The Very Dental Podcast Network (Very Dental)

Alan is joined by a very special guest, the ADA President Elect, Dr. Brett Kessler! 

Brett has been a good friend for a lot of years and the conversation is even more interesting now that he's serving as the ADA President Elect! Buckle up...we cover a lot of ground in this one!

  • What is life as the ADA President Elect?
  • What are his goals for his presidency?
  • What does he mean when he says that he wants to blow up the entire dental reimbursement model?
  • Why can't we offer the very best dentistry has to offer to EVERYONE?
  • We need to change the way dentistry stays relevant. We can no longer only get paid when we spin the drill.
  • What does Brett do with a magic wand to fix everything?
  • FQHC-->medical and dental under the same roof
  • How will technology help us moving forward?
  • How will DSOs affect the future?
  • The ADA and young dentists
  • Creating value for ADA membership...also reducing dues?
  • The ADA on license portability
  • Future-proofing dentistry

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

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The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

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Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

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CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_6.21.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
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Al waxes nostalgic about 10 years of podcasting, first as the Dental Hacks podcast and now as the Very Dental Podcast Network!

From the original show notes, 10 years ago...

"In this episode, your hosts Alan Mead and Jason Lipscomb kick off a revolution in dental podcasts! Listen as they interview Seattle area cosmetic dentist Lance Timmerman about Botox treatment among other things. Then, get ready for the dental world to be turned on its ear with the DentalHacks Brain Trust. You'll hear authentic conversations between interesting and funny dentists talking about the stuff you talk about with your colleagues!

If you only download one dental podcast...this should be it!"

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

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The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

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Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

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CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_6.14.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
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This throwback episode features Dr. John Burgess. I heard of his recent passing and thought it would be very appropriate to replay a spectacular interview I was privileged to have with him back in 2022.

Do you have advice that you've heard that you use on almost every single procedure? I do. And it came from today's guest, Dr. John Burgess.

Dr. Burgess is the assistant Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as Director of the Graduate Biomaterials Program and was recently featured on the main stage at the Spear Summit 2022. 

But I heard John at the Spring Vedder society meeting some years back and some of the things he said have stayed with me to this day. It was a true pleasure to get to talk with John about what he does, how materials research should be done and how dentists can be better at understanding materials.

  • How does someone get in to biomaterials research?
  • Clinical research at LSU
  • How to find unbiased information...how do we evaluate literature?
  • Is the research measuring what they think it's measuring?
  • Bevels on posterior composites? How do we test this? (spoiler alert: don't bevel occlusal margins)
  • The best material is "abuse tolerant."
  • How do patients get screened for clinical research?
  • NCCLs (noncarious cervical lesions) and the controversy surrounding them
  • New chemistry
  • Read the instructions more often than you think you should!
  • "Dentists don't read"
  • Manufacturers take their instructions very seriously...you should, too.
  • Burgess on zirconia
  • Designing research equipment on a napkin
  • Zirconia is very kind to the opposing when polished
  • Cementing zirconia crowns
  • Cement removal...he REALLY likes Panavia SA Universal
  • Polish vs. glaze on zirconia (glaze facial on premolars)
  • The power of a credible speaker and disclosure of honoraria

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

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The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

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CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_5.31.2024_mixdown-processed_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

In today's throwback episode, Alan welcomes back Amy Morgan, the VP of Practice Growth Strategies for Spear Education. Way back in September of 2022, Al had the chance to talk with Amy about dental hygiene, bouncing back from COVID and a whole lot of other stuff. This episode has so much good stuff in it that I thought it was time to offer it back up!

"...a hygiene dollar, even in the best of times, has at best a 15-20% profit margin. A doctor dollar has up to 60%..."
-Amy Morgan

Amy Morgan will give you 52% clinical excellence. But she wants 48% for business excellence! Amy joined Spear in 2018 as Vice President of Consulting Strategy. For more than 25 years as a She's been a consultant and trainer for more than 25 years and is the former CEO of Pride Institute. 

Some of the topics they covered include:

  • How did Spear quickly retool for the COVID crisis? Is she over Zoom?
  • Once the "fight or flight" crisis was over, what did Amy and Spear Education learn?
  •  "The Great Hygiene Migration"
  • What's the strategy for the lack of hygienists? (spoiler: you can't wish for something that's not there)
  • Healthy patients vs. less healthy patients
  • Doctors should NOT be doing hygiene
  • Embrace your inner hypochondriac
  • What do you do for COVID no-shows? (RFR..."reason for return")
  • Having patient sign their financial commitments ("we hold this spot for YOU")
  • "Lost time fee" vs. "missed appointment fee" (you can have that one for free!)
  • "It's OK to not like people"
  • Paying your team well is important, but you need to know how to do it right.
  • "Don't chase behaviors but question beliefs"
  • How does a team member show their value objectively?
  • Variable component of pay: quarterly bonuses paid out over a quarter
  • A very fat pitch for Spear Practice Solutions!
  • A specific hygiene formula: hygiene wages should range 30-40% of their production

Some links from the show: 

Go get your ticket and your room for Voices of Dentistry 2023!

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook," "McWethy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

 

Direct download: Very_Dental_5.24.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
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Al is joined by Youtube sensation, Dr. Ash Mark! Ash has joined the Very Clinical crew many times but this is the first time Al sat down to talk dentistry. 

  • On being a hockey dad
  • How the Youtube channel started
  • All Things Dentistry is like dental school on Youtube
  • Driving a minivan vs. a race car
  • Lots of mistakes = lots of practice = a gift
  • Ash feels no pressure to put out video content
  • Two content creators talking about the process
  • Two reasons for a microscope (he was voluntold in residency)
  • Does Ash record everything? 
  • Real dentistry vs. Instagram dentistry
  • People don't want to have dentistry done (efficient...don't waste your patient's time)
  • Profound anesthesia required
  • Is endo the most "given up" procedure? Hard to dabble.
  • Stress test your endo files on extracted teeth!
  • Extracted teeth are harder to come by due to ridge preservation
  • The pros and cons of Youtube

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_5.17.2024_mixdown-processed_01.mp3
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Back at the Chicago Midwinter Al talked with Justin Lee of 3Shape. 

  • Trios used to be "the $50,000 scanner"
  • Trios 5 is wireless and retail priced at $26k or so
  • New AI software makes scanning nearly idiotproof
  • Using a wireless scanner on Wifi!
  • AI design software!

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_5.10..2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Today's throwback episode features Dr. Marianna Evans! Al spoke with her at the Spear Summit back in 2022 and her message was so good, you should hear it again! 

Marianna Evans is a dual specialty trained (perio/ortho) dentist who practices outside of Philadelphia! Marianna presented on the main stage at the 2022 Spear Summit on diagnosing and identifying the hypoplastic maxilla. Marianna's practice has a strong focus on treating the airway in children and they had a wide ranging conversation about airway, early orthodontic intervention and the "why" of airway developmental problems. 

  • How can you help your orthodontist to embrace an airway paradigm shift?
  • Taking one case at a time with your interdisciplinary team 
  • Focusing on evidence based medicine and dentistry
  • How CBCT changed how we think about orthodontics and airway
  • Much of the "airway literature" is in ENT journals, less in dental/ortho journals
  • How Marianna's network influenced the way she practices (in the same building as a pediatric sleep doctor!)
  • Marianna sees patients from age 0 to 75!
  • Why do we see airway problems now? Marianna has thoughts!
  • Knowledge problems vs. execution problems

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_5.3.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
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Alan is joined by Brannon Moncrief of McLerran and Associates to talk about practice sales/purchases and transitions of all types. 

  • The difference between dentists and other business owners
  • The traditional way of practice ownership vs. now
  • How student loan debt has changed ownership trajectory
  • How are banks feeling about loaning money to dentists?
  • Younger dentists need to buy bigger practices (?)
  • How private equity changes things...valuation on EBITA vs. straight revenue
  • How DSOs have changed in the last 10 years
  • DSOs now work "behind the veil." The doctors are now part of the investment, not just engines of production
  • "Buy and build" model of DSOs
  • How does the practice transition process work with McLerran and Associates?

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_4.26.2024_mixdown-processed_01.mp3
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Alan was joined in the Chicago Midwinter podcast lounge by Damien Bonner of CAD-Ray.

CAD-Ray is a one stop shop for all things digital in dentistry and there is no one better to talk about it than Damien Bonner! Damien walks us through the state of the art in dental 3D printers. It turns out that which printer is right for you depends on what you're using it for, what materials you'll need to use, how much of an enthusiast you are and how much you'll be printing. 

Then...we dig in to mills! If you can print it, you can mill it, too. CAD-Ray has those, too!

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_4.12.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Al was joined by hygienist Whitney DiFoggio (aka: Teeth Talk Girl) at the Chicago Midwinter dental meeting!

Whitney is a hygienist and influencer who spends a lot of time education patients AND dental teams! Interestingly, her YouTube presence points toward patients and her Instagram is more oriented toward dental teams! 

Whitney and Al have an animated conversation about having Invisalign as a dental person, dental content creation and have dentists given up on prevention?

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_3.29.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Justin Moody joins Alan for a triumphant podcast return! Justin is an dentist, implant educator, podcaster and he was one of the purveyors of the meeting known as "Voices of Dentistry!" Justin is one of the major forces that changed implant surgical training from a few weekends of didactic courses to the hands on experience that we've come to expect! The guys discuss a lot of stuff ranging from the history of The Implant Pathway, why hotel courses suck, how to buy a vineyard in Napa and the comeback of the meeting known as VoD!

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_3.15.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan is joined by Scott Green of Enova Illumination. It turns out that Scott grew up in the dental magnification business. We talk about how Scott started Enova, how they've developed their products and why did they create the premier microscope teaching center in the United States!

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_3.8.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan ran in to Dr. David Hornbrook on the floor of the Chicago Midwinter Dental meeting and was able to record an amazing conversation with him! Appropriately for the Chicago meeting we talked about adopting technology and where we've come from and what to expect in the future.

  • Why mid-winter in Chicago?
  • Midwinter vs. Lab Day
  • What's a CDT? Can you become one any more?
  • Technology is affordable. Small labs can now use similar technology to a larger lab
  • Why do labs HAVE to keep up with technology more than dentists?
  • How to get rid of a Tru Def scanner
  • Polysulfide
  • Reversible Hydrocolloid
  • How are dental meetings doing?
  • The Vedder Society
  • The advantages of a study club
  • It's hard to market to dentists 
  • Chicago Midwinter is like a kid in a candy store
  • "The shelf"
  • David Hornbrook's electro mallet
  • The ROI of influencing doctors through their lab
  • David on 3D printing
  • David on intraoral scanning
  • Getting your team involved in scanning
  • Scanners are just plain affordable now...it's time to jump in!
  • Scanners in removable

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

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The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_3.1.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Al gushes about his recent trip to the Chicago Midwinter meeting and gets philosophical about how difficult it is to market to dentists.

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: AME_2.26.2024_mixdown-processed_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

The year is 2019 and Alan is recording with Dr. Jason Lipscomb at the Premier booth at the Chicago Midwinter meeting. Today's episode features our sound check and a hilarious talk with Dr. Chris Salierno.

If you're reading this on February 23, 2024 I will be on the floor at this year's Chicago Midwinter meeting and I would love to see you! DM me on Facebook to let me know you're around and we'll meet up! I will have mobile recording gear and you can help me start a new kind of episode where you give me one useful clinical tip!

I'm hoping to have some great content coming up that's recorded live at Midwinter!

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_2.23.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

How can you become the best dentist in the world?

Al goes solo for today's episode where he talks about jazz festivals and how natural talent, training, experience, confidence, judgement and perspective can help you become the "best dentist in the world."

Some links from the show:

    • The Byron Center Jazz Orchestra 

    • Chad LB, arguably the best saxophone player in the world

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

 

Direct download: Very_Dental_2.16.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan welcomes back Dr. Mark Whitefield to talk about some interesting developments in full arch fixed implant restorations! Mark has been developing a new way to approach restoring full arch fixed implant restorations that involves less bone reduction, less cost and no screws! 

  • Implant treatment has been driven by technology
  • Screws are the weak point of full arch fixed implant restorations
  • ZircOnX has no screws that go into the restoration which allows for keeping more bone and no holes through zirconia
  • Implant angulation is less important in this system
  • Multi Unti Abutment (MUA) driven
  • They are attached with a "Locator like" snap that is not removed by the patient
  • Digital OR analog workflow
  • The ZircOnX workflow
  • No screw channels = stronger restoration
  • Why less bone removal?
  • ZircOnX cost breakdown
  • The system allows for a plan B
  • What does the kit look like?

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_2.9.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Paul Springs joins Alan again to talk about journalism, Matt Yglesias and the Gell-Mann effect. 

Matt Yglesias wrote an article called "Dentists are bad" on his Substack. Instead of talking about some real "bad" things in our profession, he went straight to the lowest common denominator. Paul and Al talk about how journalism typically talks about dentistry and maybe how they could be more interesting and ask better questions.

  • Matt thinks oral health is important
  • Matt has a very limited understanding about dental disease in our population
  • Matt thinks that regulation that allows dental hygienists to practice independently would fix the high costs of dentistry.
  • Never read the comments. NEVER READ THE COMMENTS.
  • Mead's law: journalism about dentists will inevitably devolve into comments about anecdotes featuring horrible experiences with dentists
  • Health care that's not really health care (Stretch Center/monthly air polish/blow out bar)
  • Primary and secondary health care 
  • The overhead of an independent hygiene office
  • Is there a way to screen for disease before seeing a hygienist or dentist?
  • Gell-Mann amnesia
  • What is informed consent?
  • Al's podcast on communication and trust
  • The informed consent Al got for his surgery
  • The difference between "predatory dentistry" and hindsight
  • The transparency of talking about money
  • They hate us because we give them shots, talk about money and we do surgery on people who are awake
  • "Dentists are rich and often shady"
  • Fibromas R' Us and the regulatory state of dentistry
  • Where do midlevel providers fit?

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_2.2.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan welcomes Dr. Martin Mendelson back to Very Dental to discuss the science of optimism! Did you know that optimism and positivity can influence our performance and ability to deliver great dental care? Martin asserts that an optimistic and positive mental outlook makes a difference in performance and experience in dentistry!

  • Happiness vs. toxic positivity
  • What is happiness?
  • Practicing optimism and gratitude
  • Moving through the bad stuff
  • Coaching vs. therapy
  • Hedonic adaptation
  • Comparison is the thief of joy
  • How to do time travel (scheduled send emails)

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: final_Very_Dental_1.26.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan is joined by Dr. Matt Standridge. Matt is a dentist in Kansas who teaches orthodontics and has his own podcast and health coaching program! Matt has had a really interesting journey over the last 10 years that Al has known him. He's bought multiple practices, become digital and became a well known educator. It's a nostalgic walk through the history of the podcast (Matt was early money as a Brain Trust guest) and how dentistry has changed over the last decade or so.

Matt offers his thoughts on the differences between "comprehensive orthodontics" and cosmetic orthodontics and why it's OK to not always do comprehensive. He also talks about the fundamentals vs. the tools (aligners and brackets/wires) and why the fundamentals always win that argument.

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_1.5.2024_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

"Why can't I talk to my patients like Gary does?"

-me, quite often

In today's throwback episode Alan is joined by Dr. Gary DeWood. This interview was recorded at the amazing Spear Summit 2022 and they guys had another really good conversation about communication, among other things. Some of the topics they covered:

  • Staying in the question until the questions are coming from the patient 
  • How the dental model is wrong
  • People figure out a way to do the things that they have value for
  • Assume that the patient thinks that they're healthy until you understand that they don't
  • How aligners have made people value the position of their teeth
  • Ask questions and then be quiet
  • Why the hygiene op is the worst place to talk about dental health
  • Having the hygienist "refer" the patient to the doctor
  • Lawn mowers and believing it's possible
  • The mindset change of financing/making payments
  • Patients need to know that you'll make it financially possible
  • "We're going to do whatever we can to make it possible"
  • In office financing vs. outside payment plans...what's the limit that doc can be the bank?
  • Gary on the "dead zone" in your practice
  • "You know who will pay you." The information that the dentist has that the bank doesn't! (It's a superpower!)
  • "The gift of a dental benefit plan..."
  • Getting access to Gary (and Amy) through Spear Practice Solutions
  • If you value the team, let them do this!
  • Gary on job descriptions
  • Consulting vs. coaching
  • Whose heel marks are in your parking lot? Yours or your team's?
  • Give the patients a chance to say "yes" to your best treatment

Links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_12.29.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

What better way to celebrate the holidays that a massive "recommendation engine" from Al! 

Some links from the show:

Dental Stuff

Christmas-y media


Not Christmas-y media

 

Stuff that's not media and not Christmas-y 

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_12.22.2023_mixdown-processed_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

In this throwback episode (from 2021), Alan is joined by his friend Dr. Brett Kessler, who was recently announced as the ADA president elect! They have a VERY frank talk about how people make changes in their lives. Both of them are in long term recovery from drugs and alcohol which gives them an interesting perspective on how people make behavior changes in their life. Some of the topics we discuss are:

  • The "time machine" game and how our past experiences are formative
  • How do recovering people deal with social situations where people are drinking?
  • Dentists suffered during COVID because so much was out of their control
  • How do people make positive changes in their behavior?
  • Running sucks
  • Counting streaks
  • Results don't come fast enough to drive early motivation...so how do we maintain motivation?
  • Did fear of COVID change Al's behavior?
  • How much dental disease is preventable by behavior change (home care, diet, smoking, etc.)?
  • Is behavior change a simple matter of education? (spoiler: hell no!)
  • Consequences can drive behavior change. But they don't always.

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_12.8.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Zach Meiners is the second member of the dynamic duo from the Very Clinical podcast! But you might know him from his original podcast "DOPE (dentists on phones, eating) Lunch!" Zach and Al have a wide ranging conversation this episode. Some of the highlights include:

  • Zach's early social media turn offs and how podcasts brought him back to online dental stuff
  • Bitewings at crown seats? Yes, no and when!
  • We talk about lunch as a dental office institution
  • Nonsexy instruments that come through in the dental office
  • What do you do when your crown prep STARTS with a big undercut?

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

 

Direct download: Very_Dental_12.1.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan is joined by the one and only Dr. Kevin Fryer of the Very Clinical podcast! The conversation was fun and wide ranging but we focused hard on EFDAs and Kevin's use of them!

  • Schrodinger's Weed
  • Black Friday
  • Browns/Lions superbowl?
  • How Kevin started using EFDAs (he was originally against EFDAs)
  • EFDA workflows ("mini associates")
  • Kevin's "selling time" concept and how EFDAs make this work.
  • EFDA training (Case Western is Kevin's go to)
  • Kevin and Al's very first patients in dental school
  • University of Minnesota's branding mistakes
  • Anesthesia in Kevin's office
  • Dental Therapists and Restorative Hygienists

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

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Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

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CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

 

 

Direct download: Very_Dental_11.24.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Gen X has seen a lot. We've been around for the introduction of cable tv through the smartphone and social media. Gen X dentists started practicing in the "golden age of cosmetic dentistry" of the 90's and we've seen a lot of change. Some of it for the better and quite a bit of it for the worse.

Al is joined by Dr. Craig Harder to talk about some of these changes. Both Craig and Al were practice owners early in their careers and owned practices at the turn of the century. Their wide ranging discussion covered all kinds of topics:

  • Drake the black lab/bird dog
  • Yellow page ads
  • David Hornbrook's mullet
  • "Instant orthodontics"
  • Profitable after 3 months!
  • Dental benefits and bang for the buck
  • "The amount of money you made was directly proportional to the number of hours that you worked." 
  • Texting is the new junk mail
  • Al's first cell phone (1991 Infiniti Q45)
  • "Patients are able to blow off dental appointments with new and impressive technologies!"
  • Medical insurance has wrecked patient understanding of money in health care
  • An older dentist selling their practice to a younger dentist was very typical...probably the most common way for dentists to become practice owners. DSOs weren't a thing.
  • Al's old office building
  • Debt as a way of life
  • Dental school costs vs. clinical experience
  • DSOs and how practice exit strategies have changed
  • Longing for the good old days
  • TV clicker remotes, VHS, DVDs and minidiscs
  • How much impact will Gen X have made in dentistry?

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

 

 

Direct download: Very_Dental_11.17.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan is joined by Dr. Jason Smithson as a co-host of the Very Dental Podcast! Jason continues to teach restorative dentistry all over the world and we start our wide ranging conversation contrasting the kinds of students he sees in different parts of the world.

  • Is basic restorative dentistry being overlooked in continuing education?
  • Patients asking for composite veneers?
  • Why not aim at quadrants/sextants of restorative dentistry? Quicker and more predictable than full arch
  • The "medium sized case" hits the sweet spot
  • Full arch vs. quadrant cash flow
  • The patients you would least expect to be picky
  • Grey hair = you look like you should know how to do that

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

 

 

Direct download: Very_Dental_11.10.2023_mixdown-processed_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Paul Etchison has recently been evaluating what it feels like to be a patient in his office. He takes the patient experience pretty seriously, but since dentistry really sets the bar low (and medicine sets it even lower), he's on a mission to make it amazing! He's got some thoughts:

  • Reviews: good, bad and ugly
  • Is the bar set low? (yes, yes it is)
  • Paul was an advertising major...priming
  • TVs on the ceiling
  • Touch points and team perspective
  • Poo pouri and Paul
  • Operatory set ups and consistency
  • Complimenting the team during hand offs
  • How often is the dentist in their own chair?
  • No one is talking about your bond strength!
  • Ask your assistant to do an impression of you
  • Role paying sucks, but it's really helpful
  • Running in to patients out of the office
  • The "automatic introduction" trick with your spouse
  • Buy Paul's second book and review it
  • Dancing at hands on implant courses

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

 

 

Direct download: Very_Dental_11.3.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. David Whitlock spent the first 10 or so years of his career practicing dentistry in big cities. He's seen some stuff and he ended up in Eastern Kentucky. Rural dentistry has been great for him and he's here to spread the word!

Some reasons why you should check out practicing in a more rural area:

  • many rural areas have almost no dentists, and many have aging dentists that are struggling to find someone to replace them
  • lots of rural areas have a ton patients that have to travel to have dental work done
  • cost of living in rural areas is so much lower than the city
  • the numbers are in the favor of a dentist that's willing to practice in a rural area

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

 

 

Direct download: Very_Dental_10.27.2023_mixdown-processed_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Russell Schafer joins Alan to talk about mental health. The two of them have experience with mental health treatment of different kinds. Russell has struggled on and off with mental health issues that he's pretty convinced started in dental school. Go figure. Al is pretty sure his problems with drugs and alcohol started in dental school as well.

These days it's very trendy for people to talk about how important therapy has been for them and Russell and Al agree. But Russell is convinced that psychiatry and medications have been given short shrift in the mental health discussion. 

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

 

 

Direct download: Very_Dental_10.20.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan is joined by the "Tom Hanks" of the Very Dental Podcast, Dr. Lance Timmerman! Lance and Al catch up and have a wide ranging conversation that includes the introduction of a paradigm changing dental hygiene strategy as well as a paradigm changing way of doing digital consults with patients!

Some links from the show: 

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

 

Direct download: Very_Dental_10.13.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Jaz Gulati is a dentist in Reading, UK. I first heard of Jaz when he interviewed my friend Dr. Jason Smithson and I realized he was going to be a force in dental podcasting! 

Jaz has an amazing social media presence...specifically Instagram. But maybe more importantly he understands creating a community! His podcast is called "The Protrusive Dental Podcast" and it features some amazing clinical content...which isn't easy to do in audio. But he also has video. And he even has his own community, the Protruserati!

I really enjoyed our wide ranging conversation and hope that you'll check out his podcast, YouTube channel and Instagram!

  •  Jaz on lifestyle design and work-life balance (he can walk to his office!)
  • How Jaz became a podcaster/influencer
  • From audio to video (what is a "podcast?")
  • Jaz on creating a community
  • "Influencer authenticity"

Some links from the show: 

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

 

Direct download: Very_Dental_9.29.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan is joined by Dr. Matt Chesler, an endodontist practicing in Southern California. Matt has recently joined the Spear Education faculty where he's going to begin teaching clinical endo in Scottsdale! Matt's journey is an interesting one and we do, as advertised, give a lot of endo love!

  • Matt has strong positive feelings about his dental training in the military and the Health Professionals Scholarship Program
  • The new endodontics courses at Spear Education (who is it for--primarily GPs)
  • Endodontics polarizes dentists (love/hate)
  • Matt on the lit (hot teeth and blocks)
  • Dental microscopes in endo vs. restorative
  • What you'll learn from Matt at Spear (and yes, there is hands on!) 
  • The part where Al forgets Dr. Doug Benting's name
  • The importance of diagnosis and treatment planning in endo and how does CBCT change this?
  • Are PA's useless in endo? 
  • The value of referring a difficult person that's not necessarily a difficult root canal
  • When is the best time to permanently seal a root canal access? (spoiler: while it's still under isolation)
  • Which teeth are the toughest endo? (you might be surprised at his answer!)
  • The endo-implant pendulum may be swinging back toward endo
  • Endo/oral surgery and case selection bias
  • Specialist confessional: what Matt would love to tell all his referrals
  • The endodontist as "grim reaper"

Some links from the show: 

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_9.15.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan is joined by Dr. Ashleigh Robinson to talk about her unconventional career choice! A couple years ago Ashleigh started a "house call" dentistry business and has never looked back! Ashleigh's calling to dentistry was originally hoping to address "access." There are a lot of people in need of dental care that cannot necessarily get to a dental office and our profession isn't really set up to address it. Ashleigh has created a model to reach these folks and she's an evangelist about it! In fact, she's even got her own podcast where she talks all about her model and how dentists can make this a part of their work if they want to!

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_9.8.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan is joined by orthodontist Dr. Tyler Rathburn to talk about the state of orthodontics in 2023 as well has the new workshop that he'll be teaching at Spear Education! This wide ranging conversation covered a lot of ground. Some of the highlights:

  • Growing up in an orthodontic office
  • The orthodontist that had ortho as a kid
  • Dentists having ortho on themselves...more knowledge = more treatment
  • How Tyler became Spear Education faculty (there is a CerecDoctors connection!)
  •  As expected, the Spear ortho curriculum focuses a LOT on diagnosis and treatment planning as well as aligners
  • Both workshops will incorporate hands on!
  • Who should be taking this course?
  • Learning orthodontic case selection
  • Specialists feeling protective vs. generalists biting off more than they can chew
  • "Don't be the dentist that only calls their orthodontist when they're in trouble."
  • Aligners have been pushed by marketing and technology...we need knowledge driving treatment
  • Are aligners overused?
  • Aligners and compliance
  • "12 year old boys are dirtbags."
  • Materials changes are going to make aligners even more useful
  • Appliance selection is always last
  • Aligners are a tool in the box, not the end of of orthodontic therapies
  • Orthodontists and airway...a challenge moving forward
  • Treating faces and skeletons vs. "just moving teeth"

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_8.25.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan is joined by rock star implant surgeon and educator Dr. Steven Vorholt. Steven has torn it up at the last two Voices of Dentistry meetings: in 2022 he talked about implant complications and in 2023 he laid out his amazing plan to become a traveling implant surgeon! Is it a viable business model? How is it done?

In today's episode we do a deep dive on his plan and how he's been able to implement it! Steve is one of the most interesting voices out there this conversation will have you engaged from beginning to end!

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_8.11.2023_mixdown-auphonic_1_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Paul Springs is a prosthodontist who practices in Queens, NYC. The last time we heard from Paul, he was swabbing patients for COVID tests in 2020 to finish out his prosthodontics residency. 

As it turns out, there is quite a bit more to Paul than wearing massive PPE and swabbing peoples' brains. Paul is a self-proclaimed "smashodontist." His prosthodontic practice focuses on people who have been in car accidents and workplace accidents. It turns out that his practice has figured out a way to help these people which entails a combination of prosthodontic acumen and a deep understanding of paperwork. Paul and Al have a wide ranging conversation about COVID aftermath, scientific skepticism, how we know what we know and most importantly...smashodontics! 

  • Will dental schools bounce back from COVID?
  • Going back to specialize after 5 years of general practice and "being in over your head."
  • Introspection and self awareness
  • Instagram expertise and the reality distortion field
  • Understanding the literature and the literature's weaknesses. Is dentistry "science based?"
  • Our own prejudices may be more important than the "science" when it comes to what/how we treat stuff. See a recent Alan Mead Experience on "Confirmation Bias."
  • Paul on "smashodontics"

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

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The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

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Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

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CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_8.4.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Jen Aloff is a family practice physician and also happens to be Al's sister in law. Jen has been practicing family practice medicine in Midland, MI for 25 years or so...a similar amount of time that Al has been in his general dental practice. Their wide ranging conversation does a bit of comparing and contrasting of the two professions over the last quarter century.

  • Jen's educational background
  • What changes has she seen over the last 25 years (a loaded question if there ever was one)
  • pre-COVID vs. post-COVID
  • the financial models of medicine and dentistry are completely different...why?
  • They don't talk about money in medicine.
  • Really bizarre incentives in medicine
  • Health care or sick care?
  • Everyone understands lifestyle diseases
  • Big Pharma and the family practice doc
  • Consolidation--->limited access
  • "You can make more money doing procedures..."
  • Proposing two different payment models in medicine
  • Try and refuse a CT
  • Recordkeeping in medicine
  • Is data the new currency in medicine?

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

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The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

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Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

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CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_7.14.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan is joined by long time friend and mentor, Dr. Brett Kessler. Some of the topics we covered:

  • The story of the University of Utah School of Alcoholism and other Addictions (RIP)
  • Mountain bike crashes
  • Three days (or two days) of working clinically
  • Podcasts vs. the power of silence
  • Our elected officials aren't our best and brightest (Brett suggests that I might not have the right attitude about this)
  • What are you expert in?
  • What you choose to put in your head and how it affects your day and your life
  • Al's history as a medical marijuana educator

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

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CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_7.6.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Back in 2016 we brought together several practice owners to talk about how they viewed the coming DSO trend. Seven years later, how did we do? Were our predictions right on? Way off? This episode features Al, Dr. Jason Lipscomb, Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Frank Clayton and the one and only Dr. Tarun "T-Bone" Agarwal!

Here are the show notes from back in 2016:

This special episode features an entertaining and informative "all Brain Trust" look at dental support organizations (DSOs) and how they're affecting dentists in the real world.

Jason and Alan are joined by Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Tarun Agarwal and Heartland dentist Dr. Tammy Bailey to talk candidly about DSOs and their effects on the dental marketplace! You'll hear:

  • Tbone's theory on who should sell a practice to a DSO and who shouldn't
  • Tammy talks about life as a Heartland dentist 
  • Frank explains market segmentation in his own special way
  • Jason and Alan marvel at the fact that we get these cool people to continue to come on the podcast

Links from the show:

Heartland Dental

Smile Source

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

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The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

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CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_6.30.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Rick Workman is the founder of one of the largest dental service organizations, Heartland Dental. Back in January 2016 he sat down with Dr. Tammy Bailey and myself to help us understand how he started Heartland Dental and the concept of Dental Service Organzations. Tammy is a Heartland dentist and helped to bring the owner/dentist perspective to the conversation.

This conversation was timely in 2016 and the Very Dental Podcast Network brings it back to you to focus a little bit on the topic of DSOs. The next week or so will focus on this part of the dental industry with several episodes covering all aspects of DSOs!

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

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CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_6.23.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

There was once a time where we started a podcast. A podcast by dentists, for dentists. And in the very first episode we were OBSESSED with Botox. 

That's right, I'm throwing back to the very first episode of the Dental Hacks podcast. The podcast features Dr. Jason Lipscomb and myself interviewing the one and only Dr. Lance Timmerman followed by a Brain Trust featuring Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Jason Luchtefeld, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski and Dr. Andy Hayes!

To be honest, we weren't great. At least the technology wasn't great. But there was magic from the very first episode. I hope you enjoy the very first podcast we produced!

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

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The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

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CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_6.16.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Today's throwback episode was from all the way back in 2016! The Dental Hacks had scored a terrific interview with one of the most sought after dental office design specialists in the world...Dr. Michael Unthank. This full length interview spanned over two episodes of the original Dental Hacks podcast and I left in the banter between Jason and I. Not only is Dr. Unthank's information timeless and valuable, but the chemistry Jason and I had back in the day is there, too. 

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

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The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

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CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_6.9.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

This throwback episode reaches all the way back to 2019 where the Dental Hacks talked with Dr. Steve Ratcliff at Spear Education! Steve was an early team member of Spear Education (all the way back in 2009 when it was the "Scottsdale Center") and helped create the way study clubs worked and the online offerings at Spear Education. Steve gave us a pretty intimate look into his past and his evolution as a clinician and educator. We think you'll walk away with a lot from our talk with Dr. Ratcliff.

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_6.2.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Richard Low joined Alan at Voices of Dentistry and the meeting was closing down. Richard was into dental podcasts early. He helped the one and only Dr. Howard Farran create one of the biggest dental podcast phenomena back in the mid 'oughts and then created the gigantic "Shared Practices Podcast" which has changed countless young dentists' lives!

They talk about why it's OK to give your best stuff away for free on podcasts (spoiler: it's because it's REALLY hard to implement stuff without help). Some of the highlights:

  • Richard and Al's go to podcast listens
  • What's the BEST time to have a hygiene appointment if you don't want to have dental work done?
  • How did Richard "burn the boats" on all-on-4?
  • All the things that Al doesn't want to do (and how important it is to know that)
  • Is Al going to retire and work in a prison?
  • The moment you know that the tooth is coming out
  • Not every feeling is an important one, not every thought is a good one

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_5.26.2023_mixdown-processed_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

This throwback episode reminds us that just about 3 years ago we were all dealing with a global pandemic. Dr. Paul Springs joined us for an interesting Dental Hacks episode where he discussed his transition from pros resident to hazmat suit wearing drive thru nose swabber in NYC! The conversation is hilarious but also harrowing to remember what was going on only a mere three years ago.

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_5.19.2023_final_mixdown-processed_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:09am EDT

"The format (of social media) isn't set up for teaching."

-Dr. Dennis Hartlieb

A few weeks ago I sat down on the swing that we have in our front yard and recorded a statement for Instagram. Bottom line...if you're a regular dentist doing regular dentistry, that's enough. Social media isn't real and it isn't real life. Dr. Dennis Harblieb saw this and wanted to talk about it on his podcast, so we had a conversation!

The conversational roller coaster consisted of:

  • Dental photography is important for dentists. Instagram photography isn't realistic for most of us.
  • Al's "super bloody gums" Instagram
  • Just because Michael Jordan was a "once in an era" talent that doesn't mean that the rest of the players in the NBA had to hang it up.
  • Execute to the best of your own ability
  • Has social media made dentists less likely to save teeth?
  • Just because so much of what we see on social media is the big and fancy stuff doesn't mean that people don't need plain old general dentistry
  • Social media pushes us to put our best face forward vs. what's actually happening in our life
  • Choose your times for social media and do it for entertainment
  • Don't go on social media when you're in an emotionally down time...it can be self administered poison
  • Social media isn't really set up for teaching. It's designed to create a dopamine rush vs. delivering knowledge

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_5.12.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Anyone who's been paying attention knows that the future of practice management software lies in the cloud. But many practice owners have been hesitant to jump in. It this episode of the Very Dental podcast Alan talks with Gary Long of Curve Dental. Curve has been in the cloud software space as long as any dental practice management software and Alan grills Gary about the pros and cons of moving into the cloud!

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_4.28.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

The 2023 Spear Summit is happening right this very moment and unfortunately, Al wasn't there this time. Some amazing podcast conten has been created over the years at this meeting. So in celebration of our friends at Spear Education having their summit, we're throwing back to the very first "face to face" podcast interview I ever did with Dr. Frank Spear at the 2019 Spear Summit. IT's a little bit of time travel because this discussion happened before the pandemic, before masking and before Zoom meetings became a way of life. I think you'll find it pretty interesting.

"Jason and Alan had the privilege of sitting down with the one and only Dr. Frank Spear. We had an hour during the Spear Summit to pick up where we left off from  episode 235 and it was very interesting. Frank opened the meeting with a talk that discussed the stories that dentists tell each other about where the profession is going and then presented some data that suggests a lot of these stories aren't exactly true. Some of the things we discussed:

  • Why do insurance companies cover things so differently from state to state?
  • The beauty of practicing in groups. But not necessarily a DSO.
  • Could someone become Frank Spear in the way that Frank did considering student debt as it is now?
  • How did beautiful temporaries make a difference in Frank's career?
  • Why does Frank feel responsible to help the narrative that dentists tell each other?
  • What's the data the Frank would really like to see?
  • Why is it so impossible to compare dental businesses and income across the country? How can you compare apples to apples?
  • Take home message: things are better than dentists are telling themselves!
  • What is dental school like when your dad is Frank Spear?
  • How could dental school teach things with more context?
  • Are there useful parallels between dental and medical education?
  • How will Frank's teaching schedule be changing in the future?
  • How is the curriculum at Spear Education changing?
  • What kind of "big numbers" has Frank been impressed with lately? (spoiler: it has to do with Spear Practice Solutions)"

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

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Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

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The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

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Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

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CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_4.28.2023.2.0_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Buying and selling practices is big business and many (maybe most) dentists don't understand the nuances. Alan talks with attorney Norina D'Agostini helps Alan understand the roles of brokers vs. attorneys in this potentially huge transaction that many dentists make!

  • Roles of attorneys vs. brokers (who works for who?)
  • How do lawyers think differently than dentists? (spoiler: it's about emotions)
  • What kind of practice sales is she seeing? DSOs? Individuals?
  • Are DSOs the future?
  • Are dentists natural multiple practice owners?
  • How has COVID affected dental office sales?
  • Is there an employee supply overcorrection coming?
  • Read your noncompetes!

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_4.21.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Occasionally I get to go on OPP. "Other Peoples' Podcasts." Today's episode is one of those times!

I recently joined Dr. Brandon Evert on his show, "Extracting Wisdom." Brandon is a relatively new dentist, but a long time podcaster and his show is terrific. We spent a lot of time talking about restorative dentistry...mostly posterior direct restorative in this episode. I think you'll find it a great listen and I appreciate Brandon having me on!

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_4.7.2023_mixdown-processed_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Ed Feinberg at Janary's Voices of Dentistry meeting. Ed is a restorative dentist and teacher who has one of most interesting stories we've ever heard on the Very Dental podcast!

  • Ed's been practicing dentistry since 1977 and went into practice with his dad (Dr. Elliot Feinberg)...a pioneer in FMR and restorative dentistry and now Ed practices in Peoria, AZ!
  • Ed's 100,000 photos and cases traced back to the 1950's!
  • Ed doesn't struggle with recurrent decay because of his 3d tooth preparation techniques and subgingival placement of margins on uncut tooth structure
  • The "Mason tooth jar" concept of crown margins
  • "Butt joint margins cannot be sealed" and why zirconia crowns are prone to recurrent decay
  • The lost art of casting metal and how Ed has started using milled metal restorations!
  • Copper band impressions (aka: impressioning the root surface below the margin)
  • "There's never enough time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over."
  • Why model work matters (and why they should be doing model work in dental school)
  • Multiple appointments allow for a "fresh set of eyes."
  • What did Ed's practice look like?
  • How implants changed the "crown and bridge" practice
  • Ed's "ground game" marketing his practice

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_3.24.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan is joined by one of the best teachers in clinical dentistry, Dr. Dennis Hartlieb. Dennis has a podcast called the DOT Sharecast

  • Continuing education is about taking away something, not everything.
  • Needs, values and resources
  • Dental school expectations...dentistry doesn't last forever
  • YOU remember the compromises that the patient does not
  • A riff on second opinions and overtreatment
  • Overtreatment makes us ALL LOOK BAD
  • Is All-on-X overused in dentistry? Is implant education pushing this too much?
  • "The last treatment that you'll need." Except when it isn't.
  • Treat patients...not procedures.
  • Ethical pressures...mostly financial
  • Medical documentation-->box checking
  • Relationship driven dentistry 
  • "You can't harvest the same day that you're planting seeds."
  • "Don't start what you can't finish."
  • Polishing a turd
  • Failed teeth vs. failed implants
  • Heroics and your skill set
  • "Are you going to be mad at me if...?"
  • If you have to show the patient the chart you've already lost
  • Is dentistry easy?

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_3.17.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

What happens when software moves past providing a service and starts providing value to dental offices and patients? That's what Ryan White of Weave came to the Very Dental Podcast to talk about! Ryan explains how the future of dental software will make the things that office managers find tedious and time consuming easily automated so they can spend more time serving patients! A few of the topics we cover:

  • Salt Lake City is awesome!
  • What's the elevator pitch for Weave?
  • How is Weave different than its competitors?
  • Why have so many "third party" softwares added so many similar features and how to choose what's right for your office
  • How Weave has led the way to automated insurance verification
  • Why didn't practice management software figure out these innovations?

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

 

Direct download: Very_Dental_3.10.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Ricardo Mitrani has lectured all over the world on all kinds of dental topics. He takes engaging with his audience VERY seriously. Alan spoke with Ricardo at the Spear Summit in 2022 about the challenges that an educator faces when his medium (face to face seminars and workshops) changes drastically. As always, Ricardo and Alan have an extended and wide ranging conversation covering a bunch of topics:

  • The challenges of the "one way" remote presentation 
  • Why is real time audience feedback so important
  • Ricardo's "Masterclass" experience and how he brought it to the hybrid education model at Spear
  • How storytelling helps in education
  • Creating an interaction with patients that is all your own
  • Using silence to allow patients to process
  • "What are we doing today, doc?" Oof.
  • Are you able to take the time to talk with patients?
  • All the data that you can collect from the patient might allow you to detach from actual patient care.
  • "I didn't feel listened to"
  • Authentic connection vs. "academic" connection
  • Al on perfectionism (spoiler: it's not a good thing)
  • Ricardo on the craftmanship of presentation (does a multimedia show have real value in education?)
  • Asking question is POWERFUL. Patients struggle to ask the questions, so why not have your assistant ask them of you while the patient is there?

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

 

Direct download: Very_Dental_3.3.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. David Rice, a New Yorker who has relocated to Florida (there are a lot of those nowadays) joined Alan at the Greater New York Dental Meeting last November to tell stories and drop knowledge. Some of the highlights include:

  • A food fight with the University of Minnesota grad pros residents at Chicago Midwinter
  • Dental meetings aren't dead yet!
  • The transition to editing DentistryIQ
  • David on photography (his secret: his assistant)
  • The interesting dental practice of David Rice
  • Al on being cold
  • How has being a "new dentist" or dental student in the last few years?
  • Less clinical experience and more debt...yet more entrepreneurial!
  • David on midlevel providers in dentistry
  • Some advice for new dentists

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “verydental10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

--

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_2.17.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Rob Ritter joins Alan for another wide ranging conversation about Florida, technology, implementing new things in your practice and the future of CE.

  • The pros and cons of being an "early adopter"
  • The trouble with most continuing ed is the "how to" of implementing it in your office
  • The evolution of "The Protocol" (Rob's continuing ed course)
  • Instagram dentists I don't hate
  • What to do/say when your patients can't afford the care you're offering
  • Do you have to give your patients many options? (Rob says no)
  • What does Rob say to dentists that will do a compromise treatment plan?
  • What patients don't remember about compromise treatment plans
  • "Evidence Based Dentistry" and how do we know what we know? (are we citing one article or are we really understanding the evidence?)
  • All or nothing statements and "tribes."
  • Rob on Instagram: "Take the picture the day it goes in because that's the best it's ever going to look." Post recalls.
  • Nothing lasts forever...especially dentistry
  • Al's "Raving Fans" moment at the Kois Center (it involves red licorice). Rob's was Star Wars 
  • Paying attention will pay dividends!

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “verydental10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

 

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_2.10.2023-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Could an explicit warranty paid for at the time of service give patients peace of mind about the treatment they just purchased? Alan is joined once again by Jared Parente of Dental Warranty to talk about that very thing. Last year Alan talked with Jared about making warranties explicit vs. the implied warranty that most of us give patients. This time around we dig into the nuts and bolts of Dental Warranty works and how it can actually create value for the work we do!

Some links from the show: 

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook," "McWethy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “verydental10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

 

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_1.27.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

"What amazes me is how much you can communicate with so few words."

- Dr. Jeff Rouse on Dr. Frank Spear 

  • The Spear Summit is very much like a family reunion of the whole Spear Education family! (also just about the best dental meeting anywhere)
  • The history of the Spear Summit
  • Young dentists need Spear Education as much as Spear needs young dentists!
  • How the pandemic affected dental school and what Spear was able to help
  • The new generation of dentists (including Frank's son)
  • On being a "dental dad."
  • Frank on storytelling
  • Dental needs, personal dental values and patient resources
  • Anyone who shows up in your office has some value for dentistry
  • 43 patients that I this dentist didn't want
  • If you want to have a long, healthy life in dentistry...do these things
    • Do procedures that you want to be doing...
    • On patients that you want to be doing them on...
    • With a team that you love working with
  • Setting patients free

Some links from the show: 

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook," "McWethy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “verydental10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

 

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_1.20.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

"...a hygiene dollar, even in the best of times, has at best a 15-20% profit margin. A doctor dollar has up to 60%..."
-Amy Morgan

Amy Morgan will give you 52% clinical excellence. But she wants 48% for business excellence! Amy joined Spear in 2018 as Vice President of Consulting Strategy. For more than 25 years as a She's been a consultant and trainer for more than 25 years and is the former CEO of Pride Institute. 

Amy and Alan had a wide ranging conversation at the Spear Summit back in September. Some of the topics they covered include:

  • How did Spear quickly retool for the COVID crisis? Is she over Zoom?
  • Once the "fight or flight" crisis was over, what did Amy and Spear Education learn?
  •  "The Great Hygiene Migration"
  • What's the strategy for the lack of hygienists? (spoiler: you can't wish for something that's not there)
  • Healthy patients vs. less healthy patients
  • Doctors should NOT be doing hygiene
  • Embrace your inner hypochondriac
  • What do you do for COVID no-shows? (RFR..."reason for return")
  • Having patient sign their financial commitments ("we hold this spot for YOU")
  • "Lost time fee" vs. "missed appointment fee" (you can have that one for free!)
  • "It's OK to not like people"
  • Paying your team well is important, but you need to know how to do it right.
  • "Don't chase behaviors but question beliefs"
  • How does a team member show their value objectively?
  • Variable component of pay: quarterly bonuses paid out over a quarter
  • A very fat pitch for Spear Practice Solutions!
  • A specific hygiene formula: hygiene wages should range 30-40% of their production

Some links from the show: 

Go get your ticket and your room for Voices of Dentistry 2023!

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook," "McWethy" or "Lipscomb!"

The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us!

--

Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to verydentalpodcast.com/crazy and use coupon code “verydental10” you’ll get another 10% off your order! Go save yourself some money and support the show all at the same time!

--

The Wonderist Agency is basically a one stop shop for marketing your practice and your brand. From logo redesign to a full service marketing plan, the folks at Wonderist have you covered! Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/wonderist!

--

Enova Illumination makes the very best in loupes and headlights, including their new ergonomic angled prism loupes! They also distribute loupe mounted cameras and even the amazing line of Zumax microscopes! If you want to help out the podcast while upping your magnification and headlight game, you need to head over to verydentalpodcast.com/enova to see their whole line of products!

 

CAD-Ray offers the best service on a wide variety of digital scanners, printers, mills and even  their very own browser based design software, Clinux! CAD-Ray has been a huge supporter of the Very Dental Podcast Network and I can tell you that you’ll get no better service on everything digital dentistry than the folks from CAD-Ray. Go check them out at verydentalpodcast.com/CADRay!

Direct download: Very_Dental_1.13.2023_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Toothlife.Irene (aka: Irene Iancu) is a Canadian dental hygienist and practice owner. She opened a dental practice in Toronto during the pandemic. She has also recently become She wears so many hats in her practice and she has a LOT to share! She'll be speaking at Voices of Dentistry in 2023!

  • Can you throw people out of your practice for not opening wide enough?
  • Irene on guided biofilm therapy
  • You can add 25% to your fee if you pronounce composite the way they do in Canada
  • Midway through the podcast Al and Irene began walking the floor with podcasting headsets
  • Using disclosing agent will help everything: perio, restorative, etc.
  • When your hygienist wants new stuff, what do they do?
  • Budgeting for new instruments/technology (use it or lose it)

Some links from the show:

Go get your ticket and your room for Voices of Dentistry 2023!

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy."

If you'd like to support the Very Dental Podcast Network then you should support our sponsors! 

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You can learn to love removable, do dentures digitally and learn the basics of 3d dental design all in a 2 day class!  Check it out at denturece.com!

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Our friends at CAD-Ray want you to know that there has never been a better time to get into intraoral scanning! They sell and support all kinds of digital dentistry products from scanners, to printers and even cloud based software! For instance, the Medit i600 itraoral scanner is priced at just about $13,000! And if you didn’t know, CAD-Ray now distributes 3Shape scanners and the amazing Trios 4 wireless just had a $10,000 price cut! It comes in under $25,000. And all these options come with CAD-Ray’s unbeatable support! Go check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/cadray!

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If there is one thing that’s changed the way I look at teeth the most, it’s probably the headlight I use with my loupes. Our friends at Enova make amazing loupes and distribute Zumax dental microscopes, both the best you can buy. But the amazing, weightless and cordless Qubit, Quasar or Quantum headlights (all others are just toys) are the biggest game changer. But be careful…if you try one, you’re going to buy one! Why haven’t you checked out Enova Illumination yet? You can get a killer deal on all things Enova by using the Very Dental link you’ll find at verydentalpodcast.com/Enova!

--

Have you been looking at your supply bill lately? Prices are REALLY going up on all the things you use every day in your office. Our friends at Crazy Dental understand and are here to help! Very Dental listeners can get 10% off their orders from Crazy Dental by using coupon code “VERYDENTAL10”! Go check out their amazing catalog and save yourself 10% off of their already amazing prices at verydentalpodcast.com/crazy!

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If you’re looking for a one stop dental marketing solution, then look no further than the Wonderist Agency. Wonderist can help you with branding and a killer website. They’ll design ad campaigns no matter how you want to get your name out there. But maybe most importantly, they’ll show you how your marketing plan is working! They have industry leading analytics that help you understand what works and what doesn’t in your area and they’ll help you spend your marketing dollar in the wisest way possible! Go check out the Wonderist Agency at verydentalpodcast.com/Wonderist!

Direct download: Very_Dental_12.30.2022_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
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Dr. Paul Etchison is a dentist, practice owner, podcaster, coach and writer! Etch has recently released his second book entitled "Dental Practice Heroes II, the sequel: How a 3 Day Work Week Can Give You the Life You Want." Paul joins Alan for this entertaining conversation about how he found himself burned out even when he was very successful. His transition to 3 days a week has changed his role more from dentist to business owner where he works ON his business more than IN his business. Is this for everyone? Maybe not, but we discuss how it could fit into the practice owner's life. Our discussion covers burnout, leadership, delegation and the idea that clinical dentistry isn't necessarily the end-all!

Some links from the show:

Go get your ticket and your room for Voices of Dentistry 2023!

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy."

If you'd like to support the Very Dental Podcast Network then you should support our sponsors! 

You can learn to love removable, do dentures digitally and learn the basics of 3d dental design all in a 2 day class!  Check it out at denturece.com!

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Our friends at CAD-Ray want you to know that there has never been a better time to get into intraoral scanning! They sell and support all kinds of digital dentistry products from scanners, to printers and even cloud based software! For instance, the Medit i600 itraoral scanner is priced at just about $13,000! And if you didn’t know, CAD-Ray now distributes 3Shape scanners and the amazing Trios 4 wireless just had a $10,000 price cut! It comes in under $25,000. And all these options come with CAD-Ray’s unbeatable support! Go check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/cadray!

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If there is one thing that’s changed the way I look at teeth the most, it’s probably the headlight I use with my loupes. Our friends at Enova make amazing loupes and distribute Zumax dental microscopes, both the best you can buy. But the amazing, weightless and cordless Qubit, Quasar or Quantum headlights (all others are just toys) are the biggest game changer. But be careful…if you try one, you’re going to buy one! Why haven’t you checked out Enova Illumination yet? You can get a killer deal on all things Enova by using the Very Dental link you’ll find at verydentalpodcast.com/Enova!

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Have you been looking at your supply bill lately? Prices are REALLY going up on all the things you use every day in your office. Our friends at Crazy Dental understand and are here to help! Very Dental listeners can get 10% off their orders from Crazy Dental by using coupon code “VERYDENTAL10”! Go check out their amazing catalog and save yourself 10% off of their already amazing prices at verydentalpodcast.com/crazy!

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If you’re looking for a one stop dental marketing solution, then look no further than the Wonderist Agency. Wonderist can help you with branding and a killer website. They’ll design ad campaigns no matter how you want to get your name out there. But maybe most importantly, they’ll show you how your marketing plan is working! They have industry leading analytics that help you understand what works and what doesn’t in your area and they’ll help you spend your marketing dollar in the wisest way possible! Go check out the Wonderist Agency at verydentalpodcast.com/Wonderist!

Direct download: Very_Dental_12.16.2022.2_mixdown-processed_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Gregg Kinzer sat down for a conversation with Alan back in September at the incomparable Spear Summit! For those that aren't familiar with Gregg, he's the prosthodontist that joined Dr. Frank Spear (you may have heard of him) in practice awhile back. He also lectures in many programs at Spear Education in Scottsdale, AZ. He's essentially the backbone of many of the programs at Spear Education, so he doesn't get many chances to go take CE of his own. And that, my friends, is how speakers are chosen for Spear Summit! Some of the topics they discussed:

  • Gregg vs. Jeff Rouse at Spear Summit
  • How Gregg chooses speakers for Summit
  • Live Seminars are BACK at Spear! 
  • Virtual seminars vs. live seminars
  • Picking your friendly face when you're on stage
  • Summit is a challenge for a speaker...how to bring your A game.
  • AV at meetings...it's a whole thing
  • Gregg needs to come to the Vedder Society!
  • Gregg on social media and how he and Jeff have evolved on social media and influence
  • Why don't they teach literature review in dental school? It's not about quoting, it's about understanding experimental design

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy."

If you'd like to support the Very Dental Podcast Network then you should support our sponsors!

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It's time to stop hating removable! Dr. Russell Schafer is teaming up with our friends at CAD-Ray to teach Dentures: Fit, Bite and Smile at the CAD-Ray Las Vegas campus! You'll learn analog and digital techniques to provide predictable and efficient complete denture care! Check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/lasvegas.

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Our friends at CAD-Ray want you to know that there has never been a better time to get into intraoral scanning! They sell and support all kinds of digital dentistry products from scanners, to printers and even cloud based software! For instance, the Medit i600 itraoral scanner is priced at just about $13,000! And if you didn’t know, CAD-Ray now distributes 3Shape scanners and the amazing Trios 4 wireless just had a $10,000 price cut! It comes in under $25,000. And all these options come with CAD-Ray’s unbeatable support! Go check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/cadray!

--

If there is one thing that’s changed the way I look at teeth the most, it’s probably the headlight I use with my loupes. Our friends at Enova make amazing loupes and distribute Zumax dental microscopes, both the best you can buy. But the amazing, weightless and cordless Qubit, Quasar or Quantum headlights (all others are just toys) are the biggest game changer. But be careful…if you try one, you’re going to buy one! Why haven’t you checked out Enova Illumination yet? You can get a killer deal on all things Enova by using the Very Dental link you’ll find at verydentalpodcast.com/Enova!

--

Have you been looking at your supply bill lately? Prices are REALLY going up on all the things you use every day in your office. Our friends at Crazy Dental understand and are here to help! Very Dental listeners can get 10% off their orders from Crazy Dental by using coupon code “VERYDENTAL10”! Go check out their amazing catalog and save yourself 10% off of their already amazing prices at verydentalpodcast.com/crazy!

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If you’re looking for a one stop dental marketing solution, then look no further than the Wonderist Agency. Wonderist can help you with branding and a killer website. They’ll design ad campaigns no matter how you want to get your name out there. But maybe most importantly, they’ll show you how your marketing plan is working! They have industry leading analytics that help you understand what works and what doesn’t in your area and they’ll help you spend your marketing dollar in the wisest way possible! Go check out the Wonderist Agency at verydentalpodcast.com/Wonderist!

Direct download: final_Very_Dental_12.9.2022_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Alan is joined again by Dr. Addison Killeen! Addison has owned multiple practices, has bought existing practices and done startups. He has interesting expertise in marketing all kinds of different practice situations and we talk about a lot of them in today's episode!

  • Even the guy who wrote the book on associateship sometimes has to look for an associate! Associates come in all shapes and sizes!
  • An aside about Lincoln, NE (Nebraska Nice)
  • Marketing encompasses everything (branding, patient care, texts/answering the phone, website, ads, etc.
  • Marketing is very situational (Addison's test lab)
  • The best dollars spent marketing (in Lincoln, NE)...t-shirts!
  • Patients LOVE it when you give them something.
  • External vs. Internal marketing
  • Don't do your own website! 
  • What types of practices need what types of marketing?
  • Make sure your phone is being answered!
  • Do you have a marketing calendar?
  • Addison's favorite procedure
  • Working on farmers

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy."

If you'd like to support the Very Dental Podcast Network then you should support our sponsors!

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It's time to stop hating removable! Dr. Russell Schafer is teaming up with our friends at CAD-Ray to teach Dentures: Fit, Bite and Smile at the CAD-Ray Las Vegas campus! You'll learn analog and digital techniques to provide predictable and efficient complete denture care! Check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/lasvegas.

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Our friends at CAD-Ray want you to know that there has never been a better time to get into intraoral scanning! They sell and support all kinds of digital dentistry products from scanners, to printers and even cloud based software! For instance, the Medit i600 itraoral scanner is priced at just about $13,000! And if you didn’t know, CAD-Ray now distributes 3Shape scanners and the amazing Trios 4 wireless just had a $10,000 price cut! It comes in under $25,000. And all these options come with CAD-Ray’s unbeatable support! Go check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/cadray!

--

If there is one thing that’s changed the way I look at teeth the most, it’s probably the headlight I use with my loupes. Our friends at Enova make amazing loupes and distribute Zumax dental microscopes, both the best you can buy. But the amazing, weightless and cordless Qubit, Quasar or Quantum headlights (all others are just toys) are the biggest game changer. But be careful…if you try one, you’re going to buy one! Why haven’t you checked out Enova Illumination yet? You can get a killer deal on all things Enova by using the Very Dental link you’ll find at verydentalpodcast.com/Enova!

--

Have you been looking at your supply bill lately? Prices are REALLY going up on all the things you use every day in your office. Our friends at Crazy Dental understand and are here to help! Very Dental listeners can get 10% off their orders from Crazy Dental by using coupon code “VERYDENTAL10”! Go check out their amazing catalog and save yourself 10% off of their already amazing prices at verydentalpodcast.com/crazy!

--

If you’re looking for a one stop dental marketing solution, then look no further than the Wonderist Agency. Wonderist can help you with branding and a killer website. They’ll design ad campaigns no matter how you want to get your name out there. But maybe most importantly, they’ll show you how your marketing plan is working! They have industry leading analytics that help you understand what works and what doesn’t in your area and they’ll help you spend your marketing dollar in the wisest way possible! Go check out the Wonderist Agency at verydentalpodcast.com/Wonderist!

Direct download: Very_Dental_11.25.2022_mixdown-processed_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Jason Smithson sat down with Alan in September for an expansive conversation at the Spear Summit in Scottsdale, AZ! Their conversation ranged from the cuisine at Waffle House to post-COVID hiring! Some of the topics they covered were:

  • Has Jason ever eaten at Waffle House?
  • How does your skill set influence your treatment plan?
  • Decathlon dentists and how the concept has changed
  • Why can't dentists in the US work together or share patients effectively? Why do we all have to have our own offices?
  • Does owning an office = entrepreneurship? 
  • Staffing after COVID: has the work ethic changed?
  • The new graduate situation post COVID
  • Al's new idea for an Instagram account: "Polishing a Turd"
  • Times the rubber dam is unnecessary or worse!
  • Photos of cases: are they for the patient or the dentist?
  • Crazy equestrian wives and daughters

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy."

If you'd like to support the Very Dental Podcast Network then you should support our sponsors!

--

It's time to stop hating removable! Dr. Russell Schafer is teaming up with our friends at CAD-Ray to teach Dentures: Fit, Bite and Smile at the CAD-Ray Las Vegas campus! You'll learn analog and digital techniques to provide predictable and efficient complete denture care! Check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/lasvegas.

--

 

Our friends at CAD-Ray want you to know that there has never been a better time to get into intraoral scanning! They sell and support all kinds of digital dentistry products from scanners, to printers and even cloud based software! For instance, the Medit i600 itraoral scanner is priced at just about $13,000! And if you didn’t know, CAD-Ray now distributes 3Shape scanners and the amazing Trios 4 wireless just had a $10,000 price cut! It comes in under $25,000. And all these options come with CAD-Ray’s unbeatable support! Go check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/cadray!

--

If there is one thing that’s changed the way I look at teeth the most, it’s probably the headlight I use with my loupes. Our friends at Enova make amazing loupes and distribute Zumax dental microscopes, both the best you can buy. But the amazing, weightless and cordless Qubit, Quasar or Quantum headlights (all others are just toys) are the biggest game changer. But be careful…if you try one, you’re going to buy one! Why haven’t you checked out Enova Illumination yet? You can get a killer deal on all things Enova by using the Very Dental link you’ll find at verydentalpodcast.com/Enova!

--

Have you been looking at your supply bill lately? Prices are REALLY going up on all the things you use every day in your office. Our friends at Crazy Dental understand and are here to help! Very Dental listeners can get 10% off their orders from Crazy Dental by using coupon code “VERYDENTAL10”! Go check out their amazing catalog and save yourself 10% off of their already amazing prices at verydentalpodcast.com/crazy!

--

If you’re looking for a one stop dental marketing solution, then look no further than the Wonderist Agency. Wonderist can help you with branding and a killer website. They’ll design ad campaigns no matter how you want to get your name out there. But maybe most importantly, they’ll show you how your marketing plan is working! They have industry leading analytics that help you understand what works and what doesn’t in your area and they’ll help you spend your marketing dollar in the wisest way possible! Go check out the Wonderist Agency at verydentalpodcast.com/Wonderist!

Direct download: Very_Dental_11.18.2022_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Taher Dhoon created The Colorado Surgical Institute to teach dentists to place dental implants, among other things. He's a practice owner and one of the Dental Success Institute's "black belt" coaches. It turns out, he's a pretty interesting guy to have a conversation with, too! Some of the topics we covered:

  • How did the Colorado Surgical Institute come about?
  • How does the Colorado Surgical Institute help a dentist assess their existing skill set and what kind of educational challenge they're looking for?
  • Do all dentists need to be surgeons?
  • Was Taher always a "surgery guy?" 
  • Is "implant marketing" pointing people at implants that really just need comprehensive restoration of teeth?
  • Communication skills are probably more important than surgical skills (although surgical skills are important)
  • How have some of the state laws on "volunteer licenses" changed the way dentists will do continuing education moving forward?
  • How important is "hands-on" for a new skill set like implants? Will we be able to get hands-on training for more than just implants and surgery? (spoiler: YES!)

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy."

If you'd like to support the Very Dental Podcast Network then you should support our sponsors!

--

It's time to stop hating removable! Dr. Russell Schafer is teaming up with our friends at CAD-Ray to teach Dentures: Fit, Bite and Smile at the CAD-Ray Las Vegas campus! You'll learn analog and digital techniques to provide predictable and efficient complete denture care! Check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/lasvegas.

--

 

Our friends at CAD-Ray want you to know that there has never been a better time to get into intraoral scanning! They sell and support all kinds of digital dentistry products from scanners, to printers and even cloud based software! For instance, the Medit i600 itraoral scanner is priced at just about $13,000! And if you didn’t know, CAD-Ray now distributes 3Shape scanners and the amazing Trios 4 wireless just had a $10,000 price cut! It comes in under $25,000. And all these options come with CAD-Ray’s unbeatable support! Go check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/cadray!

--

If there is one thing that’s changed the way I look at teeth the most, it’s probably the headlight I use with my loupes. Our friends at Enova make amazing loupes and distribute Zumax dental microscopes, both the best you can buy. But the amazing, weightless and cordless Qubit, Quasar or Quantum headlights (all others are just toys) are the biggest game changer. But be careful…if you try one, you’re going to buy one! Why haven’t you checked out Enova Illumination yet? You can get a killer deal on all things Enova by using the Very Dental link you’ll find at verydentalpodcast.com/Enova!

--

Have you been looking at your supply bill lately? Prices are REALLY going up on all the things you use every day in your office. Our friends at Crazy Dental understand and are here to help! Very Dental listeners can get 10% off their orders from Crazy Dental by using coupon code “VERYDENTAL10”! Go check out their amazing catalog and save yourself 10% off of their already amazing prices at verydentalpodcast.com/crazy!

--

If you’re looking for a one stop dental marketing solution, then look no further than the Wonderist Agency. Wonderist can help you with branding and a killer website. They’ll design ad campaigns no matter how you want to get your name out there. But maybe most importantly, they’ll show you how your marketing plan is working! They have industry leading analytics that help you understand what works and what doesn’t in your area and they’ll help you spend your marketing dollar in the wisest way possible! Go check out the Wonderist Agency at verydentalpodcast.com/Wonderist!

Direct download: Very_Dental_11.11.2022_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Bob Winter joined Alan for a wide ranging conversation. Bob teaches the legendary "Restorative Design" workshop on campus at Spear Education. Some of the topics they talked about were:

  • The relationships between the "big names" at Spear and the respect and cameraderie that they've developed.
  • The vulnerability of taking hands on courses and the responsibility theat Bob feels about making attendees feel comfortable. 
  • Restorative Design, aka: how to prep teeth
  • Bob on scopes, magnification and light
  • Jason Smithson and Bob Winter have become pretty good friends!
  • Bob is a dog guy

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy."

If you'd like to support the Very Dental Podcast Network then you should support our sponsors!

It's time to stop hating removable! Dr. Russell Schafer is teaming up with our friends at CAD-Ray to teach Dentures: Fit, Bite and Smile at the CAD-Ray Las Vegas campus! You'll learn analog and digital techniques to provide predictable and efficient complete denture care! Check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/lasvegas.

Our friends at CAD-Ray want you to know that there has never been a better time to get into intraoral scanning! They sell and support all kinds of digital dentistry products from scanners, to printers and even cloud based software! For instance, the Medit i600 itraoral scanner is priced at just about $13,000! And if you didn’t know, CAD-Ray now distributes 3Shape scanners and the amazing Trios 4 wireless just had a $10,000 price cut! It comes in under $25,000. And all these options come with CAD-Ray’s unbeatable support! Go check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/cadray!

--

If there is one thing that’s changed the way I look at teeth the most, it’s probably the headlight I use with my loupes. Our friends at Enova make amazing loupes and distribute Zumax dental microscopes, both the best you can buy. But the amazing, weightless and cordless Qubit, Quasar or Quantum headlights (all others are just toys) are the biggest game changer. But be careful…if you try one, you’re going to buy one! Why haven’t you checked out Enova Illumination yet? You can get a killer deal on all things Enova by using the Very Dental link you’ll find at verydentalpodcast.com/Enova!

--

Have you been looking at your supply bill lately? Prices are REALLY going up on all the things you use every day in your office. Our friends at Crazy Dental understand and are here to help! Very Dental listeners can get 10% off their orders from Crazy Dental by using coupon code “VERYDENTAL10”! Go check out their amazing catalog and save yourself 10% off of their already amazing prices at verydentalpodcast.com/crazy!

--

If you’re looking for a one stop dental marketing solution, then look no further than the Wonderist Agency. Wonderist can help you with branding and a killer website. They’ll design ad campaigns no matter how you want to get your name out there. But maybe most importantly, they’ll show you how your marketing plan is working! They have industry leading analytics that help you understand what works and what doesn’t in your area and they’ll help you spend your marketing dollar in the wisest way possible! Go check out the Wonderist Agency at verydentalpodcast.com/Wonderist!

Direct download: Very_Dental_11.4.2022_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
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Alan welcomes back Dr. Jeff Rouse to the Very Dental podcast! Recorded at the Spear Summit 2022 back in September, the conversation is wide ranging as it tends to be with Jeff! Is Jeff the airway guy at Spear? Yes. But that's not ALL he does!

  • Gregg and Jeff text about what's wrong on social media (it's a LOT)
  • Predictability = "I don't want anything I did to break, I don't want anyone I touched to be in pain."
  • Jeff on cementing implant crowns
  • Jeff doesn't do online arguments any more
  • Jeff loves to argue/engage in vigorous debate...it's nothing like online arguments
  • Rouse on Smithson
  • Rouse on Bob Winter (Jeff's teeth look amazing and they're just provisionals done by Bob Winter)
  • Spear Summit is Gregg's meeting
  • How to talk about airway with YOUR orthodontist? Is ortho changing? (aka: can you work with the convenient orthodontist?)
  • Give up instead of fighting with the wrong orthodontist
  • Orthodontists will never fight you over 4, 5 and 6 year olds!
  • Jeff on in-person seminars coming back!
  • Spear (FGTP) is as good for the new grads as it is the grizzled veteran!

Some links from the show:

Join the Very Dental Facebook group using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy."

If you'd like to support the Very Dental Podcast Network then you should support our sponsors!

Our friends at CAD-Ray want you to know that there has never been a better time to get into intraoral scanning! They sell and support all kinds of digital dentistry products from scanners, to printers and even cloud based software! For instance, the Medit i600 itraoral scanner is priced at just about $13,000! And if you didn’t know, CAD-Ray now distributes 3Shape scanners and the amazing Trios 4 wireless just had a $10,000 price cut! It comes in under $25,000. And all these options come with CAD-Ray’s unbeatable support! Go check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/cadray!

--

If there is one thing that’s changed the way I look at teeth the most, it’s probably the headlight I use with my loupes. Our friends at Enova make amazing loupes and distribute Zumax dental microscopes, both the best you can buy. But the amazing, weightless and cordless Qubit, Quasar or Quantum headlights (all others are just toys) are the biggest game changer. But be careful…if you try one, you’re going to buy one! Why haven’t you checked out Enova Illumination yet? You can get a killer deal on all things Enova by using the Very Dental link you’ll find at verydentalpodcast.com/Enova!

--

Have you been looking at your supply bill lately? Prices are REALLY going up on all the things you use every day in your office. Our friends at Crazy Dental understand and are here to help! Very Dental listeners can get 10% off their orders from Crazy Dental by using coupon code “VERYDENTAL10”! Go check out their amazing catalog and save yourself 10% off of their already amazing prices at verydentalpodcast.com/crazy!

--

If you’re looking for a one stop dental marketing solution, then look no further than the Wonderist Agency. Wonderist can help you with branding and a killer website. They’ll design ad campaigns no matter how you want to get your name out there. But maybe most importantly, they’ll show you how your marketing plan is working! They have industry leading analytics that help you understand what works and what doesn’t in your area and they’ll help you spend your marketing dollar in the wisest way possible! Go check out the Wonderist Agency at verydentalpodcast.com/Wonderist!

Direct download: Very_Dental_10.14.2022_mixdown-processed_01.mp3
Category:Very Dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

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