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What are prophy angles used for in dental procedures?
Prophy angles are dental instruments specifically designed for prophylaxis procedures, commonly known as teeth cleanings. They play a crucial role in maintaining optimal oral health and preventing oral diseases. They are used by dental professionals to remove plaque, stains, and tartar from the teeth. Prophy angles have a rotating cup or brush that polishes the tooth surface, leaving it clean and smooth.
What are the different types of prophy angles available?
There are various types of prophy angles available to meet different patient needs. The most common types include soft and firm cups. Soft cups are used for gentle polishing and are suitable for patients with sensitive gums. Firm cups provide more abrasive action for effective stain and plaque removal. Dental professionals can choose the appropriate prophy angle based on the patient's oral health condition and treatment requirements.
Can prophy angles be used on patients with orthodontic appliances?
Yes, prophy angles can be used on patients with orthodontic appliances. However, it is essential to select the appropriate prophy angle, such as a brush, to effectively clean around brackets, wires, and bands. The dental professional should exercise caution and ensure that the prophy angle does not damage the orthodontic appliances or cause discomfort to the patient. Additionally, proper oral hygiene instructions should be provided to patients with orthodontic appliances to maintain optimal oral health during treatment.