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What are dental loupes?

Loupes are magnification lenses that allow dentists and dental students to better view the area of the oral cavity in which they are working.


Do I need a pair of loupes for dental school?

No, but they do make a significant difference and I would recommend getting a pair of loupes for dental school. Loupes help dentists and students increase their precision in making accurate diagnosis and drilling to the best possible dimensions for each tooth preparation. Dental loupes also help your posture while peroforming dental procedures helping you to avoid neck and back fatigue and eye strain. By the end of the last year of dental school, most dental students will own and use a pair of loupes.


Should I get flip up or through the lens (TTL) loupes?

This is a personal preference. There are benefits and negatives to both types of loupes. The TTL loupes are usually lighter and less bulky, but they are also more expensive and are not adjustable. The flip up style allows the dentist or student to move the lens out of the way when they are not needed and are adjustable, but they tend to be a little heavier and bulky.

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Orascoptic TTL Loupes and Surgitel Flip Up Loupes


Where can I get a pair of loupes?

For some of the bigger loupes companies, like Surgitel and Orascoptic, representatives will visit your dental school several times a year to allow students to test their products and also to take orders. This is a good opportunity to at least try out a pair to see if you are interested. You can also find loupes at dental conventions as well as on the individual websites of each comapny. In addition to Surgitel and Orascoptic, some other major dental loupes companies include Perioptix, Sheervision, and Designs For Vision. If you are ordering loupes through the website of a company, check to see if they offer student discounts. Often times you can send them an email and they will give you a lower student price. You may also be able to purchase loops at a discount through ebay.



What loupes magnification level should I get?

For general dentistry, a 2.5 magnification is probably the best option. With increased magnification, your field size and brightness decrease. A higher level of magnification may be better for certain procedures, particularly endodontics, but for most dental operations a 2.5 magnification is enough.


Do I need a headlight?

You do not NEED a headlight for your loupes, but it does provide you with a huge benefit. With the headlamp on your loupes, your field of vision will always be illuminated and you will not spend time trying to angle your overhead light into just the right position to see. It is a significant purchase, but after your loupes, you may find this to be the second most useful purchase to your dental career. The combination of good vision and good lighting with loupes and a headlight will improve the quality of your dentistry as well as increase your speed. This may not be something you want to purchase right away, but it should be something you consider as you start to do more clinical work.



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