Airflow cleaning is a simple way to effectively remove surface stains from teeth. The system uses a focused jet of compressed air, water and bicarbonate particles to gently polish away surface staining from the teeth.
Airflow cleaning is a great way to simply and effectively brighten your smile. It will remove surface staining but will not lighten the base colour of the teeth. To achieve that, see ‘Teeth Whitening’. Stains that are removable include tea, coffee, wine, curry, chlorhexidine and tobacco.
The treatment lasts around 30 minutes, during which time the teeth will be cleaned with the air/water/bicarbonate jet. This may be combined with ultrasonic staining for any tartar which may need to be removed. Anaesthetic is not required, and the cleaning is pain-free. The only thing is that you may get a little wet.
This depends entirely on your diet/smoking/cleaning habits. If you are a big fan of tea, coffee, red wine and curries, you can expect the staining to return over a few months. If you rarely have these and are a thorough brusher at home, teeth can remain stain-free for up to 6 months plus.
Most patients who choose Airflow Cleaning will have the procedure around once or twice a year, and just before any special occasions.