How boutique practices are changing the game
A relaxing trip to the dentist? Never heard of her.
At least, that’s what many patients might be thinking. After all, fear of the dentist is a very real thing. (And you’ve probably spent your fair share of time with a nervous patient!)
As someone who specializes in making your patients’ smiles beam, you know how important it is to offer customized, quality care – so that your patients keep coming back to maintain those pearly whites.
Enter: boutique dentistry.
Boutique dentistry is a simple concept – high-quality, personalized care in a smaller setting. Basically, none of that stiff, corporate stuff. At a smaller practice, you can keep the focus on the patients, not the politics – so you can really start to establish your relationships with them.
That’ll not only make your day run smoother, it might even make it more enjoyable. Not much can make a greater impact on your day than having a good relationship with the people you work with, including your patients.
And you might find that those patients will begin to better understand your value!
Another benefit of boutique dentistry? Giving your patients that top-of-the-line five-star experience. Who knew that “dental spas” would become a thing?
But many practices are doing their best to step things up a notch. Some provide halotherapy (those trendy salt rooms); some offer massage therapy; many really up the ante with cosmetic dentistry services. And many of these practices offer a wider variety of cosmetic procedures than your run-of-the-mill offices. There are even those places that focus solely on teeth whitening.
Really, boutique dentistry is about providing a holistic experience – taking care of your teeth doesn’t have to be just another sterile stop in your patient’s day.
Hey, it may even become something they look forward to (which will make your job much more pleasant!).
More moo-lah? Not necessarily.
Anything with the word “boutique” sounds expensive. And sometimes that’s the case, because running your own business can cost some serious money – meaning that you have to up your patient costs. Of course, there are always people who are willing to pay more for better service.
But boutique practices are not always more expensive. Often, if you don’t take insurance, you don’t have to deal with the overhead – and you can keep costs down. That’s why many practices offer “memberships.” They’re more cost-effective for everyone involved, but there is also an element of exclusivity (and who doesn’t love that?).
Smile in the city
So, are you bored with the old-school dental practice model? Looking for a more fun work environment?
Who knew working as an RDH in a dental office could be so trendy?
So for your next temp job, see if any boutique-style smile spas are looking – you can expand your experience, and have a little fun in the process!
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