At Smileright we are pleased to offer our patients Direct access to our hygienists, this means that you can now see a hygienist for treatment without seeing a dentist first. However it is important that you fully understand the terms and conditions of direct access before you see the hygienist, for more information please click here.
The job of our hygienist’s is to professionally clean and polish your teeth (this is sometimes called ‘scaling and polishing’). Their job also involves educating patients about the best ways to help keep their teeth plaque free.
The ‘Scale and Polish’ Procedure
A scale and polish is a very common dental treatment which is carried out as a form of oral preventative medicine.
So, why do you need a ‘scale and polish?’
Plaque can corrode the teeth over time which causes cavities and tooth decay as well as bad breath. If it leads to tartar formation, especially around the gums then gingivitis can occur. The danger with this is that it can lead to the more serious periodontal gum disease.
A scale and polish can remove plaque and leave your teeth feeling nice and smooth and it will help to prevent gum disease.
What does a scale and polish involve?
The ‘scale’ part of the procedure involves the dentist using an ultrasound device which emits vibrations to loosen large areas of tartar. It will spray a cooling mist at the same time which washes away the debris.
The dentist will use a series of hand tools called scalers and curettes to remove smaller deposits as well as smoothing the surface of the teeth. Your dentist will use these to scrape away these deposits.
Once your teeth are beautifully smooth the dentist will then give them a polish. This means using a handpiece with a soft, spinning rubber cup which is applied to your teeth.
Here at Smileright we are passionate about helping maintain your oral health. That is why we have put together a varied and effective Hygiene package in place to cater to your specific needs.
Smileright Hygiene Package
Smileright Essentials Package – (from £45)
Our recommended package for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Includes a scale and polish, finishing with oral hygiene guidance personalised to your needs. (At specific locations only).
Smileright Essentials Plus Package – with diamond polish (from £65)
For an extra twinkle in your smile. Our Essentials package with the added benefit of a diamond polish, using a special paste infused with particles of diamonds to ensure a sparkling bright smile. (At specific locations only).
Smileright Pamper Package – Airflow (from £85)
Treat yourself to a sparkling smile, featuring Airflow technology. This package is targeted at removing heavy stains usually caused by smoking, tea, coffee, red wine etc. In addition to our routine scale and polish, the Airflow uses a high powered jet of water and sodium bicarbonate, delivering dramatic results in just 1 visit. It is a non-toxic, non-invasive technique that will give you something to smile about. (At specific locations only).