Your all-important guide to planning your dental and orthodontic office

Setting up your dental and orthodontic practice can be quite challenging, but it needn’t be an impossible task. And while there are a few important considerations to think about, as long as you know what you need and require and how to go about acquiring it, you should do just fine. Are you planning to set up your own dental and orthodontic practice and office? Here’s your all-important guide.

Setting your budget

When it comes to setting your budget, you should know that your equipment and dental and orthodontic supplies will be some of your most expensive investments. This is why it’s essential that you do your research and shop around for the best prices, not to mention the best value. One of your best bets would be to check the Internet for online shops and suppliers, because you are likely to get better prices – since these are Internet-based, they are able to cut their overhead costs by up to 40%, and these savings are then passed on to the customers.

Planning your operatories

The space of your dental and orthodontic facility should be ample enough to fit whatever number of offices and operatories you are planning to have. The ideal size for any operatory would be in the 325-square foot range, so this means that if you would like to have three operatories, 325 should be multiplied by 3. In addition, for better planning, you should think about the following:

  • For every practitioner, you would need to have two operatories and perhaps one swing room (a total of three operatories).
  • Every hygienist you have will need a room as well, and for best operational efficiency, each practitioner should have two hygienists. This may then require two additional operatories for a total of around five to six ops.
  • You should also anticipate and expect growth of around 15% every year, so this will give you a better idea of future expectations.

Future expectations

Nowadays, there are plenty of innovations from which you can benefit as a dental and orthodontic practitioner. One such innovation is a 3D cone beam, which would need its own space as well. If you are doing scanned impressions – or are planning to do them in the future – space and technology should also be allotted for this. If your practice is not just a general practice (meaning you offer more than just dentistry procedures), you would also need storage, carts, and space for other tasks and specialties such as sedation and endodontics, and, of course, orthodontics.

One more tip: if you want to have a visually larger-looking setup, you can opt for a central area for supplies with a setup for each procedure, so you can also minimize your operatories’ footprint.