Category: Airflow

Stain resolution with airflow techniques

We’ve always done our best at Dental FX to provide the newest and most convenient treatments to our patients. Let’s talk more about our airflow Glasgow system and how it can help you.

Our early adoption of an airflow Glasgow system makes us uniquely positioned in the local area.

General dental staining

When it comes to dental staining, there is a spectrum of severity and causes. But they can all be categorised into one of two groups, the extrinsic on the outer surface of the tooth and intrinsic that penetrated relatively deeply within it. Whitening typically includes two major branches of stain removal; one is chemical and relies on altering the state of strongly coloured compounds in the tooth. The other is abrasion, grinding the outermost surface of the tooth, resurfacing it like a particularly aggressive scale and polish where a small amount of enamel is deliberately removed and the underlying enamel is polished to a high lustre.

Airflow treatment is an alternative to both of these methods, carrying out abrasion techniques in a way, but using fine particles accelerated in a jet of high pressure air.

What is it like to have Airflow treatment?

All treatments start with a pre-assessment to ascertain their usefulness to the patient and make sure you’re getting a procedure that will genuinely help you achieve your goals, regardless of whether they are for aesthetics or for better oral health.

Cleaning using this method can be completed in a very short time, less than 20 minutes. It is a very powerful technique considering how quickly it is performed, thus we can give a convenient option for rapid results.

Air polishing or micro sandblasting is a non-invasive technique not requiring pain-relief or preparations like oral dams.  Airflow Glasgow techniques are only appropriate on extrinsic staining; you may require a combination of both airflow techniques and traditional gel-based chemical lightening in order to fully achieve the shade change you desire.

Financing care

Our team has always attempted to run an inclusive practice, understanding that dental costs play a significant role in the type of care that patients engage in. We don’t think any patient should avoid or mitigate their health for the sake of their bank accounts. Therefore we provide in-clinic financing on all treatments over a set value. Our primary provider allows the form that can finance our patients to be filled online, so that you can be cleared for funding before walking into a clinic.

Finance for patients

This allows you to be assessed for financing in the privacy of your own home. You only have to confirm your ID using a credit or debit card and after details are completed approval can be gained in 10 to 15 seconds, allowing you to proceed in any care you wish, confident that the costs are covered.

If you are having any issues with this process or accessing finance via this method, please feel free to get in contact with our clinic. Our staff will be happy to guide you through any issues you might be having. If you would prefer, the applications can be made at the clinic before the start of treatment.

Have you heard of Airflow Glasgow?

Airflow Glasgow is an innovative technique that we use to remove the build-up of plaque and tartar from your teeth as well as stains that have remained with you for several years. The technique is one that we have found to be extremely effective with our patients really enjoying the results. We would be excited for you to be able to enjoy the benefits as well.


If you’re interested in finding out more about this procedure and even having this Airflow Glasgow treatment for your smile, then do get in touch with our dental practice so that we can talk you through the advantages that it offers.

How does it work?

Airflow Glasgow works in a unique way by using compressed air particles, powder particles and water to remove the build-up of stains and discolourations that you may have on your teeth. We use it in a safe way over and across your teeth as well as in areas where plaque may prevail and cause long term damage to your enamel.

Why is it important to keep your teeth clean?

Not only can you enjoy a smile that is more attractive as it is whiter and free from unsightly plaque, but your smile is naturally going to be healthier as well as it is free from damaging bacteria, plaque and tartar.

The leading cause of tooth loss is cavities and the leading cause of cavities is the buildup of plaque. Plaque and tartar damage the enamel on your teeth and slowly eat away at this layer of protection. Once it has gone, you will experience increased sensitivity and will need to undergo restorative treatments to repair the holes that will inevitably appear.

What are some other ways that we can whiten your smile?

This treatment is a beneficial way to whiten your smile that has no potential negative side effects, which can be the case with some of our other solutions. Traditional teeth whitening is a popular option, however, for those people who experience sensitive teeth, it may be uncomfortable because of the use of bleaches and other chemicals to remove stains.

We do also offer veneers as a way to allow you to enjoy that picture-perfect smile, but because this is an expensive and permanent commitment, we do need to ensure that you are fully informed of this treatment before embarking on this solution.

Veneers are thin shells that are glued to the outer surface of your teeth. We can not only alter the appearance of the colour of your teeth, but also the size and shape as well.

Veneers do not actually whiten your teeth, but your smile will look and feel natural and very attractive.

These three options all have their advantages, so it is important to speak with a dentist to determine what option would be best for you so that you can make the most out of your teeth whitening experience. We want to ensure that you are pleased with the results and can enjoy them for as long as possible.

What is Airflow teeth cleaning and polishing?

Time for that annual hygienist visit? Do you find enduring the scrapping of your teeth by your dental hygienist while they clean the plaque from your teeth for forty five minutes to an hour unbearable? Good news! Now you can consider Airflow in Glasgow which cleans and polishes, all in one easy procedure. This hygienic dental treatment is a pleasantly comfortable process that uses a combination of air and a high power stream of water with glycine powder or bicarbonate. The powder used for polishing is not as gritty or heavy as some others in use. The system also allows for the patient to decide on a flavour, for example spearmint, to be introduced which makes the experience even more comfortable.This is also the only treatment recommended for implants, cleaning is also suitable for children and adults alike.


What about stained and sensitive teeth

Food, drink or tobacco stains are quickly and easily removed without being harmful to the surface of the teeth. Plaque forms biofilm and using this treatment, the patient will experience a noticeably clean and fresh mouth instantly. Conventional or ultrasonic cleaning can affect sensitive teeth but this procedure is gentle while it cleans and polishes in one operation. Braces, retainers, veneers and other dental appliances do not need to be removed to be cleaned. Your crowns and bridges can be delicately and gently cleaned and polished. Using a separate attachment implants can be cleaned without the risk of scratching or damage. Gum disease can also be treated with an attachment allowing for a comfortable minimally invasive procedure.

Is this treatment suitable for me

We are all susceptible to plaque growing on our teeth requiring that trip to the hygienists chair.

Airflow in Glasgow removes harmful biofilm which develops above and below the gum line and this treatment comfortably removes it leaving your mouth feeling clean,fresh and bacteria free for up to ninety days. Each treatment lasts on average around thirty minutes about half the time of a conventional hygienist visit. The pressure jet can reach easily and painlessly into periodontal pockets eliminating bacteria that causes serious dental problems. For sensitive teeth the temperature of the water can be adjusted and your hygienist can control the water pressure. Whitening procedures are more effective due to the removal of buildup which can affect the bleaching process.If you are having any form of treatment that requires any form of sealant or bonding agent this treatment will remove any bacteria or endotoxins.

A quick easy and comfortable regular clean and polish

Not only is this a dental procedure that protects your teeth and gums but it also offers a safe and pleasant cosmetic procedure allowing you to enhance your looks when required. You may have acquired a few stains on your teeth since your last visit to the hygienist.

If you are getting married or have an important appointment or interview or any other special occasion you can make an appointment and after thirty minutes you will be ready to go. It’s not always necessary to have teeth whitening treatment. The beauty of this treatment is that it’s quick and comfortable and allows you to look your best when required.

What is Airflow in the context of dentistry?

What are tooth stains?


Teeth are often exposed to a variety of factors that are capable of causing stains or tooth discolouration, and different types of tooth stains exist. Extrinsic stains come from external factors (such as foods or drinks) which creates a patch of discolouration on the surface of the tooth. Intrinsic stains on the other hand are discolourations arising from staining materials accumulating in the enamel layer of the tooth. Whilst they are more difficult to remove, it is possible. Age-associated teeth stains are a result of the combination of intrinsic and extrinsic stains. As the colour of the dentin is yellow, the age-related time dependent progressive degradation of the enamel exposes this yellow colour.

What causes tooth stains?

Staining can have a variety of underlying reasons. Some foods stain the teeth in the long run. Coffee, tea, dark soft drinks, red wine and even some vegetables and fruits are notoriously capable of tooth staining. However, some people are simply genetically predisposed to tooth staining, as the degree of transparency of the enamel varies from individual to individual.  Tobacco use, regardless of whether it is smoked or chewed, causes tooth staining. Poor oral hygiene is also one of the main causes of stained teeth. Discolouration of the teeth can also be caused by infectious or developmental diseases suffered prenatally or at a young age, before the enamel had reached its fully developed stage. Certain medications, such as antibiotics, antipsychotics, antihistamines or chemotherapy drugs can also be responsible for tooth discolouration. Mouthwashes and toothpastes containing high levels of fluoride are also capable of staining the teeth.

What is Airflow?

Airflow is a technique used in dental hygiene for the removal of stains by polishing the patient’s teeth. It is capable of removing plaques that have formed through extrinsic staining. The process uses a mixture of air, fine powder particles and water to remove the plaques and stains from patients’ teeth. It is a simple, safe, and time efficient treatment. Airflow is not a teeth whitening treatment in itself, but it is crucial for the removal of any stains and plaques prior to starting any teeth whitening treatment.

How does a treatment with Airflow work?

Airflow treatments are very quick, and can sometimes even be done over the course of 15 to 20 minutes. Airflow is an incredibly useful technique given the short time it takes to be performed and the dramatic results it can bring. In case you would like your teeth to be more white, just book an appointment to get Airflow in Glasgow. Our dentistry, Dental FX, will use Airflow to improve your smile by giving it the cleanliness it deserves.

When you book an appointment for Airflow in Glasgow our specialist will determine whether Airflow is the appropriate treatment for you, or if you require tooth whitening procedures. While Airflow is efficient at removing plaques and surface discolourations, stains that result from staining materials accumulating in the dentin below the enamel might require further teeth whitening techniques, and this is something that should be kept in mind. So if you are looking to get Airflow in Glasgow, come and see us today!

Another way to get rid of stains

The things that many of us rely on to get us through the day can also leave evidence behind. Those cups of tea and coffee, that red wine, even that tobacco (as apparently there still are smokers in the UK) leave stains behind on our teeth. Over time, the stains build up and discolour the teeth.

Airflow in GlasgowOrdinary brushing doesn’t get rid of these stains and sometimes even a trip to the hygienist for a scale and polish doesn’t seem to do the job. You don’t really want to get your teeth whitened. Is there another way you can get these stains removed without having to go the whole hog of having your teeth go several shades lighter?

Yes, there is and we have it here at Dental FX in Glasgow. It’s called Airflow and it does a grand job of getting rid of stains.

Airflow is a jet of air, water and finely powdered sodium bicarbonate. Here at Dental FX, our hygienists, Michelle Britton, Teresa Cameron and Nicola McPherson, use it to great effect. They love seeing people’s face when they look at their teeth after a session with the Airflow equipment. It’s like the years have been stripped away from their teeth along with the stains.

They are back to their usual gleaming look without being made artificially lighter.

You can ask about Airflow at your next session with the hygienist or at your next check-up, or you can ring up to find out more and book a session. We usually recommend that you have any build-up of plaque removed first and the Airflow machine can do this for you.

This is a great way to spruce yourself up for an important occasion such as a wedding, or a first date.

If you have Airflow as an extra during your hygienist appointment, it will cost £20. If you have it as a full appointment, the price is £47.

There are some stains that Airflow cannot remove, so it’s a good idea to let us have a look at your staining before you book a session. If your staining won’t budge with Airflow, you can try teeth whitening, or have the discolouration covered over with veneers.

Airflow – dental hygiene revisited

Emerging technology is transforming all areas of life and dentistry is no exception. The innovative Airflow technique uses a machine that cleans and polishes the teeth with a mix of water, compressed air and fine powder particles. This method is better than traditional cleaning methods that use scraping tools and polishing discs and which can be time-consuming and potentially painful for the patient.

At Dental FX, we are committed to good oral hygiene and Airflow technology enables us to ensure that your teeth are healthy and sparkly clean. Our dedicated team of dentists and dental hygienists will make you feel comfortable every step of the way and will clean your teeth thoroughly. They can also give you advice on gum health, oral care at home and can show you how to brush and floss your teeth properly.

Airflow in GlasgowWhat is Airflow?

In Glasgow, Airflow treatment is designed to remove simple tooth staining from the teeth. Although this treatment is not a tooth whitening therapy, the Airflow will significantly improve the colour of your teeth and give you a fresh smile.

This cleaning and polishing therapy works by the projection of tiny bicarbonate particles under water pressure onto the surface and in between each tooth. Treatment time rarely exceeds 20 minutes and by the end, your teeth will look and feel smoother, cleaner and brighter.

Airflow is a handy clean and polish tool, but it can also be a great alternative to more expensive whitening treatments for patients with surface discolouration. However, Airflow cannot replace your regular appointments to the hygienist and in some cases scaling may be involved in order to remove any hardened plaque from the teeth prior to the Airflow treatment.

How long will it last?

Treatment with Airflow is very effective and results can be lasting. However, this depends entirely on your diet, lifestyle and oral hygiene routine. If you consume tea, coffee, red wine and highly-pigmented foods and beverages on a daily basis, then you can expect the staining to return over a few months. If you rarely consume staining foods and drinks and you brush and floss your teeth diligently, then your teeth may remain bright for up to a year following treatment with Airflow.