LiteTouch™ Dental Laser by Light Instruments Ltd.

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
LiteTouch™

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Dental Laser

INSPIRATION:
In 2005, a group of physicists, engineers and laser technology specialists from different dental laser companies joined forces and founded a new company (Light Instruments Ltd) that developed breakthrough laser innovations for the dental industry. These experts, long-time veterans of the dental laser industry, were well aware of the drawbacks of existing dental lasers conducted a multi-disciplinary research that led to the first all-tissue, non-fiber, non-articulated arm Erbium: YAG dental laser device known as "LiteTouch";™ with Laser-in-the-Handpiece™ technology.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
LiteTouch™ is an Erbium: YAG dental laser (2,940nm wavelength) especially designed to treat a wide range of dental procedures in minimally invasive abilities. Over the past 10 years, Erbium: YAG laser treatments have been known to replace most of the traditional treatments in oral and maxillofacial surgery and dentistry. The Erbium: YAG wavelength is well absorbed in water and hydroxyl appetite molecules, which construct the teeth and bone, and are therefore most applicable in variety of hard tissue applications and soft tissue applications, such as incision, excision, bone cutting, ablation of granulation tissue, vaporization of gun tissue and coagulation of soft tissue in oral and maxillofacial surgery and dentistry.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
1. User set parameters on an intuitive control panel using touch button interface 2. User places handpiece with appropriate treatment tip into the treatment location 3. User activates laser by pressing a foot pedal/switch

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was developed in 2005 in Israel and was available for commercial use by 2007.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
• Sapphire tips of different sizes and shapes per application (14 types total) • Glass panel with 7 touch buttons for ease of navigation • LED backlit LCD screen • Proprietary laser chamber including: o Flash lamp for ignition of the laser o Er:YAG rod o Amplification medium • Spray system (requires external air pressure source), including: o Solenoid-based valves assembly for spray control o Pressure bottle o Polyurethane tubing o One-touch fittings for tubing o Particles filter o Quick release fitting for external air-source • Enclosed Water cooling system, including: o DC electric water pump o Fan/radiator assembly o Flow switch for flow monitoring o Temperature sensor for temperature monitoring o Polyurethane tubing o One-touch fittings for tubing o Proprietary De-ionizer filter for cooling water • Conducting paint on inner surfaces • Polyurethane and ABS plastic covers • Painted Aluminum • Stainless steel • Sheet metal aluminum with Chromate conversion coating (Alodine) for components casing • Casters with breaks • Ignition key-switch • Emergency shut-off button • Rubber O-rings of various sizes • Anodized Aluminum with Satin finish for handpieces and applicator • PVC covers for applicator handle • Flex-PVC tubing • High Voltage Leakage protected Teflon wiring • Copper tape • Captone Isolation • Copper mirror with polarized coating • Aluminum mirror with polarized coating • ALB3 Molybdenum mirror • Zn-Se collimating lens • Laser branding of logo • Spring loaded latch for handpiece • Modular design for easy assembly/replacement of parts • PCB circuits o Switching Module o Simmer Module o Control Module • DSP based CPU • RS-485 communication between CPU and PCB boards • SPI communication for updating software via mini-USB connector • High Voltage Power Supply • 24V Power Supply • Capacitors bank • Line filter • D-type connectors • High Voltage/High Current shielded connectors • Ultra-sonic cleaning/sterilization during manufacture process • Automated energy calibration during manufacturing process • Optical Alignment process • Automated calibration test • Automated cooling circuit draining procedure

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width: 17.75" (450mm) • Length: 21.65" (550mm) • Height (display folded): 30.60" (750mm) • Height (display extended): 35.00" (890mm) • Weight: 78 Lbs. (35Kg)

TAGS:
LiteTouch, Erbium: YAG dental laser, Laser-in-the-Handpiece, Syneron Dental Lasers, Light Instruments, Syneron Medical, medical device dental laser technology

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
LiteTouch`s 1st design was made in 2006 by Mr. Moshe Marziano, and was updated during 2012 by Mr. Joel Rapoport, Both industrial designers from Israel.

CHALLENGE:
Erbium: YAG technology, in combination with a strong spray of water, is the only laser that has been clinically proven to be efficient when treating hard tissue as tooth enamel and bone in addition to treating soft tissues like other lasers. The main challenge of Erbium: YAG laser dentistry has always been its dependence on cumbersome, unwieldy beam delivery devices, such as fibers and articulated arms. LiteTouch eliminates all these issues due to its unique technical design, which integrates the laser generation mechanism in the laser handpiece.

ADDED DATE:
2013-01-28 14:02:21

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Light Instruments Ltd. (Syneron Dental Lasers)

IMAGE CREDITS:
Light Instruments Ltd. , 2012.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Light Instruments Ltd (Syneron Dental Lasers)

PROFILE:
Syneron Dental Lasers (Light Instruments Ltd) is the world's leading provider of groundbreaking next generation dental laser technology solutions for hard and soft tissue treatments. The company has achieved significant global market share and transformed the way practitioners perform dental treatments today. LiteTouch™, its flagship product, is the world’s most versatile Er:YAG laser, which incorporates the innovative ”Laser-in-the-Handpiece™” technology. In 2005, following an extensive multi-disciplinary research, the company overcame a major technological barrier which changed the industry’s perception about dental laser treatments. The unique “Laser-in-the-Handpiece™” is incorporated in the LiteTouch™, mimicking the operation of the turbine drill, yet maintaining all the benefits of the laser. LiteTouch™ is used in most areas of day-to-day dentistry carried out at the clinic. With LiteTouch™, dentists achieve better clinical results, shorter healing time and their patients benefit from an overall improved experience. Dentists and distributors are first priority at Syneron Dental Lasers. The company focuses its attention on education and training activities, as well as providing tailored services according to market requirements. Syneron Dental Lasers takes pride in its close relationships with its partners and users and with placing user needs at the forefront of its activities – granting the longest warranty in the industry and a rich clinical education system. Syneron Dental Lasers’ innovation is widely recognized by scholars and dentists worldwide as the next generation of Erbium:YAG dental laser technology. The company’s academic and scientific cooperation as well as its close synergy with key opinion leaders is fast becoming the leading framework for the successful advancement of laser dentistry in research and education. Syneron Dental Lasers continues to strive for excellence developing the best dental laser solutions that are elevating the global standards of laser dentistry. Fulfilling the Laser Technology Promise Just as the mobile phone freed the world from wires, so has the LiteTouch™ freed dentists from the use of traditional tools, as well as bulky articulated arms or optic fibers making laser dentistry completely portable.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Litetouch™ Dental Laser by Light Instruments Ltd is a Nominee in Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design Category.

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Litetouch™ Dental Laser by Light Instruments Ltd is Winner in Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design Category, 2012 - 2013.

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