Cosmetic dentistry is in great demand today. No later than a few years ago, it would have seemed strange for an average person to display a sparkling white, Hollywood-like smile. No dentist would have agreed to bleach your teeth to that degree, because they thought it looked unreal. Times changed, so we can all have the teeth we always wanted.
However, not all dentists deliver the same high quality results. Many times, this is the fault of not choosing their cosmetic dental supply partners wisely enough, thus being forced to work with poor quality materials.
This article is going to show you what to look for when you choose your materials, tools and other supplies.
Brands Do Matter
You may think that you can buy no-name materials and get away with it, but this is not the best way to look at things, especially when it comes to bonding agents, composite surface sealants, resins, hybrids, glass ionomers or infiltrants.
The problem with cheap, no-name materials coming from foreign countries, is that you can’t be sure what ingredients they contain. There are substances that may be forbidden in the USA, but perfectly legal elsewhere in the world. Some of these chemicals may not be the safest of all, therefore you put your patients at risk if you use those materials on them.
This is why it’s always best to choose well-known manufacturers, who label their products according to the law and who have a good quality control system in place for their cosmetic dental supply production.
Price Is Also Important
The first criterion in choosing your dental supply providers is quality, but price is also important and it shouldn’t be overlooked. Cosmetic dentistry is not cheap, therefore if you can save some money on materials, you may gain a competitive edge against other dental practices in your area.
It makes sense to choose a distributor who can supply you the whole range of materials, tools and disposables you need in your practice, because the more you order, the bigger the chance of getting additional discounts. Why buy your instruments and raw materials from one place, gloves, needles and syringes from another one and laboratory products from a third one? Whenever possible, if all quality and delivery terms and conditions are met, it makes sense to order everything from the same company.
However, it’s good to keep an eye on other distributors as well and have a backup, in case your provider fails to deliver what you need. Besides, if your favorite supplier doesn’t meet your criteria for certain materials, you should choose another one who complies with your demands.
Always keep in mind that patients don’t care about details like the provenience or the ingredients in the stuff you use to treat them. The only thing that’s visible and important for them is the dentist. If you use poor quality stuff, you can have the most impressive skills as a dentist and still have your patients say you’re awful.