No matter how much we accept the need for dentists, most of us dread the thought of seeing one. A trip to the dentist means discomfort and possibly pain. If something can make the experience better, we should welcome it. So let’s raise a cheer for LEDs.

LEDs and traditional dental lamps

You may wonder what role LEDs can play in making a visit to a dentist more comfortable. The answer lies with dental lamps.

Traditional dental lamps use halogen bulbs rather than LEDs:

  • Halogen bulbs generate heat. This heat warms the faces of patients and causes sweating and discomfort during lengthy dental work. LEDs remain cool no matter how long you leave them on.
  • Although dental halogen bulbs are spotlights, they also emit peripheral light. Such light can irritate a patient’s eyes. Some dentists even issue sunglasses to lessen the problem. Dental LED bulbs do not have peripheral light. They focus on the mouth.
  • Halogen bulbs do not produce high-quality white light. As a result, a dentist may struggle to match the resin for crowns and veneers to the colour of your teeth. LEDs give a true white light. With LED bulbs, a dentist can blend resin more accurately with your teeth.

Dentists as well as patients benefit from LEDs. By using LED bulbs, dentists can cut electricity use by 60% compared to halogen dental lamps. And instead of needing to change halogen bulbs every 3-6 months, they can expect LED bulbs to last for 12-25 years.

Next time you’re at the dentist, check if the lamp above you is halogen or LED. With LEDs, you have a greater chance of being a little more relaxed.  If they’re not using LEDs – recommend they read this article!

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