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    The top 10 developments in dental technology in 2017

    2017 has been a year of advancements ­— not in tools themselves, but in how they impact the industry.



    5. The sharing economy   

    The second part, Noles says, is how labs are integrating their purchases and technologies into what they plan to do in the future. 

    “The sharing economy is a huge advantage for dental labs,” he says. “Number one, you can buy software as a service at a lower monthly cost than buying the software outright. Also, are you leasing machines? What kind of leasing agreements can you get? Do you buy a scanner or a milling machine? How are you financing or leasing your ovens? How are you getting your supplies?” 

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    Despite financing more in the lab, Noles says the sharing economy will be better for the lab’s cash flow. “And certainly better for the economic health of your business, if you’re doing it right.” 



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