Stainless steel dental trays, cassettes and other instrument organizers have been the dental industry standard for many years. Providing one of the best materials to keep sterile, stainless steel is also durable and reliable. The perception of plastic dental products compared to stainless has been misconceived through the years because of the assortment of product quality on the market. We would like the dental world to re-think our resin products and consider the many unique benefits they provide, including the advantages over stainless steel.
At Zirc, we are able to design and manufacture resin dental products that hold up to the heat tolerances and longevity of its stainless steel counterpart. Where resin has the advantage is in the enhanced performance and functionality that can be obtained through implementation. Our resin products are economically priced and provide a quick return-on-investment, making it affordable and effective for any dental practice to improve their procedure efficiency, while improving the patient experience at the same time.
We take several factors into consideration when manufacturing our resin products. Our end goal is to provide a quality, U.S.A. made product that also serves as a tool for the dental practice. For over the last 50 years, we have helped practices save time through color coding and organization with our resin products. Below is a list of benefits that are utilized through the use of resin products.
Color coding dental procedures for efficiency
Manufacturing resin products in-house allows us to not only control the material make-up of the product, but it also gives us the ability to colorize. Through this advantage, Zirc developed the Color Code System for dental procedures. A dental practice utilizing a color code system is able to decrease time at chairside and during the sterilization process. Color coding procedures keeps instrument setups and materials together from start to finish, and nothing is misplaced or unaccounted for. Implementing a Zirc Tray and Tub System with cassettes streamlines procedure flow and in turn, decreases chair time for the patient, creating a win/win for the practice.
Antimicrobial protection to resist bacteria and mold growth
Our resin products offer long-lasting protection with an antimicrobial agent incorporated during the manufacturing process that resists the growth of bacteria and mold. Unlike a coating, the antimicrobial protection won’t wear away or fade. Antimicrobial agents are used in many house-hold items today including appliances, cookware and cleaning products. Antimicrobial compounds are intended to protect parts against staining, odors, and degradation due to fungi, mold, yeasts, mildew, algae and other microbes. The incorporation of antimicrobial compounds in our plastic products is not intended to protect users or others against food-borne or disease-causing bacteria. For more information please reference EPA Registration Notice 2000-1.
Exceeding the limits of stainless steel
To hold up to the hot temperatures of sterilization, our products are produced with a heat resistant material. This allows the products to cool rapidly after sterilization and provides many years of cleaning through the ultrasonic and autoclave without breaking down. Over time, stainless steel products begin to rust and corrode. This can lead to poor chairside appearance for the patient along with the potential loss of durability in the product. Being a resin-based product, our organizers do not oxidize and will stay corrosion-free for life.
Raising the bar on patient experience
It has been estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. Invest into the patient experience by relieving any fear or anxiety with a splash of color and a shorter visit. Creating a more colorful and friendly environment is something that can ease a patient’s mind over the look and feel of stainless steel, especially with children and pre-teens. Not only are you visually creating a more pleasurable appointment for the patient, you are decreasing chair time as well through the streamlining of your procedures with the color code system. A shorter dental visit with an enjoyable chairside experience will boost a dental practices’ brand naturally through word-of-mouth referrals and positive reviews. Utilize that time saved to further educate patients or get ahead of schedule and prep for the next procedure.
Up to 78% cost savings by choosing antimicrobial resin vs. stainless
With in-house design and engineering along with an experienced team, we are able to offer high-quality resin dental products at a fraction of the price to stainless steel. With this price savings off the top, a practice is already ahead of the game investing into instrument cassettes by choosing resin over stainless steel. When you add in the efficiency benefits of coloring coding along with the quality and longevity of the products, the most potential with a return-on-investment is in the performance and functionality of resin dental products.
It’s never too late to start
When building a new practice or remodeling an existing, many dental offices wait until this time to consider implementing cassettes or a color code system. The affordability and quick return that resin products offer is something that can be invested into at any time. Implement resin products into your existing practice now to generate more time and efficiency through color coding while providing your patients with a better chairside experience.
Zirc offers many free tools online for a dental practice to get started with color coding and organization. If you need help on how to get started, feel free to contact us directly and we will have one of our Efficiency Experts work with you and answer any questions that you may have. 800.328.3899 | firstname.lastname@example.org