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In the dynamic environment of dental practices, innovation plays a crucial role in enhancing patient experience, improving workflow efficiency, and maintaining confidentiality. Smart glass, also known as switchable glass or privacy glass, offers a modern solution to address these needs effectively. In this blog, we’ll explore what smart glass is, its advantages in dental practice settings, and conclude with frequently asked questions.

What is Smart Glass?

Smart glass is an advanced material that can alter its transparency properties on demand. By applying an electrical current, smart glass can transition from transparent to opaque or translucent, providing instant privacy as needed. This technology offers a versatile solution for maintaining confidentiality and enhancing functionality in various settings, including dental practices.

Advantages of Smart Glass in Dental Practice

Enhanced Patient Privacy

Smart glass partitions create discreet areas within dental practices for patient consultations, examinations, and treatments, ensuring confidentiality and respect for patient privacy.

Improved Infection Control

Smart glass surfaces are smooth and easy to clean, reducing the risk of bacterial buildup and facilitating infection control measures in dental treatment areas.

Flexible Room Configurations

Smart glass partitions allow for flexible room configurations within dental practices, optimizing space utilization and accommodating varying patient needs and treatment requirements.

Customizable Aesthetic Appeal

Smart glass can be customized to incorporate branding elements, logos, or designs, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of dental practice interiors and creating a professional and welcoming atmosphere for patients.

Enhanced Workflow Efficiency

Smart glass enables efficient communication and collaboration between dental staff members, allowing for seamless coordination of patient care and treatment procedures.

Controlled Natural Light

Smart glass regulates sunlight transmission, allowing natural light to enter dental practice spaces while minimizing glare and UV exposure, creating a comfortable and visually pleasing environment for patients and staff.

Improved Energy Efficiency

Smart glass products designed to regulate temperature and sunlight transmission contribute to energy savings in dental practices, reducing reliance on artificial lighting and HVAC systems.

Enhanced Patient Experience

Smart glass enhances the overall patient experience by creating private and comfortable treatment areas, reducing patient anxiety, and promoting a sense of security and well-being.


Smart glass technology offers numerous advantages for dental practices, ranging from enhanced patient privacy and infection control to improved workflow efficiency and energy savings. By incorporating smart glass into their design, dental practices can create modern and patient-centric environments that prioritize confidentiality, comfort, and efficiency.

Who We Are

Tecdur is the leading manufacturer of smart glass for the UK and Ireland. Tecdur Switchable Glass provides the best clarity, lowest power consumption and lowest haze currently available.  We can offer a wide range of specifications to meet project requirements with our switchable glass, cost is dependent on specification, application and design. Please get in contact with us to discuss further.

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Frequently asked Questions

Our privacy glass works by utilising advanced PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal) film. When an electrical current is applied, the liquid crystal molecules align, allowing light to pass through, making the glass transparent. When the current is switched off, the molecules mis-align, causing the glass to turn opaque or translucent, providing privacy.

Yes, smart glass can be customized and applied to various dental practice layouts and configurations to ensure patient privacy and comfort.

Yes, smart glass can often be retrofitted into existing windows or partitions, providing a convenient upgrade to enhance patient privacy and comfort.

While smart glass may require occasional cleaning and maintenance, it typically does not have any specialized maintenance requirements beyond regular glass cleaning practices.

Some smart glass products are designed to regulate temperature and sunlight transmission, contributing to energy savings in dental practices.

Smart glass operates on electrical systems, so backup power sources should be in place to ensure continued functionality during power outages. Additionally, proper training on its operation and maintenance is essential to address any potential privacy issues effectively.

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