Group practices have increased in popularity for two big reasons: 1. The dental school debt struggle is real and 2. The costs of running a practice won’t go down. There are going to be challenges, ups and downs, and lots of money spent. Why not go in with a partner or two? This can also help your practice grow faster, which can mean more patients, more appointments, and more money.
Dental insurance coverage (for children and adults) has increased, therefore causing a “dental catch up” period. This means that families that previously couldn’t afford dental care, or thought they didn’t need it, are now making up for lost time. This could lead to more appointments and, if they waited too long, possibly increased dental treatments. However, this insurance increase isn’t the case for everyone, which leads to number 3…
Patients who don’t have dental coverage through an employer or public program are either paying out of their own pockets, or forgoing the dentist altogether. This has created a new trend of creative financing options among dental practices. This could include customized payment plans, separate yearly rates, or other unique options. This trend can set dental practices apart by showing the patients that no matter their coverage, the practice cares about their dental health.
Differentiating your practice by providing in-office experiences that other practices don’t provide is increasing in popularity. Dental appointments aren’t something a person typically looks forward to, so creating a positive in-office experience can make all the difference. Think creative waiting room activities, in-chair entertainment, or anything that doesn’t make “going to the dentist” a chore people dread doing. This can be beneficial for adults AND kids; when the experience makes it easier to take their kids to the dentist, parent’s will choose that practice over others.
This industry trend is dependent on new technology, which is continuously being created and utilized. Practices are increasingly investing in new technology that makes things easier for the dentists, the hygienists, and the patients. Many dentists agree that the cost of implementing new technology as it’s needed is less than the cost of losing patients. Some new technology advances in the dental industry include 3D printing, digital impressions, and laser cavity detection.
Implementing these dental industry trends to fit your practice can be beneficial for you and your patients. Keeping an eye out for new emerging trends is important to guarantee patients the best experience possible.
Posted August 16, 2019
Cosmetic dentistry popularity is on the rise again. In fact, according to the results of a recent survey from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), 96 percent of U.S. laborers feel a beautiful smile is very or somewhat important to your appearance. Psychology experts also suggest that nice smiles create trust, reduce stress, and helps us live a […]
Posted August 16, 2019
tick, tick, tick… Pop quiz for employers, when’s the next time you have a team member going away on vacation? Looking at the calendar, it’s probably Labor Day. You aren’t alone. Roughly 25% of Americans plan to be out of town for Labor Day. Check-in with your staff Always the first Monday in September, almost every […]
Posted August 07, 2019
Something feels different in the office. It’s hard to describe. The patients are happy, no complaints. The schedule is full, revenue is strong. Internal conflicts among staff are at a minimum. In fact, things are working so well that you’re answering fewer staff questions and requests. These are the situations we all work hard to […]