Incisal Edge announces winners of its 2020 competition for dental practice design
Inspirational design can be found around every corner – from the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to the historical architecture of the world.
In 2020, ajuried panel of experts selected standouts in dental practice design across the U.S. from among nominees in the 2020 Incisal Edge Design Competition. Award-winning designs have been created in Charlotte, North Carolina, San Antonio, Texas, Delaware, Ohio, Brooklyn, New York and Drums, Pennsylvania.
Annually, Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals, offers an opportunity for national recognition in outstanding office design. The magazine’s team canvasses doctors, architects, designers, and students for nominations across four categories, then turns it all over to the blue-ribbon panel of judges. This year’s competition ran from July through November, 2019.
Design of the Future — Artistic Dental Studio, Cosmetic Dentistry, Mingda Liu of Brooklyn, New York
Design of the Future, Runner up— Seattle Dentistry, Nina Ciarla of Drums, Pennsylvania.
Honorees will be featured in the print and digital issue of Incisal Edge magazine in spring, 2020.
About the contest
Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. For additional information regarding the magazine, visit: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/
The competition’s juried panel from the dental and architectural worlds included: Tristan Hamilton, DDS, M. ARCH.; Joyce Bassett, DDS, FAACD, FAGD, Phyllis Marshall-Rice, LEED AP, EDAC, and Dr. Sabiha Bunek. Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Bunek are previous recipients of Incisal Edge awards for dental practice design.
Cabinetry is more than simple storage. A few factors to consider when selecting for your dental office: Accessibility to essential dental equipment and supplies. Pleasant esthetics. Customization. Price. Versatility. Complete solutions.
No two dental offices or operatories are alike, and cabinetry is designed for every preference. Upgrading a dental practice? Planning new construction?Options are available based on space and budget and every need.
Let’s Start with Storage
The most important feature and primary function of cabinetry is storage. One example of this is Belmont’s Flex Series, which is designed with an efficient, well-organized treatment room in mind. The cabinet enables dentists and assistants to easily access supplies and equipment without having to leave the dental stool. The series comes in three designs:
Flex Series RearCabinet
This cabinet rests behind the dental chair and enables a dentist and dental team to work cooperatively and ergonomically. It features a mid-shelf section option with six cubbies, a four-way sliding countertop (left-right/in-out) and a mobile cart option that rests underneath the counter and provides multiple, easily accessible drawers.
The Flex Series Doctor Cabinet
Explicitly designed for dentists, this cabinet features ample storage with stainless steel handles beneath a knee-activated faucet. An adjustable end storage shelf offers easy accessibility. Lastly, the cabinet provides an alcove for side-mounted delivery systems.
The Flex Series Assistant Cabinet
The assistant cabinet offers the most storage with a compact, space-saving design. What’s inside: a barrier drawer, a unique multilevel system that provides impressive capacity. Tip-out bins offer access to frequently used items like cotton balls, masks and syringe needles.
Small Space? Big wins.
At a premium for all dentists is space, especially in the operatory. That’s why Modular Custom Cabinets (MCC) manufactures lines specifically for small areas.
MCC’s PFS420 Perfect Fit Side Cabinet will enhance the work environment by providing space and curative ergonomics. MCC offers these benefits for this model and others:
Solid Surface or Ceaserstone® Tops, one of the nation’s leading Quartz countertop manufacturers, provides a non-porous work surface.
Additional Space. Each Cabinet can be customized to include extra drawers, equipment bays and other storage needs.
All MCC hardware and plumbing fixtures included.
Optional European high-gloss brilliance finish protects cabinet from stains and scratches.
Value Pricing to Fit Any Budget.
DCI offers solutions to match your budget. This leading manufacturer provides premium features and customization that cost significantly less than others.
The 12 o’clock cabinet shown above is one product from DCI’s Series 5. Features of the sterilized cabinets include ergonomic delivery systems. Here’s what else the DCI Series 5 offers:
Sturdy, efficient platform for dental team
Hidden water system and CPU storage
USB and electrical outlets
Integrated controls and touchpad
Heavy-duty, flexible arm with work surface
Ready to Customize? ILS awaits.
Cabinetry can be customized to match the workflow of any treatment room and Integrated Laminate Systems (ILS) has solutions. Their Radiance Series Cabinets can be personalized based on a doctor’s design criteria. Auxiliary equipment can be placed in a variety of locations to enhance work performance. ILS engineers can assist in designing the size and shape of cabinets to meet every need.
The series comes in the 12 o’clock, as shown above, and also as an Island Module that can replace a wall between two treatment rooms. Not only does ILS give full control of a design, but their Radiance Series offers beautiful features:
LED illuminated frame front windows
Curved cabinet mid-section and side panels for a modern design
Laminate selections from Wilson Art®, Formica®, or Nevamar®, among others
Lumicor Insert Selections offer a light transparent resin available in a wide range of choices to personalize the upper cabinets.
Matches Pelton & Crane finish colors
One-stop-shop? Midmark offers complete solutions.
If you’re looking for convenience, Midmark is a one-stop-shop. This Ohio-based global corporation creates cabinetry, and also manufactures dental equipment like chairs, lighting and imaging systems. Every item in the photo shown below was manufactured by Midmark.
Midmark’s Synthesis Cabinetry plays a critical role in a dental practice by enabling professionals to provide better care for patients. Much of their equipment matches and complements the tools and appliances they manufacture, which is especially convenient for those who own Midmark products. The Synthesis Cabinetry Line offers attributes that can accentuate a workday:
Exceptional strength and durability, 45-pound LEED®IEQ-compliant MDF Board
18-gauge steel frame
Innovative panel and handle designs will add sophistication to your practice
Deep drawer construction
No locks; keyed or keyless lock options
Herman Miller helps navigate change with versatility.
HermanMiller builds versatile, stylish cabinets you can use anywhere– from operatory to reception area. A manufacturer of classic and influential 20th-century furniture for homes and medical facilities delivers sophisticated, modern furniture to the dental arena. Their Compass System helps navigate change in dynamic environments.
A modular system of interchangeable components, Compass Cabinetry allows users to remove the cabinets, without demolition, to enable upgrades, additions or relocation. The cabinetry can shift space within a practice or to a new location. The Compass System was designed for healthcare and brings these characteristics to the operatory:
Durawrap surfaces that consist of 99.9% PVC-free material and provides a seamless, clean and durable surface.
Infection prevention. Shingled seam between tiles prevents spills from seeping into gaps.
Incorporation of traditional and modern designs.
Intelligent infrastructure. Utility bay provides space for operatory wiring.
Long-term value. Modular design prevents the need for demolition. Module panels allow for easy swap of single tiles or entire walls.
Ready to take the best first step?
Choosing cabinetry that’s right for a dental practice might seem daunting, but speaking with an industry expert is the best first step. The Benco Dental team includes knowledgable Equipment Specialists and CenterPoint Designers who are ready to assist. Call 1.800.GOBENCO for details, or contact your Friendly Benco Rep.
Colorado Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeons (CoMax) in Colorado Springs, Colorado (shown) certainly does, and it officially earned proof of that last year as the 2019 Incisal Edge Design Competition winner in the category Specialty Practice.
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. Each year, a panel of judges with expertise in interior design, architecture, dentistry — (or all three areas like Dr. Tristan Hamilton, shown above) — reviews nominations and selects the winners.
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.
Flooring that will stand the test of time is as essential as choosing a comfortable, sturdy dental chair at a dental practice. You want your patient to feel secure. You want the dexterity to give them a perfect smile; likewise, you want vinyl flooring that’s safe, durable and attractive so you can give your patients excellent care in a stylish environment.
“In the world of dentistry, we have seen Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) become a staple of the dental office floor. These floors can be found almost always in operatories, but we have also seen a trend using this material not only in the clinical area, but within the whole office.”
The Mohawk Group offers contemporary Luxury Vinyl Tile (shown at top) style that looks great in an operatory, office or reception room. Before you begin your design plans, there are factors to chew over. Maybe you’re expanding your practice or are planning to start your first. Here are five things to consider before you buy a vinyl floor:
When you purchase flooring, especially if it’s your first time, it’s important to remember you’re buying commercial vinyl versus residential vinyl. Commercial vinyl flooring applications require a 20 mil wear layer in order to withstand heavy foot traffic and equipment. Wear layer in an important factor to consider when choosing LVT. Vinyl flooring can be measured by different wear layer thicknesses, such as 12, 20, 30, or 40 mils.
Commercial vinyl flooring typically ranges in thickness from 2.5 mm to 3 mm. Some commercial spaces install vinyl up to 5 mm, which allows the vinyl floor to align with the height of the carpet.
The photo above features Shaw Contact’s “Cut” LVT with two-to-three vertical accents in either brass metallic or nickel metallic. The unique visual of Cut mimics natural end-cut wood floors in which individual woodblock tiles connect in an imperfect, organic installation; therefore, individual woodblock visuals do not align.
“LVT has come a long way over the years with high-performance value, an array of aesthetic designs, and many benefits such as durability, cleanability, water resistance, price, life span, and maintenance.”
Two characteristics, texture and size, should be considered when selecting a vinyl floor. Textures range from smooth to light texture to highly textured.
Vinyl flooring also has a variety of size options, such as 4 inch to 9 inch wide planks to 24 inch by 24 inch wide tiles to everything in between. If you are looking for something a bit unique, you can also find hexagon and triangle shaped vinyl flooring. Whatever your preference, there is one to fit your style and need.
Strength is an essential factor in flooring. But if it doesn’t look good, why buy it? The LVT you purchase will be in your office for years, if not decades. Choosing vinyl that enhances your practice’s appeal will introduce an allure your patients will appreciate.
Many dentists choose to put LVT throughout their practices due to the fact that it requires little maintenance. Shaw Contactfeatures ExoGuardTM, an exclusive urethane finish that protects against commercial traffic and requires no polishing.
ExoGuardTM consists of two elements. First, a top coat adds resistance to scratches, scuffing, and staining. Second, a primer coat — a layer added to the topcoat — adds adhesion and durability. Having LVT with this type of top layer can reduce the frequency and cost of cleaning services, saving you time and money.
Luxury vinyl floors are designed to last. Every LVT floor provider mentioned in this article offers a limited commercial 10-year warranty, at a minimum.
Like any new product you buy, you want to see it, touch it—even walk on it! If you’re ready to order new LVT for your practice, visit one of three CenterPoint Design showrooms of the nation’s leading dental supplier, Benco Dental.
“Whether you are refreshing an old space or building new, LVT is a great option,” Amanda Griffith, CenterPoint Design Interior Designer at Benco Dental.
Disclaimer: Warranty claims are subject to manufacturer approval.
If you can’t get enough of the amazing creations of Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines (shown), think about incorporating one of the stylish wall coverings from Joanna’s Magnolia Home Collection into your dental practice. Available through CenterPoint Design at Benco Dental, these unique designs are distributed by Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering.
“We at Centerpoint Design choose to use wallcovering in many different areas, for many different reasons,” says Megan Chuzas, Interior Designer at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design.
“A larger scale pattern can be used to draw attention to a well-lighted logo wall. In restrooms, wall covering is often a code requirement in order to help with infection control and clean-ability. In high-traffic areas, wall covering is used to provide added wall protection.”
Megan Chuzas, Interior Designer with Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design group.
Known for her modern farmhouse style, Joanna Gaines incorporates classic designs in her collection, staying true to her brand, while still making them feel current and on trend. Many of her designs are subtle enough to be used throughout an entire space. While others that are larger in scale or made of natural materials, are more well-suited for accent areas or a feature wall.
Welcoming and comfortable with a dash of charm, classic farmhouse style is more popular than ever thanks to shows like HGTV’s Fixer Upper. In response to the minimalist trend that was popular in the 1990s and early 2000s, people are now embracing the tradition and surrounding themselves in an environment that makes them feel right at home.
“There are a number of other creative ways to incorporate wall covering into your office design. Work with a Centerpoint Designer to find out how,” adds Megan Chuzas, CenterPoint Interior Designer at Benco Dental.
Want to add Joanna Gaines’ wall coverings into your dental practice?
By sharing his vision and guidance across the U.S. at Dentistry’s Leading Design Workshops – Build Your Future™.
Dental office design is not just about choosing the most beautiful color schemes, light fixtures or wallpaper. Those topics merely skim the surface. The Build Your Future course revolves around the architectural design fundamentals that promote less stress and optimum efficiency, providing for a happier, healthier way of life.
What can attendees expect?
Those who attend can earn 8.5 CE credits and gain insight on the following topics: * “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
In addition, attendees can 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.
Ready to register for an upcoming event?
Call 1.800.GO.BENCO or see your Friendly Benco Dental Rep for details. Don’t miss the August deadline for the September 19-20 event.
September 19-20, 2019 – CenterPoint East, Pittston, PA
November 7-8, 2019 – CenterPoint West, Costa Mesa, CA
January 16-17, 2020 -CenterPoint West, Costa Mesa, CA
April 16-17, 2020 – CenterPoint Dallas, Dallas, TX
June 18-19, 2020 – CenterPoint East, Pittston, PA
September 10-11, 2020 – CenterPoint West, Costa Mesa, CA
November 5-6, 2020 – CenterPoint Dallas, Dallas, TX
Enter the 2020 Incisal Edge Design Competition and you may be sitting pretty in a new Herman Miller Aeron chair.
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.
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
You may not enter an office in more than one category. Entries will be accepted through November 29, 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:
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:
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 29, 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.
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.
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.
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
Learn more about the well-being features Herman Miller includes in its product lines and how you can incorporate Herman Miller in your practice:
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.
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
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 schedules meetings and includes lock and dock to allow for phone calls.
Barco ClockShare’s wireless options for presentations is ideal for financial consults and training sessions.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.