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Ultradent VALO LED Curing Light

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VALO LED Curing Light

Ultradent

The VALO LED curing light provides optimal access and allows for a consistent, uniform cure.

VALO is Ultradent’s newest LED curing light, designed for unsurpassed accessibility, accuracy, and efficiency. The body of the VALO, described by the manufacturer as sleek and nimble, provides access to hard-to-reach areas. The focused, columnar beam and custom LED pack are designed for consistent, uniform cures without overheating the wand body.

VALO operates in standard-power, high-power, and plasma-emulation curing modes and comes with a 7-foot cord, a power supply with universal plugs, a handpiece bracket holder, and 50 barrier sleeves. The 12 dentists who participated in this Dental Product Shopper evaluation of the VALO LED curing light rated and commented on such features as power output, curing time, ease of use, unit size and weight, ergonomics, and access.

Output and Curing Time

VALO’s refined optics and specialized lens are designed to deliver uniform cures without causing cool or hot spots.

When asked about the importance of power output when purchasing a curing light, 8 said it is very important and 3 said it is important. The evaluators were then asked about VALO’s power output (9VDC at 2A). Seven dentists rated it as excellent and 5 rated it as very good. A dentist with 26 years of experience called power output “one of the best I’ve used.”

Three evaluators reported that some patients commented that they felt heat during some procedures. Depending on the procedure being performed, a higher cure mode may be noticed by patients as warmth.

VALO’s 3 curing modes—standard-power, high-power, and plasma-emulation—provide a variety of modes, increasing the versatility of the light to meet all curing needs.

Nine evaluators indicated that curing time is very important to them when purchasing a curing light. When asked to rate VALO’s curing time, 7 evaluators rated it as excellent and 5 rated it as very good. One dentist called the curing time “great” and another said, “I love the time—3 seconds!”

Ease of Use

Ease of use of VALO was rated as excellent by 3 evaluators, as very good by 3, as good by 4, and as fair by 2. Five evaluators reported preferring a cord-less curing light. One of these evaluators said VALO would be “the best light if there was no cord.”

Unit Size

Seven evaluators said that unit size and weight are important features when considering the purchase of a curing light, and 5 said they are important. The VALO unit size was rated as excellent by 6 evaluators, as very good by 5, and as good by 2. Comments included “bigger than what I’m accustomed to” and “very comfortable size.” Currently there is only one light on the market that is smaller than VALO.

Weight and Ergonomics

VALO’s uni-body construction includes hard anodizing and a Teflon coating to ensure durability and scratch resistance.

When asked about VALO’s weight and ergonomics, 5 evaluators rated the unit as excellent, 6 rated it as very good, and 2 rated it as good. An Albany, NY dentist with 23 years of experience reported that VALO was “similar to other curing lights,” and a Hilliard, OH dentist who has been in practice for 26 years described the unit as “lighter than most I use…well balanced when holding it in your hand.”

Access

VALO has a slim wand body and 5” head angle. These design features minimize distance and make it easier for the user to access hard-to-reach areas.

When asked about ease of access, VALO was rated as excellent by 5 evaluators and as very good to good by 7. Comments about ease of access included “easy to get back on third molars” and “works well for patients with smaller mouths.” One dentist “loved the overall design.”

Overall Satisfaction

At the end of the evaluation, the evaluators were asked if they would recommend VALO to their colleagues. Nine of the 12 evaluators said they would definitely or probably recommend the light. The evaluators were then asked to give their overall satisfaction rating for VALO. Two evaluators rated their overall satisfaction as excellent, 6 rated it as very good, 3 rated it as good, and 1 evaluator rated it as fair. One of the evaluators described the VALO LED curing light as "very user-friendly for both the patient and the assistant."

Manufacturer Information

Ultradent Products, Inc. evolved from a dentist’s quest to create more effective dental products. Just out of dental school and beginning his practice, Dr. Dan Fischer was not satisfied with many of the dental products available to him. He felt products could be developed further. His desire to develop more advanced dental products led him to create products that would set future industry standards. First Patent Dr. Fischer's first endeavor was a successful hemostatic solution called Astringedent®, developed in 1979. Astringedent set the pace for a succession of products that would soon exceed expectations in the dental industry.

Ultradent's business grew rapidly, and within a 12-year period Ultradent expanded from a home operation to a 220,000 square-foot facility, which presently houses more than 900 employees. Ultradent now manufactures and packages more than 500 materials, devices and instruments. These products are used worldwide by dentists, group practices, dental and veterinary labs, government agencies and universities. Ultradent continues development and holds dozens of patents and trademarks on unique products, materials, devices and application techniques. In addition, its Products and Procedures Manual (catalog) is considered one of the best in the industry, not only because it describes the products, but also because it provides professionally illustrated, step-by-step procedures on how to use the products.

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Unbreakable! July 23, 2013

5

peds dds from ontario

I love this curing light because it is a fast cure, it's ergonomic, easy to use, and is unbreakable! I work in a pediatric office and our equipment has to be durable, efficient and interesting to kids. The VALO light is great because if it falls, it won't break! When I tested it out, the rep actually threw it across the room intentionally so I could see it's durability. It is also very slim and flat and easy to cure those "difficult to reach" areas because the patient does not have to actually open wide.
I love this light and highly recommend it to any pediatric, or general dentist!

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Amazing Little Light!!! July 23, 2013

5

Dr. F from Shrewsbury, NJ

We have had the Valo LED in our office for more than a year and have been very happy with it's function, durability, versatility and handling. It is a great little light for the price. Many doctors may not be happy with the idea of it NOT being cordless and to be honest that was the only thing holding me back from making this purchase initially but I bought it anyway and have not looked back. The cord disconnects very easily and I can connect it to power cords in my other operatories, so it's very mobile and light-weight.

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