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5 Ways Dental Practices Have Moved Into The 21st Century

Most people don’t think twice about the dentist, but thanks to technology the whole process has improved immensely in recent years. Like much of the rest of society, the field of dentistry has evolved with the times, moving into the 21st Century in a variety of ways. These new advancements range between improvements to the administrative aspect of dentists and their practices dealing with patients to actual dentistry tools and techniques that make the process of cleaning and repairing teeth and gums better. In short, all of these things benefit the patient.

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Here are the top 5 ways dental practices have moved into the 21st Century.

1. Online and direct marketing

Dentistry practices have begun to market themselves in entirely different ways, using the internet and social media to try and stand out in their local area from all the other dental practices out there. helps dental practices acquire new patients and scale their services through dental postcards.


2. Cloud-based software

Cloud based software for the dentistry industry streamlines just about every aspect of the administrative, scheduling and patient details. With Curve dental, appointments can be made and confirmed with patients via email and viewed on a whole host of devices. Patient records can also be easily and instantaneously sent between dental offices and patients, as necessary, as opposed to copying, scanning or faxing hard copies. This just scratches the surface of what software has done to make the jobs of dentists easier and the overall experience better for their patients.


3. Invisalign

In the future, those metal braces many of us wore in middle and high school may be remembered as a medieval type of medical technology, that were unsightly and uncomfortable. Now braces have gone invisible, with advancements like Invisalign and other clear mouth guards that do the exact thing as braces without being awkward piece of metal permanently affixed in a teenager’s mouth.


4. X-rays

X-rays used to take a good fifteen to thirty minutes to be printed and viewed by the dentist every visit and if they didn’t show up or if the X-ray wasn’t shot properly, they would have to shoot them again with the patient. This whole process was usually annoying, uncomfortable and costly for the dentist. Now, however, dental X-rays can be shot with high tech cameras that allow the X-rays to show up instantaneously, streamlining the whole process—and entertaining patients as they see their own X-rays appearing right before their eyes.


5. Dental floss

Knotty floss is an advancement in floss, of all things, the previously uncomfortable string you were required to shove between your teeth to clean in places a brush cannot reach. The idea is simple: tiny knots are tied every one inch in the floss allowing more plaque to be removed from teeth as well as drastically improving gum health.

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