Tools of the trade: Eighteeth Curing Light Pen


by Dr Sahbaz Thind, The Dental Standard, Taringa, QLD

I use this curing light to cure my restorative work. It utilises an LED light which means it has an extended life before needing to be replaced.

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What’s good about it

The unit has a sleek design with a very small head that is rotatable by 360 degrees. It has three different light intensity options that cover a wide range of situations. It also has a detection mode that is one of its most useful features. It will show composite fillings in teeth, fluorescing them. When I’m removing old fillings, it makes it obvious where the composite ends and the teeth starts. Detection mode also shows caries very nicely, fluorescing it an orange colour.

The three different options can also be set for three different time periods—three seconds, five seconds and 10 seconds. Additionally, there’s a ramping mode and a pulse mode. The display on the handle shows which mode and time option has been set. It also shows battery life. The display is small yet nice and easy to read.

When not in use, the pen sits in a charging base. I’ve never had it run out of power during a working day but I do sit it in the charging bracket when not in use.

What’s not so good

When I’ve set the pen to its highest intensity, I’ve had it overheat a couple of times. I just give it a couple of minutes then it starts to work again. In all honesty, I don’t use that intensity often, so I haven’t had too many problems.

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