Used CERECs and the Section 179 Tax Deduction

You must pay taxes. But there’s no law that says you gotta leave a tip.

-Morgan Stanley

What is the Section 179 Deduction?

It is part of a tax stimulus package geared towards small businesses that allow you to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software from your gross income as opposed to writing off a little at a time through depreciation. The maximum deduction limit in 2016 is $500,000.

What equipment qualifies for this deduction?

Most new and used “business equipment” purchased and put into use between January 1st and December 31st of the tax year you are claiming qualifies. This includes:

  • Equipment purchased for business use
  • Tangible personal property used in business
  • Business vehicles over 6,000 lbs
  • Computers
  • Computer software
  • Office furniture
  • Office equipment
  • Large manufacturing tools & equipment

Can I still deduct the full amount if I lease or finance the equipment?

Yes. This is actually a popular financial strategy among businesses because it allows you to deduct the full amount of the purchase without paying in full, which improves cash flow and increases profit margins.

Does used equipment qualify for bonus depreciation?

No. Bonus depreciation (50%) is taken after the $2,000,000 spending cap has been reached.

Where can I get more detailed information about this deduction?

www.section179.org

Call (844) 385-4376 for help with a used CEREC purchase and take full advantage of the 2016 Section 179 tax deduction!

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$40K Off a Brand New CEREC! Deal or Deception?

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

-Socrates

If you haven’t already heard, effective 2/29/2016, Sirona and Dentsply merged to create the largest manufacturer of dental consumables and technology in the world. This has brought about a lot of questions, especially regarding Sirona’s CAD/CAM exclusivity agreement with Patterson Dental that is set to expire in September 2017. Will the profitable agreement be extended? Or will Dentsply’s lucrative consumables relationship with other distributors such as Henry Schein influence the new decision makers into opting-out? Early indications are that Sirona will allow Schein to join Patterson in the CEREC game. Although one can’t say for sure just yet, we do know changes are coming.

The company now known as Dentsply Sirona has released details of their latest Ultimate CAD/CAM Buy Back program, in which they are offering up to $40,000 toward the purchase of a new CEREC system with the trade-in of your current CAD/CAM machine. This promotion lasts through October 28, 2016 (extended through 12/31/2016) and brings the price of a CEREC AC Omnicam, MC X and Sirona CEREC SpeedFire sintering furnace to $103,000 before taxes/delivery. This trade-in credit is reduced to $20,000 after December 31st and runs through April 28, 2017.

 

Trade-In Screenshot

 

We have seen these trade-in offers before as they have historically preceded the release of new technology. In May 2012, Sirona and Patterson promoted their “Wake Up to Trade Up Opportunity”, in which they offered a free Keurig Coffee Maker if you invited your Patterson rep to visit your office and demonstrate the CEREC AC Bluecam system. After the demonstration, they would offer you $54,000 towards a new CEREC AC Bluecam and MC XL in exchange for your CEREC 3 system. That promotion ended June 22, 2012. On August 16, 2012, Sirona released the CEREC AC Omnicam. Anyone that took the bait and purchased the Bluecam during the promotion period were in disbelief when they found out it would cost another $27,500 to upgrade to the Omnicam just two months later. For anyone unfortunate enough to purchase their Bluecam prior to January 1, 2012, the cost to upgrade was a staggering $40,000, even though most Bluecam owners still had not recouped their initial investment. This situation created a substantial contingent of unhappy CEREC users, who feel they were taken advantage of.

If we look back at the evolution of CEREC since its commercial introduction to the world in 1987, an average of 6.25 years have elapsed between CEREC generations. As mentioned before, the Omnicam debuted in August 2012, which means a major new CEREC development is probable before late 2018/early 2019. I’ll be the first to admit that I do not have any direct knowledge of the reasons why Sirona is offering such a large incentive to buy a new CEREC machine at this time, but I do know that the best indicator of future behavior is past behavior. Rumor has it that this new CEREC promotion is a last ditch effort to offload Sirona’s remaining Omnicam inventory before they release the “next big thing” at Dentsply Sirona World next September in Las Vegas.

So, how does all this affect the used market? For starters, we are likely to see an increase in demand for CEREC 3 or other cheap CAD/CAM systems in the short term so they can be sacrificed in the trade-in program. There will also be price adjustments to used Omnicam systems that take into account the current offers from the manufacturer. In spite of this, I think this is good news for the used CEREC market because it proves once again that purchasing a three or four year old CEREC is a much a surer investment versus buying new. There are no pricing games. You will not pay $20,000 more because you were a day too late. Even those that manage to get a $40,000 credit will still pay at least 20% more (plus interest) than they would if they had bought used for virtually the same equipment. Now that Patterson’s service plan extends the warranty out 7 years, many used systems still have 3-4 more years of coverage left. I believe many buyers will see that $40,000 credit or not, you still can’t beat the house at its own game. If a dentist can come to peace with the fact that it’s economically impractical to “keep up with the Joneses” in dental technology, they will come to enjoy the serenity of patience and fiscal discipline. You don’t want to be like the Joneses, they are in debt up to their eyeballs.

That’s it for this market update brought to you by the CAD/CAM HERO. For expert help with buying or selling your CEREC system, call (844) 385-4376.

Ready to sell your CEREC?

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.

– Groucho Marx

In business and in life, paying for the experience of others is often money well spent. If you are reading this blog because you want to sell your CEREC, you’re in luck. I am sharing my experience for free! In this blog, I provide a summary of options for selling your CEREC system.

Option 1: Sell it Yourself (a.k.a. the hard way)

There are no shortage of options when it comes to selling things on the Internet, but when it comes to selling CERECs, eBay has no equal. I have tried everything from Facebook, Adwords, DentalTown, DotMed, Craigslist and various other used dental equipment sites. None of them offer the worldwide platform, payment systems, listing capabilities or general all-in-one sales solution that eBay provides. Now, this is not to say that selling your CEREC on eBay is easy. In fact, it is very difficult, but that’s not the result of a deficiency with eBay, but rather with the seller. Let me explain.

If you are not a regular eBay user, you will be challenged with zero to little positive feedback and/or a low rating. You haven’t necessarily done anything wrong, but in the eyes of shoppers you are a high risk seller. That feedback rating is like your credit score; and nobody wants to give money to people with low credit scores. Even if you are a regular eBay user and may have great feedback ratings, chances are it is as a consumer, not a seller. Most buyers don’t care if you paid for that vintage action figure in a timely manner. They want to know what you have sold lately. How many items have you sold? What are the value of those items? Basically, buyers want to know if they can trust you with a big ticket purchase. In most cases, a CEREC machine will be far and away the most expensive thing you have for sale, if not the only thing. With the number of eBay scams involving CERECs going around these days, low feedback and a meager sales history is enough to put you at a serious disadvantage right out of the gate. Poor or scant seller feedback affect buyer confidence, which goes hand in hand with price. This is because peace of mind is a commodity in and of itself. As a result, most individual CEREC sales on eBay are undervalued.

Perform a search for the same type of CEREC you have to sell on eBay and filter the results to show “Sold Listings” only. You will find that most of the listings populated by the search were sold by dental equipment companies. If you are able to locate an item from an individual seller, I am confident you will find the sales price to be noticeably lower than its peers. With so many options available from established businesses with a solid track record of sales, many buyers don’t seem to be interested in taking their chances with an individual seller.

But for the sake of argument, let’s say that you create a visually appealing, thorough and compelling listing. You develop a solid rapport with a buyer through the messaging system and made them an attractive offer, which was accepted. Woohoo! You did it!

Well, hold on there just a minute partner- now you’ve found out that eBay charged you a $750 final value fee, PayPal took an uncapped 3.9% off the top, and 100% of the funds have been placed on hold for 21 days, pending your ability to provide proof of delivery. Now what? The CEREC system is too large and heavy for USPS, UPS or FedEx. So how do you pack it? Who do you ship it with? What’s the freight class? What on earth is an NMFC code? How much does this weigh? Do you need a liftgate? What’s considered Limited Access? How do you fill out a Shippers Letter of Instruction? How much does it cost? This is the part where experience, earned or bought, pays dividends.

Aside from the riddle that is CEREC shipping, there are common frustrations that both professional and amateur eBay sellers must deal with from time to time, including disputes with a buyer. Amateur CEREC sellers are more prone to disputes because they have a tendency to be light on the details in the item or condition description fields. Buyers typically shy away from listings that are lean on the details anyway, but if someone does purchase the system and you were a little careless with describing your item, then you have almost guaranteed yourself a problem down the road. Buyers have up to 30 days after delivery to open a case or request a refund under eBay’s Buyer Protection Policy, in spite of your claims of “no returns” or “sold as-is”. After a case has been opened, PayPal will freeze your funds (again) and give you and the buyer 3 business days to come to a solution. If you can’t, eBay will step in and force a solution upon you, which is usually not seller friendly. In situations like these, the effort you put into the listing on the front-end could be your saving grace.

To sum up the do-it-yourself option: this offers perhaps the largest potential return, but comes at the considerable expense of time, effort and risk.

2. Wholesale it to a Used Dental Equipment Company (a.k.a. the easy way)

This strategy is perhaps the fastest way to get rid of your CEREC, but it comes at a price. The dental equipment business is a high overhead business. Maintaining an inventory requires a sizable investment, so businesses have to be selective. This is especially true when dealing with CEREC. Most used dental equipment companies won’t touch the technology. A select few will, but only if the price is really attractive. Essentially, if there’s no chance they’ll hit a home run, they won’t bother swinging. Most times, a cash offer will be 50-60% or less of the resale value of the equipment. For most sellers who’ve paid $100k+ for their CEREC, selling at wholesale prices isn’t going be an appealing option. However, if you are in a situation where you have relatively little invested into the product or money is tight, sometimes speed is more valuable than return.

There are three companies known to purchase used CERECs with cash: CAD/CAM HERO (Texas), Atlas Resell (Idaho) and 4 Star Dental Equipment (Florida). I’d suggest contacting all three to compare offers, terms, the process, etc.

In summary, wholesaling to a used dental equipment company is recommended for anyone with minimal investment into the machine or those that require fast cash as a matter of preference or need.

3. Consignment (a.k.a. working smarter not harder)

The simple definition of consignment is the agreement to pay the supplier of goods after the goods are sold. It is a very appealing option for those with high value systems or for anyone who would prefer to let someone else do the heavy lifting in exchange for a slice of the pie. The following companies will sell your CEREC on consignment:

Atlas Resell Management (atlasresell.com)

O3 Asset Management Group (o3amg.com)

Global Imaging Resources (globalimagingresources.com)

And of course, there’s CAD/CAM HERO. We are extremely confident that we offer the most seller-friendly consignment program available (that’s why we just supplied you with links to our competitors).

Some highlights include:

  • A no cost, in-person inspection.
  • A no strings attached “handshake agreement” until your CEREC is sold.
  • A return visit by a CAD/CAM HERO representative to pack and ship the system.
  • Up front payment (some deals may involve alternative arrangements, but you will know beforehand and have the option to decline).
  • Industry low consignment fees of 10-15%.

In Conclusion

For the do-it-yourselfers out there, eBay is your best bet. Although eBay and PayPal fees will take a good chunk of change out of the deal ($1,420 on a $30,000 deal) and they will probably hold onto the money for a few weeks, it will still offer the highest potential return in exchange for considerable effort. Wholesaling your CEREC for cash is going to be the fastest and most convenient way to liquidate the asset, but you’ll also be giving up on 50% or more of the value. Consignment will be the preferred strategy for those with high-value equipment or who don’t have the time or will to do it all by themselves. No matter which way you go, CAD/CAM HERO is available to provide you with honest feedback and guidance to assist you with making the right decision for you.

Thank you for reading.


For prompt, professional and effective help with selling your CEREC system, call the CAD/CAM HERO at (844) DTL-HERO.

 

5 Tips for CAD/CAM Beginners

Written by: Holly Bernt, Dental Technology Training, LLC.

Oftentimes, the key to success relies on the most basic fundamentals. The following is a list of five easy ways to ensure a smooth start to your journey with CAD/CAM technology.

1. Practice Until Perfect and Then Keep Practicing

When I train an office, I instruct my students to first practice with a typodont so they can get a feel for the camera or wand.

Once the trainees are comfortable with the typodont, we make things interesting by selecting an unassuming staff member to practice some more.

The number one key to success with CAD/CAM is this: once you feel comfortable with scanning a tooth- practice at least ten more times.

I learned the importance of unrelenting practice from playing in a band.  When we first started, we would rehearse a song until we finally performed it perfectly one time through. Once we did that, we figured we had it mastered. It only took one show to realize our mistake. You practice until you’re perfect and then PRACTICE SOME MORE! 

Your first show is the first patient you bring into the office for a CAD/CAM restoration. Be ready for them. 

2. Garbage in = Garbage out

Use whatever means possible to make sure that you have achieved isolation BEFORE you start scanning. This also means checking to make sure that the margin is visible and that you have achieved proper hemostasis before you scan.

Yes, there will be times when you will need to get creative (i.e. using a cord packer to push the gums of the margin while you acquire the picture), but strive to  make it easy on yourself. You will save time (and money) in the long run.

3. Dental Assistant = Crown Designer 

It is important that your assistant is adequately trained to scan, design and stain/glaze. I was a dental assistant for eight years before I started training offices. As a dental assistant we are often taught “how” to do things, but it is the “why” we do things that is the most important and often overlooked.

When designing restorations, assistants need to have a very clear understanding of margin, anatomy, contact, bite and contour. Once they are trained to use the machine and understand these principles, you are going to prep your crown and walk out of the room to do “dentist things” until your assistant hands you a finished crown.

This win-win scenario will increase production and build confidence in your assistants as they increase their skillset and have fun while doing so.

4. Follow The Bonding Instructions

I’m more of a cook than a baker. I prefer to use “pinches” of spice in my recipes rather than measure with teaspoons. I also have a tendency to “guesstimate” how long something should be in the oven. This works for me…while cooking. Baking, however, is quite a different story and I liken baking to cementing crowns.

You have to follow the directions religiously. This means waiting fifteen seconds if the instructions  say so between etching, air abrading, light curing etc.

Bonding and porcelain materials are all very sensitive to technique and some materials and bonding cements are more sensitive than others.

For example, “Enamic” is a porcelain/resin hybrid block. In my experience the percentage of doctors that love this material compared to those who hate it is almost 50/50. I have a feeling that this might be because some doctors are “cooks” and some are “bakers”. The ones who are bakers do very well with these blocks and the cooks (you know who you are, and that wasn’t 15 seconds it was 5 ha!) get a lot of de-bonds.

That’s because “cook” dentists often invent their own way of bonding crowns that involves mixed up materials and made up times while the “baker” dentist reads the instructions and follows them to a T.

Don’t be disheartened my “cook” dentists! When it comes to prep and crown design you can experiment all you want! But just like with any experiment there is always the chance of it blowing up in your face (figuratively in this case).

5. Patience

Don’t expect all of your restorations to be perfect and done in under an hour, especially in the early going.

Generally, in the first couple weeks you should expect your CAD/CAM appointments to take three hours. This is normal. Don’t give up! You wouldn’t believe how many perfectly good CAD/CAM machines are sitting in a dental office collecting dust because the dentist got frustrated after one week.

CAD/CAM works! It is an amazing piece of technology and the materials are tried and true.

If you can be patient with the process and understand that you and your staff will go through growing pains then I am confident that your practice will be successful with your CAM/CAM unit.

Thank you for reading! I hope this information helps you become a proficient CAD/CAM dentist.

Please send your questions or requests for training to dentaltechtrainer@gmail.com.

What is Patterson’s CEREC Service Club?

Although I do not have any affiliation whatsoever with Patterson, this is a question I naturally get asked all the time. After Patterson’s most recent changes to the CEREC Service Club Agreement in January 2015, its latest iteration most resembles an extended warranty typically offered at the register with almost every modern-day technology purchase. Service Club membership comes at a premium of $299/month plus tax.  I’ve organized the CEREC Service Club benefits in order of importance:

  1. Software upgrades are included with club membership at no additional charge. There is usually one major update a year.
  2. Parts & labor warranty for up to 7 years from the original installation date.
  3. 50% discount on replacement cameras, prismatic tubes and mirror sleeves after the warranty period ends.
  4. Discount on PC Hardware upgrades.
  5. Annual preventive maintenance (parts & labor) during warranty period. They bill for labor after the warranty period ends.
  6. Unlimited phone support.

Service Club membership for CEREC AC Connect systems cost $199/month plus tax and come with the same benefits outlined above minus the annual preventive maintenance.

CEREC 3 systems are no longer eligible for Service Club membership. Any CEREC systems that are not currently on the Service Club may be subject to a $1,995 initiation fee or backbilling, however this fee is normally waived for Dr. to Dr. transfers.

Source: Patterson Dental

State of the Used CEREC Market 1.0

At the end of the day we are not selling, we are serving.

-Dave Ramsey

This is the first post of a unique series I’ve envisioned writing since I founded CAD/CAM HERO in July 2015. It’s been difficult to find time to write new content during year 1, but as we approach the anniversary of CAD/CAM HERO’s founding, I figured there was no better time to release the first quarterly State of the Used CEREC Market report. This market update will cover recent sales history, the current market and my outlook on 3rd quarter 2016.

What I’ve sold

In the last three months, CAD/CAM HERO has sold $615,196.76 worth of used CERECs both on and off eBay to include 6 complete (AC, mill, oven) Omnicam systems, 4 complete Bluecam systems, 9 AC Bluecams, 2 MC XLs, 3 CEREC 3 Redcams and 1 CEREC 3 milling unit.

Average Sales Price

Complete Omnicam systems: $82,463

Complete Bluecam systems: $32,250

AC Bluecam: $5,000

MC XL: $17,500

CEREC 3 Redcam: $1,200

CEREC 3 Milling unit (for repair): $2,400

Please keep in mind that these averages are not intended to be used to assist in the evaluation of any particular CEREC system, but rather provide a general idea of recent sales history. The actual value of a system is based on a multitude of factors. To read more about how I price and evaluate CEREC systems, please read my other post: Read this Before Buying a Used CEREC.

What has sold on eBay (excluding CAD/CAM HERO eBay sales)

In Q2 2016, eBay has recorded approximately $285,045.65 worth of used CEREC sales. This figure includes 1  AC Omnicam Connect, 2 Bluecam + MC XL combos, 10 AC Bluecams, 5 MC XLs, 12 CEREC 3 Redcam + Compact milling unit combos, 7 CEREC 3 Redcams and 20 CEREC 3 milling units.

Average eBay Sales Price

AC Omnicam Connect: $29,000

Bluecam + MC XL combo: $24,000

AC Bluecam: $5,515

MC XL: $15,880

CEREC 3 Redcam + Compact combo: $2,571

CEREC 3 Redcam: $748

CEREC 3 Compact milling unit: $1,918

As you can see, eBay is a very productive marketplace for older CEREC systems sold for $5,000 or less. Most of the CERECs sold on eBay were Redcams and Compacts featured in auction-style listings from individual sellers. Where eBay becomes a much less effective sales tool is at the top of the market, where you’ll find most Omnicam or Bluecam packages. There are many reasons for this, but the primary explanation boils down to buyer risk tolerance. The buyer protection policies offered by eBay do not overcome the fact that eBay’s anonymous transaction model does not instill most big-budget buyers with the confidence to pull the trigger. All buyers naturally want to know who they are doing business with so they can evaluate their trustworthiness; and the higher the price, the more important this pre-requisite for doing business becomes. This does not favor the individual eBay seller.

Other factors hurting individual CEREC sellers on eBay include: the multitude of CEREC eBay scams, which are affecting the entire marketplace’s credibility;  a lack of informative listings; zero or limited financing options; low feedback scores or a small sample of feedback; zero post-sale support; no return policies; local pick-up only and the inability of sellers to answer detailed questions about their systems. When considering all these challenges for individual sellers, it should come as no surprise that a single professional seller such as CAD/CAM HERO can outperform an entire marketplace of individual sellers in high-value sales. As the saying goes, it pays to know what you’re doing.

CAD/CAM HERO’s Current Inventory (as of 08/03/16)

2012 CEREC AC Omnicam + 2012 MC XL + Programat CS Oven ($95,000)

2013 CEREC AC Omnicam + 2011 MC XL + Programat CS Oven ($95,000)

2013 CEREC AC Omnicam + 2012 MC XL + Programat CS Oven ($90,000)

2013 CEREC AC Omnicam + 2014 MC X + Programat CS2 Oven ($94,900) SOLD!

2013 CEREC AC Omnicam + 2012 MC XL + Programat CS Oven ($89,900) SOLD!

2013 CEREC AC Omnicam + 2013 MC X + Programat CS2 Oven ($84,900) SOLD!

2014 CEREC AC Omnicam + 2011 MC XL + Programat CS Oven ($79,900) SOLD!

2013 CEREC AC Omnicam + 2008 MC XL + Programat CS Oven ($75,000)

2013 CEREC AC Omnicam + 2007 MC XL + Programat CS Oven ($75,000) SOLD!

2013 CEREC AC Omnicam w/ 4.4 SW ($49,999)

2010 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2010 MC XL + Programat CS Oven ($37,000) SOLD!

2011 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2012 MC XL ($35,000)

2011 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2007 MC XL ($32,000)

2009 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2008 MC XL ($32,000)

2012 CEREC AC Bluecam ($7,500) SOLD!

2010 CEREC AC Bluecam ($7,500) SOLD!

2010 CEREC AC Bluecam ($5,950) SOLD!

2006 CEREC 3 Redcam ($1,395) SOLD!

eBay’s Current Inventory (Bluecams and newer as of 6/28/16)

2013 CEREC AC Omnicam + 2013 MC XL + Programat CS ($100,000)

2013 CEREC AC Omnicam + 2010 MC XL + Programat CS ($72,999)

2013 CEREC AC Omnicam + 2011 MC XL + Programat CS ($70,000)

2013 CEREC AC Omnicam + Compact Mill ($65,000)

2013 CEREC AC Omnicam ($49,999)

CEREC AC Bluecam + MC XL + Vacumat 6000M ($45,000)

2009 inEos Blue + 2009 inLab MC XL + inFire HTC ($38,000)

2009 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2011 inLab MC XL ($35,000)

2009 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2008 MC XL ($29,995)

2009 CEREC AC Bluecam + MC XL ($29,900)

2009 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2008 MC XL ($29,000)

2011 CEREC AC Bluecam + MC XL ($28,000)

2008 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2008 MC XL ($27,000)

2011 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2007 MC XL ($26,999)

2009 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2007 MC XL ($25,900)

2013 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2008 MC XL ($25,000)

2010 inLab MC XL ($24,900)

2010 MC XL ($23,900)

2010 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2007 MC XL ($22,000)

2008 CEREC AC Bluecam + MC XL ($21,000)

2006 CEREC 3 Redcam + 2007 MC XL ($20,000)

2007 MC XL ($17,999)

2011 CEREC AC Bluecam ($15,000)

2011 inLab MC XL + PC ($15,000)

2008 inLab MC XL ($14,000)

2009 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2007 Compact Mill ($10,750)

2010 CEREC AC Bluecam ($10,500)

2011 CEREC AC Bluecam ($10,000)

2009 CEREC AC Bluecam ($9,000)

2009 CEREC AC Bluecam ($8,999)

2010 CEREC AC Bluecam ($8,500)

2011 CEREC AC Bluecam ($8,000)

2011 CEREC AC Bluecam + 2006 Compact Mill ($6,899)

2010 CEREC AC Bluecam ($6,599)

2012 CEREC AC Bluecam ($5,999)

2011 CEREC AC Bluecam ($5,999)

2009 CEREC AC Bluecam ($4,899)

3rd Quarter Outlook

Potential buyers should take advantage of available summer deals before the competition for quality CERECs heat up in the 3rd and 4th quarter, when the marketplace has historically experienced the most activity. First time CEREC buyers attending the latest Patterson classes for new CEREC users are being introduced to the dry milling features of CEREC’s new Zirconia workflow (see video). No word yet on the availability of an upgrade to add this feature to older MC Xs/MC XLs or program updates for the Ivoclar ovens. We will keep a close eye on how the desire for full Zirconia milling affects demand within the used market..

 

Training Now Available!

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

– Benjamin Franklin


CAD/CAM HERO is proud to announce a partnership with Holly Bernt’s Dental Technology Training LLC to offer in-office CEREC and E4D training to its clients. Holly is a long time CAD/CAM veteran and will assist with full CEREC integration into your office workflow in as little as one day. Holly is proficient in the use of all CEREC generations, especially in the latest Omnicam systems. Her training includes a training manual, literature on prep design, assistant study sheets and information on staining and glazing materials.

Holly’s fee schedule is as follows (travel not included):

1 Day: $600 (5 hour block without patients required)

2 Days: $1,200 (recommended)

3 Days: $2,000

Saturday Special: $500 for a full day of training

Generally, Holly likes to spend the first half day training and the remainder of her visit guiding you through cases on actual clients, but she is willing to cater to your specific needs.

Call (248) 904-5291 for more info or to schedule training with Holly.

Fraud Alert!

It is easier to fool someone than to convince someone they have been fooled.

– Mark Twain


I’m sure you all have heard the classic cliché that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. I browse CEREC eBay listings on a daily basis and my eyes still light up when I see an unbelievable bargain, until my due diligence snaps me back to reality. There are many CEREC related scams on eBay that play on temptation and greed, naturally heightening your sense of urgency to race through your decision making process before you “miss out”. Some eBayers are too comfortable in the security blanket that is the buyer protection program, encouraging them to take unnecessary risks. The truth is, eBay is much too large a world to police effectively, even with help from its good Samaritans. I have tried to do my part by reporting listings I suspect to be fraudulent, but in most cases these efforts are in vain.

In the last few years, I have seen an increase in fraudulent CEREC listings. This can only mean one thing: the scams are working! If you are familiar with the used CEREC market then you know that losses from successful CEREC schemes could easily add up to the thousands if not tens of thousands. I don’t want anybody to be victimized by these Internet swindlers, so I have decided to write a blog about these crooked tactics with the hope that buyer education will eventually lead to less successful scams, prompting the thieves to move onto something else.

There is basically one method to defraud buyers on eBay: create a fake listing with an item that doesn’t exist or doesn’t belong to the seller, then require buyers to pay via unprotected methods such as Western Union or bank wire. There is primarily one differentiating factor among fake listings: 1. The defrauder has hijacked a legitimate eBay account or 2. The defrauder has created a new eBay account. We will take a look at some examples below:

The above example is a fraudulent listing for a 2010 MC XL that ended on 2/22/16. This scammer managed to hijack a legitimate eBay account with a fair amount of positive feedback. This makes the scam harder to detect and requires a hunch and some additional interrogative questions. This criminal used pictures and a description from an old completed listing. It was as easy as clicking on the “Have one to sell? SELL NOW” button found on every eBay listing. The perpetrator started a no-reserve auction at $2,000, well below the true value of the item, so as to generate a significant number of interested parties. As you can see, this tactic worked well as the fake auction generated 29 bids from 8 different bidders. In the picture beneath the fake listing you will see the real listing that ended on 12/23/15. While the fraudulent auction ended at $6,300, the legitimate MC XL fetched something closer to $18,999.

Before I identified the scam, I was personally interested in bidding on this auction, but knowing what I know, I was a little skeptical. So I decided to ask the seller some additional questions via eBay’s messaging system. On February 15th, I asked “Are you the owner on file with Patterson? Is it still on the service club? Any warranty left?” The next day I received this reply: “I can ship to Australia only if paid via bank wire transfer. I’ve used bank wire transfers for years now and trust them. If this is a problem with it don’t bid on my auction because this is not a negotiable policy.” Obviously this had nothing to do with my question, suggesting that the person on the other end wasn’t too familiar with using eBay’s messaging system and likely sent this to me by mistake. It also revealed two other clues that would suggest a scam: 1. bad grammar and 2. they require payment via bank transfer, which is not protected by eBay’s buyer protection program.

At this point I decided to do some more digging. I began to search completed listings to look for pictures or a description similar to the listing in question. Eventually, I found an exact match. My next message to the phony seller was a bit more direct: “Why are you using pictures and information from a completed listing? eBay item #262249234368.” The reply I received was a familiar one. In fact, it was the same I received before- word for word.

In the end, I knew that I had definitely sniffed out a fraud. The key takeaways from this example are:

  1. If you have a suspicion, investigate it!
  2. Ask for specific information, fake sellers can’t answer in detail.
  3. Look at their feedback history. What do they buy and sell? From whom? Can you tell if they are in the dental field?
  4. Look at their user name and location (on their seller page) for clues to their identity and Google them. Most dentists and legitimate businesses are easily found on Google or host a website.
  5. Let the seller know you have questions and ask for a phone number to call them. Most legitimate sellers will be happy to field your call to alleviate concerns.
  6. If you are not 100% confident that you are dealing with a legitimate seller, only pay with PayPal!

Next, we will look at three examples in which the con artists created new eBay accounts to list their non-existent merchandise. In one listing, the seller offered a CEREC AC Bluecam, MC XL and Programat CS oven for $19,000.

Fake Bluecam & MC XL

The listing was ended on 2/25/16 because the “item was no longer available”. This price point was definitely very low, but not painfully obvious that it was a scam. The item was located in Garden City, Idaho. It just so happened that I knew of another CEREC reseller on eBay also located in Garden City, Idaho- atlasdentalequipment. Small world, right? Since I am very familiar with the players in the used CEREC arena, I recognized this red flag right away. I visited the seller’s page and surprise surprise…

Fake Seller 2

This seller, Kamoll, was based in Turkey and their eBay account was opened just 18 days prior on 2/7/16. Why would a seller based in Turkey sell something located in Garden City, Idaho? They wouldn’t. It’s not their CEREC. Classic copy and paste job.

In another example, the scammer listed a 2013 Omnicam, MC XL and Programat CS oven in a no-reserve auction starting at just $499 that ended 2/25/16.

Fake Omnicam

One look at the item description and you could tell this particular scam artist wasn’t all that crafty.

Fake Omnicam Desc

The only thing CEREC related in the description was the one-liner on top. The rest of the description was more appropriate for a handheld camera lens attachment. You would think people would know better, right? Wrong! Nine bidders supplied 37 bids and the biggest sucker of them all walked away $14,800 lighter in the pocket…assuming they didn’t finally catch on. This item was allegedly located in the United Kingdom. What do you think I found out when I visited the seller’s page?

Fake Seller

Turns out, ilyabora_0 was located in none other than Turkey and had been an eBay member since 1/23/16. Barely a full month. Between the starting price, inconsistent item description and discrepancy between item and seller location, what more needs to be said? A clear case of fraud.

In my third and final example, the scammer is also trying to pawn an Omnicam, MC XL and Programat oven for $48,000 or best offer. This is actually a new listing as of today. What do you think? Motivated seller or con artist?

Fake Omnicam & MC XL

These items are supposedly located in Houston, Texas. Let’s take a peek at the seller’s page to see what we find…

Fake Seller 3

You guessed it! This Madoff is from Turkey! And his account is less than a month old. Are you beginning to see a pattern yet?

In just three examples, I have demonstrated how three unskilled Internet thieves potentially lifted $40,100 from three non-sensible souls; with the potential for a fourth victim to the tune of $48,000 more! Don’t let this happen to you. Don’t give in to wishful thinking, maybes or even bid out of curiosity. You are only supplying fuel and incentive for these people to continue their fraudulent behavior. Make sure you are asking and answering as many questions as you can think of; connect the dots and gather as much information as you can before clicking that bid button. Is everything about the listing logical? Is the seller open and responsive? Are the terms of the auction within eBay’s policy? If you can’t answer affirmatively for all three questions, then don’t be a sucker. In one instance, a scammer surprisingly responded to an accusatory message saying only, “I’m sorry, but I need the money.” Don’t be fooled. They are not sorry. They will not return your money. Walk away feeling fortunate that you read this blog and pity those that didn’t. I encourage you to share this blog with as many people as possible. Stop the scams. Get the word out!

For assistance with purchasing a real CEREC system, call (844) DTL-HERO.

CEREC Milestone Timeline

Technological innovation is indeed important to economic growth and the enhancement of human possibilities.

-Leon Kass

1980: CEREC process developed at the University of Zurich.

1985: The first CEREC applications were successfully carried out.

1986: Siemens obtained the license to market and further develop the CEREC method.

1987: CEREC 1, the world’s first CAD/CAM system in dentistry was launched.

1994: The CEREC 2 system was introduced and allowed for inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers.

1997: Siemens sold its dental division, which resulted in the birth of Sirona Dental Systems.

2000: The Windows-based CEREC 3 (Redcam) debuted to the market.

2003: 3D software was introduced, which allowed dentists to construct restorations based on computer generated 3-dimensional models.

2007: The MC XL milling machine was launched, making it possible to attach crowns using dental cement because of its increased precision.

2009: Sirona launched the CEREC AC Bluecam, which is based on short-wave blue light that significantly increased the precision of the scans compared to the Redcam.

2010: Biogeneric (3.8 software) made it possible to individually reconstruct the occlusal surfaces of damaged or missing teeth while achieving a natural look.

2011: The 4.0 version of CEREC software simplified the user interface with intuitive menu navigation.

2012: The latest development in CEREC technology was revealed: the Omnicam intraoral camera. This new technology allowed dentists to take powder-free digital impressions in natural color.

2013: Around 38,000 dentists worldwide use the CEREC method and thus produce 6.9 million restorations each year.

How to Force a Download to Your CEREC 3 Milling Unit

Man is a slow, sloppy and brilliant thinker; the machine is fast, accurate and stupid.

– John Pfeiffer

Whenever pairing a milling and acquisition unit together for the first time, you must force a software download to the milling unit. Here’s how:

  1. Add the milling unit in the devices window.
  2. Turn off the milling unit using the rocker switch in the back.
  3. Open the front door to reveal the water tank- look to the right for a silver button. Press and hold the button.
  4. While holding the button, turn on the milling unit and slowly count to 15.
  5. Return to the software, click on Settings/Configuration/Devices. This will start the download. The following message will appear at the bottom the devices window: Downloading Software to Mill Unit or Com1.
  6. If the devices window is already open after holding the reset button, click on refresh status. This will start the download.
  7. The download will take approximately 3-4 minutes.
  8. This process may need to be repeated several times to work.

Source: Patterson Support