In today’s economic space, it’s no secret that we all have to do more with less. This is a challenge in any area of business, but for designers and architects who are charged with creating the look, flow, and brand for an orthodontic practice, the challenge can sometimes be amplified.

Orthodontic Products recently spoke with a handful of industry designers and architects who shared their most recent projects, demonstrating how to make it all come together.

Practice Name: Devon Kutsch Orthodontics (Devon Kutsch DDS,

MSD, FRCD)

Practice Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Square Footage: Main level with lab: 3,600; downstairs staff and storage: 1,900

Designed by: Matlack/Van Every Design Inc

Project Time Frame: 3 months

The practice owner wanted to remodel the space to optimize patient flow and staff efficiency.

The practice owner wanted to remodel the space to optimize patient flow and staff efficiency.

What the Doctor Wanted: A state-of-the-art, elegant office that appeals to parents and adult patients. The office needed to be welcoming to all ages with updated technology for his teens and tweens and a play area for younger siblings. This was a very busy, successful practice. The physical office space did not support the quality of care that the doctor provided. He wanted to remodel to optimize patient flow and staff efficiency.

The Execution: Our design team was able to redesign the office with a surgical eye, leaving intact spaces that were working for the doctor, while providing a layout with excellent patient flow. With new finish materials, the space is welcoming, beautiful, and will be much easier to maintain.

The warm, rich-textured, and welcoming look of the front desk area was used throughout the entire space.

The warm, rich-textured, and welcoming look of the front desk area was used throughout the entire space.

Design Inspirations: “A break from the cold”: Creating an updated, functional, and welcoming office for all.

Design Challenges and Resolutions: This office was outdated with an inefficient layout, wasted spaces, and poor patient flow. The architecture included large volumes of space, which became echo chambers that were hard to heat and maintain. As specialists in designing for the orthodontist, we understand patient flow and office and clinical procedures, and are able to problem-solve, guide, play devil’s advocate, work with feedback from past clients, and create a functional and beautiful orthodontic office for our clients.

Favorite Feature: The transformation of the first impression of the front desk and reception area was profound. The rich-textured, warm, welcoming space we created throughout the entire space brought the doctor “back in the game” by offering a comfortable, welcoming, state-of-the-art facility in which to serve his patients with seamless ease.

The office needed to be welcoming to all ages.

The office needed to be welcoming to all ages.