Most dentists and team members give little thought to the value of the curing light. Our expectations center mostly around it being predictable and providing consistent results every time. Thank goodness manufacturers are always looking for ways to improve our clinical experiences and outcomes.
Vista Apex has developed the new PinkWave™ curing light for the dental market using QuadWave™ technology. The QuadWave refers to ultraviolet, blue, red, and near-infrared light waves delivered simultaneously in a collimated beam. This innovation decreases material shrinkage while increasing polymerization to an 8.5-mm depth of cure. The PinkWave QuadWave curing light offers multiple modes, including standard, boost, ramp, and transillumination.
Vista Apex’s PinkWave with QuadWave curing light is shaking up the way clinicians think about curing dental materials. Eleven Catapult evaluators were asked to review the new curing light over several weeks and provide feedback on how it is revolutionizing the curing light market.
The PinkWave was designed to enhance the efficiency of curing procedures and features a built-in transilluminator to allow clinicians to check for cracks or caries. With its patented QuadWave™ technology, it has 4 different wavelengths: ultraviolet photoinitiators, CQ initiators, enhanced polymerization, and near-infrared (NIR) enhanced polymerization. It decreases shrinkage of the materials, resulting in a better restoration.
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To deliver high-quality patient outcomes in an efficient and productive manner, clinicians must choose equipment that supports the style and productivity of their practice. The clinicians were asked to evaluate the ergonomics, ease of use, size and weight of the unit, reduction in postoperative sensitivity, and potential reduction in composite shrinkage. Of the evaluators surveyed, the overwhelming response to the PinkWave curing light was favorable.
Most notably, clinicians were positive about its ergonomics, reduction in composite shrinkage, size of the unit, and absence of postoperative discomfort of restorations following use of the curing light. High positivity was expressed in the ergonomics and size of the light (greater than 80% of evaluators responded with highly agree or agree). One evaluator commented, “Staff absolutely loves the feel and comfort of the unit!”
Although the evaluators were overwhelmingly positive about the size and weight of the unit, they noted that the most important feature of the curing light would be decreasing polymerization shrinkage. The evaluators seemed slightly indifferent to the other features of the unit, including the various modes of curing. In fact, 100% of the evaluators commented that the 10- to 20-second cure is the most common use of a curing light and therefore the ramp and boost modes, although nice features to have, would be seldom deployed in clinical settings. However, the transillumination feature was very appealing to several clinicians.
Catapult is an organization that consists of more than 50 clinicians spread throughout Canada and the United States. As a company, manufacturers pay a fee for their product to be evaluated and what we deliver are truthful, independent answers from surveys that we develop with them. We have had many products that have either had to be altered before hitting the market or simply never arrived because of our openly honest evaluations. In this way, Catapult assists the manufacturer to avoid potentially releasing a faulty product, or simply a product that needs refinement. Lastly our clients are omnipresent in the industry, small to large, no favoritism, simply reviewing the latest products in our practices.
Overall, the Catapult evaluators were enthusiastic about the PinkWave QuadWave curing light from Vista Apex. The attractive, efficient product definitely has the coolness factor for your staff and patients. From a scientific standpoint, Vista Apex’s data supports less polymerization shrinkage and less postoperative discomfort. Although the evaluators were not asked to comment about the QuadWave technology specifically, 1 evaluator noted the advantage of having multiple wavelengths in a single beam as “it helps alleviate the concerns of a photoinitiator being outside of the light’s capability.”
Catapult evaluators give the Catapult Vote of Confidence to the new PinkWave curing light from Vista Apex.