New! 2017 Dawson Academy Education Grant - Apply by 8/15/17

Posted on July 10, 2017

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology is proud to announce a brand new grant opportunity - The 2017 Dawson Academy Education Grant. 
The Dawson Academy, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, provides dental courses that for decades have proven to be the foundation for the successful practice of complete, predictable dentistry. The Academy teaches their students the essential principles and skills for complete care with primary concentrations in dental occlusion, the temporomandibular joints and comprehensive esthetic restorative dentistry.
Grant Overview:
Recognizing the need for increased accessibility to higher education in dental laboratory technology, The Dawson Academy and the Foundation have partnered to bring you the 2017 Dawson Academy Education Grant in 2017.
The Dawson Academy Education Grant will award six (6) technicians a seat in the cornerstone course of The Dawson Academy curriculum: Functional Occlusion – from TMJ to Smile Design at no charge. The charge for such a course would typically retail for $1,695; however, due to the generosity of The Dawson Academy, the recipients of this grant will have their tuition fee waived. Additional course information can be accessed by clicking here.
  1. Sitting members of the NADL Board, NBC Trust, or FDLT Trust are not eligible as individuals to apply for or win grants/scholarships offered through the Foundation.
  2. If attending the course in-person, the winners of The Dawson Academy Education Grant must be available to attend one of the course dates offered, which can be found on the application here. A maximum of three technicians can attend each.
  3. Winners will be required to provide the Foundation with a professional headshot and testimonial (web video submission or typed submission on letterhead paper) about receiving the grant, attending the course, and how this experience will positively impact his/her DLT career.
  4. No cash will be provided to the grant recipient. If the recipient fails to use the grant or cannot make their scheduled course date, they will forfeit their grant.
  5. The deadline to use the grant is December 30, 2018. No extensions will be given.
Click here for more information.
Application Deadline: August 15, 2017

Michigan - Sales Tax Exemption Revoked - Labs Qualify for Industrial Processing Exemption

Posted on June 28, 2017

The Michigan Department of Treasury is requiring that Dental Labs collect and remit sales tax beginning July 1, 2017.  However, on the upside, since the labs sale of dental restorations will now be considered by the Michigan Department of Treasury as a “sale at retail”, dental labs may now claim the industrial processing exemption for qualifying supplies, materials and equipment.  For Michigan labs, any purchases of qualifying supplies or equipment that were planned for this week should be deferred until after July 1st so that the lab does not have to pay sales tax on those purchases. 

Michigan labs will have to register to collect and remit sales tax and also complete a form to take advantage of the industrial processing exemption on qualifying supplies, materials and equipment.

More information regarding Sales Tax is available at 517-636-6925 and in the business tax registration booklet:

Some links to Industrial Processing Exemption information and forms:,4676,7-238-43519_43529-155524--,00.html

Other helpful links:

State and Local Taxes Weekly

205.54t Exemptions; limitation; industrial processing; definitions.



2017 Winter Daze Videos Available on the Foundation Learning Library for FREE!

Posted on May 15, 2017

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology understands that there was A LOT going on during the Chicago mid-winter meetings. If you missed the full day of courses at NADL’s Winter Daze, we’ve got your back. For the second year in a row, the Foundation is pleased to provide you with the Winter Daze videos FREE OF CHARGE on the Foundation Learning Library.
All of the courses listed below are available on-demand and NBC Approved for 1 Hour of Documented Scientific credit. 
  • We Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Mark Ferguson
    With advancements in hardware, software, and manufacturing techniques the digital dental lab has workflows never seen before. Mark Ferguson with highlight several of these workflows. He will walk you through the tools and techniques currently available to bring higher quality and production to your lab. 
  • Creating Vitality in Anterior Ceramic Restorations – Leon Hermanides, CDT & Heather Voss, CDT
    This course will consist of tips and techniques on how to create vitality while managing value and characterization to maximize esthetics. 
  • Complete Dentures: Tips and Tricks to Meet the Demand – Oscar Galvis CDT, MDT, BSHS
    The goal of this course is to touch base on all steps involved in fabricating a functional and aesthetic complete denture while reducing chair time for the clinician. The course will include but is not limited to the following: fabrication of proper custom tray; model analysis; occlusal rims; articulation with the absence of a facebow; choosing proper tooth molds and occlusal schemes; setting of teeth in a timely fashion; wax characterization; processing; selective grinding; and finishing and polishing. 
Visit and create an account using the login button on the left hand side of the page to see what NADL’s Winter Daze was all about.

National Organizations Support Dental Technician and CDT Appreciation Month

Posted on May 08, 2017

Tallahassee, Fla. – The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) and the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) celebrate June as Dental Technician and Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Appreciation Month.

“On behalf of NADL and NBC, I would like to acknowledge and give recognition to all dental technicians for their hard work, dedication and commitment to providing quality service to the patient and the profession,” said Heather Voss, CDT, 2017 NBC chair and NADL board member.

Dental technicians bring considerable experience and subject matter expertise in the areas of dental materials, technology utilization, shade verification and restorative dentistry. Although generally operating behind the scenes of the oral health team, dental technicians are a crucial part of ensuring delivery of quality dental care.

“Dental technicians are the unsung heroes, working behind the scenes and not often seen by patients. The dental laboratory profession is largely unknown to everyday people, so with the support of NADL and NBC, it is up to us as dedicated, proud dental technicians to show the world what we do and the benefits of working with a formally educated, trained and/or certified dental technician.” said Voss.

NADL seeks to inform dentists and patients of the important role of the dental laboratory technician and dental laboratory through its “What’s In Your Mouth?” campaign. In the U.S., most states set no minimum standards for persons to be employed as dental technicians. In fact, only four states in the U.S. require either certification or continuing education for dental technicians.

The NBC was formed in 1955 as an independent certification organization dedicated to improving the quality of dental laboratory technology through voluntary testing and certification of dental laboratories and technicians. This is the only voluntary certification program for dental laboratory technicians recognized by the American Dental Association. 

The Certified Dental Technician (CDT) designation demonstrates a mastery of the knowledge and applied skills needed in dental technology. It illustrates a technician's commitment to the field of dental technology and demonstrates their knowledge in six specialty areas: ceramics, complete dentures, crown and bridge, orthodontics, partial dentures and implants.

The National Association of Dental Laboratories is the unified voice of the dental laboratory profession supporting dentistry and serving the public interest by promoting high standards. NADL accomplishes this by providing programs, services and networking opportunities to meet the evolving technical, educational, professional and business needs of dental laboratories.

The month of June is dedicated to dental technicians and Certified Dental Technicians. There will be a special insert in the June/July issue of the Journal of Dental Technology, honoring all dental technicians and CDT’s in 2017. 

2017 JDT WOW! Product Nominations

Posted on April 26, 2017

The JDT needs your help to create the 2017 WOW! Products list. What qualifies as a WOW! Product? It's a dental laboratory product or service that wows you. It should save time and money while improving quality and be a relatively new product or service. So, wow us with your insight into the best services, materials, tools and equipment in the industry.

Your nomination will be reviewed by our WOW! panel who will determine the final list of WOW! Products. This is a blind review so the WOW! panelists do not know the identity of the person who makes the nomination. We ask for your contact information so JDT staff can ask a follow-up question if necessary. Anyone with ties to the dental laboratory industry can submit a nomination. Vendors are limited to two (2) self-nominations (products or services).

Nominate products online at

All nominations must be received by June 30. Please contact JDT Editor Kristi Spargo at with any questions.



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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