5 reasons to say goodbye to paper forms forever

Many dental and orthodontic practices still use paper forms for day-to-day record keeping, such as new patient registration and patient consent. However, in the past few years there’s been a digital technology explosion and the availability of paperless form software for the dental and orthodontic industries has significantly increased. 

Does your practice still use paper forms? Have you been contemplating making the switch to a more sustainable business option, but not sure if your practice is ready? 

While we acknowledge paper forms have their own benefits, paperless forms provide many advantages, including an improvement in efficiency and workflow.

Paperless forms require no local storage and in most cases all you need is a tablet, the internet and a computer.

As the information is stored in the cloud, it’s easy to search and access, and in some cases the forms can be sent to your patients to fill out before they come in. What a time saver! 

Here are 5 reasons why it could be time to put your clipboard and pen away and say goodbye to paper forms forever. 

Save money

While paper itself isn’t a huge cost, especially if the majority of your practice is already paperless, you also need to consider the cost of printers, ink, filing and paper storage.

Increase productivity

Think of the time it takes your administration staff to print, scan and upload consent forms and new patient registration onto your system.

Going paperless increases productivity and frees up time for your staff to concentrate on the things that matter – patient care. 

Environmentally friendly

Paperless forms aren’t only user friendly, they are an environmentally friendly option too. Making the switch to paperless forms is one way of decreasing the environmental footprint of your practice and making it more sustainable. 

Improve scalability  

When focusing on improving the scalability of your practice, it’s essential to consider all the areas you can create efficient workflow systems. Digital technology such as paperless forms will build workflow and your technological assets. 


Improve document safety

Paper forms require special handling to ensure the information isn’t lost, stolen or destroyed in the event of a fire or other disaster. They also need to be disposed of properly. Paperless form software has fewer risks and although no system is foolproof, it is a safer option. 

Want to go paperless? Always research all options to ensure you’re choosing the right software for your practice. 

At DentiCare we’re all about helping practices save time and money and our affordable Payment Plan solution helps practices connect patients with the treatment they need. 

Our payment plan solution helps dental and orthodontic practices create a reliable revenue stream, while we manage all payments, reducing administration tasks regarding overdue accounts, billing and following up missed payments.