Harnessing technology Investment and the use of the most advanced digital technology is a top priority for the practice. It allows us to provide better-quality care while maintaining an economic advantage. We are fully computerised and have invested in cutting-edge digital x-ray scanning equipment. We use intraoral digital scanners to scan patients’ teeth for orthodontic and restorative dental treatments. This removes the need for time-consuming impressions, with scans sent directly to our laboratories for the fabrication of crowns and appliances. Not only does this significantly improve patient experience, but it also enhances the workflow through the practice.
especially important to us. We have three registered orthodontic specialists working alongside our therapist. This enables us to provide excellent clinical care in this field. Likewise, our hygienists work in tandem with our general dentists. It is very much a team- based approach to the delivery of care. While welcoming the beneficial changes that professional registration of the whole dental team has brought about, we are also aware of the challenges it has created. The professional workforce within dentistry is overwhelmingly female, many of whom are part- time workers. The increasing costs of registration, professional indemnity and continuing professional development make the financial burden of part-time work more onerous. This is particularly true for young mothers, who may wish to take a career break for a short period to look after their children. Creativity and flexibility need to be shown in making the financial costs of maintaining registration and core knowledge less burdensome when taking a break from the profession. Without these considerations, we risk losing too many of our expensively and highly trained personnel.
Investment in – and the use of – the most advanced digital technology is a top priority for the practice
Addressing workforce challenges
As well as technology, we invest significantly in our staff. In the past two years, three of our dental nurses have undergone orthodontic nursing certification, with one becoming a registered orthodontic therapist. Providing the correct skill mix to deliver our orthodontic services is