Frequently Asked Questions
I see a lot of amber-colored eye shields. The Orbiter® looks similar. What makes The Orbiter® different?
The Orbiter® is auto-positioning and freely-rotating. This allows the device to automatically position itself in your line of site most of the time. This saves time, hassle and gives a huge benefit when seconds count and/or when your free hand is holding a mirror, retracting a stubborn tongue, etc. Furthermore, since it is freely-rotating, it can be nudged or rotated into view easily in a smooth, fluid motion as needed.
Does The Orbiter® work on all curing lights? There are different brands and models used in our office.
We offer the Orbiter® as a system with 3 different sized grommets. This enables the device to fit the vast majority of the curing lights on the market.
What are the OSHA requirements for eye protection in the workplace?
Employers must provide eye protection for employees whenever they are exposed to potential eye injuries during their work if work practices or engineering controls do not eliminate the risk of injury. This includes the blue light emitted from dental curing lights.
What is “The Orbiter® Technique”?
The Orbiter® Technique is a smooth, intuitive, and efficient way to rotate the filter into view when the upright position (that the device automatically assumes) isn’t ideal. The freely-rotating design of the device makes this possible. If you have a gun-style curing light, simply use the thumb of the free hand to nudge or rotate the filter into view for certain areas of the mouth. If you have a pen-style curing light simply use the index finger of the hand holding the curing light. This technique is quickly learned when it is understood, and saves significant time compared to the hassles created by other forms of eye protection. Please view the instructional video on The Orbiter Technique on our YouTube® page or at ergocept.com.
Is blue light generated by a curing light damaging to my eyes? Why?
Curing lights emit a spectrum of blue light that is very intense and damaging to ocular tissues including the retina. With today’s high-intensity curing lights, even glimpses of blue light over time lead to macular degeneration and can cause immediate damage to the cells in your eyes. Please see the many research articles we have compiled for more information on our website at ergocept.com.
Why do I need eye protection when using my curing light?
You need eye protection to prevent damage to your ocular tissues (see above) and to be able to view the curing light tip as you cure. Today’s lights are very focused and quick, so slight movements of the tip of the curing light causes the tip to be in the wrong position and the material to be under-cured. This has been cited as a major source of restoration failure and post-operative sensitivity because so many opt to look away from the light source while curing instead of looking at the light source with proper eye protection. See the research articles at ergocept.com for more information.
Does the type of curing light I use make a difference? The LED light I use cures really fast. In fact, it cures a lot faster than the older curing light I used.
The newest curing lights are much faster than the older ones because they are as much as 25 times as intense. The speed and intensity make the light MUCH more damaging to your eyes if you look at the light or catch glimpses as you try to look away. See the research articles at ergocept.com for more information.
How do I know The Orbiter filters the blue light from my CLU?
Unlike many of the filters and shields on the market, the filter material selected for use in The Orbiter® blocks out around 99.8% of harmful blue light, and we have the spectroscopy data to prove it. According to research recently conducted by the ADA, 4 of 12 brands of protective filtering eye glasses and 5 of 10 brands of protective filtering shields allowed transmission of significant levels of blue-light from the curing units. Thus, some clinicians are doing the right thing and using eye protection, but are unknowingly harming their eyes when they cure. Using The Orbiter® means that doctors and staff members can perform effective curing with complete confidence, knowing that their eyes are well-protected from potentially harmful effects and the dependability of their work isn’t compromised.
Is there a warranty?
Yes! The Orbiter® has a 6 month warranty on manufacturing defects.
Where is it made?
The Orbiter® is proudly assembled in the United States of America.
What makes The Orbiter® easier to use than the eye shield I currently use?
The elegant design of The Orbiter® constantly readjusts itself to your line of site as you work on your patients. This means that the device is correctly in place to guard your eyes all on its own up to 90% of the time without any tedious intervention. Because The Orbiter® is freely rotating and is not rigidly attached to the curing light tip like other eye shields, it can be easily adjusted in the instances where it’s not ideally positioned without your workflow being interrupted. These features allow you to focus on the patient while you cure instead of your equipment. In short, The Orbiter® saves precious time and hassle when you need it most!
Why does The Orbiter® work better than a paddle or traditional oval filter?
A paddle-style shield typically requires two people, which prevents the person holding the paddle from accomplishing other tasks that expedite the procedure. They frequently do not hold the paddle in the correct position initially, and if the paddle is in the correct position for the person curing, the person holding the paddle and looking in the direction of the patient can still be exposed to harmful blue light. The oval filters that rigidly attach to the curing light tip are prone to breakage, are seldom in the right place, and frequently require the person curing to interrupt the curing process, grab the tip with one hand, rotate the filter into position with the other, and then cure. The drawbacks of these devices take additional time, time that can be saved using The Orbiter®. The auto positioning design of The Orbiter® eliminates all of these concerns, making it possible for the clinician to cure independently and efficiently while keeping their eyes well-protected.
Is the device patented?
Yes! We have numerous patents and patents pending on this unique and revolutionary design in multiple countries.
I just turn my head when using a CLU? What is wrong with this technique?
Research has clearly shown that you should look at the curing light tip (with eye protection) as you cure. Today’s lights are very focused and quick, so slight drifting of the tip of the curing light can cause the light beam to be in the wrong position and can cause the material to be under-cured. Unfortunately, many clinicians opt to look away from the light source while curing instead of using eye protection and observing while they cure. This has been cited as a major source of restoration failure and post-operative sensitivity. See the research articles at ergocept.com for more information.
Is The Orbiter® more expensive than most other eye shields?
The Orbiter® does cost more than other eye shields. Other eye shields are simple pieces of acrylic, while The Orbiter® is a dental device that is designed to save you time, make you more efficient, and reduce frustration during the curing process, a time when you should be focused on your patient, not your equipment!
Many friction-fit/traditional oval eye shields crack and chip. Is The Orbiter® higher quality and less prone to break and chip?
The weakest link in the design of the traditional oval shields tends to be the area of the filter surrounding the grommet that fits over the curing light. This is an area prone to breaking and shortens the life of this type of filter. Fortunately, the novel design of The Orbiter® places the grommet within a bearing which in turn is housed by a robust framework of acrylic that supports the filter. Under normal use, it is virtually impossible for the filter of The Orbiter® to break the way traditional, less-expensive filters often do. Furthermore, unlike other types of filters, The Orbiter® is sold with a 6-month warranty. More information is available at ergocept.com.