Ozone naturally destroys bacteria whenever it comes into contact with it. This is the theory by which Healozone works by destroying bacteria thereby removing the potential for cavities to form.
It is used in ‘gentle dentistry’ where patients have high anxiety levels or dental phobia. It is applied to the affected area of the teeth for half a minute during which the bacteria is eliminated. The cavity formed as a result of the bacteria is not removed hence additional treatments like cavity fillings or crowns may be required.
Healozone yields its maximum benefit only when the instances of decay like small cavities are dealt with at the earlier stages hence a visit to the dentist every 6 months is recommended.
2) Zoom Whitening
The Zoom Whitening is a bleaching procedure that can brighten your teeth in 45 minutes.
Before the procedure a routine cleaning aka scaling is carried out. The mouth is prepared by covering the lips and gums. The teeth are exposed and the dentist with the help of a dental nurse will apply the Zoom hydrogen peroxide gel. The Zoom light will penetrate the teeth and break up stains and discolorations present. The light is activated for 15 minutes. The gel is
applied for three 15 minute sessions. The total time taken is 45 minutes following which a fluoride paste gel is applied to reduce sensitivity.
Lasers form a big part of ‘Gentle dentistry’. They are used for crown lengthening, gingival recontouring, frenectomies, Impacted teeth, removal of inflamed tissue, treatment of apthous and herpetic lesions.
The CO2 lasers are mainly used for soft tissue removal and hemostasis. There are some concerns about the large size, cost and hard tissue destruction of these lasers that makes it slightly unpopular.
The Nd: YAG Lasers are absorbed by pigmented tissue so it provides good hemostasis and soft tissue removal.
The Erbium lasers are used on dental hard tissues and for soft tissue ablation.
The diode lasers are used for most soft tissue treatments.
It emits a safe visible blue light into the oral cavity. The light excites the oral tissue and causes them to fluoresce. When examined the abnormal fluorescence patterns aid clinician in locating unhealthy oral tissue which cannot be visualized by the naked eye. Further it also helps clinicians to determine the margins for surgical excision.
These braces are nearly invisible trays that align the teeth. They can be removed and helps to correct misalignments of the teeth. Things to keep in mind while using aligners:
- Rinse your aligners when you remove them. Dry saliva and plaque create a perfect breeding ground for foul smelling bacteria.
- Soak your aligners.
- Brush and floss your teeth before reinserting your aligners.
- Clean your aligners with a clear anti-bacterial soft soap. Brush your aligners gently.