2021 Year in Review
Over the past year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to affect our community, we remain committed to providing our BDS patients with the safest, most advanced dental care possible. While always mindful of maintaining the highest level of prescribed safety precautions, we have also invested in some of the latest dental technologies available to integrate into our practice. Although 2021 may not have been the return to the “normal” we all hoped for, we are committed to providing the safest, high-quality, cutting-edge dentistry for our valued patients, both new and old.
In addition to all of the physical safety measures we have already in place, this year we expanded our evening and weekend hours. These extra appointment options have allowed us to limit the number of patients in the office at one time while also accommodating people’s busy schedules. Your safety is of utmost importance to us and you to feel secure in the knowledge that you are in good hands when you come into the office for your dental care.
We are excited to be utilizing iTero digital scanning technology for both preventive diagnostics at routine hygiene appointments and for more advanced treatments, like Invisalign clear aligner therapy and dental implant surgery. We can plan your entire treatment and show you the outcome on the scanner before you even start. Scanning with Itero is painless and fast; you can see the digital model of your teeth in just minutes! We are using these precise digital models to customize your treatment plan for restorative and cosmetic dental needs.
In our fully digital workflow for clear aligner therapy, we now offer the Vivera clear retainers for our Invisalign patients this year! Vivera retainers protect the beautiful results of your Invisalign treatment and are individually customized, ensuring a perfect fit. These comfortable-to-wear retainers are created by taking digital impressions of your mouth, which means that lost or broken retainers can be easily replaced without the time and hassle of traditional impressions and molds. Vivera retainers ensure that beautifully aligned teeth last and are a modern, convenient retainer option for many orthodontic patients.
Our entire clinical team was trained in October to utilize the new 3D printing system we have added to our lab in the office. We can now print night guards, sleep appliances, digital impressions of your teeth, and surgical guides in house. Eliminating the need to involve a third-party lab in these cases improves the control we have over quality and dramatically improves the convenience we can offer our patients with in house printing!
In December, we added Rectangle touch-less payment options for our patients. Rectangle eliminates the need to have a team member swipe a card and capture a signature. With Rectangle, you only have to place a card near the reader and go. Rectangle also eliminates the hassle of paper billing with text and email payment options. Unpaid balances can be paid directly from a computer or smartphone via a secure link. Less time at the checkout desk is both time efficient and safer for both patients and the BDS team. We now have a convenient link on our website for online payment as well!
As we look forward to 2022, Brookline Dental Specialists remains committed to our core practice philosophy: every patient is special! It is our aim to continue to provide our patients with a dental experience that is safe, convenient, and utilizes the most current dental tools available. As a multi-specialty practice, we are able to address a wide range of dental issues in one office, for all ages. From first cleanings and braces to cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry, dental implants, comprehensive periodontal care, to restorative care, our practice is ready and able to handle all of your family’s dental needs. We always welcome new patients and look forward to seeing you in the new year!