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Five ways to decrease expenses

Five ways to decrease expenses, and increase productivity using clear aligners at your dental practice

As production and labor costs continue to climb, it’s essential for businesses, and dentist offices in particular, to pivot and adapt to the times by taking advantage of the wealth of resources becoming available. Managing overhead and finding ways to reduce costs while still offering superior products and services is coming to the forefront of business strategy everywhere. Implementing the five strategies outlined below will be the first step to decrease expenses while increasing productivity by incorporating clear aligner best practices in your office.

1) Minimize Attachments

Not only will material expenses decrease (such as those affiliated with creating composites), but labor costs for staffing and chair time will reduce as well. Less attachments call for less back and forth with the patient; if you’re putting attachments on, you have to factor in time to remove the attachments when the treatment course is completed. Also not to be overlooked that attachments are more often than not uncomfortable for the patient. Minimizing attachments is a win-win for both your patient and your practice!
2) Less time (you or your team) designing the aligners

Work smart, not hard. Finding a company to create the aligners or offer the necessary expertise needed can drastically, reduce time spent at the computer designing the aligners treatment. That’s a lot of time and money reclaimed by outsourcing to a company to create well-designed and predictable aligner trays.
Invisible dental teeth aligners brackets used to align each tooth in cosmetic dentistry for patients.

3) Implement rock solid education or Standard Operating Procedures to minimize or eliminate refinements

Not only will material expenses decrease (such as those affiliated with creating composites), but labor costs for staffing and chair time will reduce as well. Less attachments call for less back and forth with the patient; if you’re putting attachments on, you have to factor in time to remove the attachments when the treatment course is completed. Also not to be overlooked that attachments are more often than not uncomfortable for the patient. Minimizing attachments is a win-win for both your patient and your practice!

4) Batch complicated procedures such as interproximal reduction (IPR)

One of the most fail-safe ways to decrease expenses while increasing productivity is limiting the amount of chair and staff time required for a patient’s treatment. At the start of treatment, explore all options to batch together necessary procedures to limit the need for multiple visits. Instead of Patient X having to come in for IPR visits with trays 1, 5, and 15, planning ahead may allow for those three visits to be condensed to one.
5) Incorporate restorative work from the get-go

Similar to the aforementioned, by factoring in time for a little treatment planning in the beginning, you can increase profitability and predictability while at the same time reducing patient resistance to accepting restorative treatment and wasted time and material costs on trying to figure out how to retroactively fit in restorative work. For instance, by recognizing early on that there is a small lateral incisor that is unlikely to extrude and planning to open space for bonding a small lateral incisor vs unsuccessfully trying to extrude it. This sets proper expectations, and prevents you from having to make excuses for “failed” treatment and potentially have to do the restorative work for free.

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