Why Your Teeth Need Polishing
The main purpose of polishing is to remove stains, remove dental plaque accumulation, increase aesthetics and to reduce corrosion of metallic restorations. Polishing is carried out after scaling to remove stains and makes your teeth feel smooth and shiny. Polishing is done with a soft rubber cup that spins. Prophylaxis paste – a special toothpaste-like material is scooped up into the cup and spun around on the teeth. Polishing uses a pressurized spray of air and water with sodium hydrogen carbonate powder to remove stains, plaque and soft debris from your teeth. It may taste slightly salty.
Walnut Ranch Dental Spa in Ardmore offers these types of polishing:
- Traditional Polishing that uses a soft rubber cup device that rotates
- Prophy Jet®, which is an air polishing device that uses a concentrated spray of air, water and a very fine powder Learn more about Prophy Jet®
The difference between polishing and whitening
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that lightens pigmentation within the teeth. Scaling and polishing is a procedure that removes dental plaque, tartar and stains that are present on the outer surface of the teeth. Scaling and polishing cleans your teeth, preventing and controlling the severity of gum diseases. After scaling & polishing, teeth can appear lighter if there are many stains on the outer surface of the teeth.