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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.