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One of the most useful illumination tools used by dentists worldwide is the dental headlights. The dental headlights are portable lighting devices that are often used together with the dental loupes and it can also be mounted in a separate wrap around strap. There are currently almost countless types of dental headlights available in the market. Thinking about both the local and international dental headlight manufacturers, we can say that the options available for you are literally as vast as the sea. Needless to say, with this number of product choices, finding the one that would best suit your needs, budget, and personal preferences can be a bit tedious most especially if this is your first time to buy one. This two-part user guide will help beginners like you find your first dental LED headlight by answering some important questions related to it.
Why is illumination needed in dentistry?
Having an excellent quality, enough quantity, and consistent illumination is critical to every dental examinations and procedures not only because it can help make it easier for the eyes to work but most importantly because it allows you to have a better access to every critical detail of the oral cavity that are often overlooked when viewed with just the naked eye.
Working with dark and small areas are really challenging most especially if you lack proper lighting tools. With the help of portable dental headlight, you can be able to see everything inside the mouth and to know the real color of the teeth, the surrounding tissues, and oral cavity in general. This allows you to easily identify what's need to be treated or repaired, to avoid misdiagnosis, to come up with a more precise treatment solution, and to deliver higher quality dental care services.
Portable LED headlight, overhead lamp, and operating lights: which is the best?
Each of these illumination devices can all produce lighting that is enough to carry out dental procedures and examinations. But just like any other dental equipment, they all have both advantages and disadvantages.
Of these three light systems, the best available option is the LED dental headlight.
- Does not cast a shadow which can impede the user's field of view.
- Requires less storage space.
- Energy efficient; consumes only very little electricity because it is only powered by a rechargeable battery.
- Cooler than the overhead lamp and operating lights.
- Portable, lightweight, and can easily be carried or transferred.
- More comfortable and convenient to use.
- Offers freedom of movement. It easily moves with you.
- Can be 100 to 200 times brighter than the other illumination systems.
- Its angle of inclination and light beam can easily be adjusted, hands-free.
- Superior quality optics and beam.
These are just among the things that make LED headlight for dentists better than the other lighting systems.
Is dental headlight safe for the eyes?
Yes, it is. Using properly designed and high-quality dental headlights are safe for the eyes and vision. However, you must be sure to choose the best quality lights as those that are poorly constructed and poorly designed can hurt the eyes.
This concludes the first part of this user guide. For more information about dental headlights, please check the second part here.