There are a lot of fine curing lights on the market today. However, in my opinion one stands a bit taller than all the rest. That one is the Ultradent Valo curing light.
The Valo is a standout unit for a number of reasons and that is why, year after year, it has won The Best of Class Technology Award, or which I am a voting panel member.
I recently received a nice follow-up and overview of the Valo directly from Ultradent and I thought I would share it with you here. Rather than "reinventing the wheel" in this post, I thought I'd let you get pertinent info direct from the source. Here is what the smart folks at Ultradent had to say:
The Power of 3 Seconds
With the VALO LED broadband curing light, all you need is 3 seconds to get a complete, uniform cure. In Xtra Power mode, a 3-second cure gives you 3200mW/cm—the same amount of power provided by a conventional 10–20-second cure from other curing lights.1–2
So how does the VALO curing light give you so much power in so little time?
Accessibility: The VALO curing light's low-profile head allows for easy and direct access to any restoration site, which means that the light can reach all aspects of the preparation.
Power: The optimally collimated beam ensures that the VALO curing light maintains its power density and cures uniformly over a range of surfaces and working distances. The VALO curing light can polymerize any resin from up to 10mm from the restoration site.
Versatility: The custom, multiwavelength LEDs produce high-intensity light at 395–480nm, which is capable of polymerizing all light-cured dental materials no matter the proprietary product used. The VALO curing light also operates in Standard Power and High Power modes. In Standard Power mode, a 10-second cure provides 1000mW/ cm.2 A 4-second cure in High Power provides 1400mW/cm2 and should only be used for tacking.
So, what does this mean for your office? Dr. Gordon Christensen has found that a typical dental practice can save over $26,000 per year just by switching from a low-intensity light to a high-intensity light.2
Who knew three seconds could be worth so much?