If, upon hearing the phrase “teeth polishing,” you imagine a shiny and smooth tooth surface, you’re mostly correct. Typically, this procedure is performed in conjunction with teeth cleaning, during which dental plaque is removed. Polishing helps eliminate dental plaque buildup on teeth, as well as stains and discoloration. This is a safe and beneficial procedure that makes smiles brighter and healthier.
Types of Teeth Polishing
Modern dentistry is rapidly advancing, and the quality of materials and instruments for teeth restoration or polishing is constantly improving. Currently, teeth polishing can be done in two ways: using a rubber cup brush or the Air-Flow technology. In each of these methods, we use only the highest-quality sets of polishing brushes, pastes, and powders.
Polishing with a Rubber Cup Brush
For this method, a dental drill with a rubber attachment or brush is used. The dentist applies a special abrasive paste to the brush and treats the tooth surface for a defined period (usually a few seconds). This method allows for the removal of dental plaque and stains.
Polishing with Air-Flow Technology
By utilizing a stream of water, air, and granules of a special powder, the dentist cleans and polishes the tooth surface. The advantage of this method is that Air-Flow can reach difficult-to-access areas and pass between teeth. This method is also suitable for people wearing braces.
The choice of the powder is essential. Usually, the following powders are used:
- Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda);
- Calcium carbonate (PROPHYpearls);
Sometimes, dentists may use powders with granules having sharp edges that can damage tooth enamel. At Yarema Dental, we use only high-quality powders from the KAVO Pearls company, which do not harm the health of your teeth.
Why Teeth Polishing Is Necessary
Teeth polishing is not just a cosmetic procedure but an essential part of oral health care.
By polishing the teeth, the dentist removes bacteria from their surface, the proliferation of which is the main cause of dental plaque on teeth and the development of gingivitis.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, polishing is an effective method for removing stains on teeth that can result from smoking, coffee, tea, or red wine consumption. After the procedure, your tooth enamel will regain its natural color.
However, in some cases, teeth polishing may not be able to address discoloration caused by diseases, genetic factors, or the use of specific medications, including tetracycline antibiotics.
Can You Polish Your Teeth at Home?
Today, you can find various methods and products online that claim to allow teeth polishing at home. Most often, these involve using substances like baking soda, activated charcoal, or similar materials.
In general, such products are not harmful to the body, but their effectiveness is rather questionable. Moreover, attempting to polish your teeth at home could potentially damage tooth enamel, which does not regenerate. Damaging the enamel can also lead to increased sensitivity and even tooth erosion.
This is why it’s advisable to entrust this procedure to professionals. At Yarema Dental, we offer high-quality teeth cleaning and polishing services. Our dentists will preserve the health of your smile and help prevent oral diseases.