The vision behind dental loupes
Dntal Roots concentrates on education and keeping qualified dentists and dental students in contact. Naturally, we cover many topics, and one that comes up very often is the question of loupes.
We receive a variety question:
- When should I buy dental loupes?
- How much should I spend?
- What magnification should I get?
- Which company should I go to?
A poll we ran on our platform recently showed that 41.6 per cent of the students use dental loupes, which is very impressive.
I could say that one of the benefits of loupes is that you see better, but I think that is a bit obvious! It is much beyond that.
The use of loupes, in my opinion, is about caring for your patients; if you can’t see well, how can you provide them with the best quality of care?
In fact, when signing up associates for our clinics, one of the requirements we have is that they should wear loupes. We all treat our patients to the highest level possible, and if we are to get another dentist on board who could potentially be seeing our patients, they would need to be able to see the same picture!
Loupes are eye openers – literally. When you first start using loupes it hits you – what did you do all the time when you were not wearing loupes? You almost get scared to know how much you did not see.
We all want to do our best for our patients and follow the golden rule: Do good to others as you would like good to be done to you.
So if you prefer to see a professional treating you with magnification, there is no reason that you would not do the best for your patients.
Patients are very observant. After all, remember that for most of the time that they are in your surgery their mouth is open, which leaves more time for other senses to pick up on everything. They will know if you care for them, and using loupes, in my opinion, and a good make, means you cared to invest in your patients for their wellbeing.
If you asked me for straight advice without going round in circles, which is my style of giving advice, I would say you should never underinvest in your career.
- Get loupes as soon as you can. If you can in university that’s the best idea.
- Spend enough money to get a good pair of loupes that you would use for many years to avoid extra expense.
- Get loupes with which you can change the magnification, or at least get one with high enough magnification that will serve you for a few years. For example 3x for check-up, 4x for crown preparations and 5x forendodontics.
- Choose a company with a good track record, good customer service and good reviews.
Dr Saeid Haghri is a multiple-award-winning dentist. He is the founder of national organisations and communities such as Dental Roots, Make a Dentist, ToothWise and Future of Dentistry Awards. He has always been closely in contact with the young dentist and dental students to help them with their education. He owns multiple private practices and has created a diverse business portfolio.