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VALO: The Power of the 3-Second Cure

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In last year’s interview by ShaLyse Walker of Ultradent, Dr. Gordon Christensen estimated that a typical dental practice can save over $26,000 per year by switching from a low-intensity light to a high-intensity light like VALO.

Dr. John Flucke had this to say about Ultradent’s award-winning curing light: “VALO is one of the few curing devices on the market that is ‘broadband,’ meaning that it sets all light-activated materials. Many curing lights have a range of 450–470 nanometers, which is fine for camphorquinone but not for other proprietary photoinitiators. The VALO provides light in the spectrum of 395–480 nanometers, which allows it to cure all materials.”

However, it’s not just VALO’s broad-spectrum, optimally collimated beam that contributes to its unmatched energy delivery and efficiency. In fact, it’s just the beginning.

VALO’s slim, ergonomic shape allows for unprecedented access to the mouth that other curing lights simply cannot reach. Direct access means more energy delivery than other curing lights on the market.

This unparalleled accessibility, combined with VALO’s powerful curing options (standard power for a 10-second cure, high power for a 8-second cure, and Xtra power for a 3-second cure), allows for maximum efficiency and power combined—which contributes greatly to the practice savings Dr. Christensen recently mentioned, without compromising on the quality of the cure.

Even if the clinician chooses to cure a restoration using standard power mode, VALO’s unique, intensely collimated beam allows for 65% of the energy of the light to reach the preparation from 10mm away. Compare this with similar lights on the market that, on average, deliver only 25% of the light energy to the preparation when measured at the same distance. With its collimated beam, VALO promises a high-quality result, regardless of curing mode.

Another way practices can save valuable dollars by investing in VALO is the light’s virtual indestructibility. Dr. Flucke says, “The VALO is CAD/CAM milled out of a solid piece of aerospace-grade aluminum. It is designed to withstand the rigors of day-to-day use, including being dropped. Despite our best efforts, we’ve never managed to break one!” He continues, “The cordless unit also uses batteries that are nonproprietary. This means you can buy new batteries in lots of places. It also comes with a separate charger and a spare set of batteries so that you are never without a charge.”

Dr. Gordon Christensen and Dr. John Flucke seem to agree: This curing light makes good business sense for a dental practice. Investing in VALO saves valuable dollars in the long run.

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