Macomb County MI Dentist Explains the Importance of Dental Loupes

Hi, my name is Dr. Robert Antolak at We’re located in Macomb County, Michigan, in Shelby Township. In fact our office is on 22 Mile just west of Hayes, which is right on the border of Shelby Township and Macomb Township. So, I would like to talk to you a little bit about the detail that is apparent at our office.  I have been wearing what are called dental loupes, which are these, for probably a good 15 years or so. I’m amazed when I hear people ask why I am wearing those or if I find I go to maybe a convention or a seminar and people are not wearing these. It still kind of baffles me. So what I want to do is just describe the benefits of wearing dental loupes and what they do.

Loupes are magnifiers. They allow us as a dentist to see things. These that I’m wearing here are 4 times magnification. So if we see something that’s small, it looks 4 times the size with these magnified areas.  Also what it does is it allows for us to sit straight up and have a focal length right at the right distance for our arms when we provide dental care. We can’t get too close that way, because if we get too close, then it gets out of focus. So, it keeps our back straighter because back aches and back problems are probably one of the biggest risks for dentists for longevity. So I’ve been wearing this for a long time and it’s something I’ve gotten used to. But people do get kind of surprised. What I want to do is to demonstrate also with that is an LED light that goes right on the loop and what the LED light does is when we put the loop on, it gives us the ability to show just a very small range here of where things are lit. The importance is these lights are so bright that if it gets into our patient’s eyes then it really hurts them, it hurts their eyes. And, so this allows us to just to focus on my field of vision, which you saw there and that light only what I can see through my eyes. I have no peripheral vision really when I focus to those loops. So it just gives me very narrow area where I focus on.

The benefit of that is that once again that I can see things as it fills up my field of vision. I can focus right on that specifically. In fact, when I’m asked to look at something without them I go, oh my gosh, teeth are really small, you know. Not even realizing that I get so used to and accustomed to using those dental loops. Also, a really good benefit of having the light attached right to where this is here is its right in line with my vision. So for example, if I’m looking down a hole that light actually penetrates that hole in the same line of sight that my eyes are in. Very close to it.

So, that gives me the ability to see things in small areas which typically would be too dark. The light, even the best lights, we have like the best lights that you can get that are attached to go over our patient, these LED lights. They’re really excellent. They’re brand new technology. But they still don’t even come close to the level of vision that you can see with these lights that are mounted right on to the loops.

Macomb County MI Dentist Explains the Importance of Dental Loupes

If this is kind of detail that you would desire for you and your family then please you can feel free to give us a call. If you want to talk to me about more about loops that would be fine too but my phone number is 586-247-3500. At, thank you.