Cutting waste with innovative approaches
Waste - especially plastic and paper waste - has long been a significant issue when it comes to the green credentials of dentistry. Addressing the amount of waste created by dental practices has been central to our sustainability plans, and it’s a topic which has presented plenty of challenges over the years.
Thanks to the arrival of digital technology and communications, we can make great strides towards slashing waste at our orthodontic practices.
One of the most significant steps forward has been the introduction of intra-oral scanners at Total Orthodontics. Not only are these remarkable devices transforming the accuracy needed for more effective braces, aligners and more, they also do away with the alginate and plaster waste previously created by traditional impression-making. What’s more, as they don’t require moulds to be sent away to laboratories off-site, they reduce our carbon footprint too.
We’re also making excellent progress with digitising our everyday tasks and communications. Patient letters, registration forms, consent forms and treatment plans are now primarily being sent electronically, meaning a considerable reduction in our reliance on paper.