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Ultraviolet Disinfection for Orthodontic Settings and Instruments


Over the past few years, infection control standards and universal precautions have generally stayed the same while technology advances.. But the same can not be said about the technology used to meet those requirements. For example, the autoclave remains the gold standard in dental sterilization, and dry heat another safe and convenient option. However, on the other hand, ultraviolet disinfection light offers the dental space an intriguing alternative that can go a long way to increasing practice productivity while doing the same job only faster.

The medical field is always trying to limit the number of healthcare-associated pathogens that are facility born. As such, newer ultraviolet light disinfection systems such as the Ultraviolet Disinfection Cart: SIFUVC-1.2and high-intensity narrow-spectrum ultraviolet light have recently been shown to reduce the number of these harmful infectious agents. Currently, in the medical field, ultraviolet light is used in a variety of settings such as hospital waiting rooms, operating rooms, and in/out patient rooms.   

Day in and day out, the UV disinfection technology proves its effectiveness in controlling healthcare-associated pathogens. Recently many researches came up to back up  our contention that UV light is effective and efficient and has a role to play in orthodontic practice specifically.

UV disinfection is not only limited to air and surfaces. A UVC chamber is a part of the process of sterilization & disinfection in dentistry. FOr example, the UVC Disinfection Chamber: SIFUVC-2.0 is used to store the sterilized dental instruments to avoid contamination and preserve the sterility of the instruments for a longer period. The UVC disinfection Chamber works by the process of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation. It is a disinfection method that uses UV-C, the shortest wavelength having 200 -280nm. UV light produces electromagnetic energy that can kill microorganisms e.g. bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc. by photochemical reaction. This mechanism keeps the instruments sterilized for a longer duration.

With that being said, we are left to ask why wouldn’t a practitioner choose the faster and more cost-effective option? By embracing newer technology, a practitioner can boost profit margins and dedicate less staff time to sterilization. This then frees up staff time, giving more time to other necessary tasks, benefiting the practice overall.

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