Thursday, November 14, 2013

Congrats to Ultradent Valo as Pride Best in Class

For the second year in a row, the panel at  the Pride Technology Expo picked the Ultradent Valo curing light as "Best in Class".
The Valo has been my favorite curing light for a while now and with good reason.
It is made out of aerospace grade aluminum.  There are several grades of aluminum.  Aircraft grade is good enough to make  planes out of.  Aerospace is good enough to make missiles and rockets out of.  This curing light is CAD/CAM milled in the basement of Ultradent's state of the art facility in South Jordan, Utah.  The device is so durably made that it will withstand 300 drops from a counter top onto concrete.  That's right… 300 drops.  It is THAT durable.  In fact, in a dental clinical environment, I consider it indestructible.
It is also a wide spectrum light with an output from 395-480nm.  That means it will set every composite currently on the market.
Let me give you the specs straight from the Ultradent website and then you can see why I think so very highly of the Valo:
VALO Cordless uses a custom, multi-wavelength light emitting diode (LED) for producing high intensity light at 395–480nm, which is capable of polymerizing all light-cured dental materials. This intensity will also penetrate porcelain and is capable of curing underlying resin cements similar to a quality halogen light. VALO Cordless uses VALO rechargeable batteries and a battery charger suitable for power outlets from 100 to 240 volts. The handpiece is designed to rest in a standard dental unit bracket, or can be custom-mounted using the bracket included in the kit. It can also be stored on a countertop or in a drawer. VALO Cordless is equipped with a sensor that registers movement of the light; when the light is not being used, VALO Cordless will automatically go into sleep mode and when moved will return to the most recently used setting.
  • Ultra-high energy broadband LEDs cure all dental materials
  • Optimally collimated beam delivers a complete, uniform cure
  • Three curing modes—standard, high power, and Xtra power—for maximum versatility
  • Extremely durable, slim, ergonomic shape allows unprecedented access to all restoration sites
  • Operates on environmentally responsible, safe, inexpensive, rechargeable batteries
  • Highly efficient LEDs and aerospace grade aluminum construction

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