By Jeffrey B. Dalin, DDS, FACD, FAGD
I have written many articles and lectured to a number of groups on the subject of designing and marketing a Web site for your dental practice. One of the most important steps in the design and production of a Web page is to go out there into cyberspace and see what others in your field have up and running. So, with that in mind, I offer the list at right of a number of individual dentists' Web sites that I feel are among the best out there.
Before I offend dentists who have great Web sites, but who are not in this listing, let me state that these sites are merely a representation of many excellent sites for dentists. This listing is only meant to provide information and ideas to those who have not yet designed their own Web page.
Note: Some of these sites are designed using flash graphics or Active X programming (movable messages). Others use more simple programming.
You may ask: "Who designs these Web sites?" Again, there are too many people out there to list. I will mention a few of the sites that do a lot of work for dentists. Contact any of these companies or try to find someone locally who does a lot of Web-site design work for dental practitioners. Always ask to see samples before making any decisions.
Some of the design companies are: Curtis Group (curtisgroup. com), DDS4U (dds 4u.com), Dentaltown (dentaltown.com), Dentalxchange (dentalxchange. com), Dentistinfo (dentistinfo. com), Dentistryonline (dentistryon line.com), Einsteindental (einstein dental.com), Internet Dental Alliance (internetdentalalliance. com), One Dentist ( onedentist. com), Outlineswest (outlineswest. com), Practice Works (practice works.com), and Rdental (rdental. com).
Good luck ... and enjoy your tour through some of the dental offices out in cyberspace!
Jeffrey B. Dalin, DDS, FACD, FAGD, practices general dentistry in St. Louis. He also is the editor of St. Louis Dentistry Magazine and spokesperson and critical-issue-response-team chairperson for the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. His address on the Internet is www.dfdasmiles.com. Contact him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (314) 567-5612, or by fax at (314) 567-9047.