Named “Best of Class” 3 years in a row by the Pride Institute, Spectra is the only caries detection aid with both color and numerical displays to indicate the precise amount of decay. It uses fluorescence technology to enable reliable tooth-by-tooth detection of fissure caries and caries on smooth surfaces that are too small to be detected by an x-ray. Special light intensity LEDs project safe, high-energy, violet-blue light onto the tooth surface. This violet-blue light stimulates metabolites of cariogenic bacteria (called porphyrins) to appear red when viewed on a monitor, while healthy enamel fluoresces green. It can detect decay hidden between the margins of existing composite and amalgam restorations. Adding Spectra to routine procedures will help to avoid unnecessary excavation and boost case acceptance. It can effectively be used during the restorative phase to verify that all caries have been removed. For more information, call (800) AIR-TECH or visit

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