Orthodontic patient getting a check up at her modern orthodontist

Modernize Your Orthodontic Practice In Four Steps

It is never too late to modernize your dental office. As a constantly growing profession, the competition is intense, and the sooner you modernize your dental or orthodontic practice, the better. Here are four steps you can take to modernize your practice and stand out above your competitors. 

Step 1: Reduce Inefficient Communication

Your adult patients are busy and they are the ones who need to be contacted for their own appointments, as well as for their kids’ appointments. In the past, dental and orthodontic offices would call their patients to remind them of an upcoming appointment. Today, it is much more efficient to send an automated text reminder that gives the patient the option to reschedule if need be, or set a reminder for their appointment using the calendar application on their smartphone. By sending automated texts, your receptionist won’t have to play phone tag and your patients won't have to worry about forgetting about their appointments in the midst of their busy life.

Step 2: Upgrade Your Waiting Room

One of the easiest ways to modernize your dental office is to simply update its appearance. First impressions matter and the first impression any of your new patients get will build up in their mind seconds upon walking in. A new coat of paint works wonders for changing the entire look of a space, and investing in updated furniture and decor will also help modernize your practice’s image. When thoughtfully redecorated, you may even help your orthodontic patients feel less anxious.

Step 3: Invest In Updated Dental Practice Management Software

Almost synonymous with modernization is going paperless because it makes your orthodontic office all the more efficient. Going paperless can take a while, but purchasing and learning how to utilize a user-friendly management software saves time and keeps your team organized when it comes to storing and locating patient records, billing, and booking appointments.

Step 4: Switch To OrthoPhoto App For Optimal Dental Record-Keeping Of Your Orthodontic Braces Patients

Traditionally, dentists and orthodontists use a digital camera to capture clinical images of their patients’ progress when they undergo metal dental braces, ceramic braces, and even Invisalign treatment. After they take the pictures, though, doctors have to spend extra hours after closing time just to upload the images, crop them, place them in a template, and sort them into specific albums and patient files.

OrthoPhoto App, which is available on the App Store and on Google Play, automates this hours-long process so that dentists and orthodontists can manage their clinical images in a fraction of the time. Using your smartphone, you can take your patients’ braces images right on the application. It automatically places the images into a template that formats them correctly into their respective patient albums. With OrthoPhoto App, you can practice better dentistry and improve your quality of life!