Does the design at your dental practice have ‘wow’ factor?

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.

Read the full story here: https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/mag/article/the-2019-incisal-edge-design-competition/

Enter and find out what the judges think.

 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.

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

Aeron Chair, Carbon, Adjustable PostureFit SL

You can win a prize for your dental office, too.

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.

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

Consider 1 of 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

What are you waiting for? Get started with your entry today.

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

Bring joy to your workspace with Tu Storage from Herman Miller

These days it truly seems that less is more, as people everywhere are gravitating toward adapting a minimalist lifestyle. What does that mean exactly? Well, it’s all about living with less, getting rid of excess, and organizing (and appreciating) what you have.

Marie Kondo of the Netflix hit ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ inspires her clients — and homeowners everywhere — to embrace a minimalist lifestyle.

“Does it Spark Joy?” That’s a question organizational guru Marie Kondo asks her clients on the Netflix hit, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.”   The show features inspiring home makeovers, all fueled by the premise of eliminating items that don’t bring her clients joy and satisfaction. The result?  Happy clients who feel lighter and happier after reducing clutter and organizing their spaces.  

This philosophy makes perfect sense at work. Since we spend a third of our lives in our 9 to 5 endeavors, organizing the workplace can not only enhance efficiency and enable us to work smarter, it can also make for a better state of mind. And while minimalist living might be a little extreme for some, there are proven benefits toward reducing clutter and creating a tidy space.

Can cluttered workspaces lower a company’s bottom line?

Yes, according to a study by the National Association of Professional Organizers. Researchers found that cluttered workspaces can lead to a company’s financial loss equivalent to 10% of a manager’s salary. It’s essential for your productivity — and your mental health — to keep your workspace clutter-free. And while it may seem overwhelming, the incentive to start organizing is undeniable.

Tu Metal Storage Cases

And this is where Herman Miller’s Tu Storage comes in.

Available to dental offices through CenterPoint Design and Benco Dental, Tu Storage is a modernized and personalized take on storage that accommodates the items people actually use. It keeps things for working and living nearby, so people have a more personal connection to their work and the workplace. In that way, Tu is an essential ingredient in tailoring individual workpoints to best support the work people do.

Another study done by the National Association of Professional Organizers showed that being organized will save you 60 minutes a day. Imagine how efficient you would be if you could find all the things that you were looking for, and didn’t get distracted?

Styles that seamlessly fit any décor

Tu is comprehensive in its material offering. Metal, laminate, and veneer finishes pair with metal and wood cases in a range of combinations. This visual versatility allows Tu to take on appearances from highly functional to warmly residential, allowing it to work in nearly any interior. As with all Herman Miller products, Tu has a thoughtfully-considered palette that contributes to enhancing the experience of people working together.

Tu Metal

Supporting the work

Tu Storage is an essential element for creating settings that support people’s work activities. It lets individuals easily store and access their belongings, both work tools and personal items, whether they have assigned workpoints or they use unassigned desks on a drop-in basis. And it all comes with a 12-year, 3-shift warranty.

In a blog published by Chron, author Devra Gartenstein says “Keeping your workplace organized isn’t just a matter of finding permanent places for essential items and instructing employees to replace them there. Workplace organization is a state of mind that takes ongoing work and thought.” 

Ready to de-clutter your space with Tu Storage from Herman Miller? Learn more about this intuitive way to streamline your office environment and bring joy into the workplace, call 1.800.GOBENCO

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

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:

Durability

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.

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

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.”

Amanda Griffith, CenterPoint Design Interior Designer

Texture & Size

Two characteristics, texture and size, should be considered when selecting a vinyl floor. Textures range from smooth to light texture to highly textured.

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

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.

The photo above shows Oxidized tiles by Patcraft.

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 an 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 to match your existing or planned dental practice, such as their Amtico Wood, (seen above).

Maintenance 

Many dentists choose to put LVT throughout their practices due to the fact that it requires 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.

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Indigenous Earth by Tarkett; photo grab from tarkett.com

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.

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Disclaimer: Warranty claims are subject to manufacturer approval. 

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/

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

Attention students: Enter your dental office reception area design to win $2000

  Designs of the Future will garner $3,000 in prizes in The 6th annual Incisal Edge Design Competition In one category of the dental lifestyle magazine’s annual competition for architecture and interior design, Design of the Future: Make a Grand Entrance, the contest invites participants to create a workplace — specifically the reception and business zone of a dental […]