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A weekly podcast dedicated to the dental laboratory industry. Featuring anyone associated with the profession from all over the world. Host are in their own dental laboratory every day making teeth and interviewing people from the industry on their time off. New episodes every Monday morning.

Voices from The Bench Elvis Dahl

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 44 Ratings

A weekly podcast dedicated to the dental laboratory industry. Featuring anyone associated with the profession from all over the world. Host are in their own dental laboratory every day making teeth and interviewing people from the industry on their time off. New episodes every Monday morning.

    Making America Smile, One Lab at a Time with Keith Crittenden

    Making America Smile, One Lab at a Time with Keith Crittenden

    Send us your audio thanks! Just record yourself on your phone or computer and email it to info@voicesfromthebench.com and we will play it in the month of June to celebrate CDT and Dental Technician Appreciation month!


    Have you got your limited edition VFTB shirt featuring the triathlon of dental lab? Click here to get a Race For the Future 8.0 VFTB shirt raising money for The Foundation For Dental Technology featuring art by Mackenzie Mayer
    ORDER BEFORE MAY 28, 2022


    Participate or Cheer on the racers in Chicago at the Race For the Future 8.0 August 28, 2022


    It's not easy being a dental lab. Of course it's extremely rewarding, but it's also very hard. It's even harder for small to medium labs to compete with large labs and their buying power. Enter AmericaSmiles. Keith Crittenden has a long history of knowing how labs work. From working in a few, to eventually owning his own, Keith has lived the struggles that lab have every day. Once he realized that helping doctors find patients means his lab will get more work, an idea was born. Now Keith and AmericaSmiles help labs everyday with marketing, milling, supplies, and finding additional revenue where most labs don't even think to look. Some valuable knowledge is shared in this episode that can help any lab.


    The fastest growing product at Gro3X are the Gro3X Aligners. Gro3X Aligners are only available from Gro3X Aligner certified labs: Why? Because they believe in the synergies that are being created between you, the dental office, and your lab. And they want to further leverage these synergies. Their aligners are used as a pre-treatment to a larger restorative esthetic case, to widen gaps prior to placing implants, to close a diastema, ease crowding, and simply enhance your patient’s smiles. Even for your Essix retainer needs your Gro3X aligner certified lab can help. Look for a Gro3X Aligner certified lab near you, such as Castle Dental Lab in San Antonio, TX (ask for Blaine), AMK Dental Lab in O’Neill, NE (ask for Anne), Staggs Dental Lab in McCoole Maryland (ask for Derrick), AA Dental Design in Murrieta, CA (ask for Frankie), and many, many more… For a complete listing of Gro3X Aligner Certified Labs go to www.gro3x.com



    Whip Mix, known today for its digital equipment and materials, has been known for decades as a leader in occlusion products with its Whip Mix, Hanau, and Denar articulators and facebows.

    The most popular of these is the Denar Mark 300 Series articulator. These popular semi-adjustable instruments are engineered for superior performance and tested thoroughly based on proven methodology. They bring a new standard of interchangeability with factory set accuracy within 20 microns. With their sleek, ergonomic design and powder-coated finish, these articulators have a contemporary look that’s as durable as it is aesthetically pleasing.

    The Denmat Mark 320 articulator features Adjustable condylar inclination with 0 to 60,° and Progressive side shift fixed at 15°. The Denar Mark 300 comes complete with: Dust cover, 10 magnetic mounting plates, instructions and standard black carrying case.

    Head over to Whipmix.com to order one today.Special Guest: Keith Crittenden.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Finally Live, Live, Live From Texas with Kevin Dillon, Lance Dowdle, & Samantha Grayson

    Finally Live, Live, Live From Texas with Kevin Dillon, Lance Dowdle, & Samantha Grayson

    Have you got your limited edition VFTB shirt featuring the triathlon of dental lab? Click here to get a Race For the Future 8.0 VFTB shirt raising money for The Foundation For Dental Technology featuring art by Mackenzie Mayer
    ORDER BEFORE MAY 28, 2022


    Participate or Cheer on the racers in Chicago at the Race For the Future 8.0 August 28, 2022


    We are STILL bringing y'all amazing Texas size recordings from the DLAT conference from last April. This week doesn't disappoint as we had 3 amazing conversations with 3 amazing people. First up is Kevin Dillion, the National Sales Manager for the Lab division for Desktop Health. Kevin talks about the printers, the resins, and why they bought some labs to help labs. Then we chat with the then president of the ORG (Orthodontic Resource Group), Lance Dowdle. Lance talks about what's going on in the Ortho industry and what the ORG is doing to bring even more professionalism to the profession. We wrap up the whole conference with Samantha Grayson, who is one of those inspiring and enthusiastic removable technicians that talks about the passion and desire to get on the board to give back.


    Whip Mix is very excited to bring you the PRO 4K large format 3D printer from Asiga. It’s ideal for printing any kind of model, dentures, splints, surgical guides, impression trays and more.

    The Asiga Pro 4K DLP printer is priced at under $25,000, has a large build plate and is available in both 65µm and resolution versions. For information about the Asiga Pro 4K, visit www.whipmix.com.



    Did you know that most inLab MCX5 users that have ordered burs from Gro3X once, keep on ordering Gro3X burs over and over again? Because Gro3X burs are engineered by some of the folks who have been providing burs to some of the largest US production labs for years.

    Did you also know, that most Roland and DGShape users have no idea what they are missing out?

    To give Roland and DGSHAPE users the opportunity to find out for themselves how good Gro3X burs work also for their machines, Gro3X is now offering a BUY 3, GET 2 BURS FREE special. This is exclusively for Voices From The Bench listeners.

    Simply go to the Gro3X website at gro3x.com click on burs, then select Roland & DGSHAPE. Add five burs of your choice to your cart, click on CHECK-OUT, enter discount code B3G2Burs and check out.Special Guests: Kevin Dillon, Lance Dowdle, and Samantha Grayson.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Finally Live, Live From Texas with Wade Davenport, Richard Wills, & AJ Sheek

    Finally Live, Live From Texas with Wade Davenport, Richard Wills, & AJ Sheek

    Race For the Future 8.0 VFTB shirt raising money for The Foundation For Dental Technology featuring art by Mackenzie Mayer
    ORDER BEFORE MAY 28, 2022


    Participate or Cheer on the racers in Chicago at the Race For the Future 8.0 August 28, 2022


    When Texans do anything, they do it big. This year’s conference definitely didn’t disappoint. The podcast was set up next to the Preat booth all weekend recording some wonderful attendees, board members, and vendors. This week we talk to three amazing people in or around our field. First up is Wade Davenport from Alan’s Dental Lab in Austin. Wade and Barb nerd out over ceramics. Then we chat with then president of theDLAT, Richard Wills. And we end the episode with AJ Sheek from American Business Incentive Services who is a member of the DLAT to bring tax savings to lab via the R&D tax credit.


    If you want to save, and also grow, Gro3X is, where you should go!

    Resins to print night guards, for high-impact and flex, look no further, because we have them at Gro3X.

    Burs for your mills, Zirconia for your crowns, with Gro3X you will be the hottest lab in town!

    And last but not least, if you seriously want to grow, add Gro3X Aligners, and your doctors will say Wowww!



    There are 3D Print resins for models that do a decent job, then there is Whip Mix VeriModel OS.

    Dr. Michael Scherer, a prosthodontist from Sonora, CA says “Whip Mix VeriModel OS is one of the finest model resins I have ever worked with. It’s amazing”.

    The popular resins offer the dental laboratory a high quality, smooth surface finish, extreme precision, reliable accuracy, and fine detail. They can be used in 385 and 405 nanometer printers, and are compatible with silicone-base separators. VeriModel OS print resins are available in Ivory, Golden Brown, Grey, and White colors for any model application.

    For more information, call (800) 626-5651, or visit www.whipmix.com.Special Guests: AJ Sheek, Richard Wills, CDT, and Wade Davenport.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    A *Bleeping* Dental Technician From *Bleeping* Finland: Sandra Puurits

    A *Bleeping* Dental Technician From *Bleeping* Finland: Sandra Puurits

    One of the main points of the podcast is to feature anyone in our industry. Unbiased and uncensored. Too keep a clean rating on podcast apps, we bleep out words considered “bad”. That does not stop us from talking to technicians from around the world no matter their style of communication. When we discovered Sandra Puurits on Instagram, we knew it would be a “bleepful” episode that would be real and hilarious. Sandra didn’t disappoint. Sandra talks about getting into the industry, the state of education in Finland, life in a two-person lab, and being a bada$$ at bleeping everything.


    Whip Mix introduces VeriGuide OS, a Class I, CE certified resin material developed for the production of high precision surgical guides for use in dental implant surgery. The new material is formulated for 3D-printing systems (DLP, SLA, and LCD) at both 385 nm and 405 nm.

    VeriGuide OS™ has been successfully tested for biocompatibility and meets all mechanical properties requirements. The resin features an easy post-processing method and produces highly accurate surgical guides with a high-quality surface.

    Sleeves may be inserted directly after printing with excellent fit. The material can also be sterilized by autoclave, steam, ethylene oxide, or gamma rays without affecting dimensional stability, physical properties, and biocompatibility.

    For more information about VeriGUIDE OS, visit whipmix.com or call (800) 626-5651.



    Did you know that most inLab MCX5 users that have ordered burs from Gro3X once, keep on ordering Gro3X burs over and over again? Because Gro3X burs are engineered by some of the folks who have been providing burs to some of the largest US production labs for years.

    Did you also know, that most Roland and DGShape users have no idea what they are missing out?

    To give Roland and DGSHAPE users the opportunity to find out for themselves how good Gro3X burs work also for their machines, Gro3X is now offering a BUY 3, GET 2 BURS FREE special. This is exclusively for Voices From The Bench listeners.

    Simply go to the Gro3X website at gro3x.com click on burs, then select Roland & DGSHAPE. Add five burs of your choice to your cart, click on CHECK-OUT, enter discount code B3G2Burs and check out.Special Guest: Sandra Puurits.

    • 58 min
    Digging Deep into Dentures with Deepa Bharakhda

    Digging Deep into Dentures with Deepa Bharakhda

    Come see Elvis at the Preat booth during LMT Lab Day West May 20 - 21
    Register for Elvis' course "Using Your Awkwardness to Market Your Lab"


    This week brings a great removable technician out of Leicester, UK. Deepa Bharakhda didn't know what she wanted to do with her life. After finding a dental technology course at a university and studying a year in India, Deepa found her passion for removables. She talks about the various labs she has worked at, finding her dream job at Dencraft, working directly with patients, and her love for Anaxdent composite and the ability to make natural looking dentures.


    If you want to save, and also grow, Gro3X is, where you should go!

    Resins to print night guards, for high-impact and flex, look no further, because we have them at Gro3X.

    Burs for your mills, Zirconia for your crowns, with Gro3X you will be the hottest lab in town!

    And last but not least, if you seriously want to grow, add Gro3X Aligners, and your doctors will say Wowww!



    Whip Mix offers you the ultimate in ease, material flexibility and unattended production with the Roland DGA DWX-52DCi milling machine. The popular mill’s automatic disc changer expands your lab production and profit, using a 6-slot Automatic Disc Changer, 15-station Automatic Tool Changer and several other automated features.

    The DWX-52DCi dental milling machine now comes with performance visualization software and other intelligent updates. The 5-axis mill even knows which tool to automatically swap out when tools have reached their designated lifespan. Just power it on, let it go, and automatically and accurately mill numerous dental restoration jobs with complete unattended confidence.

    If you’re interested in learning more about the Roland DGA DWX-52DCi, visit whipmix.com or call 800-626-5651.Special Guest: Deepa Bharakhda.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    From Steel Bars to Titanium Bars with Kelly Weliky

    From Steel Bars to Titanium Bars with Kelly Weliky

    Join Elvis at the Washington Denturist Association annual conference May 12 -14 in Leavenworth.


    Everyone has a story about how they got into the industry. Not everyone wants to share that story. For Kelly Weliky the story is not a highlight of her life. Kelly learned dental technology while in a correction facility. Many people learn the craft this way. For years Kelly didn't talk about publicly, but after her success of starting her own lab, she wants to tell the world that the past does not define you. After taking the program, being mentored at a work release lab, and getting into implants and fixed hybrids, Kelly now owns her own lab and doing the work she wants to do with the clients she wants to work with.


    Be sure to come see Kelly on stage at Ladies of the Mill July 22-23 in Nashville!


    The Asiga MAX, the world’s most advanced lab 3D printer, offers exceptional productivity. Well over 400 labs in the U.S. can attest to its accuracy, speed and precision. With 62 micron Print Precision, the Max is optimized for both dental lab or clinic environments. Its exclusive SPS™ Smart-Positioning-System Technology guarantees every layer is formed accurately, resulting in consistent results in any environment, and its single Point Calibration makes calibration extremely accurate and fast.

    As an Open Material System, you can print any suitable resin from any material manufacturer. Your choice, no strings. The Max also features the Fastest Material Changeover of any 3D printer. Labs LOVE this! Change completely from one print resin to another in under 30 seconds.

    All this and the finest, most dependable technical support staff in the dental lab industry.

    Call Whip Mix today or visit whipmix.com to find out more about the Asiga Max!



    Did you know that most inLab MCX5 users that have ordered burs from Gro3X once, keep on ordering Gro3X burs over and over again? Because Gro3X burs are engineered by some of the folks who have been providing burs to some of the largest US production labs for years.

    Did you also know, that most Roland and DGShape users have no idea what they are missing out?

    To give Roland and DGSHAPE users the opportunity to find out for themselves how good Gro3X burs work also for their machines, Gro3X is now offering a BUY 3, GET 2 BURS FREE special. This is exclusively for Voices From The Bench listeners.

    Simply go to the Gro3X website at gro3x.com click on burs, then select Roland & DGSHAPE. Add five burs of your choice to your cart, click on CHECK-OUT, enter discount code B3G2Burs and check out.Special Guest: Kelly Weliky.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Concerned listeners ,

Round table

Just listened and my first impression has had no voids and all the extension one could ask for 😇

Precision Dental Studio ,

Love, love, LOVE this podcast!

I absolutely love this podcast. It is so unique and perfect for our little industry. I love that they cover a broad range of topics. It is both educational and entertaining with their light hearted approach to such a deep topic; the dental lab industry. This is a great podcast for ANYONE in dentistry.

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Chicago Lab Day

I love what Elvis and Barb are doing for our industry! It’s crazy to listen to these PodCasts and realize that “I know that guy or girl”, the episode with the Texas Identical twins for example. I got a chance to talk with them again at Chicago I had met them 20 plus years before when working in Texas. I got to meet and sit down with Elvis as well as meet Barb at the IDT Digital Denture Roundtable.
Granted I’ve been doing this a long time but even thought it’s a big country we are still a tight knit family. I had a “dental” encounter just yesterday, sale guy was in the lab and he said I looked familiar, turns out it’s been about 8 years but we knew of each other when both working for other companies.

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