Marketing your dental practice can be time consuming and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Use the resources you already have… Patient referrals. Existing patients will always recommend a dental practice they love to their family, friends, and co-workers, but the key is to make certain all of your existing patients are happy and satisfied in order for them to do this for you and your practice. Always let your patients know how much you appreciate them, and reward them for their referrals. Place yourself in the shoes of a brand new patient, what are some things you would look for in a dental practice that you were visiting for the very first time. Start with the waiting area, this should be an inviting peaceful area. Talk with some of your existing patients and see what they would change about the waiting room. Remember the waiting room is the first impression of your dental practice. The purpose of an inviting peaceful waiting room is not to keep your patients waiting. Make it your number one goal to always see patients at the time of their scheduled appointment. Patients should never wait more that 10 minuets. When seeing a patient for the very first time, always introduce yourself and ask them questions to try and get to know them. For example: Do you have any big plans this weekend? Never get too personal at a first meeting, keep it simple and let the patient open up to you. This will allow you to feel the patient out and see how much they want to talk or not. Some patients will just want to simply get the appointment over with and want nothing to do with “small talk”. Learn to read your patients, as every patient is different. Make sure you never make your patients feel stupid or uncomfortable. There is no such thing as a stupid question. Try your best not to call your patients out. About 50% of your patients will lie about flossing, so if the patient says they floss and you can clearly tell they do not, then explain some tips to floss more accurately. Treat every patient the way you would want to be treated. Every patient should feel like the most important person in your office. If you and your staff are successful with making all of your existing patients 100% happy, then this will be your number one recourse for inexpensive marketing for your dental practice.
Getting your patients to schedule routine appointments is extremely important to make your dental office successful. Having a scheduling system that flows smoothly is the key in patient satisfaction and building revenue. No matter the size of the office, the Doctor must set an amount of hours each week he or she would like to see patients. This time is separate from office hours, this is strictly seeing and working on patients. Once the hours are determined, then the Doctor can decide how to staff the office to make certain each and every patient is taken care of in a timely manner. Never double book your patients. Each patient deserves your undivided attention, this makes the patient feel very comfortable in an uncomfortable setting. If you are seeing a new patient for the very first time, allow a little more time in your schedule for them. It’s important to explain everything in detail to brand new patients, this is what will keep them coming back. Try and organize your day by patient type/procedure type. For example, if you have your regular patients that just need a simple cleaning, schedule them in the mornings to create easy patient flow, and schedule patients that need procedures done in the later afternoon. Dedicate one person or a scheduling team to make appointments, avoid just any employee having the capability to schedule appointments, this will reduce scheduling conflicts. Make your staff aware of the importance of getting your patients to schedule routine appointments. Having good patient flow creates good revenue, which is what pays the employees salaries. Never let a patient leave your office without scheduling their next appointment whether it’s a cleaning or a crown/bridge seat. Cleanings are scheduled every six months which is a long time in your patients busy life, so create a system to mail a postcard one month before the patients appointment and then give a courtesy call the week of the appointment. Your patients will love you doing the work for them. If your office follows these strategies, you are sure to easily get your patients to schedule routine appointments and increase office flow and revenue.
Planning and saving for retirement doesn’t just happen on it’s own… It takes a lot of planning, commitment, and most importantly it takes money. It’s a proven fact that less than half of Americans have any idea how much they need in order to retire. Some businesses do not offer 401K plans, which can affect your plans for saving. Whether or not your company offers a 401k plan, you must set goals, start saving, and keep saving. If you’re not currently saving, start small and work your way up. Make saving for retirement your number one goal, and remember it’s never too early or too late to start saving. You will more than likely need at least 90% of your preretirement income to maintain your standard of living when you retire. Once all of your debt is paid off and your employer offers a 401k plan or you go elsewhere to invest, make sure you contribute all that you can. Over time, compound interest and tax deferrals make a big difference in the amount you will accumulate. Find out how much you will need in order to get the full contribution from your employer. Once you build your retirement savings, never touch it. Life happens and can become difficult at times, but never fall back on your retirement no matter what you do. You will lose principal and interest, and might end up paying withdrawal penalties. If a change in jobs happens in your future, make certain that you keep your savings and roll them over into your new employers retirement plan or an IRA. When you open an IRA you have two options, Traditional or Roth. IRS’s can be an easy way to save in addition to your 401k plan. No matter what ways you choose to start planning and saving for your retirement, you must remember that it takes goals, commitment, and money.
Dentists in Boca Raton Florida are you looking to try a new crown and bridge lab with little to no adjustments? Try Dentek, Inc. Dental Laboratory located just outside of the Kansas City area. Your shipping is always paid for both ways via FedEx. Dentek Lab is located in the heartland of America, in a suburb of Kansas City. Our location in the Midwest benefits us in two ways: we are centrally located for shipping, and we have a Midwestern hardworking mentality and genuinely friendly staff. As a Certified Dental Laboratory, our technicians are trained in the latest techniques and technologies. Dentek Lab strives to be the best quality and best service dental lab in the United States. We believe that finding the right individuals and a high level of technical training is essential. To work in our laboratory, technicians must be quality oriented, artistically inclined, have good a memory, be precise, and understand that their employment advancement is directly connected to the dentist/patient satisfaction. Every aspect of fabrication is looked at as an individual task, which requires training, thorough understanding and exercise to achieve the level of quality and consistency of which we can be proud of. Every stage of production has to pass our quality control check before the fabrication process can continue. Everything will have to be done perfectly, no matter how much time it takes. We consistently stress the importance of carefully reading and understanding all of the instructions accompanying the case. We will not proceed until everything is crystal clear and, if necessary, we will call you for clarification. Should you have any general instructions that you may want us to post with all of your cases – simply let us know in advance and our computerized system will automatically print them every time we receive a case from you.
What separates Dentek Lab form all of the other dental labs:
- Wherever your office is located, we will do everything possible to service you like a local lab. We promise you will not see any difference in service whether we are 2 or 2,000 miles away from you.
- FedEx drivers will pick up and deliver cases at your office. We pay for overnight delivery both ways. We will supply you with prepaid and preprinted labels to minimize your shipping efforts.
- All cases will be completed in 5 working days so they may be returned to you in 7-9 business days including shipping both ways. We believe that getting cases back quickly is good for patient satisfaction and your cash flow.
- You will find it a pleasure to work with a lab where all technicians are highly trained. Every case has to be perfect in order to pass our multi-level quality control. Mistakes are not tolerated.
- Due to our extremely low remake ratio, all our restorations are unconditionally guaranteed for life. We will remake any restoration, free of charge, should it ever fail for any reason.
- We pride ourselves on the ability to fine tune every aspect of the restoration to your individual style and methods including preparation, impression taking techniques, preferences of occlusion, contacts, contours, shades, or anything else that you specifically would like done. We take into consideration that different impression materials have different expansion ratios. Combined with individual preparation styles, die stone, metal shrinkage and other variables in the fabrication process that may result in a tight or loose fit, tight or loose contacts, and inaccurate occlusion or margins. Based on your feedback, we will synchronize all aspects so that your restorations will consistently be placed with little to no adjustment.
- We truly understand the value of chair time. Quality work plus exceptional service equals beautiful results.