In this brief overview the reader has been exposed to the basic principles of four‑handed dentistry. These principles allow the practitioner to work smarter, not harder. When the concepts discussed in this article are applied to the dental team’s daily practice, it is likely that the team will identify areas that relate to increased stress and reduced productivity. If so, keep an open mind and begin today to determine how changes can be made to modify your mode of practice to make it more productive and less stressful.