I have to admit, I am a bit of a mirror snob. We all have our pet peeves as practitioners and one of mine is poor quality mirrors. My assistants actually just kept a box of new mirror heads in each of my treatment rooms so that whenever I would start to whine they could do the quick change out! If you think about it though, visualization is critical in our profession. We spend thousands of dollars on loupes and headlights, yet a lot of us don’t think twice when our assistant hands us that size 4 mirror that is scratched and has that weird iridescent coating on it (you know… the one that only seems to come off with an alcohol wipe). It just gets to the point where many of us just accept that the mirror is the weak link in our visualization. Fortunately, Hu-Friedy is out to try and change that and make our mouth mirrors one of our best assets.
Here at the Dental Advisor we recently received the HD Black Line Mirrors (Hu-Friedy). According to the manufacturer these mirrors feature a DIAMOND LIKE CARBON (DLC) COATING that reduces glare by up to 80% and creates a distinct contrast between the instrument, the tooth and/or the surrounding tissue. They also feature superior brilliance and color for quicker and more accurate visibility of the mouth.
- 113% reflection factor for exceptional image clarity.
- 38.5% brighter than rhodium coated mirror glass.
- 50% brighter than other front surface mirror glass.
What were the Initial Insights of the Dental Advisor team?
– The flat neck of these mirrors is a wonderful idea! Especially with the addition of the extra bend in the double-sided mirror aiding in retraction.
– You wouldn’t think the black surface would make much of a difference but we found the lack of glare quite noticeable.
– We want to see for ourselves how the scratch-resistant coating holds up during an evaluation period.
– This is a very well thought out mirror with lot of details all designed to improve clinical outcomes.
– In this initial use of the HD mirror, I felt like little details were noticeably more defined.
What do our Clinical Evaluators and their patients think about this product once it’s used in their offices? Look for a possible clinical evaluation in an upcoming issue!