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Stan Goff is the Managing Editor of Dental Products Report, Dental Lab Products and Modern Hygienist. He has covered the dental industry since 1999 and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I started in dentistry in 1986, the most powerful quartz halogen light required at least 40 seconds to fully cure an increment of composite, while conventional curing lights lacked power.
When I started in dentistry in 1986, the most powerful quartz halogen light required at least 40 seconds to fully cure an increment of composite, while conventional curing lights lacked power. When indirect restorations asserted their presence in the 1990s, materials like Empress (Ivoclar Vivadent) leucite porcelain or feldspathic porcelain veneers allowed light penetration. However, materials like InCeram (VITA) and Procera (Nobel Biocare) still did not.
For direct restorations, I found myself using small increments of direct resins and had to learn to patiently wait while they cured. When placing indirect restorations, it was necessary to use dual cure resin cements, which used both a catalyst and a base. This was the only way to be sure the luting cement would fully cure.
With the advances made in curing lights today, many of these issues have been resolved. With an overwhelming number of choices, I spent time researching and comparing the best options for my practice. Ultimately, I chose the bluephase® G2 LED curing light.
Why choose the bluephase® G2?
This curing light not only solved the challenges that I faced in the late 1980s and 1990s, but it also offered the power, features and design I had been searching for more recently. Enabling me to use it where, when and how I need to, the unit’s sleek design leaves a small footprint and fits easily in the hand, as well as in the mouth. Its high power ensures a greater depth of cure and lowers curing time.
Saving me time and my practice maintenance costs, the innovative polywave™ LED technology generates less heat and uses a bulb that virtually never burns out.
How does it compare to others?
The performance is outstanding and fulfills all the criteria that I look for in a curing light. Aside from the ergonomic and comfortable “pistol grip” design, the swivel light guide and design of the docking station are unparalleled. “Click & Cure” allows me to operate the unit cordlessly or plugged-in when my battery runs low. Further, the internal cooling system is impressive and provides continuous cooling during my most extensive restorative cases.
The one feature that truly stands out over other LED lights, however, is the security and comfort that comes with knowing I can effectively cure all composite materials-even resin modified glass ionomers. It offers settings that allow curing close to the pulp, highspeed curing and low shrinkage so I can provide solutions to the many different restorative situations I encounter on a day-to-day basis.
I highly recommend this light curing unit to colleagues and it is truly the only curing solution you need.