory profession.   

2017 CDT of the Year
Michael Abraham, Master CDT – Dent Tech Dental Lab, Inc., Rogers, AR.

This award presented by the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC), recognizes an individual Certified Dental Technician (CDT) who has made contributions to his/her peers and the dental laboratory profession, and has gone above and beyond the call of duty.



NADL Department Manager Training Program Survey

Posted on January 26, 2017

NADL Department Manager Training Program Survey
The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) is researching the feasibility of establishing a training program for technicians who have recently been promoted to a supervisory position along with current department managers. It has long been our industry’s practice to promote our best technicians to become department managers, although in many cases, such individuals do not have a business management education or experiential background.
The NADL is conducting a nationwide survey about the potential for this program and wants your input. This survey will take approximately 3 - 5 minutes to complete. 
Due to the nature of this survey, it is requested that either a dental laboratory owner or general manager answer the survey.
Click Here to Begin the Survey!!
Please take a moment today and complete the NADL Department Manager Training Program Survey and help shape the future of this NADL program. Feel free to share this survey with others in the dental laboratory technology profession. It should take approximately 3 - 5 minutes to complete and your feedback is important to us. Thank you in advance for your time and your participation in improving NADL's educational opportunities.
Please complete the survey no later than Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
If you have any questions about this survey, please contact NADL at or by calling (800) 950-1150.

Call for Board Member Candidates

Posted on December 23, 2016

Call of Board Member Candidates 

The NADL, NBC, and Foundation are seeking individuals to fill open seats on the 2018 NADL Board of Directors, 2018 NBC Board of Trustees and 2018 FDLT Board of Trustees.

New board members will be elected, or appointed, in the fall of 2017 and will take office on Jan. 1, 2018.

The boards guide the organization through proven leadership, a shared vision and support for the missions of the association. If you enjoy collaborating with other professionals and have a desire to give back to your profession, we want you!

Qualities of an Effective Board Member

-       Serving as an association leader is both an honor and a reward. It requires a proven commitment to the organization and its missions and goals.
-       Participating fully in association activities requires extra time and expense for attending meetings.
-       Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to communicate are essential to effective teamwork.
-       An effective board member brings their expertise and experience to provide value, but such experience and expertise should not drive the policy-making process.
-       Intuitive and interpretive skills enable leaders to understand the people around them, internalize the data they receive, recognize the relationships that exist between systems within their world and integrate all these elements into a coherent whole.
-       Focusing on policy-making, not the day-to-day operations of the organization is what makes an effective board.

To view eligibility requirements for board service, please visit the News Page on each organization’s website. Candidates interested in serving will be required to read and sign a board application in order to be considered for board service.

Contact Sarah at or by phone at (800) 950-1150 to request a board application. A short candidate biography and digital headshot should be submitted with the completed form. All applications must be submitted by email to by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 31, 2017. No late submissions will be considered. 


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Exam Hosting Opportunities

Posted on November 11, 2016

Exam Hosting Opportunities
NBC is currently recruiting volunteer laboratories to host the written and practical Certified Dental Technician (CDT) examinations. This is an incredible opportunity to offer more testing options to dental technicians around the nation, while at the same time affording your technicians an opportunity to become certified without having to travel. Download the RG/CDT Exam Host Information brochure to learn about the requirements for hosting the CDT examinations.
Visit our website for more information and to download the necessary forms. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you and help you prepare for hosting the CDT examinations. Please contact Deborah Caldwell if you have any questions or would like additional information at, or by phone at (800) 684-5310.


NBC Announces Changes to Practical Examinations

Posted on September 27, 2016

NBC Announces Changes to Practical Examinations
NBC continues its efforts to maintain relevant and valid examinations as part of its commitment to serving the dental laboratory technology profession.  NBC recently announced updated references and an updated job task outline for its Certified Dental Technician (CDT) and Recognized Graduate (RG) examinations as part of the CDT program’s revalidation process beginning January 1, 2017.  
NBC is proud to announce that as part of the process of updating its certification program it will make changes to the Ceramics, Crown & Bridge and Implants practical examinations beginning January 1, 2017.  Based on the changes to the job task outlines, there will not be significant updates to the practical examinations for Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures and Orthodontics.
“We have announced some major changes in the last couple of months related to the updated job task outlines and new written examination references.  However, I am extremely excited about the changes we have made to the Ceramics, Crown & Bridge and Implants practical examinations.  This will be the programs’ first step towards integrating digital technology into the hands on portion of the practical examinations.” said NBC Chair Heather Voss, CDT. “With these changes, candidates will be able to use digital or analog fabrication techniques in their preliminary work and will have more flexibility with choice of materials.”
Some of the changes to the Crown and Bridge practical examination will include allowing candidates to digitally produce their metal framework as part of their preliminary work.  Additionally, a substructure will be added to the onsite requirements to better reflect industry practices.
For the Ceramics practical examination, candidates still have to produce a single unit PFM; however, the metal substructure can be cast or can be fabricated using selective laser melting.  Also, the bridge is no longer required to be a PFM bridge.  Candidates will be able to use the material of their choice and can fabricate the substructure using either traditional or digital fabrication techniques. The MOD onlay will be removed from the examination and a veneer will be added to the onsite requirements in an effort to reflect the trends in the industry.
For the Implants practical examination, candidates will be asked to fabricate a custom abutment as part of the preliminary work and can use either traditional or digital fabrication techniques.  The preliminary denture has been completely removed from the examination, but candidates will be required to do a 1 x 14 Set Up and Wax up over two attachments.  Additionally, the Hader Bar has been replaced with a Wrap-Around Bar to better reflect what we are seeing in the real world setting. 
For a list of the requirements on the practical examinations for exams beginning January 1, 2017, please visit
“I am so proud of the positive changes coming out of the CDT program.  This program is moving in the right direction to ensure that the CDT program remains relevant,” said Voss. “The updates to the practical examination better align our examinations to the actual work being performed in dentistry today and allow for more flexibility in fabrication techniques and material selection.  We will continue to advance this program to ensure that it provides a national standard that the industry can be proud of.”   
The CDT designation demonstrates a mastery of the knowledge and applied skills in dental laboratory technology. Individuals who obtain the CDT designation have demonstrated a commitment to dental laboratory technology and proficiency not all of their peers will achieve.
“I am coming up on my 25th year as a CDT and I am even more proud to call myself a CDT now, than when I first earned it,” said Voss. “For me, getting my CDT wasn’t about earning more or getting additional business.  It was and still is about pride, community and building up dental laboratory technology as a respected member of the dental team.  I am proud of this program and all the changes it is making.”
To view the practical examination requirements beginning January 1, 2017, please visit  For more information on the CDT certification, visit If you have any questions, please contact the NBC office at (800) 684-5310 or


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