Even before you pick up SmartLite Pro and get to work, the entire system is crafted for optimal dental workflows and predictable clinical outcomes:
SmartLite Pro is also equipped with dual batteries so you never run out of power, ever. Batteries are using the latest generation LiFePO4 battery technology.
The large 10 mm active curing diameter covers bigger restorations combined with an excellent beam collimation for reliable curing even over larger distances.
The optimized 4 LED design provides a homogeneous light distribution over the entire curing area. SmartLite Pro delivers an average irradiance of 1250 mW/cm2. The beam profiles of 4 lights show the distribution of light emitted across the light tips.1
What makes a good curing light and how can SmartLite Pro help to achieve more predictable high-quality results?
In a recent study using new curing lights to test the ability of dental professionals to deliver energy to simulated restorations, there was a 10x difference in energy delivery between the best and worst operator.¹ The variable is technique! Choosing a curing light with a lightweight, ergonomic design for stable positioning and simple controls for consistency of use across operators may help reduce the opportunity for technique variability.
The light guide tip should be as close as possible and flat against the restorative surface to have the best chance of directing light to all corners of the proximal box. Angled light guides can make it difficult to keep the surface of the light tip flat at the restoration, especially in the posterior, where 74% of direct restorations are performed.2,3 Pen-style lights make it easier to maintain the proper curing angle when space is an issue—such as the back of the mouth, and in geriatric and pediatric cases.
When the proximal box is over 6mm deep, dentists often find themselves guessing if the adhesive and composite have been sufficiently cured. Be sure the curing light cures to clinically relevant distances versus higher output power.
For many dentists, light curing is an undervalued part of any restorative procedure. They assume when they see blue light coming out of the curing light, all is good and their work is done. However, just because blue light is coming out does not mean the curing light is working effectively. And if the curing light is not working effectively, the restorative material will be left under cured esp. in deep cavities or bulk fill situations. Studies have shown that inadequate polymerization can contribute to a variety of clinical conditions such as discoloration, pulpal irritation, post-operative sensitivity and eventual failure of the restoration. It’s more than just ensuring light is coming out. It is also the light intensity, wavelength, exposure duration, size, location, and orientation of the tip to the restoration.
When the light energy is not well distributed across the light tip, there are areas of hot and cold spots which can lead to inconsistent curing throughout the restoration. The “hot spot” areas in the center sometimes provide extremely high irradiance, but the “cold spot” areas on the edges often barely deliver sufficient energy to cure the restoration. This leads to a non-uniform cure across the restoration. That’s why a uniform beam profile is important.