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Choosing the type of dental headlight to buy can be a tricky business. Because of the number of different types of dental headlights available in the market today, it would be really challenging to find the one that would best suit your needs and personal preferences most especially if you are a first time user. We understand how important it is for you to find the right headlight and how difficult it is to pick the best one. It is for these reasons why we have decided to write an informative blog post about the key factors that you need to take into consideration when shopping for a new dental headlight. These key factors will help you come up with the right decision.
1. Brightness Control
Although maximum brightness is critical for visual acuity, not all procedures need the same amount of illumination. That is why you should take easy control of brightness into consideration when buying a new portable dental LED headlight. The brightness of the light varies not only on the procedure that you are performing or perhaps the object that you are working on, but also your age and personal preferences. Opt for the dental headlight that features easy brightness control so it would be more convenient for you to adjust the brightness anytime you needed.
2. Beam Color
Another important factor that you need to look for when buying a dental headlight is the color of the beam. Dentist headlights are available in various beam colors. Go for the headlight with pure white LED because it resembles daylight. It can help you see the real color of the teeth and the entire oral cavity without any color distortion. Also make sure that the color of the beam does not change within the specific range, usually within your working distance. To check the color of the beam, turn on the headlight and focus it on a blank area.
No matter how light the portable LED headlight is, if you will be wearing it for long periods of time, the weight can build up and can put more pressure on your nose bridge. Pick the headlight with the lightest weight.
4. Beam Direction
Even though most of the dental procedures require an illumination with slightly off -axis or close coaxial mounting, some dental procedures such as those related to endodontics need a headlight that creates strong glares like the true coaxial mounting. Choose the dental headlight with two mounting options so that you can use it regardless of the procedure you will perform.
5. Light Uniformity
The uniformity of light is one of the factors that are often overlooked especially by first-time buyers when choosing a dental LED headlight. Sometimes, merely using an ordinary overhead lamp is not enough when performing dental procedures. You need to have the right quantity, quality, and consistency of illumination in order to properly carry out any dental procedure as well as to avoid having distorted contrast image proportions and eye strain. When picking a LED dental headlight, you need to be sure that the illumination it produces is evenly distributed to the focused spot.