Is your dental practice design a standout?

Enter the 2020 Incisal Edge Design Competition and you may be sitting pretty in a new Herman Miller Aeron chair.

A Herman Miller Aeron Chair is one of the grand prizes in the 2020 Incisal Edge Design Contest. Three Existing Dental Practices will earn an Aeron along with a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s spring 2020 issue, among other award.

 The 2020 Incisal Edge Design Competition, for a seventh straight year, aims to reward creativity and innovation in dental practice design. There are three categories for Existing Dental practices and one for Design of the Future.

2019 Incisal Edge Design Competition winner in the category Repurposed Practice: Bunek Dental Studio // Ann Arbor, Michigan (shown above).

3 Categories for Existing Dental Practices

 1. SPECIALTY PRACTICE (Best new, remodeled or expanded facility)

 2. NEW CONSTRUCTION (Best new facility designed from ground up)

 3. REPURPOSED PRACTICE (Best complete makeover or remodel of a existing facility)

Who can enter?

 Dental professional, architects, and interior designers.

What can you win?

• a professional photo session for your dental practice

• a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s spring, 2020 issue

• framed display of your winning entry as featured in the magazine

• “Incisal Edge Design Competition Winner” seal to be used for marketing purposes

• Herman Miller Aeron chair valued at $1610.00, List Price

2019 Incisal Edge Design Competition winner in the category Specialty Practice: Colorado Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeons (CoMax) Colorado Springs, Colorado (shown above).

Learn more about contest details

Select a category above and complete the corresponding nomination form at IEDesignContest.com

You may not enter an office in more than one category. Entries will be accepted through November 11, 2019 for Existing Dental Practices. A juried panel of experts from the dental and architectural worlds will pick the most striking designs and practices.

Read about the 2019 award winners, including Urnise Dentistry // Glenwood Springs, Colorado (shown at top) here.

Ready to Design the Future?

This year’s challenge for visionaries everywhere: Big Design Statement, Small Space in the Incisal Edge Design of the Future contest.

Who can enter?

Students, architects, interior designers, dentists, anyone with the vision to create a workplace for the dental patients and practitioners of tomorrow.

What can you win?

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • $2,000 prize
  • an “Incisal Edge Design of the Future Winner” seal to be used in a portfolio
  • a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s spring 2020 issue

Second prize winners will receive:

  • $1000 prize
A 2017 Syracuse University graduate, Alexis Wilson was interested in ways to help people combat their fear of the dentist. She got intrigued by “forest bathing,” a concept—especially popular in Japan—“where you’re just in the forest, absorbing the atmosphere,” Wilson told Incisal Edge. “I had the idea to create a nature-inspired interior but add some personality as well.” Her design for RiNo Dental, shown above, earned the 2019 Design of the Future grand prize in the Incisal Edge Design Competition.

Learn more about Design of the Future contest details

Select Design of the Future and complete the corresponding nomination form at IEDesignContest.com

Entries will be accepted through November 11, 2019 for Design of the Future category. A juried panel of experts from the dental and architectural worlds will pick the most striking designs.

Read about the 2019 award winners, including RiNo dental, created by Alexis Wilson here.

Ready to enter? Get started.

http://www.iedesigncontest.com/2020-entry-forms/

For complete contest terms and conditions visit: https://www.benco.com/contest-instructions/

Can lounge chairs give patients cancer?

Flame retardant furnishings may have been created with protection in mind, but their after effects can be detrimental.

Chemicals used to treat the filling and upholstery of guest and lounge seating seen in many dental office waiting areas are considered by many scientists as the new lead.

They were invented to slow the spread of fires, but after decades of use, wide‐spread testing has shown they contribute toward hormone disruption and certain types of cancer.

Solving problems takes a creative approach — something the designers at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design embrace. Their goal: making sure your dental practice furniture works well, while ensuring the health and safety of your patients, and the planet.

Palisade Collection Palisades uses fire
retardant-free materials (Photo Courtesy Herman Miller)

Ask yourself, “Have we made the best choices possible?”

Only by continuing to ask that question and making sustainability a priority can we be confident in creating a better world.

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, shifting to use of sustainable woods. (Photo courtesy Herman Miller)

Herman Miller furniture, distributed by Benco Dental, has added other well-being features to its product line, including:

* Curved edge surfaces to prevent bump incidents

* PVC free, non-flame retardant textiles on all seating

* Antimicrobial treatments on request only

* Takeback programs for end-of-life products

* Zero waste in manufacturing, reductions in water/energy and local resources

Mirra 2 Chairs, shown, reuse materials. (Photo courtesy Herman Miller)

Learn more about the well-being features Herman Miller includes in its product lines and how you can incorporate Herman Miller in your practice:

Contact Mandy Welman at 570-602-7011 or hermanmiller@benco.com

Refocus your dental workplace around its people

Fit out your dental office with setting that are fine-tuned to your staff’s activities and needs. Benco Dental can help you seamlessly insert furnishings and digital tools into areas where people can be more creative and efficient, says Mandy Welman, CenterPoint Interior Designer.

Herman Miller Exclave Whiteboard System travel with teams and individuals throughout the day to help preserve and disseminate good ideas.

Empower frictionless work

To achieve this, Benco’s CenterPoint Design team helps align your surroundings, furnishings and tools so work flows seamlessly in every area of your practice and into all office layouts. With Exclave, creative thinking that begins in one space can be refined or expanded in another. Shown above, Exclave Whiteboard system, designed for Herman Miller by Gianfranco Zaccai can be moved from room to room.
Whiteboards, tackboards, and lightweight eco boards travel with teams and individuals throughout the day to help preserve and disseminate good ideas. Mobile carts support the movement of boards, and provide freestanding display and space delineation in open areas. Rails installed in a variety of locations offer flexible, adaptable support for the full suite of Exclave products.

Equip your team with intuitive tools

Put the right technology, right where people need it.

Benco’s IT team partners with leading tech companies to deliver tools to integrate into all office settings.

Logitech SmartDock with Public Office Landscape

Logitech SmartDock schedules meetings and includes lock and dock to allow for phone calls.

Barco ClickShare with Public Office Landscape

Barco ClockShare’s wireless options for presentations is ideal for financial consults and training sessions.

Robin Reservation System with Public Office Landscape

Robin Reservation System offers scheduling, location services and managing your dental office from one main hub. You can be at your seat and scheduling and it will reflect lists of appointments outside treatment or training rooms.

Spend smartly with a streamlined process

Benco Dental offers doctors the ability to save time and money by working with its CenterPoint and vendor partners to design, order and install all your office furnishings and digital tools. This efficient process ensures you get only the products your people need to accomplish their work and stay in sync with each other.

Want to learn how you can incorporate these office furnishings and digital tools in your practice?

Contact Mandy Welman at 570-602-7011 or hermanmiller@benco.com

How to buy a dental chair: Start with 3 simple questions.

Want to be sure you select the right chair for your dental office?

The needs of every dental office and its patients vary. Sure, some general guidelines may stretch across the entire profession of dentistry, but when it comes down to it, what does your chair need to be capable of to suit you and your patients?

The process of buying a dental chair is simple when it’s broken down into three categories: function, fabric and color.


Fusion Package from Forest Dental, shown, features a patient chair with flip-down armrests that make it easy for your patients to get in and out.
  1. Function. What do you need your chair to do?
    How intricate do you want the controls to be? The Midmark UltraComfort Dental Chair (shown at top) offers four programmable presets to create effortless placement of both the patient and the chair. Do you need it to recline a little or a lot? How much do you need it to raise or lower? How accessible does it need to be? The Fusion Package from Forest Dental, shown above, features a patient chair with flip-down armrests that make it easy for your patients to get in and out. Backrest — narrow or wide? Select a chair that can do all that you need it to.
DCI Edge Series 5 Chair, shown, offers four layers of memory foam to ensure patients are always comfortable.

2. Fabric. What makes your patients the most comfortable?
From Ultraleather to pearlized or nauga soft upholstery, the material of your chair matters. A chair with memory foam like the DCI Edge Series 5 Chair (shown above) offers four layers of memory foam to ensure patients are at ease. Also, select a fabric that remains clean with everyday use.

The 1800 Spirit Dental Chair from Pelton & Crane, shown, is available in 37 color options.

3. Color. How can a chair complement your color scheme? Match your dental chair to the rest of your equipment, finishes and overall style. The 1800 Spirit Dental Chair from Pelton & Crane (shown above) is available in 37 color options. The color of your chair should not only match the office but should also balance it.

How does Benco make selecting a dental chair easy?

When renovating an operatory or dental office, there are many factors to consider. Benco Dental makes it easy with CenterPoint design showrooms located in California, Texas and Pennsylvania. Visit one of the locations to meet with an Equipment Specialist and test drive a huge selection of dental chairs. A wide range of options are guaranteed to fit every office and every budget.
Call 1.800.GOBENCO to learn more.

Build Your Future® this month in Pennsylvania

On June 27 and 28, keynote speaker Dr. Tristan Hamilton will share unique insight on dental practice from the perspective of a dentist and architect .

In the mountains of northeast Pennsylvania, attendees will earn up to 8.5 CE credits at dentistry’s leading design workshop featuring Tristan Hamilton, DDS, M. Arch.
From beautiful exteriors to aesthetic details in reception areas and operatories, you’ll be inspired to take the next steps to success!

Don’t miss the deadline to register.

Don’t miss the June 14 deadline to register. Call 1.800.GO.BENCO or see your Friendly Benco Dental Rep for details.

What else can attendees expect?


* “Financing- Putting it All Together” with Charles Loretto, Partner, Cain Watters & Associates President, National Dental Placements
* “Practice Management Coaching” with Kay Huff, Benco Dental Director of Dental Coaching.
* “The Power of Interior Design” with Melissa Sprau, NCIDQ, Benco Dental, Manager, CenterPoint Design

Details:
Accomplish the following objectives —
• Walk away with a foundation of how a properly designed office can increase production and efficiency.

• Learn what constitutes an effective floor plan.

• Know how to get the right people on your team to help you achieve the low stress office design you need to succeed.

• Discover what makes a patient more anxious in your office and how you can alleviate it.

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