The traditional method of drawing on paper while looking through a mirror has been shown to be ineffective at developing meaningful indirect motor skills. Mirroprep is a device that utilizes this activity and costs over $250.
Studies show that this technique improves students’ ability to draw backwards on paper, but does not improve their ability to perform dental procedures with indirect vision. This is because indirect motor skills are developed based on orientation and reference points. An effective dental mirror training apparatus must look the same and mimic the same motions as real dental procedures. The Jumpstart Mirror Trainer was developed based on these principles and has been clinically shown to improve students’ performance during dental procedures.