Denture Care Shop, a Charleston-area startup is using digital scanning, 3D-printing technology and a home-built tele-health dentistry platform to make high-quality dentures significantly more affordable, convenient and faster than traditional methods.
The most common denture-wearers in the Southeast region are elderly and low-income communities, two groups that Martin says can be often marginalized and looked over in the health care industry. And according to the team, the denture industry hasn’t been improved upon in decades.
“The traditional way of getting dentures is just extremely broken,” said Denture Care Shop COO Selena Martin. And, she isn’t the only member of the team that sees it that way.
“The challenges of getting new dentures are staggering — due to cost (up to $1,500 or more on average per plate), inconvenience (4+ visits), wait times (5-8 weeks) and the fear of unnecessary procedures,” co-founder Adam Bielsky said in a press release.
By reducing overhead costs using their tele-health platform and focusing solely on dentures rather than other dentistry, which could require x-rays and other expensive equipment, Denture Care Shop offers medical-grade 3D-printed dentures for customers for $199 per plate, if they’re replacing an old set, or $299 for a new fit. And, it only takes a few days.
“This is the latest and greatest in dental technology, and it truly is affordable because of that technology,” Bielsky said. “So, we are out to convince the Charleston community that this is the future, the future is here and that its bona-fide.”
Denture Care Shop opened their first storefront on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston in early April, and since then, they’ve had over 130 customers and delivered over 165 dentures with no returns.