Powerful and Intuitive: The Elipar S10 LED Curing Light from 3M ESPE
Having a powerful and easy-touse curing light can significantly increase your efficiency. With that in mind, there are several important factors any dentist should consider when shopping for a curing light. The first is wavelength. Since most dental products contain camphorquinone (CPQ) as the photoinitiator, curing lights must offer wavelengths that include 465 nm, the wavelength at which CPQ is activated. The second sign of a good curing light is the ability to accurately distribute the energy at a high intensity; this allows for targeted, one-shot curing. Other factors to consider include tip sizes, price, portability, weight, sturdiness, and look and feel.
An Ideal Curing Light
I have been using the Elipar S10 LED Curing Light from 3M for a year and a half. Throughout my 25 years in practice, I have used almost all of the lights that are on the market in one way or another, and this light fulfills all of the criteria I look for in an ideal curing light. The Elipar S10 light is exceptionally powerful. It offers enough power to cure nearly any restoration in one shot. This includes large restorations such as a Class II lower molar, which in many cases would require multiple shots.
Additionally, this light has the power to cure materials in less time than the manufacturer recommends. I prefer to use the full manufacturer recommended time, but knowing how powerful this light is gives me added assurance that my restorations are cured properly. Whether you're performing direct or indirect restorations—and regardless of what kinds of composite, cement, and adhesive you are using—the advanced features of the Elipar S10 light allow you to cure with confidence.
The Elipar S10 light features 3 interchangeable light guides: a large 10-mm, a 3-mm, and the recently introduced 8-mm light guide for even greater optical power. The ability to change the size of the tips allows me to use the light for multiple indications. The smaller tip is well-suited for cemented porcelain veneers; the larger tip is great for all other restorations.
While performing any restoration, it is helpful if you do not need to direct excessive attention to operating your curing light. The Elipar S10 light is especially unique in its intuitiveness and ease-of-use. The light offers simple 2-button operation, a start button, and a timer button. It also has one cure mode that covers all indications. Its multiple-setting light timer features set timing intervals of 5, 10, 15, and 20 seconds, along with a continuous 120-second mode, and tack-cure mode. When I first began using this light, I was truly amazed at how intuitive this product is.
The stainless steel exterior of the Elipar S10 not only makes it more esthetically appealing than lights with vented plastic exteriors, but it offers superior strength as well. Also, because the surface is completely sealed, no liquid can seep in, protecting the light from damage during cleaning. The smooth, vent-free, stainless-steel exterior also allows fast and easy disinfection between patients, for the best in hygiene control.
I recommend 3M's Elipar S10 for any practitioner who is looking for a light that is powerful and durable, while also intuitive and easy to use.