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 Nominations OPEN for the 2023 NBC CDT of the Year

Posted on August 01, 2022

2023 CDT of the Year - Nominations Open

Do you know of a CDT who has given back to the profession by acting as a mentor or innovator? Do you know an amazing technician? What about a technician that serves as an example of what others should to strive to be like?

Nominations are now open for the 2023 CDT of the Year. If you know someone deserving of this title, please fill out the Nomination Form and send it in to the NBC Office by September 30th. The winner will be recognized in front of his or her peers at the National Association of Dental Laboratories' (NADL) Vision 21 meeting in Las Vegas, NV.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, September 30, 2022. Please contact Deborah Caldwell by phone at (800) 684-5310 or by email at dcaldwell@nbccert.org if you have any questions about the CDT of the Year nomination process. Nominate someone today!

Click Here for the 2023 Nomination Form
Click Here for the 2023 Nomination Form ONLINE

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 Foundation Education Day and Race for the Future 8.0

Posted on June 09, 2022

Saturday, August 27, 2022 – Foundation Education Day

Register for the first ever Foundation Education Day, being held on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Hotel Chicago from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm CST. This event will be a half day of in-person, technical courses, followed by a one-hour networking reception. Registration is open and free of charge.

Course Highlights:
*Each course is NBC approved for 1 hour of Scientific Credit

Photography: A Necessary Tool for Successful Outcomes in Dentistry
Speaker: Mike Bellerino, CDT, AAACD – Trinident Dental Lab
Photography is a vital tool for diagnosis, treatment planning, case design, patient communication, lab communication, staff training, and more. Without it, we are limited to guessing or assuming what the proper treatment plan should be. This course will demonstrate the necessity for clinical photography and will discuss the current available photographic tools and settings needed for the proper transfer of accurate information.

Breaking the Stigma of Removable Dental Prosthetics
Speaker: Arian Deutsch – Deutsch Dental Arts
The perception that fixed prosthetics are superior and removable prosthetics are inferior has been a stigma that has influenced the way patients view treatment, especially when it comes to implant prosthetics. In this course, we will explore how removable prosthetics are making a comeback, and why they prove to be a superior restoration when combined with implants in a rigid solution.

Digital Dentistry, Cementable vs. Screw Retained Restorations
Speaker: Tony Prestipino, CDT – Artifex Dental Lab Inc.
This course will provide detailed insight on the procedural techniques of fabricating cementable CAD/CAM custom abutments and TiBase abutments in fabrication of screw retained restorations via angulated screw channel, non-engaging parts, and 5mm, 7mm, 9mm, and 12 mm heights. We will learn how and when each of these methods should and shouldn’t be used.

Register Today Free of Charge!

Sunday, August 28, 2022 – Race for the Future 8.0

Join the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (Foundation) in Racing for the Future for the eighth year, held in conjunction with the Chicago Triathlon in Chicago, IL!

How can you get involved?

Sponsorship levels range from $500 - $5,000 and include a variety of benefits and exposure to the sponsoring individual or company that will last nearly all year long.

Registration is through the Chicago Triathlon at www.chicagotriathlon.com. Be sure to inform the Foundation of your participation so you are included in any future race correspondence. Receive $10 off with the discount code CHITRI22FDLT. Not a racer? Cheer from the sideline!

Sponsor an athlete or give a general race donation. Remember, YOU get to decide what the future of dental laboratory technology will look like.

Coming in the night before? Join us for the race dinner! Register HERE.

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 Celebrating Skill, Reliability, and Adaptability: Dental Technician and CDT Appreciation Month

Posted on June 02, 2022

NBC, NADL, and FDLT are extremely pleased to dedicate the month of June to the appreciation of dental technicians and Certified Dental Technicians (CDTs). Dental technicians and CDTs develop specialized skills in order to provide care to patients in need. The reliability of that care is fortified by dedication to standards of excellence and continuing education. In the dental laboratory, dental technicians and CDTs are defined by their problem solving abilities and creativity. They show great adaptability, transferring these skills to the altogether different demands of industry wide change. In turn, they play a key role in advancing the profession itself.

According to the National Institutes of Health, 65.8% of people in the U.S.A. have a dental restoration. Each of these cases represents an act of service, carefully planned, and thoughtfully executed by a dental technician or CDT.

Careful attention to detail is the hallmark of an excellent restoration. When it is supported by a reliable technician’s knowledge of industry standards, from material selection to infection control practices, patients reap the benefits of that care.



As the dental laboratory industry faces changes and challenges, dental technicians and CDTs have an opportunity to lend their finely honed problem solving abilities to creative solutions. This adaptability paves the way to professional resilience. It elevates the industry, impacts the earning potential of the profession in years to come, and secures opportunities for future dental technicians and CDTs.


NBC, NADL, and FDLT look forward to celebrating dental technicians and CDTs this month. Thank you for the smiles you inspire, both in and outside the oral health care setting!


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