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Dr Amit Kotecha tells us why he chose Blueprint & Dentsply Sirona for his practice

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Dr Amit Kotecha, Specialist Oral Surgeon and Principal of Care Dental, Leicester takes us through why he chose to partner with Blueprint Dental & Dentsply Sirona when the time came to refit his high end surgery.

Watch the video to see how, with the experience and expertise of Sharaz, David and the Blueprint team, Dr Kotecha was able to choose the right equipment for his refit, all brought together seamlessly by the Blueprint service team on site.

“With regard to digital dentistry, what we found with Blueprint Dental was that their knowledge was very broad and very in depth. They did not struggle to integrate the technology together. They were able to bring everything together veery beautifully for us and everything worked as it should, which is a huge relief to us.”

Dr Amit Kotecha, Care Dental, Leicester

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The Medit i700 Wireless Intra Oral Scanner – Watch this space!

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Medit i700n wireless intra oral scanner in patient settingComing soon – the new wireless i700 Intra Oral Scanner from Medit.
Magic made easy with a simple touch.

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Axano is here – the new treatment center from Dentsply Sirona

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Say hello to Axano – the new treatment centre from Dentsply Sirona. Bringing smart design, excellent workflows and digital experience to your practice in just a few days time.
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Medit & Formlabs announce partnership – from 3D scanning to 3D printing

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We’re really excited to announce that two of our most revered global dental suppliers have joined forces to offer an even more accessible digital dental workflow, now integrated from scan to smile.

Formlabs and Medit share a mission of increasing access to digital dentistry tools to make the digital future a reality. With this latest round of integration, the scan-to-print workflow has never been more accessible.

Their goal with this partnership is clear: to make chairside 3D printing accessible and approachable to all dental practices.

Medit Link users can now download Formlabs’ PreForm app, a software integration that helps to prepare dental CAD designs for quick and convenient printing on Formlabs printers, directly from Medit Link. 

Delivering a fully digital dental experience means integrating software, hardware, and materials to create a seamless end-to-end experience for dental practitioners. In combining their powerful and intuitive technology, Formlabs Dental and Medit will enable clinicians to easily 3D print dental components with greater speed and efficiency through a simplified in-office workflow. Together, our vision is to deliver accessible and affordable digital solutions for dental care providers and their patients. 

In just five simple steps, dental professionals can mass produce custom made dental models. Those steps are:

  1. The dental professional completes a scan of the patient’s teeth with Medit’s industry-leading i500 and i700 intraoral scanners.
  2. Deploying the respective Medit App, the dental practice then designs a case of temporary crowns, eggshells, or models.
  3. Medit users click on the new PreForm icon on the top right part of the screen.
  4. After selecting the appropriate design files, users click “Send to PreForm”. The file is then automatically converted to an STL file and sent to PreForm, directly from the Medit App.
  5. Users finalize their dental print and send it to the Form 3B+ for printing.

Dr. Christopher Baer, DMD at Baer Dental, and a Medit and Formlabs user, succinctly describes the partnership: “To truly optimize a digital dental practice all of the technology components need to work synergistically to streamline scanning, designing, and 3D printing dental restorations. The Medit-Formlabs workflow has dramatically simplified the process to get from intraoral scanning to a final 3D printed restoration with a few simple clicks. We no longer need to spend time moving files from one program to the next—the software does the work for us.”

Here at Blueprint Dental, we’re delighted by this announcement, which will further enhance the digital workflows we’re able to offer you, our customers, ultimately empowering you to maximise your digital workflows and patient outcomes.

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New Medit Design app offers even more 3D data analysis

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The New Medit Design app offers even more fabulous functionality and features to your digital design workflow.

Formerly Known as Medit Compare, Medit Design is a new multifaceted app which analyzes, aligns, measures and compares 3D data.

Mesasurements include distance, area, length and angle.

Plus there are various additional tools such as “Boolean,” “Offset,” “Smooth Surface,” “Sculpting,” to name but a few, all designed to further assist you with your daily design work and maximise patient outcomes.

Medit Design is accessible to all, from novices to experts, with its intuitive user interface and workflow.

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10 Top Tips For Starting Your Dental Squat Practice

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For any ambitious dentist, the idea of opening a dental squat practice is an intriguing and exciting one. To get started you will need to take some steps that may seem daunting at first, but that can be broken down into manageable tasks which will see you well on the road to realising your dream practice in no time.

So, we’ve put together these 10 Top Tips to help you get started setting up your own Dental Squat Practice:

Top Tip #1 – Create a watertight business plan

Not the most thrilling place to start, huh? You just want to get on with the exciting stuff. Maybe, but sitting down and creating a comprehensive business plan doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth.

Setting yourself clear, achievable objectives will be key to your success AND prove invaluable if you need to obtain finance or attract business partners to your venture. Think about the business and personal goals you want to achieve over the short, medium and long term and write them down. It doesn’t need to be a weighty tome, but a little bit of upfront thought and planning now will save you time and money in the long run.

Top Tip #2  – Location, location, location!

Perhaps one of the most important and biggest decisions you’ll have to make is where to physically set your practice up.

Your surgery is nothing without patients, so think about how easily they can get to the practice. Ideally it needs to be easy to find and accessible. If the majority of your patients will travel by car, consider how easy it is to park nearby and whether there are parking charges. If patients travel by public transport, how good are the links? Where’s the nearest bus stop or train station?

The location of your dental surgery will also define your footfall from the surrounding area and passers-by. You’re more likely to get noticed on a busy road than a quiet side road or rural location.

Your patients should be front and centre of your location choice, but don’t forget your staff and even your own journey. How easy and far is your commute and is it easy for your team to get to and from work as well?

Also, it’s worth a quick scout around the area to see how close your competition is too. Are there other dental surgeries in the vicinity and how will you stand out from the crowd and differentiate your surgery?

Which leads us on nicely to…

Top Tip #3 – Your brand and identity

Here’s one of those exciting bits!

But there’s a serious element at stake here too. Everything from the way your surgery looks from the outside, the ambience of the reception area and waiting room, to the calmness and comfort of the treatment rooms will influence patient experience and their likelihood to recommend you to others. More on this later, but don’t underestimate word of mouth (No pun intended!)

Having a clever, funky logo and painting the practice your favourite colour is all well and good, but how the surroundings make the patient feel and the consistency of how you apply your brand are hugely important.

Some careful consideration upfront and consistent application of your brand from the start will go a long way to establishing you in your new neighbourhood.

Top Tip #4 – Choosing your equipment & fit out

Another area we all get excited about!

But this one really is of utmost importance and will affect the efficiency of how your practice runs, your workflows and patient experience. Ask yourself what equipment you really need to get your practice up and running.

Are you going to be offering chairside restorations and digital dentistry? Is space limited, so a knee-break dental chair may work better for patient access? What about decontamination workflows and the ‘unseen’ suction equipment every dental practice needs?

Do you need every piece of kit on your shopping list from the outset or can some be added or upgraded as your patient base expands?

Our golden nugget of advice here is to partner with a dental equipment supplier who has the experience and expertise of guiding you through setting up your first dental practice from its first inception to the day you open the doors to your first patients.

You’ll need someone who can help you with everything from dental surgery design & workflows, project management to make sure everything happens at the right time, in the right order and on budget to someone with the technical skills and expertise to execute on-site installation, commissioning and training, with the minimum amount of fuss and mess.

And, yes, here at Blueprint Dental, that’s right up our street and we’d love to discuss your project with you from an early stage.

Top Tip #5 – Financing your dream

 So, you’ve created that business plan, found your premises, thought about what equipment you need and even have some ideas about that funky logo…

Now it’s time for the really serious stuff…how are you going to pay for it all?

Well, the good news is there are some awesome specialist finance companies out there who can help you make the right financial choices as you start your business. They can provide you with illustrations and choices for lease purchase and rental options that will provide clarity for your payment plans and options as your business grows.

But, be sure to find yourself a good, reputable finance company, who understand the dental business as well as they do money matters.

In our eyes, you’d do well to find anyone better than Vector Finance, who we’ve worked with on many projects and will also be able to provide guidance on tax planning and efficiencies, as well as any government grants and schemes which you can take advantage of.

Cash flow is also an important consideration in the control of your finances. Make sure you are registered with all the right patient insurance providers and keep up to date with your treatment claims, as well as ensuring patients who pay for treatment do so before leaving the practice. That way, you’ll be in good financial health to make sure you’ve always got the cash to keep well stocked of the consumable items you need to run your practice and before you know it there’ll be enough left over to be drawing a decent income from the practice yourself too.

Top Tip #6 – Who’s in your dream team?

You’ll need to decide what your staffing structure should be from the start and how you might look to add to it as the practice becomes more established.

As tempting as it may be from a financial perspective to minimise wage costs and go it alone from the start, you should consider whether that works on a practical level. You are a skilled clinician, highly trained to perform intricate dental procedures on patients, not a jack of all trades also managing patient appointments, payments and rotas.

We’re assuming you’ll need a dental assistant, but also consider whether some administrative support in the shape of a Practice Manager or reception team would be prudent. With the greatest respect, we all know some superb dental surgeons who freely admit that admin is not their forte. And that’s not to mention that it can be pretty lonely managing all elements of the business on your own.

Maybe you just need some part time help when you first start, building up to a bigger and possibly full time team as time goes by.

Are you offering hygienist services? Do you have a spare surgery you can rent out to other dental professionals who may want to treat patients in your area? These are all things which are good to consider and discuss with your dental equipment supplier from the outset.

Top Tip #7 – Marketing Matters

Marketing your dental squat practice can be difficult, but it’s worth the effort and will pay dividends.

Research the best channels to reach your potential patients. This is likely to be a combination of digital channels like a website and social media, together with non-digital channels like advertising in local newspapers, leaflet drops and word of mouth (we said we’d come back to that and here we are!)

Make sure you make it easy for people to contact you. It might sound obvious, but make sure the telephone number and email address are easily seen. Check, recheck and then check again for spelling mistakes and typos (…we’re back to that brand and patient experience again)

And keep it simple. You don’t have to spend thousands on the swankiest website in town, but you should tie everything in with your brand and keep at it. Regular postings and contact with your potential clients will get people through the door. And as soon as you can get patient testimonials, do so,  and don’t be afraid to ask your satisfied patients to spread the word and recommend you to their own friends and family. Word of mouth really is a hugely powerful and wholly under-rated form of marketing.

Top Tip #8 – Get the legal stuff sorted

Taking on premises open to the public, whether you’re renting or buying, entering into financial agreements and potentially employing staff all come with legal implications.

Make sure you’re clear from the start what your legal obligations are and take legal advice to make sure you have everything in order. You don’t want any nasty shocks or surprises further down the line.

The same goes for any building regulations you may need to have in place before starting work on your practice, indemnities and liability policies when dealing with the public and dental-specific legalities around treatments and hazardous waste disposal.

Top Tip #9 – Keep your equipment in tip top working order

The smooth running of your practice once opened will be vital to your reputation and stress levels. The last thing you need is to have to cancel dental procedures due to faulty or unreliable equipment.

Talk to your dental equipment supplier about on-going maintenance routines early on when you’re specifying and choosing your kit.

Get an understanding of what the preventative maintenance schedules are, choose a supplier who has experienced and factory-trained engineers and maximise the uptime of your key pieces of equipment by choosing a dental maintenance team who can service your kit around your schedules to minimise the impact on your working day.

You may even be able to factor in maintenance costs to any lease purchase agreements, but however you’re financing your kit, don’t overlook this element and be sure to include it in any cashflow forecasts you create.

We’re pretty confident at Blueprint Dental that we tick all the boxes when it comes to keeping your squat practice in tip top working order too.

Top Tip #10 – Take time to enjoy your dream

So, you’ve done it! Your very own dental practice, all set up and running; a steady stream of patients coming through the door, some even recommended by their friends and families.

It’s been hard work, you’ve learned so much and you’ve worked incredibly long hours to get to this point, but we hope that with the help of an experienced and reputable dental equipment company, it’s been worth it.

Stop. Look around you and give yourself a minute to take in all that you’ve created, all that you’ve achieved for your patients, your team, your family and yourself.

Congratulations!

At Blueprint Dental, we’d love to be part of your journey to realise the dream of your squat practice. 

Drop us a line to discuss your dream today.

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Dr Soni discusses his decision to partner with Blueprint & Planmeca

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Dr Soni, Implantologist & co-founder of the Practical Implantology courses takes us through why he chose to partner with Blueprint Dental & Planmeca as he introduced digital workflows to his Simply Dental, Twickenham implantology practice.

Watch the video to see how with the experience and expertise of Sharaz and the Blueprint team, together with Jonathan Hampton, the Planmeca technical team and a trip to the surgery with the Plan Demo van, Dr Soni was able to choose the right equipment to increase the number of referrals made to him and ultimately the quality of the treatment offered to patients.

The knowledge was phenomenal. He’s accelerated my digital experience, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have gone digital.

Dr Mukesh Soni, Simply Dental, Twickenham

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Dr Sam Mohamed tells us why he chose Blueprint Dental & Planmeca on his journey to digital dentistry

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Dr Sam Mohamed, Principal Dentist at Wolds Dental Studio tells us the reasons he chose to partner with Blueprint Dental and Planmeca when he embarked on his digital dentistry journey.

Watch the video to see how our own Sharaz and Chaz, along with Jonathan and the Planmeca team, helped and guided him to the best equipment and workflow choice for his practice and patients.

 

 

When I started thinking about Digital Dentistry, I took Sharaz’s advice and, to tell you the truth, it was the best advice ever.

Dr Sam Mohamed, Wolds Dental Studio

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Real World Testimonials with Blueprint Dental & Planmeca – Here’s what you say about the ProMax 3D Classic!

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We’re excited to share the first of our ‘Real World Testimonial’ videos with you!

We’ve had such great feedback from our recent installations of the Planmeca ProMax 3D Classic imaging unit, that we thought we’d make a new series of videos so that everyone can see what dentists who use it really think.

VIDEO 1 - Dr Sundeep Photay introduces us to his first unit and tells us why he's installing a second one!

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Step into Digital Dentistry with Blueprint Dental – Our new video series is here!

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We are excited to launch our brand new series of ‘Step Into Digital Dentistry’ videos!

Designed to give you an insight into the benefits of digital dentistry, with the help of the highly acclaimed Medit apps, the videos focus on just a few of the treatment possibilities now available with a streamlined digital workflow.

VIDEO 4 'Biteguards, Retainers & Aligners' - in the final video in this series we take a look at the digital workflow needed to create Biteguards, Retainers & Aligners

VIDEO 3 'Surgical Guide' - here we take a look at creating and fitting surgical guides

VIDEO 2 'Same Day Crown' - see the advantages of single visit treatment for both patient and dentist.

VIDEO 1 'Image Acquisition' - the vital first step whatever your speciality or treatment plan...

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