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Magnifying loupes assist all types of clinical dentists in producing higher-quality dentistry. Seeing better also means decreasing operating time. Properly fitted loupes can improve posture during operating and reduce muscle pain in the shoulders, neck and back. Clinicians should give strong consideration to adopting the concept. Christensen GJ (2003). Magnification in dentistry. Journal of American Dental Association 134(12): 1647-1650.
The use of magnification in dentistry appears to be of increasing interest Juggins KJ (2006). The bigger the better: can magnification aid orthodontic clinical practice? Journal of Orthodontics 33(1): 62-66.
Most general dentists and specialists use magnifying loupes for operating and find them to be an important adjunct to high quality clinical dentistry. Christensen GJ (2006) High-tech dentistry, what is necessary and what is not. Journal of the American Dental Association 137(11): 1592-1596.
Scores showed a significant improvement in posture when using loupes (p<0.0001), and these improvements were significantly more pronounced for students starting loupes immediately on entering the program compared with students who delayed until the second session (p<0.1). These results suggest a significant postural benefit is realized by requiring students to master the use of magnification loupes as early as possible within the curriculum. Maillet JP, Millar AM, JM Burke, Maillet MA, Maillet WA, Neish NR (2008). Effect of Magnification Loupes on Dental Hygiene Student Posture. Journal of Dental Education 72(1): 33-44
There is a quantifiable change in acceptability of posture for clinicians wearing magnification lenses. Branson BG, Bray KK, Gadbury-Amyot C, Holt LA, Keselyak NT, Mitchell TV, (2004). Effect of magnification lenses on student operator posture. Journal of Dental Education 68(3): 384-389.
Loupes are a vital tool that students should learn how to use. Jennifer R, Thomas FD (2007). Dental hygienists' opinions about loupes in education. Journal of Dental Hygiene 81(4): 82.
Clinical benefits may include improved hard- and-soft tissue evaluation, calculus and periodontal pocket detection, and radiographic interpretation without compromising infection control. Head-band or protective-glass mounted, binocular surgical loupes with flip-up capability and 2 to 2.6x magnification are recommended. Dental hygienists are encouraged to use magnification systems to enhance their musculoskeletal health, improve visual acuity, and continue providing quality patient care. Syme SE, Fried JL, Strassler HE (1997). Enhanced visualization using magnification systems. Journal of Dental Hygiene 71(5): 202-206.
Dentistry requires precise motor skills guided by keen visual acuity. Many options are available to improve visual acuity--from simple loupes to surgical microscopes. Each has inherent advantages and limitations, but they all help improve precision beyond unaided vision. Data suggests that every dental professional is at risk for an occupational musculoskeletal injury. Clearly, there is a correlation between seeing clearly and maintaining good posture. Using the appropriate visual enhancement should be considered for all dental professionals to make the practice of dentistry more precise, easier, and more enjoyable and to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury. Friedman MJ (2004). Magnification in a restorative dental practice: from loupes to microscopes. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry 25(1): 48, 50, 53-5.
Below are some answers to the most common questions asked when our customers buy dental loupes. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us for expert individual advice or assistance.
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For general dental practice, x3 magnification is probably the best option as this provides a good amount of magnification without too large a decrease in either the focal depth or brightness. Certain applications, particularly endodontics, may benefit from a higher magnification particularly if this makes up the majority of your workload. For microsurgery, magnifications of x3 and above are recommended and depend on the type of surgery involved.
It should be noted that as the magnification increases the focal depth decreases. The focal depth is the distance towards and away from an object where the object is still in focus. An example of this is given by the high power of microscopes and the very small distances that the object is moved to get it into focus. The differences between the various types of magnification available are explained in more detail in our instructional video here.
This measurement is very simple to take and ideally should be recorded when in a dental clinic as dental chairs often have thick headrests that make the patient closer than represented by ‘phantom head’ labs. Many other companies will take readings away from the operative setting which often results in the purchase of loupes of an incorrect specification for the user. For all UKloupes sales, we recommend that you measure your working distance in a clinical setting so that your pair of loupes is exactly matched to your working requirements.
How to measure your working distance- When sitting at a comfortable working height with your back straight, head slightly dipped and a patient/friend in the dental chair you should measure the distance between your eye and the patients mouth. Most people are suited to our middle working distance of 420mm, but those of shorter or taller than average height may consider using 340mm or 460mm, respectively. You can watch our video guide on measuring your own working distance below.
This is a personal preference as there are benefits to both types of loupes. TTL loupes are usually lighter and less bulky but also can not be moved moved out of the line of sight and are comparatively very expensive. The main benefit of TTL loupes is due to their closer positioning to the eye, which gives a greater field of view. However, this also means that when reaching for instruments your peripheral vision is much reduced. Flip up loupes do not require a customized fitting session which means they are lower in cost than TTL types, additionally they can be lent to a friend to use and the angle of declination can also be altered for various operative procedures. These differences and more are explained further in our UKloupes video below.
Yes, if you wear corrective contact lenses then our sports frames can be worn. If you wear glasses then you will need your prescription made into our prescription frames. UKloupes can offer this service. If you alternate between wearing glasses and contact lenses you may want both types of frame so you can swap the loupes between the two frame types.
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