Cleaning & Polishing

Orthodontic brackets are held on with adhesive resins and also used for Invisalign attachments. Orthodontic bands are cemented, usually with high fluoride cements.

It is known that resin removal can scratch the surface, or enamel, of the teeth. These scratches will remain on the tooth surface. They are visible on well focused facial photographs.

We use strategies to minimise contact with the enamel


6 times vision magnification glasses ensure all adhesive is removed, especially from the grooves in the teeth


Hot water rinsing prior to bracket removal to soften the adhesive makes removing the brackets easier


The use of air to dry the teeth during the removal process, makes the adhesive visible, ensuring focus on the adhesive areas


Polishing discs are the final step to remove excess adhesive, bringing the tooth surface back to its ideal state


An air polisher is used to remove any debris which could be mistaken for adhesive


Gentle techniques take longer but help to preserve tooth enamel

Scaling and polishing a molar tooth for Lithgow Valley Smiles.