Getting patients to show up on time for their appointments can be challenging for many orthodontic practices.
The orthodontists have created an environment that has children looking forward to their orthodontic visits.
The waiting room is filled video games. The orthodontists actually wanted to provide something for the kids to do while waiting for their appointments. For those patients who may be nervous, the orthodontists think it helps take their minds off why they are at waiting room which is filled video games.
But the fun does not end there. The orthodontists introduce a new contest every other month that their young patients can participate in.
Some of the phrases that the orthodontists came up with were hilarious.
Last summer, patients took pictures of themselves underwater, with waiters at their favorite restaurants and with a crossing guard, to name a few examples.
Besides providing a fun activity and the opportunity to win prizes including gift cards, movie passes and video game systems, the contests play a vital role in ensuring the work day flows smoothly.
The patients tend to show up early for their appointments because they know there will be something for them for them to participate in.
That helps the orthodontists stay on schedule, but it also helps parents make the most of their time. Many of them leave work to bring their children to their orthodontic appointments, so when they are efficient, that parent can get their children check-up finished and get back to work.
Dentists believe fun and games can be part of orthodontics practice.