What is Air-Flow?
Air-Flow is a professional stain removal system that tackles stubborn stains, which are difficult to remove with normal teeth whitening methods.
How does it work?
Using a special powder, air, and a gentle jet stream of water; Air-Flow gently and painlessly removes surface stains caused by tobacco, food and drink. In just one appointment, you will immediately see and feel the difference.
What are the causes of teeth staining?
Typically, teeth stains affect the surface of the teeth and once severe, cannot always be removed with brushing alone. These surface stains can be caused by smoking, coffee, tea, red wine and eating foods that contain colourants. Air-Flow removes surface stains easily, resulting in a brighter, whiter smile. Sometimes, discolouration occurs on a deeper level. This can result from the use of certain medications, or a genetic susceptibility to darker teeth. A combination of teeth whitening and Air-Flow treatment provides dramatic results; resulting in a smile which can be several shades lighter.
WHAT IS BIOFILM?
BIOFILM is a colony of bacteria that has clustered together and attached to a surface. Even though it is a scientific term, biofilm is found in your everyday life, usually in areas of moisture.
WHY BIOFILM IS A CONCERN
Biofilm, commonly known in dentistry as plaque, is always forming on teeth. Even when it is removed. It is not gone for long. Managing dental plaque/biofilm is an ongoing endeavour.
Without active removal from tooth surface, biofilm accumulation can escalate to varying degrees causing potential infection and inflammation, leading to oral disease and eventual tooth and implant loss.
HOW DOES YOUR HYGIENIST TREAT AND REMOVE BIOFILM?
Good News! We have invested in AIR-FLOW therapy, a cutting-edge technology designed to gently, quickly and thoroughly remove biofilm.
Polishing and stain removal will still take place during your appointment, with the added therapeutic benefits of complete biofilm removal leading to better clinical outcomes.
WHY IS AIR-FLOW RIGHT FOR ME?
It’s Safe: AIR-FLOW is gentle on the enamel of natural teeth, gum tissue and restorative and bonding materials so it won’t cause damage to any surfaces.
It’s comfortable: The spray mixture does all the work. With the fine grain powders, it just feels like water being sprayed on the gums instead of chunky, gritty material you might expect (and dislike) during your cleaning.
It’s efficient: AIR-FLOW requires just 5 seconds per tooth to work its magic, compared to 30 to 60 seconds for other methods. Additionally, using AIR-FLOW to remove all biofilm first will reduce the time spent using other instrumentation to remove stains and hard deposits, making your preventative cleaning appointment a more positive experience.
Here’s how AIR-FLOW might be used during your appointment
I have all my natural teeth – her for my regular cleaning,
You are used to having polishing at the end of your appointment – usually with a rubber cup and paste. Instead, AIR-FLOW will be used first for a more efficient, comprehensive, treatment.
I have a dental implant.
Care must be taken with your dental implant to keep it clean without scratching or damaging it.
Implants fail when biofilm builds up and causes serious disease like peri-implantitis.
AIR-FLOW will thoroughly clean any exposed implant surface.
I have restorations (crowns, veneers, etc).
AIR-FLOW gentle powders cause less surface damage than other polishing powders and coarse prophy pastes, while maintaining the cleaning efficiency.
I have periodontal disease/have had periodontal surgery.
AIR-FLOW can help reduce inflammation by clearing out the harmful biofilm in deeper pockets and difficult spaces, often reversing perio disease. If you have had perio surgery and are here for your maintenance appointments, AIR-FLOW can help keep you on the right track back to a healthy smile.
I (or my child) have an orthodontic appliance.
Braces, fixed retainers and even clear aligner “buttons” are very difficult to clean around. AIR-FLOW reaches around and through the brackets or wires without breaking down the composite materials holding the appliance to your teeth.