Q: Is it true that the VALO Ortho curing light works when pointed over the labial face of the bracket?
A: Yes. The VALO Ortho light’s 10 mm lens has a large footprint that allows you to quickly and easily cure from over the top of the labial face of the bracket. The light from the lens covers the bracket and surrounding enamel, illuminating through the enamel and bouncing off the dentin to cure the resin underneath the bracket. This technique eliminates the need to reposition the light and cure from different angles; however, if you prefer to cure interproximally from the mesial/distal sides of the bracket, you will still get a quality cure!
Q: Does the VALO Ortho light work for general dental procedures?
A: Yes, the VALO Ortho curing light works on general dental procedures. It is equipped with Standard mode and Xtra Power (Plasma Emulation) mode, both of which are used by our VALO and VALO Cordless curing lights and are used routinely for everyday dental procedures.
Q: How does Xtra Power Quadrant mode work?
A: Xtra Power Quadrant mode is unique to the VALO Ortho curing light and allows you to quickly cure 5 teeth—or one quadrant of the mouth—with the touch of a button. Xtra Power Quadrant mode is equipped with 3,200 mW/cm2 and delivers five 3-second cures in a quick burst. After you press the power button once, the VALO Ortho light illuminates, curing for 3 seconds, followed by a short 1.5-second delay during which you can move to the next tooth. The VALO Ortho light then re-illuminates, delivering another 3-second burst, followed by another 1.5-second delay. This process repeats five times so that you can cure five teeth in a row with minimal effort.
Q: Should I purchase a VALO Corded LED curing light or a VALO Cordless LED curing light?
A: Both the VALO Corded light and the VALO Cordless light offer broadband LED curing with 3 power modes and timing options. In addition, each one offers unique benefits, and the light you choose depends upon which of these features suits your needs best.
The cord on the original VALO Corded light is made with Kevlar strands for durability and ease of movement. The cord allows the wand body to remain exceptionally slim and lightweight because it does not have to house batteries. Some practitioners prefer the corded version for the convenience of having a constant power supply and because they never have to worry about recharging or replacing batteries.
The VALO Cordless light features the same award-winning curing technology as the VALO Corded light, but in a cordless, battery-operated wand body. It was designed for those practitioners who prefer the freedom that only comes with a cordless handpiece. The batteries for the VALO Cordless light were selected for their consistent power output, battery life, and battery expectancy. The batteries will last more than 1000 recharge cycles and approximately 400 cures before needing to be recharged. They are convenient to find, safe, and inexpensive, making the VALO Cordless light your best option in a battery-operated curing light.
Q: Has anything changed in the curing recommendations?
A: Yes! Curing recommendations in standard ortho mode has changed. Testing performed in R&D has proven we can decrease the curing time in standard mode to 1x10-second cure per bracket. This recommendation has been validated both with joules measurement using MARC and tensile pull bond strengths. Our internal tests show 1x10-second cure is more than sufficient. Clinicians who prefer to use standard ortho mode will experience less heat coming from the light with 1x10-second cure as compared to 1x20-second cure.
Q: I have heard complaints about heat, what should I tell customers?
A: The VALO curing light produces high-intensity energy, but does not exceed the energy produced by plasma lights or many competitive lights. The VALO light’s heat emission, even in the Xtra Power mode does not exceed safety standards and is in line with major competitors (see Dental Advisor study).
If heat is an issue for patients, be sure to:
- Take care to stay away from soft tissues
- Using a dry line, blow air on the curing site during curing
Q: How does the battery charge work? Will I lose intensity?
A: The batteries will always deliver complete power for the light to emit the specified mw/cm2. The intensity will remain the same always. After a LONG period of time if the battery life is wearing down, it will just require more frequent charging (IE cell phone).
Q: The VALO light gave me a low battery indicator when I inserted new batteries.
- Remove and ensure to re-insert, (+) side first
- Ensure batteries are charged, indicated by green lights on the charger
- Try a different set of new batteries
Q: The charger's lights do not light up.
- Ensure plug is fully inserted in power outlet and full inserted into charger
- Try a different outlet
- Call customer support at 888.863.5883
Q: My batteries appear to be charged but the VALO light indicates low battery.
- Try a different set of charged batteries
- Call Opal customer Service at 888.863.5883
Q: This light feels heavy.
A: With batteries, a VALO Cordless light weighs 6oz, which is 2oz heavier than the corded version.
Q: What cleaning agents should I use to clean the VALO curing light?
A: To clean the VALO Ortho Corded and Cordless curing lights, you should use isopropyl-alcohol based cleaners, ethyl alcohol-based cleaners, Lysol™ Brand III Disinfectant Spray, or another nonbleach, nonabrasive cleaner. Simply wipe the VALO curing light down; do not submerge it. Cavicide™ products may be used, but should be wrung out completely before using. Please note that Cavicide 1 cleaners can fade the color of the VALO curing light.