While the explorer is still widely used to evaluate a patient for caries, cutting edge caries detection systems are changing the way some practices screen and treat patients. Capable of detecting and assessing carious lesions earlier and in more locations, some caries detection units feature lasers that cause fluorescence of the tooth while others use transillumination to see through the enamel. Regardless of the specific detection technology being used, all of these systems can help you discover caries at earlier stages when minimally invasive treatment options might be applicable. While some detection technologies are integrated into intraoral cameras, other systems are standalone units. Regardless of which platform or detection technology you prefer, it is important for the entire staff to be properly trained to not only use the caries detection system, but also to explain the technology to patients.