How to Choose Flooring for Your Dental Practice

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.”

Amanda Griffith, CenterPoint Design Interior Designer
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Lineate flooring by Mohawk Group

The Mohawk Group offers contemporary Luxury Vinyl Tile (shown above) 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:

Durability

When you purchase flooring, especially if it’s your first time, it’s important to remember you’re buying commercial vinyl—not home flooring. LVT should have at least a 20-mil wear layer (the thickness of the wear layer is measured in mils, and wear layers are typically 6, 12 or 20 mils thick). This will enable it to withstand heavy foot and equipment traffic.

Commercial vinyl flooring typically ranges in thickness from 2.5 mm to 3 mm. Some businesses install vinyl up to 5 mm, which allows the floor to match the height of carpet.

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The image features Shaw Contact “Cut” with a Cacoa finish in 18″ x 18″ sections.

The photo above features Shaw Contact’s “Cut” VLT 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.”

Amanda Griffith, CenterPoint Design Interior Designer

Texture & Size

Not all LVT surfaces are similar. Some are smoother than others. The smoother the LVT is, the more likely the surface will become slippery. Smooth surfaces can also quickly show imperfections in heavily-trafficked areas. If you have a busy dental office, it’s best to choose a surface that’s textured to avoid accidents. The vinyl also maintains its appearance.

Patcraft Oxidized
Oxidized by Patcraft; photo grab from patcraft.com

Vinyl flooring is either installed as planks or tiles and come in various sizes. The photo above shows Oxidized tiles by Patcraft. Most tiles come in a range from 12” x 12”, 12″ x 24”, 18” x 18” and 24” x 24.” Planks can be anywhere from 4″ to 9″ wide to 36″ to 72″ in length. Plank and tile both serve the same purpose, to give you an appealing, durable floor for your operatory.

Appearance

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 a modern allure your patients will appreciate.

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Amtico Wood by Mannington; screengrab from manningtoncommercial.com

Mannington Commercial provides a wide-array of LVT design options. From their robust Aura Amtico Northern Wonder LVT, a vibrant-to-dark blend of green panels, to their Amtico Wood, a conventional yet modern LVT that can fit into any design (seen above). Mannington has dozens of motifs to match your existing or planned dentistry.

Maintenance 

Many dentists choose to put LVT throughout their practices because it provides a safe, elegant appearance with little maintenance. Shaw Contact features 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.

Lifespan 

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. That means if your vinyl floor becomes damaged under normal wear-and-tear, you can get sections or your entire floor repaired or replaced.

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Indigenous Earth by Tarkett; photo grab from tarkett.com

Tarkett has an excellent warranty for their Indigenous Earth Collection (photo above). They offer a 20-year limited warranty. Vinyl flooring from these manufacturers is likely to last for 20, 30 years or more.

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

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Disclaimer: Warranty claims are subject to manufacturer approval. 

Ready to Design the Future?

The 2020 Incisal Edge Design Competition, for a seventh straight year, aims to reward creativity and innovation in dental practice design. This year’s challenge for visionaries everywhere: Big Design Statement, Small Space in the Incisal Edge Design of the Future category.

Who can enter?

Students, architects, interior designers, dentists, anyone with the vision to create a workplace for the dental patients and practitioners of tomorrow are invited to enter by Incisal Edge, the country’s premier dental lifestyle magazine.

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

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.

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.

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/

Who is one of America’s leading experts in dentistry and architecture?

Tristan Hamilton, DDS, M. Arch.

How is he helping dentists across the U.S.?

By sharing his vision and guidance across the U.S. at Dentistry’s Leading Design Workshops – Build Your Future™.

Dr. Tristan Hamilton is featured keynote at Dentistry’s Leading Design Workshops across the U.S.

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

*Dates and locations are subject to change.


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 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:

  • $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 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.

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/

Dr. Jason Auerbach’s advice for dental practice design: Be who you are.

Dr. Jason Auerbach, founder of Riverside Oral Surgery, Official Oral Surgeons of the New Jersey Devils, has turned his vision into the premier practice in Northern New Jersey.

Being an oral surgeon for a National Hockey League team would seem to be a ticket to professional prosperity. For Dr. Jason Auerbach, one of the tooth docs for the New Jersey Devils, that notion is bolstered by his newest elegant facility in the town of Englewood, just across the Hudson River from Upper Manhattan.

Riverside Oral Surgery, which Dr. Auerbach — a member of the Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 in 2014 — founded a dozen years ago, now comprises five oral surgeons and four offices throughout the region. His design sensibility has progressed in that time as well.

“When I built my first practice in River Edge, the focus was on re-creating something of a boutique hotel experience,” he says. “Patients come in anxious, and they need a certain level of comfort. We did that with colors and textures. It was relaxed and tranquil—almost spa-like.”

Dr. Jason Auerbach
Dr. Jason Auerbach discusses the style elements featured at one of his four New Jersey dental offices. “Concrete, metals, harder angles, grays and whites—but still comfortable enough that patients don’t feel they’re in a stark environment.”
(Photography courtesy ARI BURLING)

The current fashion in medical practice aesthetics, he observes, is sterility. “Still, you don’t want to lose that comfort.” He looked to model the newest offices after the style of trendy New York lofts: “Concrete, metals, harder angles, grays and whites—but still comfortable enough that patients don’t feel they’re in a stark environment.”

Looking for a design tip?

Dr. Auerbach’s got several here and more to share in the summer edition of Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine: https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/mag/article/the-puck-stops-here/

“Attention to detail is everything. I’m attuned to what I would want. Sit in a chair, sit in the recovery room, understand what the patient is seeing. Get a sense of the rooms from the patient’s perspective. Be who you are, and you’ll attract the patients who belong with you. Your truth will come through. You gotta be you.”

—Dr. Jason Auerbach

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.

Ready to Mbrace ergonomics to support wellbeing at your dental practice? Check out this design tip.

Today, successful organizations — especially dental practices — are often the ones that can generate the best ideas the fastest.  Practices rely on technology to fuel the process — sharing information on monitors, using videoconferencing to connect with colleagues, and developing content using touchscreens. But problems arise quickly when the systems and devices in use […]