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28 Aug 2023

What’s on your tech wish list?

What’s on your tech wish list?

All dental technicians and lab owners appreciate technology that makes work easier, safer or more accurate. In today’s profession, there are many different pieces of equipment available for the dental laboratory, so it’s important to choose wisely for maximum return on investment. If you are thinking about investing in your business to upgrade your processes for the rest of 2023, here are some of the solutions available right now that you may wish to add to your shopping list:

3D printer

If your lab fabricates clear aligners, retainers, mouth guards, surgical guides or stents, then 3D printing offers a fast and effective way to complete work. The latest equipment provides predictable workflows and simplified production, enabling technicians to focus on the finishing processes. Devices are completely customisable for each patient and can be manufactured within a short time-frame for rapid turn-around times.

Innovative CAD software

The latest design software available allows the dental technician to plan every aspect of a case down to the smallest detail. From designing a prosthetic to building mock-ups or digital models, modern software can accurately replicate a patient’s mouth, enabling the fabrication of precise products. This software can also improve communication with the practice for a stress-free journey from start to finish.

An alternative solution

If you don’t have the space, funds or opportunity to purchase new in-house technology, there are options to collaborate with centralised production facilities. These make it possible to take advantage of the very latest design and manufacturing technologies, without the need to purchase the equipment or train the team yourself. As such, you often benefit from even higher levels of accuracy than would be achievable in the lab, and you have the choice to outsource as much or as little as you want.

Choose wisely

Ultimately, whatever processes you outsource or equipment you introduce to the lab, the goal is to improve the team’s workflow and the quality of products being fabricated for clients. Technology today affords all of this and so much more – if you pick the right solutions for your business.

To buy with confidence, be sure to assess your business’ needs and what your clients value most. Consider the return you are likely to see with new equipment – in terms of money, time and client satisfaction – and how this might impact the team and the lab in the long-run. It’s important to select technology that will integrate within your existing set-up and allow further additions and adaptations in the future as you grow. Also, you’ll need to work with a reputable supplier, who provides training and on-going support to ensure your team can make the very most of the new equipment. The right decision could have a truly profound impact on your business.

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