The Brain Trust on hiring (DHP150)


Jason and Alan are joined by Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Sandy Pardue and Elizabeth Corbin to talk about hiring in the dental office.

Most owner dentists cringe when they have to hire someone new. What’s the best way to know what you’ll really get from a new employee? How do you sort through the applicants. This Brain Trust is packed full of no nonsense, actionable ideas for hiring. Let by Sandy Pardue of Classic Practice Resources, you’ll be ready to fill your next opening in record time and get the right person. Some of these techniques are downright diabolical but they’re all awesome. Get a pen and some paper before you start listening, because you’re going to want to take notes!

Some links from the show:

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 9500 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have any thing “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

Cosmedent wants the Dental Hacks Nation to try their amazing new composite, Renamel Nano Plus! Use coupon code “Hacks Plus” at checkout on the website or when you call for an amazing 20% off any Renamel Nano Plus order! Check it out at www.dentalhacks.com/nanoplus

The Heat Sync composite heater from Bioclear is one of the most important parts of the Bioclear Method. It allows you to deliver carpule after carpule of heated paste and flowable composite for the most demanding composite placement applications. Check it out at www.dentalhacks.com/heatsync

Go Hack Yourself:

Alan: iPad Pro 10.5″ and Echo Bearcat wheeled trimmer

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about te DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation!

The return of the Dental Hacks grab bag (DHP149)


In today’s episode the Dental Hacks go back to basics again! No guests. No Brain Trust. Just Jlips and Al. So what do we have to talk about? As always…lots.

  • A listener proposes a low debt way to do a startup. Can it work?
  • What’s the simplest and most consistent way to do class II composites?
  • Howard Farran thinks new grads need to do every procedure to service their debt? What do the Hacks think?
  • A whole bunch of other stuff

This was the first Grab Bag we broadcast (partially) on Facebook Live! Let us know what you thought!

Some links from the show:

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 9000 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have any thing “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

Cosmedent is releasing a new Nano composite! It’s called Renamel Nano Plus. It sculpts better, it polishes better, it doesn’t stick to instruments and it’s available now. Coming to the website soon! Call (800) 621-6729 to find out more!

Diamond Wedges are different and better than any wedges you’ve ever used. Period. Go check them out at www.dentalhacks.com/diamondwedges

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Silhouette Nitrous Oxide hood

Alan: Fat Bottomed Girls by the Band Perry

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation!

Smithson on Ceramics (DHP148)


Dr. Jason Smithson talks about how he treatment plans, prepares, temporizes and restores teeth for all kinds of ceramic restorations.

“Jason Smithson is that composite guy with Cosmedent, right?” Not so fast there, cowboy. He does teach at Cosmedent and he does teach some really great composite courses. But he’s no one trick pony. In his upcoming course, “Minimally Invasive Ceramic Restorations: From Concept to Completion” he’s teaching how he treatment plans, prepares, temporizes and restores teeth that need ceramic onlays and crowns.

He also talks about the old but new style of preparations called “vertical” or “edgeless preparation. When does he use that? Why? And how?

We also dig into how he presents. He has a pretty phenomenal case acceptance and how he gets that isn’t what you might think!

Some links from the show:

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 8300 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have any thing “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

JLips had a chance to hear Jason Smithson talk about ceramics a year or two ago. He’s updated the course to include some new and very cool stuff.! Go check out his course in September at www.dentalhacks.com/vertical

You should definitely check out the amazing matrices, wedges and gear that Bioclear has put together. But maybe more importantly…you should learn the system at the Bioclear Learning Center! Check it out at www.dentalhacks.com/learningcenter

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast”

Alan: Chuckit tennis ball launcher

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about te DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation!

The future of practice management software with John Kois Jr. (DHP147)

What does practice management software look like in the future? John Kois, Jr., CEO of the Kois Center in Seattle, WA has a pretty good idea about that. In episode 147, John sat down with Alan to talk about a new, cloud based practice management software called Evidentiae Technologies. This innovative software was created to help dentists with administering and organizing patient data to help formulate risk factors and even treatment plans. John explains all the things that make this software worth checking out. Rumor has it that it will be available to the general dental public sometime this fall!

Some links from the show:

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 7400 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have any thing “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

Vertical preps.  You’ve seen the photos. You’ve watched the masters doing it. Now you can learn them from Dr. Jason Smithson himself! Go check out his course in September at www.dentalhacks.com/vertical

It’s time to get serious about your composites. It’s time to check out Bioclear. It’s fractally different. And better. Find out more at www.dentalhacks.com/Bioclear

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Anatomic Profile Generator

Alan: The Fifth Column podcast

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about te DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation!

The Brain Trust on mindfulness and coping skills (DHP146)


Episode 146 features a mini Brain Trust with Jason, Alan and Dr. Dawn Kulongowski talking about coping with the day to day stresses of dentistry.

Dentistry is tough. Dealing with patients, employees, debt and insurance companies takes a toll on everyone. You can’t really get away from these things, but how you choose to handle it can make a huge difference on your well being. Jason and Alan dig deep with Dr. Dawn Kulongowski on ways to thrive and survive the stresses of day to day dentistry. Not going to lie to you…this is one of the best we’ve ever done!

Some links from the show:

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 6500 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have any thing “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

No matter how you’re doing your composites…you should finish with a Cosmedent Flexicup. Specifically the superfine pink ones. Wow are they good! And they last forever! Check them out at www.dentalhacks.com/cups

Zirc is a company that makes organization very simple and very effective. Take their procedure tubs. They’ve thought of everything…including all 16 colors and a their very own slide lock tub covers. Check them out at www.dentalhacks.com/tubs

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Cytoplast Barrier Membrane

Alan: The Bacon Method

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about te DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation!

Real dentists do composite with Dr. Dennis Hartlieb (DHP145)


In episode 145 Dr. Dennis Hartlieb joins Jason and Alan to talk about his journey from believing composite was a “temporary material” into creating an entire rehab in composite!

Dr. Dennis Hartlieb was one of Dr. Frank Spear’s original students. He’s been learning excellence in restorative dentistry for 25  years or more. But like many dentists, he used to believe composite had no place in long term restorative dentistry. Then he met Dr. Buddy Mopper and he began to change his mind. Dennis is a really engaged teacher. Really approachable and seems to really understand how dentists learn. Some highlights:

  • Dennis’s approach to team bulding…learn one, do one, teach one!
  • Simple composite solutions that can make a huge difference!
  • How does sleep apnea affect restorative dentistry?
  • A description of Dennis’ course at Cosmedent, “CPR for the worn dentition.”

Some links from the show:

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 6000 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have any thing “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

Dr. Jason Smithson is back in Chicago this September 22-24 teaching “Minimally Invasive Ceramic Restorations: From Concept to Completion!” Go check it out at www.dentalhacks.com/smithson and use the coupon code “swagbag” when you sign up for his course for a special goody bag from Cosmedent at the course!

The Dental Hacks Nation Facebook page has spoken! They love the Zirc Crystal HD mirror! And now, you can get a great deal when you use coupon code “dentalhackshd” at www.dentalhacks.com/mirrors.

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: IRIS large photo keeper for implant parts

Alan: Brasseler/NSK Forza ELM electric motor (bonus: Pelican case for audio gear)

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IMG_20170516_101127If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation!

The Brain Trust asks: “Are traditional associateships dying?” (DHP144)


Episode 144 features a Brain Trust with Dr. Tarun Agawal, Dr. Paul Goodman and Dr. Sully Sullivan talking about the future of associateships.

So what happened to all the traditional associateships? You know the ones. They paid pretty good, they had mentorship, they usually led to a buy in of the practice after a period of time. It seems like these opportunities are few and far between. The Brain Trust breaks down the pros and cons of associateships. Why they fail, why they’re getting rare and what potential associates and owner docs can do to make the chances of getting a good one more likely!

Some links from the show:

One on One Basketball (Larry Bird and Dr. J)

TBone Speaks podcast (Tarun’s)

The Millennial Dentist podcast (Sully’s)

It’s time to get rid of the rubber bands and sterilization bags. Zirc has a full line of instrument organization products in 16 colors…enough for any anal retentive dentist and their organizational schemes. Check them out at www.dentalhacks.com/instruments.

Are you a sculptor or a brusher? Whichever you are, Cosmedent has you covered! Composite instruments, brushes and Brush and Sculpt sculpting resin will help you with your composites no matter what you do! Check it out at www.dentalhacks.com/Cosmedent.

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Tito’s Vodka

Alan: Karl Schumacher diamond tipped extraction forceps

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation!

“All on 4″ all the time with Dr. Wayne Brueggen (DHP143)


Dr. Wayne Brueggen joins Jason and Alan to talk about his journey into giving patients a new smile in a day!

Dr. Wayne Brueggen has been placing implants since the 80’s. He trained under Dr. Paulo Malo, the originator of the “All on 4″ technique and has been giving patients all new teeth in one appointment for a lot of years. You’ll hear how he learned to do it, how he learned to market it, and what it takes to create these single visit smiles.

Some links from the show:

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 5000 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have any thing “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

Bindu the dog had some dental problems. 3 root canals later, Bindu’s teeth were build back up with Cosmedent’s Cosmecore! Check this wonder material out at: www.dentalhacks.com/cosmecore

Organization in your office can cost you time and peace of mind. Zirc has a really cool way for you to try out their organizational products in your very own office! It’s called “Zirc’s Organizational Box of Efficiency” or ZOBE. Go check it out at www.dentalhacks.com/ZOBE!

Dr. Wayne Brueggen’s website

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: irokdds.com

Alan: Worklab by Custer (Grand Rapids, MI)

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation!

The Brain Trust on saving teeth (and not saving teeth) (DHP142)


Episode 142 features a discussion of when to save teeth and when to give up and move to different options.

Have you ever done heroics to save a tooth and wished you hadn’t? Everyone has…but what can we learn from it? In episode 142 the Dental Hacks feature a round table of dentists in the trenches talking about what they’ve learned about heroic treatment to save a tooth. Alan is joined by Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Artie Volker and a brand new Brain Trust member, Dr. Paul Goodman! What does your training have to do with your ideas of when to give up on a tooth and when to be heroic? When is it a good idea to bend over backwards? Not only is this discussion informative…it’s hilarious. Buckle in, because this is a good one!

Some links from the show:

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 4700 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have any thing “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

MirrorImage by Cosmedent is awesome for a lot of reasons. One of them is the fact that they ahve their own repair material called “Adjust” that sticks to MirrorImage WAY better than regular flowable! www.dentalhacks.com/mirrorimage

Zirc Dental Products is a family owned company from Minnesota that manufacturers their products right here in the USA. And their products are kind of amazing. Take a look at what they have to offer in organization, isolation and visualization on their website at www.dentalhacks.com/zirc!

Jason: “Knee Deep” by the Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett

Alan: “Golden Prey” by John Sandford

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation!

“OMG! All of my patients have sleep apnea!” with Dr. Jamison Spencer (DHP141)


Dr. Jamison Spencer joins Jason and Alan to talk about sleep medicine and TMD treatment in the dental office.

Once you’ve learned some things about sleep apnea you come to see the symptoms and consequences in LOTS of your patients. Bruxism, gastric reflux, TMD and lots of other conditions are correlated with sleep apnea. Dentists are quickly becoming the most likely screeners for this potential deadly condition, and Dr. Jamison Spencer is one of the most sought after lecturers on the subject. Dr. Spencer joins Jason and Alan to explain how to incorporate this treatment into your practice, what symptoms to screen, what gadgets NOT to buy and what diagnoses you shouldn’t be making! Dr. Spencer’s online study club, “The Spencer Study Club” is only open for enrollment a couple times per year, but he’s made it available to the listeners of the Dental Hacks podcast! If you’re interested you need to email us at info@dentalhacks.com and we’ll get you in touch with Dr. Spencer!

Some links from the show:

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 4300 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have any thing “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

6 resin veneers on discolored #22-27. And I gave myself an hour. Yes, I’m insane. And yes, I needed pink opaque from Cosmedent! Check this wonder material out at: www.dentalhacks.com/pinkPink Opaque by Cosmedent!

Alan had his teeth cleaned today. And Mr. Thirsty from Zirc was there to help. Bite block + suction +tongue and cheek retraction = faster hygiene visits and more comfortable patients! Plus, it fits directly into the high volume suction that your hygienist isn’t even using! No adapters necessary! Go check out Mr. Thirsty at www.dentalhacks.com/mrthirsty!

Mr. Thirsty photo

Dr. Jamison Spencer’s website

Jamison Spencer’s upcoming speaking schedule

JLips on Dentists, Implants and Worms

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Sleep Interrupted

Alan: Blinkist

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation!