Saturday, September 18, 2010


We are moving to a new address -

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Hope you enjoy!!

Thanks to our Dr.s who work so close with us to achieve such great results!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010


A new outlook on dental technology -

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Recall -

6 month recall on a no prep feldspathic chip case we did 22-27 mesial distal chips - The Paper Photography really makes them pop - thanks Sascha for the tip!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Optical Effects Acheived with Modern Meterials....

Natural effects achieved utilizing Initial ZI....
(and yes, the patient requested the diastema as she had one her whole life before her fall - we all loved the final it was if she never fell and broke her teeth))

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Surface Texture

A shot from an upcoming article for GC's One body System. When Only using one powder and lustre pastes one must put more effort into other variables that will help the restoration appear more vital. Optical illusions can be achieved by playing with variables such as color theory and texture.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Lecture and Hands On/Photography Courses

We are in the process of putting together our 2010/2011 lecture/hands on courses with GC America and will post our schedule as soon as it is up to date.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Photoelasticss and Ice.......

Contact Lens Feldspathic Chip

This patient came to us after ortho treatment. When the brackets were removed so was his old bonding on number 9. The patient finally came in two years after his braces were removed with the old bonding to veneer tooth number 9 - For this case we decided to veneer with feldspathic porcelain utilizing the refractory technique to pick up all the natural color from his natural abutment. We like this technique as we can get a veneer as thin as 0.1mm giving a see through (contact lens) effect - Our Dr. made the finish line in the middle third of the tooth so we could keep his natural healthy tissue - We achieved this result by overextending the margin and had our Dr. finish the ceramics right to the tooth using silicone's and dialights intra-orally after bonding.


Back at it again with some new shots -

Friday, August 6, 2010

Playing with light....

Photography is a big passion of ours - we just got some new studio lights and had a little practice session today - Our goal is to document Dentistry from start to finish - From the bench to the mouth in a unique way that will raise awareness to our beautiful field! Showcasing portraits will help motivate our clients when they see how beautiful restorations look in overall harmony with their surroundings... Creating teeth is a unique craft, and it should be seen in the same light as other great crafts such as high fashion and design..

Check back soon to see our after portraits of recent cases.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Playing with our new light box during a bake break today I composed this image of sectioned teeth -

Monday, August 2, 2010

New Toy...

Just picked up a tattoo tracing box - It allows for really creative photographs -
Go get one, and go get creative!!!!!


We cant tell you how big we are on wax-ups! They will guide you through the whole case and leave no guess work. Wax ups are the ultimate in planning and achieving the ultimate goal of satisfying your Patients and Doctors -

When looking at all our past cases we can firmly say that the cases that had the most success had a wax-up (blueprint ) to guide us.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Lab Shots -

Picking up more and more accounts as time goes on we are shipping more work out of state/country. We work in-house so we are used to seeing most of our patients. Although this is great for business on a personal note we get less photos for observation. So we are starting a new post focusing on our cases from the bench - Hopefully we can get the clinical shots from our Docs to showcase them as well -

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Set Screw Practice Technique.

Thanks to my teachers Mr. Okabe/Endo- for showing me this technique - Its a very useful technique for fabricating anterior custom Abutments - This allows you to practice, before dealing with the expensive components involved in implant restorations with set screws....

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

interesting shot.

I was teaching a hands on last Friday and took a back lit shot of my first bake and came out with some interesting layering effects - Pretty Cool -

Bi-Monthly Newsletter.

We have just started to create a bi-monthly news letter for our accounts - We have gotten such good feedback from our Dr.'s that we have made it available upon request as well. Contact us for the August/Sept issue.

The link to download -

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bisque Try-in

A case we're wrapping up...
Just shipped for a bisque Try-in. With a couple of bakes we still have play to make any adjustments necessary after try-in to capture proper form without compromising the overall quality of our ceramic layering.
Check back soon for Final shots -

Layering Concepts for Initial

A scheme of how we layer and finish our ceramics utilizing the concepts of GC Initial.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Hand Milled....

While we updated a while back that we loved the new technology surrounding ceramic abutments, we are still using tried and true metal abutments on a daily basis. The consistency in design and fit are second to none as you have total control in the design and fabrication of your work. With the use of our Amann Girbach Af350 milling machine we get hand made machined abutments that not only look beautiful but stand the test of time with the results they yield...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010


Another Amazing Veneer case -
Another Happy patient!
Work by Emma.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Final Shots -

We posted this case a while ago, but just saw the patient today to finish up - after wearing it for a couple of weeks, and a clean radio-graph we finished the case by filling all the access holes with Matching pink Gradia. This looked really clean and after polish we couldn't even see the access holes!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Concept Posters for GC Initial Campaign...

These are a few sample posters for a Gc Initial campaign. We are still working out the final designs but thought GC's design team did a great job and wanted to share and get some feedback. They are going to do a pretty big run of the prints so we want to pick the best ones.

Any feedback would be great!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thanks to our Mentors!

We should never forget those who brought us to were we stand today -

Thank you: Olivier Tric, Jungo Endo, Michel Magne, and Dr. Ed McLaren!

Without you guys we would not exist...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Niche Showcased In LMT June/July 2010 Issue.

Once again we are very humbled by be recognized by LMT magazine. It is an honor to have such a great publication recognize our hard work and give us recognition.

Thanks to Maribeth!!

The issue will be released June 15th.

The Digital Try-In

This is a concept I have been playing with for a while - The digital Try-In (determining Color accuracy from the bench) We usually get to see our patients, but as of late we have been picking up more and more out of state (country) clients. This at first posed a problem for matching rather difficult cases. With this concept we have had much success. All you need is a preparation picture and with that you can super-impose your restorations from the bench right into the mouth to judge and alter your ceramic selection. The model will give you good information for determining form, and this concept will help you nail color - with this information you will not only please your patients, but also learn whatever ceramic system you use in a more efficient way.

It of course is also necessary to have the patients concerns about the case. This patient did not like the gray at the cervical and desired her centrals to be a bit brighter then her existing dentition.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Meet Our Technicians.

This is the work of our Master Ceramist Sooji Lee. She was a classmate of mine at UCLA, and its amazing to see her grow on a daily basis. We are very proud to have Sooji as part of our team at Niche Dental Studio!!

Dentistry By:Dr. Barry Polansky

Friday, May 28, 2010


I have had at least 5 calls this month from sales reps trying to sell me cad/cam machines for full contour crowns - We are only a three person lab and layering porcelain is our passion. We are embracing technology for all its benefits, but press a button and have a crown? We'd rather layer our restorations and have personal satisfaction. Who knows what the future will bring but for now we Layer!!!!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

ALL Ceramic....

For years now we have been choosing metal as our abutment choice materiel.
We have been really taking advantage of today's technology and have been dabbling with Zirconia abutments for our anterior cases. We are very impressed with the capabilities of Zirconia when the situation is ideal for all ceramic. Keep checking back for some clinical application shots.

Monday, May 17, 2010

OverDenture Hybrid

Heres a case we just wrapped up - This was treatment planned for all ceramic, but because of tough times in the economy the patient decided to go with this treatment plan. Just wanted to show that one can get very creative artistically with over-dentures as well as all ceramic cases.With a wax try-in for esthetics,occlusion,and hygiene we had a good guideline to follow.Thanks to Jonny from CDL for his support!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Just started work on a new photography project - Playing around today I shot some cool images of teeth I hollowed out. hope you enjoy!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010


Just playing with some teeth and observed through photos some interesting images - Breaking a tooth down with photography it is very clear to see all aspects of a natural tooth - We can clearly see a tooth being evolved from pulp - the final form. This becomes critical when realizing your restorations with ceramics - from this study we can clearly see that their has to be many considerations when layering ceramic. Looking deep into nature you can see what colors lye and replicate through observation. Think of the pulp as your coping and go from their!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I love seeing old patients when they come back for hygiene. Today while I was working the hygienist told me a patient wanted to see me and say Hi. I restored this patient a couple of years ago and it made my day to see how much she grew and came into herself with her new teeth!!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Recent Case Work:

This is a Case we just wrapped up by Sooji one of our talented ceramists. With good planning with a wax-up and clear communication with our patient and Dr. a nice result was achieved!

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Sunday, March 7, 2010


Ahh Sunday afternoons - What a great time to play with porcelain!! Here's my efforts playing with GC Americas ZI porcelain on a six unit bridge. I was pleased with the opalescence and effects it produced...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Laboratory Renovation!

We are so excited here at Niche.. We finally completed a long renovation of our lab, and would love to share with you guys the results!

For more pictures go to this link and click the contact link.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Case Recognition

A case I did a while back was chosen for Ivoclars E-Max changes everythings website - Check out the link.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


I just broke out the camera for a new series of dental shots - Many have contacted me for copies - all my photography is for sale upon request. More can be viewed at -
under the album teeth through an artists eye.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Remembering our past...

When we think of Esthetics today, Dentures are typically forgotten about. I strongly believe that in order to have a firm grasp on Esthetic concepts today dealing with all ceramics, one must have a full understanding of Dentures. Setting teeth will give technicians a strong understanding of esthetics, tooth relationships, and occlusion. Once we have a full understanding of these concepts, the sky is the limit when it comes to restoring with all ceramics!

Friday, November 6, 2009

No Prep. Feldspathic Chips

Here's another AMAZING case from Emma - She really mastered this technique. In this case the patient wanted to close all the spaces between her lower anteriors. The patient was presented with the option of orthodontics, but declined. So we decided to do no preparation feldspathic chips to close the spaces. What a result! (sorry to my orthodontist colleagues) With the utilization of skill and materials we feel confident with this technique - we used GC Initial MC for this case. Click on the picture to enlarge.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

White and Pink Fixed

Just wrapped this case up - the patient came to us do to a motorcycle accident. He lost much bone, but with the use of pink porcelain we achieved a pretty good result with proper hygiene access, and pretty good estethics for his situation - Upper screw retained bridge - the lower was a fun experience - Custom abutment and the creation of two metal ceramic crowns on the one coping, so much fun!!! Click on the picture to enlarge.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

I had a great opportunity to speak in front of some of my mentors in the field of Dentistry. It was a great experience, and very humbling. It was very strange to look out in the audience at many people i have studied under, such as Klaus Müterthies, Dr. Ed Mclaren, and my father Dr. Barry Polansky. Cant wait to do it again!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

youtube video channel

here is the link to our channel on youtube - we had the videos posted on the blog, but kept getting other channels videos on the site? Sorry - Enjoy the videos!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Here's a link to a teaser video of my new book Form - A study of nature and Form in Dentistry.
Contact me for purchase information.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Minimally Invasive Feldspathic Veneers

Heres another successful Case from Niche Dental Studio - Emma fabricated feldspathic veneers for #4-14. She really corrected the color and form!! Great Job.....