With so many different models and manufacturers to choose from, you want to make sure you’re investing in something of quality that is best for your practice. While some products may do the same function, some perform and last better than others simply because of how they were made.
One of the best ways to make sure you are buying quality materials is to ask other professionals within your practice. This can come from directly contacting them or simply reading reviews from others in the industry. Make sure that the individuals you are getting advice from are also established and reputable, just as you would with choosing a manufacturer. Just take dental curing light for an example.
Curing lights allow us to initiate the polymerization reaction “on demand” for a vast array of materials. However, there is, perhaps, more misinformation and hype regarding this type of equipment compared to just about anything else we use on a daily basis. Most of these controversies center on how long you have to cure specific types of restorations as well as how deep you can cure specific types of materials.
Manufacturers continue to make outlandish claims of their curing capabilities, most of which fall into the “too good to be true” category. An example is the claim that a new light can accomplish a “5mm depth of cure in 3 seconds”. Please don’t be fooled by these ads – you absolutely, positively cannot cure a composite in three seconds.
Those with years of experience will be able to tell you which products are best and which are not. In many cases, they have already used the product and have the best knowledge of whether it is a good investment and the pros and cons of the products.
It is never a good rule of thumb to buy something simply because it is available or because it is affordable for you. Find out exactly what your practice needs and then begin your research on the quality products to invest in. This is because buying mobile dental equipment is just that, an investment. Check the product’s features and confirm how it will make your practice more effective.