An architectural conception for an orthodontic office
Address for correspondence: P. ThÉpot, Architecte DPLG, 11 rue Voltaire, 38000 Grenoble.
The design for the site of an orthodontic office has to encompass a wide variety of heterogeneous concepts that have little or no logical connection with each other including functional and ergonomic requirements, the available existing space, the existing building itself, the flow of traffic, the conduct of the practice, costs, colors, materials, textures, and lighting.
Carrying out this transformation cannot be done without an in depth study of the specifications and characteristics of every phase of the operation, a careful analysis of the needs and mode of operation of the office team. But this plan for a facility remodeling should not respond solely to functional needs; every office location should be designed to house a particular activity. The waiting room and reception desk should encourage communication and empathy. The consulting room should soothe fears and stimulate dialogue. The treatment rooms or area should reflect professionalism. The sterilization area must gleam with an almost virginal cleanliness and demonstrate the rigor of its antiseptic qualities. Throughout, management of space, forms, dimensions, and the choice of materials and colors must flow from a well thought out plan where they all participate in the creation of an atmosphere that sends a message to patients. “Architectural works speak to men’s hearts, awakening emotions. The task of architecture is to stimulate righteous emotions.” 
Key words: Orthodontics / Dental office / Facility design
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