From e-book readers to streaming services, everything seems to be going digital. However, some “old school” techniques are still valuable. For instance, diagnostic wax-ups may seem antiquated, especially if you use digital impressions, virtual smile software, and other technology on a regular basis, but they come in handy in many situations. In this blog post, you’ll learn about the things that wax-ups can still do for your practice, impact your bottom line, and how your dental lab can help.
Show Patients the Results
For many patients, it can be difficult to see the fruits or value of your labors. They want to know exactly what they’re getting before they invest in their smile. A wax-up enables you to provide them with a tangible idea of how treatment can benefit their smile, giving the patient confidence to move forward. This can be particularly helpful if they are on the fence or undecided about the procedure.
Avoid Failure or Rework
When a patient comes into your practice for the placement of a new crown or set of veneers, they expect to walk out with a new and improved smile that feels completely comfortable and looks natural. But if you skimp on the preparation in the fabrication process, they can leave disappointed and frustrated, creating a bad impression of your practice or prompting the patient to find another dental provider. By having a high-quality wax-up and treatment plan from the beginning, you can sidestep many of the issues that lead to rework. In this way, you can view wax-ups as your insurance policy.
Take Your Time in Preparation
Some treatment cases are pretty straightforward, meaning you don’t have to take much time or extra effort deciding on the best treatment or approach. Others, however, require more attention. Diagnostic wax-ups allow you to plan and customize your patient’s treatment plan without actually making any changes to their smile. As a result, you can manipulate their teeth to create the perfect solution and use their appointment time more efficiently.
Achieve Quality and Precision
Some dental practices attempt to create wax-ups on their own. However, this isn’t their area of expertise. Dental lab technicians are highly trained in recreating a patient’s teeth and gum structures so that you have a precise replica to work with. Instead of making best guesses with inaccurate data, you can submit your veneer or crown order knowing that the end product will fit their mouth perfectly.
When you choose to create diagnostic wax-ups with an experienced, proven dental lab, you can accomplish better diagnoses, more accurate restorative or cosmetic treatments, and happier patients. The cost of creating wax-ups with a dental lab pales in comparison to the revenue you can get by having a loyal, satisfied patient for multiple years.
About Perfect Impressions
Perfect Impressions has been in business since 1986 and is led by its founder, Gail Johnson. As a Level 4 graduate of the OBI Foundation of Bioesthetic Dentistry and a proud L.D. +Pankey alumnus, she prioritizes communication and precision for dental practices. If you have questions about wax-ups or other services offered by Perfect Impressions, you can contact Gail by clicking here.