No matter which way the loupes are purchased, the process is always the same:
Depending on the type of loupes ordered and the manufacturer, they can take up to several months to be made according to the specifications provided.
How do I measure for dental loupes?
Where can I buy dental loupes?
As discussed above, there are two main ways that loupes can be purchased:
How to clean dental loupes?
Avoid the following when cleaning loupes
How much do dental loupes cost?
Dental loupes start from around £300 but can cost in excess of £3000. The large variety in pricing is due to differences in the types of loupes (flip up vs TTL), optical quality, and method of delivery (online vs face-to-face).
The cheapest type of loupes are flip up loupes. This is because these loupes do not need to be individually-made for the user. TTL loupes are generally more expensive because they are manufactured on an individual basis.
Why are dental loupes so expensive?
Dental loupes do not cost the thousands of pounds to manufacture that some companies may lead you to believe. Like any optical product, such as digital cameras, the individual component costs account for a fraction of the overall price.
Are dental loupes tax deductible expenses?
According to HMRC (Section 336), an expense can only be deductible if it is used wholly, exclusively and necessarily in the performance of the duties of the employment.
Dental loupes are therefore a 100% tax deductible expense as they meet the requirements set out by HMRC. They are used wholly and exclusively for dental work, and are necessary for providing excellent patient care.
Dentists based overseas that purchase and collect their loupes whilst in the UK are able to claim the VAT back at UK Customs on leaving the country.
Why should I use dental loupes?
Using a pair of loupes regardless of the field of work provides the dentist or surgeon with immediate benefits. By providing a magnified view of their patient, loupes improve the quality of clinical work and ensure more accurate diagnoses. They also enable the maintenance of a correct posture, ensuring comfortable working and reducing the chance of chronic back and neck pain.
There are five major benefits of using loupes on daily basis:
1. Enhanced Visual Acuity
Seeing an operating field at increased magnification enables more precise clinical work, improving outcomes. For example, root canal orifices are more easily identified, reducing the time spent during endodontic treatment. Teeth receiving crowns are effortlessly prepared, resulting in better-fitting lab work, less stress and happier patients. From a dento-legal perspective, small carious lesions or fracture lines in prepared teeth that may be missed by the naked eye can be readily seen under magnification, reducing the risk of litigation.
2. Reduced chronic back and shoulder pain
3. Reduced eye strain
High levels of concentration can be tiring for the eyes, contributing to sore eyes and headaches at the end of the day. As already mentioned, due to an increase in magnification, critical details such as early carious lesions and small root canal orifices can be identified far more easily, areas which may otherwise be easily missed with the naked eye.
4. Reduced stress levels
By being able to see the tooth more clearly, the dentist can operate with reduced stress levels.
5. Improved treatment outcomes
Because the image is enlarged, a dentist can be more precise in the treatment performed. For example, teeth can be prepared for crowns with improved accuracy, as the dentist can see the exact location of the tip of the drill bur on the tooth.
When should I buy dental loupes?
Evidence suggests that it is beneficial to start using dental loupes in training as a student to develop good postural habits. Using loupes early on in your career also enables you to see that you are performing clinical procedures correctly, and reduces the stress that can be felt when working on teeth that are hard to access.
Are dental loupes worth it?
Yes! Dental loupes provide a dentist with a magnified view of their patient's mouth, improving the quality of clinical work and ensuring accurate diagnoses. They also enable the dentist to maintain a proper posture whilst treating their patient, reducing chronic back and shoulder pain.
Loupes are traditionally exceedingly expensive. Once we realised that they didn't have to be that way we set out to change the way loupes are done. We do this by removing the costs that traditional loupes companies need to cover, such as sales reps, expensive offices, and large trade-show budgets, and pass these savings on to you. The result? Lightweight, comfortable, great quality loupes at truly affordable prices.
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The Student Loupes Company is proud to announce that we are now the official dental loupes suppliers for the dental hygiene therapy course at Teeside University.
Being the most affordable dental loupes available, Teeside University was keen to collaborate with the Student Loupes Company to equip all of their final year students with the necessary equipment. The students are enjoying using their ClearView loupes and light, and have found that it aids them not only through improved vision but also their posture.
If your university would be interested in purchasing a significant number of loupes and lights, please get in touch for more information as we can offer bulk buy discounts.
What are dental loupes?
Loupes consist of a pair of magnifying optics attached to some type of glasses frame. Some loupes are flip-up, with the optics suspended on a mechanism in front of each lens of the glasses. The second type of loupes are known as TTL (through the lens), pictured, with the optics inset within the glasses themselves.
Loupes aid dentists, surgeons, hygienists, and therapists to not only achieve accurate diagnoses but also to enhance surgical precision when completing treatment. They do this by providing a magnified view of the operating field.
How do dental loupes work?
Loupes all rely upon one major physical principle: the refraction of light through a series of lenses.
Light Refraction and the Lens