Let's face it, as dentists we work in a small, confined and dark environment doing very detailed work. In order to do so, it's important to clearly see what we're doing. This often involves us using powerful overhead lights and magnification to help us see things so that we can provide the very best care for our patients.

If we can't see clearly or if it's too dark, we have to reposition the patient, our light, head, posture, assistants, mirrors and the list goes on. If we can't see properly, not only does it take more time, but it can also wreak havoc on us physically.

To say the least, I'm a fanatic when it comes to seeing better: I have two microscopes and magnifying loupes. I thought I had everything I needed to be efficient and to provide the very best care. That was before I tried out my latest addition, a headlight for my loupes, see the article “I Can See Clearly Now”. After looking and talking to a friend of mine, I decided to add one more thing to my armamentarium for patient care.

At first I was leery of having one more thing on my side and another hanging off of my head, but now after using it for the past six months, I can say that I should have done it sooner. Why? I find myself and my assistant having to readjust a lot less because of poor lighting. My procedures are going quicker than before because of less movement and I can focus on the task at hand.

So, if you want to provide quicker and more efficient care that is better for you, your assistant and your patient, you may want to look into adding one of these to your office.

Jeff Lineberry DDS, Visiting Faculty, Spear Education. [ www.jefflineberrydds.com ]


Commenter's Profile Image John Sweeney
November 14th, 2012
Hey Jeff, we are cosidering a microscope purchase after attending he restorative design course. Have you found it worth the investment?
Commenter's Profile Image Vivek Mehta
November 14th, 2012
John: I am a recent convert to the world of microscope dentistry. Going to the restorative design, composite restorations workshops finally convinced me to get the microscope. Talking to Jeff and other microscope users also helped. I would highly recommend the move to using microscopes. ROI - in the short term may not be much but in the long run I think you will be convinced that it was a worthy investment. There is a learning curve, of course. I have been using scopes for little over 2 months... I think I am still not very fluent but I feel i am getting there. To my surprise I find working on the upper quad a breeze. The lower posteriors I find I am struggling a bit. I like many skeptics used to wonder if using microscope will slow me down.... And it turns out the answer is NO. Please contact me if you have any questions. I would be happy to help.
Commenter's Profile Image Andrew Cohen
November 14th, 2012
Jeff, So glad you converted. I just had all my overhead lights removed from the office. As a matter of fact I just bought a second pair of loops (stronger magnification) and it has the mini-light by Design for Vision. Just awesome. Next week the digital Pan goes in,
Commenter's Profile Image Jeff Lineberry
November 15th, 2012
John I have been using microscopes for 9+ years. Like Vivek said: it is a learning curve and if you are always striving for the "next level" then, yes, it is worth it. My last scope I purchased was a Global. You can contact the dealers and they will bring out a model for you to try. I had two different ones in my office at the same time to help me decide which one to purchase. Let me know if I can help. Vivek: Congratulations on the scope: it takes time and there are still times that seeing because of cheeks, tongues, etc. are in the way:-) Same here: let me know if I can help too. Andy: The mini-light from Designs for Vision is what I have. I only wish that they would make those mini-lights in a "color corrected" spectrum vs. LED, but I know the LED is lighter and doesn't use very much power.
Commenter's Profile Image Lisa Konz
November 17th, 2012
I had been using a light for my loupes for several years. I love it. Thankfully, a colleague strongly recommended the Isolite three years ago and the combo....WOW what a difference it made for me in terms of less eye strain and less postural pain. Also, I was able to work much faster - it retracts and suctions really well! The Isolite helps illumiate from the inside out and the light for the loupes helps illinate from the outside in....the combo made it MUCH easier to practice dentistry. Hope that helps :)