Sep 19, 2019
August 14, 2019 - James Ton
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign is seen as a more convenient, gentle, and quicker method for straightening teeth. With its growing popularity, more patients are turning to orthodontists for this treatment plan reaching an ever-expanding age demographic. With this increase in patient interest, quicker expected turnaround times, and an aging patient group, orthodontic office designs have evolved from the days of traditional orthodontic care
Compared to general dentists who, on average, deal with larger appointment windows, orthodontists experience a higher volume of patients and allot less time per patient. With patients receiving Invisalign treatments on the rise, increasing this already high patient traffic emphasizes the importance of maximizing the flow of an office and consequently its productivity and success. While designing an initial floor plan for an orthodontic business, it is important to not only plan for what is required at the moment but to plan for what will be required in the future. Providing more space in reception areas and planning for future dental chairs is crucial to making sure your office is able to grow with your business. On the design side, a clean and uncluttered interior space will give a sense of openness to the high number of visitors associated with orthodontic offices.
Dr. Kristin Nelson, Metropolitan Orthodontics
With an increase in the volume of patients, there is also a decrease in time spent with these patients due to the ease of Invisalign appointments as compared to standard treatments with braces. In addition, more appointments are being scheduled per patient with this treatment plan. This puts an emphasis on high traffic rooms such as treatment and reception areas. Open bays are highly suggested in order to quickly turnaround patients and thus maximizing space and profitability. Reception areas must be efficiently designed with patients checking in and out in a quick manner to minimize disruption and to maintain a good patient experience.
Dr. David Ross, David Ross Orthodontics
A clear (pun intended) factor to the increase of patient volume for orthodontic practices has been a growing age demographic. Older patients are now turning to Invisalign for orthodontic care as the custom of young children with metal braces is now past. Orthodontic offices are now leaning towards a more sophisticated and spa-like design to appeal to both older patients and waiting parents. Semi-private solutions are being implemented for open bays and treatment areas to balance the quick workflow of orthodontic offices and the desire for privacy for mature patients.
Dr. Amanda Gallagher, Amanda Gallagher Orthodontics
Orthodontists are also beginning to offer special VIP adults services by adding special VIP rooms designed to evoke a high-end and luxurious experience. Offering more exclusive services have shown to be beneficial and attractive for adults seeking orthodontic care. The extra attention to detail, in turn, creates a positive first impression for new patients.
Dr. Emmanuel Skordalakis, Potomac Falls Orthodontics
With evolving practices in orthodontic care, it is important to make sure your office evolves with these changes. Your dental office is simply a tool for you to perform your work most efficiently and to treat your patients to the best care you can offer. If you are considering opening a new practice and wish to talk to an expert about how to most effectively design your dental office, contact us for a free consultation.
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