Prophy Jet technology is an alternative to traditional tooth polishing used by dentists. Instead of a rubber cup that rotates to clean your teeth with an abrasive paste, Prophy Jet polishing uses a pressurized spray of water combined with a baking soda paste.
Also known as an air polishing system, Prophy Jet cleans plaque, stains, and deposits from teeth and polishes them. The high-pressured water removes dental plaque, while the baking soda acts as an acid neutralizer and a pumice to polish off extrinsic stains caused by foods, drinks, or smoking.
Advantages of Prophy Jet
The many advantages of dental cleaning with Prophy Jet make it a preferred choice among dentists as well as patients. Prophy Jet tends to be more effective than traditional polishing. Furthermore, unlike the traditional rotating hand piece, it does not have distracting vibrations and is a quieter device. Also in contrast to traditional professional dental cleanings, Prophy Jet does not leave an unpleasant aftertaste. You will walk out of your dentist’s office with a clean and fresh feeling in your mouth.
Besides being used in regular dental cleanings, Prophy Jet polishing may be recommended before your dentist performs dental bonding or places dental braces in your mouth. The elimination of dental plaque and deposits from the teeth will reduce the risk of bacteria growth under the composite resin bonding or braces. In addition, Prophy Jet polishing may be useful in removing surface stains before a teeth whitening procedure. Your dentist will be better able to observe the natural color of your teeth, and you will obtain more satisfying results from teeth whitening.
Prophy Jet may not only be used to clean teeth, but dental appliances as well. Appliances such as braces, dentures, and mouth guards accumulate stains over time. Ask your dentist to perform a thorough cleaning of your device if it is beginning to dull and show wear.
Other Types of Cleaning
Prophy Jet technology gets rid of soft deposits and certain extrinsic stains from the teeth. For harder deposits such as dental calculus, the procedures of scaling and root planing help to clean the teeth surfaces and under the gum line. The Prophy Jet does not remove intrinsic stains that form on the interior of teeth. Possible causes of intrinsic stains are aging, trauma, contact with minerals (like tetracycline) during tooth formation, and excessive intake of fluoride. With these kinds of stains, other cosmetic dentistry methods may be more successful, such as the placement of porcelain dental veneers or several treatments of teeth whitening.
Regardless of whether your dentist uses traditional methods of cleaning or Prophy Jet polishing, it is of primary importance that you make regular visits for professional dental cleaning.