The 4 Biggest Trends Shaping the Dental Industry

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The dental industry is changing more and more each day. Thanks to new technologies, you can now completely transform your smile with the help of some dental work. 

So, what’s new in the coming year in the dental industry?

Check out this guide to discover the biggest trends shaping the dental industry today. 

1. Dental 3D Printers 

3D printers are revolutionizing all kinds of industries, including the dental and orthodontic industry. 

Thanks to this new technology, dental patients don’t have to wait for bridges, crowns, and dentures to come back from the lab. These items can be made in a matter of minutes, and they’re surprisingly affordable. 

Not only will this result in more satisfied patients, but dentists will also see more revenue, as they’ll be able to take in more new patients and increase client retention with faster appointments. 

3D printers will also allow dentists to decrease their dependency on private practices and laboratories, as they’ll be able to produce more products in-house. Most dentists are choosing to go with Resin 3D printers, as these are known for having high-quality detail, finish, and durability. 

Next time you shop for dental real estate, make sure you scope out a place that has room for a 3D printer. 

2. Digital Impressions 

Digital impressions help deteriorate problems such as deteriorated or cracked casts, that have consistently frustrated patients and dentists over the last few decades. 

While computer-aided manufacturing and computer-aided software aren’t new to the industry, the prevalence of these types of programs will keep growing as more practitioners are able to gain access to these technologies. 

If you’re still using clay casts and wax molds to take your patients’ impressions, it’s time for an upgrade!

3. Natural Dental Productions

As we learn more and more about the negative impact humans have on the environment, more and more industries are initiating eco-friendly practices. 

Consumers are increasingly opting for eco-friendly dental products such as bamboo toothbrushes and charcoal toothpaste. If you want your dental practice to grow, then you need to start incorporating natural products into your clinic. 

Rid your inventory of any products that are made with unnecessary chemicals, and instead stock your shelves with products that contain less abrasive, more sustainable ingredients. 

4. Laser Dentistry 

Laser technology seems to be working its way into every industry, including the dental industry. Laser technology can help with:

  • Removing tooth decay
  • Teeth whitening
  • Reshaping gums
  • Preparing enamel for fillings
  • Removing bacteria during root canals
  • Eradicating lesions

More and more dentists are choosing laser technology because it causes less damage to the gums, patients tend to lose less blood this way, and anesthesia isn’t always necessary for these procedures. Additionally, lasers help sterilize your gums, which makes infection less likely. 

Are You Ready for These New Dental Industry Trends? 

As you can see, there are a lot of new dental industry trends coming your way. Now, it’s time to incorporate these trends into your practice. 

Be sure to check back in with our blog to discover more news and updates about the dental industry! 

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