Depending on what we are going to use the Curing Light Lamp for in our dental clinic, we must take into account some aspects or others. In his last visit to the offices of Dentaltix, Alejandro of Rumar:
- He tells us the technical and functional aspects to take into account when choosing a curing light.
- We will carry out a comparative practice of DTE and Woodpecker lamps
What should be taken into account when choosing a curing light for a dental practice?
Before you can choose the ideal curing light for your dental practice, it is essential that you know what use will be intended for it. You must be very clear about what type of composites you will be working with in order to know the technical requirements to be considered during the choice.
According to Alejandro when you buy your curing light you should consider the following:
The more intensity the lamp can offer you, the better, as it will give us more possibilities to polymerize the composites at a greater depth. In high-end lamps, it is also interesting that low intensities can be reached because it will allow us to adapt to more needs of each clinical case or treatment.
2. Wavelength amplitude
What interests us is that the lamp can offer us the widest possible range of wavelengths to adapt to the optimal wavelengths of each type of composite and be able to use it with the maximum number of resins possible..
Although you know that you always work with the same types of composite, you can buy a lamp that you know reaches the necessary wavelength well and you don't need it to have a very wide wavelength range..
3. Polymerization Programs
Today, it is normal for all lamps to incorporate at least 3 different programs to polymerize in different ways according to treatment needs::
- Ramp Up: Progressive increase in intensity..
- Staggered: Alternation between 0 and maximum intensity.
- Constant maximum power level.
The high-end lamps can incorporate more types of programs and functions, such as the detection of caries by blue light.
4. Lamp design
Although this aspect can be very subjective, it is important that the lamp has a good design to transmit a sense of modernity, cleanliness and technology to our patients. It is also very important to take into account the the weight and ergonomics of the curing light lamp..
5. Wired or wireless lamps
Nowadays almost all lamps are wireless which offers great working comfort. However, when choosing a lamp, the durability of the battery and the duration of the charge must be taken into account.
Recommendations and comparison of 6 Curing Light lamps:
High-end Curing Light Lamps:
- Woodpecker X-CURE curing light: Power: 200 - 2500 mV. Wavelength: 385 - 515nm. Wireless.
Medium-high range Curing Light Lamps:
- DTE iLed curing light :Power: 1000 - 1800 mV. Wavelength: 430 - 485nm. Wireless. Advantage: It does not work through optical fiber so the tip is less delicate.
- Woodpecker iLed H.Ortho curing light:Power: 1000 - 2500 mV. Wavelength: 440 - 495nm. Wireless. Specially recommended for polymerization in orthodontic treatments.
Medium range Curing Light Lamps
- Woodpecker Led.G polymerization lamp : Power: 1000 - 1200 mV. Wavelength: 440 - 490nM. Designed to be connected to the dental unit.
- DTE Led.D Curing Lamp : Power: 1000 - 1700 mV. Wavelength: 440 - 490nM. It is not wireless but for that reason it is more economic.
- Woodpecker Led.Curing Lamp : Power: 1000 - 1200 mV. Wavelength: 440 - 490nM. Wireless.
If you want to see other options do not hesitate to visit our section of Curing Light Lamps where you will find lamps from other brands such as: 3M, Coltene, Bader, Dentsply, Ivoclar Vivadent, Kerr, Kulzer, Mectron ...
Further tips for choosing the most suitable light-curing lamp for your clinic:
In addition to considering the technical and aesthetic aspects, Alejandro points out that it is very important to buy a curing light with a guarantee and good after-sales service in order to be able to give adequate maintenance and be able to acquire spare parts easily.
Also, we recommend you this other blog article with Alejandro de Rumar that tells us How to avoid breakdowns in light-curing lamps?
We hope this article will help you choose curing lamps for your dental practice more easily. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the lamps, we will be happy to support you.