For dental practices, it can be a tricky process to acquire funding for everything needed to maintain and run successful surgery due to the sheer amount of equipment and overheads involved. They also may lack awareness about the different types of funding available for dental practices which can lead them to spend more than they need to.

We wanted to lend a hand and explain in plain English what the options are for dentists who are looking for funding, as well as offering our recommendation.

Different Types Of Funding Available For Dental Practices:

- Merchant Cash Advances

If you want money quickly and you know you can pay it back quickly, you could consider a merchant cash advance.

An MCA is different to any other funding because its based on income rather than credit, this would benefit a dentist that has lots of customers paying by credit card.

Be warned! An MCA needs to be repaid within a month or two and is not a long-term financial solution.

- Small Business Loans

Backed by the government, small business loans are good for dentists looking to reduce their monthly payment for a larger loan.

On average, their interest rates are around the 10% mark with repayment terms lasting up to 20 years.

- Invoice Factoring

Invoices are considered the collateral on a loan and unpaid invoices are considered assets. So, a dental practice offering payment plans should have enough invoices to borrow against.

Again, these are short-term fixes and shouldn't be considered when looking to buy new equipment or refurb your practice.

Professional Loans

Dentists are considered professionals so can obtain these loans without a huge amount of effort. Professional loans can be secured or unsecured, have interest rates below 10% and can be repaid over several months.

Our Recommendation: Equipment Finance

Whether you're looking for long-term or short-term solutions to funding your new dental gear, equipment finance is your best option.

Not only do you get great rates over a period of time that suits your dental practice but you can also add extras to your equipment finance packages such as installation, maintenance and any future upgrade to your dental equipment, should they become available.

Some Things To Consider Before Applying For Funding:

- Make sure you can determine your creditworthiness

The length of time a dental practice has been in operation as well as having strong monthly revenue are both factors that can determine the creditworthiness of your surgery.

- Dentists are in a fortunate financial position

As we said earlier, dentistry is looked at as professional industry who offer a service to the public, this means lenders see them in a more favourable light.

To qualify for a loan, it helps to have the following:

  • - Must be trading for at least 3 months with a valid business debit card
  • - An annual turnover of £35,000
  • - Based in England or Wales
  • - A personal guarantee may be required

Anything else we can help with?

If you've still got a few unanswered questions about the types of funding available for dental practices, business loans or equipment finance then you can check out our FAQ page or if you prefer to speak to a human you can ring us and we'd be happy to chat.

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