Vision is probably one of the most important variables when performing great dentistry. I’m not talking about business, clinical or personal vision. I’m talking about good eyesight! Being able to see is so critical to achieving great outcomes. As dentistry is focusing on becoming minimally invasive and extremely precise, we need a visual environment that allows us to practice at a top level.
The acronym I like to use in this situation is (MI)2. This stands for being minimally invasive (MI) and having appropriate magnification and illumination (MI).
The more expensive option is using an operating microscope with an LED light. This gives optimal clarity, but sometimes the light is too bright and I have to turn it down. The less expensive option is using your loops with a headlamp and magnified mirror or a Rhodium-plated mouth mirror (Reviews coming!). This comes in very handy when working through a crown in the posterior.
The glass surface is only as good as its upkeep. My favorite way to clean this type of surface is with the Carl Zeiss Wipes. It’s one of the few products I don’t buy from a dental supply company. That’s right, I go to Walmart or Sam’s club and pick them up for about $10 for a 200+ count. This will be one of the best purchases you make from a leader in magnification.
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