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What curing light is right for your practice

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Whether you're doing lots of restorations or not, having the right curing light in your practice can make a world of difference. The wrong light can make your procedures more laborious and frustrating than they need to be. Here are some types of curing lights, their benefits, and what you need to look out for.

Halogen Bulbs

These are often referred to as the old-reliables since halogen type curing lights have been around since the ‘80s. Despite its power consumption, need for cords, and cooling fans, Halogen curing lights are good because they are able to cure all materials due to it’s longer wavelengths. Halogen curing lights replaced the UV light and have been pretty consistent for the past 34 years as one of the most commonly used curing lights along with LED. But with the newer technology on the rise, it’s possible that halogen bulbs will soon be out-of-date.

LED lights

When LED lights first entered the scene in the ’90s, they performed decently. The factor that drove many to the LED then were frustrations with the plasma arc lights. Little things like not being able to cure all materials and having no timer didn’t help LED lights rise in popularity. However, LED lights have made large improvements over the last 20 years. Now, the right LED curing light will be able to cure any light-cured dental material today and come with a timer. Additionally, they can be lightweight, more portable, and smaller in design to reach even the distal surface of third molars. These product specifications will vary between curing lights, so it’s vital to do specific research on each model you are investigating.

Questions to Ask

During product research, it’s important to answer some other questions in order to determine which curing light is right for you.

Is support important to you? Do you want to know the sellers will be contactable, offer a warranty, or support when something goes wrong? Companies vary and not everyone offers support.

Has the light been tested and approved for use in your country? This can be checked by seeing if it has the CE mark.

Will you need to overlap exposure or will the light tip cover most of your restorations? Companies should show if their light can deliver a wide consistent output to avoid hot or cold spots. Subsequently, can the light reach restorations in unique places of the mouth?

There are lots of different choices to consider when looking at adding a new tool to your practice. While many options may make choosing overwhelming, remember, you know your practice needs better than anyone. For additional questions about our curing lights and if they are right for you, contact us.

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