Colors in Dentistryand LifeBrought to you by Sulzer Mixpac Dental
Colors in Your Practice• Colors can be used effectively in your practiceto enable both patients and staff to feel morecomfortable while in your environment• Use cool, natural colors – such as blue, greenor brown – for a calming effect• Use warm colors – vibrant reds, oranges, pinksand yellows – sparingly; they can tend tomake people feel agitated
Colors in Your Practice• Before redecorating your practice, consider your patientbase. Does it consist of:– Mostly children– Seniors– Young and trendy?• What kind of environment exists in your practice? Is it:– Anxiety-free, friendly, tranquil, radiating serenity and focus– A “feelgood” space, promoting a sense of wellbeing andlightness– Preventive, a functional place intent on keeping sickness at bay– Regenerative, with a relaxed mood, aiding concentration
Colors in Your Practice• Before redecorating or redesigning your space, you maywant to seek help from a professional. There are quite afew interior decorators who specialize in dental offices• With that in mind, some colors may beuniquely suited for one practice, butnot at all suitable for another• Some may be perfect for wall colorsor even entire rooms, whereas othersmight be better used only foraccessories
Blue and BrownBlue• Considered “favoritecolor” of many• Perceived as trustworthy,dependable and steadfast• Cools, calms and sedates• Often associated with skyand sea; promotes senseof freedomBrown• Symbolizes stability,reliability – a sense ofapproachability• Offers a feeling ofwholesomeness• Suggests a connectionwith the earth andprovides a senseof order
Yellow and TurquoiseYellow• Suggests sunshine• A happy color, indicatinglightness, openness, warmth• Possesses an uplifting energy• Enhances joy, promotesmotivation and awareness• Encourages communication• A soft yellow is well suited forwaiting and receptionareas as well assmaller roomsTurquoise• Often associated withCaribbean beaches• Balances the peace andtranquility of blue with theuplifting energy of yellow andthe growth-sense of green• Enhances focus andconcentration• Calms, heals emotionsand restoresdepleted energy
Green and GrayGreen• THE color in nature; an idealbackdrop in interior design• Friendly and open• Shades from “forest” to “lime”are perceived as calming andrefreshing• Soothes and relaxes the mindand the body• May help alleviateuneasiness andanxietyGray• Represents intellect,knowledge and wisdom• Perceived as enduring, classic,sleek and refined• Dignified and conservative;possesses a sense of authority• The color of compromise• Neutral and hencepopular withdesigners as abackground color
Red and OrangeRed• Represents power, energy andpassion• Increases enthusiasm,promotes action andconfidenceOrange• Stimulates activity; encouragessociability• Radiates warmth, friendliness,optimism and openness• Traditionally associated withThanksgiving and autumn, theharvest time
Purple and PinkPurple• Calms the mind; easesnervousness• Considered the Color ofRoyalty, indicating piety andhonor• Perhaps provide a Royalaward of your own design tofearful patients for the honor ofgoing through treatmentsuccessfullyPink• Soothing• Discourages aggression andill-will• Encourages an air offriendliness
„Side Effects“ of Colors• Blue – Some shades may be too intense and seem unfriendly or cold• Brown – May be perceived as boring or monotonous when not highlighted by othercolors• Gray – May seem unsettling or radiate a lack of confidence; can have a dampeningeffect on other colors combined with it• Red – Can increase blood pressure, respiration and pulse rate. Is associated withblood; should be used with caution in a dental office• Orange – People either love or hate the color. It can create anxiety in some people.Use sparingly, perhaps as a highlight in reception or waiting areas• Purple – As a mixture of red and blue, purple can be disquieting if the undertone isnot clearly defined. It might be perceived as melancholy or depressing. Use sparingly• Pink – Bright pinks – like red – can increase blood pressure, respiration, heart rate.Can be perceived as physically draining and destabilizingIrrespective of cultural connotations, there is always the risk that some people may justnot like a specific color.
Other Ways to Introduce Colors toYour Practicehttp://www.etsy.com/listing/125704355/mini-colorful-tooth-fairy-pillows?ref=pr_shop http://www.etsy.com/listing/92141972/keep-calm-and-floss-on-11x14-dentist-art?ref=shop_home_activehttp://www.etsy.com/listing/101361050/brush-floss-rinse-ombre-blue-pastel?ref=shop_home_active• Motivational posters, giveaways,toys• Plants and flowers – Bring a senseof the outside in; a fragrantbouquet will brighten any space• Art prints or photos – You mighteven consider hanging some onthe ceiling to give patientssomething to look at duringtreatment
Other Ways to Introduce Colors toYour Practicehttp://www.hu-friedy.com/http://www.practicon.com/• Colorful equipment isanother way to add thebenefits of color to yourpractice• Here are just a few of awide range you mightemployhttp://www.sulzer.com/microsites/tips-for-dentists
Inspiration for Your PracticeThe internet offers easy access to colorful inspiration foryour dental practice. Here are just a few links you mightfind helpful:• http://catalog.ada.org/ProductCatalog/115/Managing-Your-Practice/Dental-Office-Design-A-Guide-to-Building-Remodeling-and-Relo/P091• http://pinterest.com/rachebug/dental-office-decor/• http://weburbanist.com/2011/07/24/open-wide-10-jaw-dropping-dental-office-concepts/
Sources (sample)• http://www.sensationalcolor.com/color-meaning-symbolism-and-psychology/• http://www.colour-affects.co.uk/psychological-properties-of-colours• http://www.etsy.com (for the posters and teeth)• http://www.hu-friedy.com/ (for the equipment)• http://www.practicon.com (for the equipment)• zm 97, Issue 11
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