“When I joined Dental Depot, the owners asked, ‘How can we make this [office] better?’ I said that incorporating open bays allows us to be more functional and see more patients efficiently,” said Dr. McCollough. “The biggest thing is that all of our current locations – architecturally – have been designed for closed-bay facilities.
“Unlike in general dentistry, where you have to have closed rooms, in orthodontics, everybody is receiving the same care – that’s how we can [have an open bay]. This allows me, as the orthodontist, to see more people than what a general dentist could at one particular time,” said Dr. McCollough. “With high-end, well-trained orthodontic assistants – they’re capable of carrying out the orthodontic procedures after I review with the patient. Thus, allowing us to see more patients in a very efficient and quality manner.”