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Frequently Asked Questions

I gave up smoking recently but my teeth are quite yellow. Will whitening toothpastes help?

Teeth generally stain over a period of time and appear darker as we age. The outer layer of the teeth gets stained by smoking, drinking coffee, wine or other drinks as well as foods that cause stain.

Whitening toothpaste can remove only minor stains from the external surface of the teeth and do not change the color of the teeth. These toothpastes contain some abrasive particles that physically scrub away the stains from your teeth and, thus, are not effective if your stains are moderate to severe. It is recommended not to use whitening toothpastes regularly for long periods as its overuse can lead to the removal of outer surface of the teeth causing the teeth to appear dull and not glossy.

The best way to remove stains is to visit a dentist for professional teeth cleaning and polishing. This is done by using ‘ultrasonic scalers’ and polishing paste which remove all stains from your teeth safely and effectively, restoring your teeth to their original color.

However, if you want to further whiten your teeth from its existing color, then you would have to undergo a teeth whitening procedure. This involves application of whitening gels containing chemicals such as Carbide Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide that can whiten your teeth by 3-8 shades lighter. Whitening procedures can be done in the dental clinic assisted with a whitening lamp to give you faster results or you could use a program at home where the dentist would take impressions of your teeth to give you customized bleaching trays and whitening gels to use at home. The whitening gels dispensed by dentists are approved by the American Dental Association and are certified to be safe to use.

There are many over the counter whitening gels and trays sold in the market, but these trays are not custom made for you and whitening gels may sometimes leak onto your gums causing chemical burns.

Are electric toothbrushes better than the manual toothbrushes?

Both manual and electric toothbrushes will work the same, depending on how you use them. It is like comparing an automatic car with a manual one – both cars will have the same performance depending on how good the driver is.

If you are quite adept at using a manual toothbrush with a correct technique and use it for minimum of two minutes then you need not use an electric toothbrush. On the other hand, the electric toothbrush is useful for someone who is not skillful in proper brushing techniques or tends to complete the brushing very fast. Children also find electric toothbrushes user friendly. By just placing the brush over the tooth using its pulsations and movements, the electric toothbrush cleans your teeth without you having to do any brushing strokes. Many of the electric toothbrushes also come with timers that can be set to two minutes so that there is no guess work on how long you have brushed.

There are some studies showing that the electric toothbrushes are more efficient in removing plaque from teeth as compared to manual brushes. But, ultimately, it depends on the person and how comfortable he is with the toothbrush and its use.

I don’t have any major problem with my oral health. Should I still visit a dentist?

It is very important that you should visit a dentist at least once every six months for regular dental checkups even if you think you do not have any dental problems.

The most common misconception people have is that as long as there is no pain you don’t need to see a dentist, as most people consider the dentist a pain! Unfortunately, what they don’t know is that many serious dental problems such as gum disease or dental decay may not cause any pain until the disease has reached an advanced stage, where extensive treatment may be required which could be also much more expensive to treat.

It is your dentist who would be able to detect any potential problems in your mouth at an early stage, such as cavities which could be treated with a simple restoration. Ignoring this could lead to an infection of the tooth leading to a root canal treatment and a crown. Similarly, gum disease if detected early, can be stopped by professional cleaning and oral hygiene measures. But if it is ignored, it can cause extensive destruction of the supporting bone leading to loss of teeth.

As the saying goes—prevention is better than cure— and the only way you can do that is by regular dental checkups.

What is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is appropriate when patients have primary (baby) teeth as well as permanent teeth. The orthodontist will determine the appropriate timing of orthodontic treatment based on your specific needs.

Phase I, also known as “interceptive treatment” or early treatment, may begin while primary (baby teeth) are still present. This treatment corrects potentially harmful conditions or makes dental adjustments that are best accomplished while the patient is still growing. Phase I treatment usually does not eliminate the need for the later treatment of your permanent teeth with full braces, but may mean future treatment goes more quickly.

In Phase II, also referred as “definite treatment”, full braces are used to adjust the position of permanent teeth to develop a proper bite and achieve the best aesthetic results. This can start either before or after the loss of all primary (baby) teeth, and is usually necessary after Phase I interceptive treatment.

Why should children have their first orthodontic screening by age of seven years?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, seven years is the optimal age for a child to have his or her first orthodontics screening by a specialist. By this time, the permanent first molars and incisors have usually come in, and enough jaw growth has occurred that the orthodontist will be able to identify any current problems, anticipate future problems, and alleviate parents’ concerns.

Some signs or habits that may indicate the need for an early orthodontic examination include:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Crowding
  • Injury-prone upper incisors (front teeth) that protrude (stick out) excessively
  • Thumb or finger sucking
  • Missing, misplaced, or blocked out teeth
  • Cross bites
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
  • Teeth that bite abnormally or not at all
  • Jaws and teeth that appear out proportion to the rest of the face

If your child has not seen an orthodontist by the age of seven, don’t worry! We will still be able to detect and evaluate any existing problems, determine what type of treatment, if any, is recommended, and advise you of the best time to start treatment regardless of age.

Two of my front teeth are bigger than the others. Can they be reshaped to look smaller or less prominent?

Generally, the front two middle teeth are larger and longer than the adjacent teeth. In case these are much more prominent, either the front teeth are bigger or their adjacent are smaller in size than normal, giving the illusion that the front two teeth are larger. It is difficult to give you an exact treatment unless your teeth are examined.

Depending on the type of problem, your dentist would decide on the correct line of treatment. Cosmetic dentistry can now fix your problem and give you the perfect smile. The treatment can range from minor reshaping of your large teeth, to building up of the adjacent small teeth using composites or having porcelain veneers done to achieve a beautiful smile.

It is best that you consult with a dentist who is experienced in cosmetic procedures and he should be able to advise you the correct treatment.

Namit Nagar

Painless experience. Dental cleansing and cavity which would have lead to a RCT procedure were treated with a strong filling. Smile better, Chew better - Live Better! Thanks a ton Dr. Harleen Gandhi!

Sunita Rath

I visited meraki studio today and absolutely love it . thank you for the wonderful experience.

Viral Patel

I had visited the clinic for Scaling treatment which was perfectly done by the Doctor in charge. Also the environment and the service by the clinic staff was amazing. Happy and satisfied after visiting Meraki Dental Studio. Cheers

Nidhi Arora

I visited Meraki Dental Clinic with a problem related to my Gums. Now that i have been cured, i feel much happy and more confident and finally relieved. My Smile has been fixed. Thank you Doctor Harleen and her superb team! Can proudly say - She's my Family Doctor! Highly recommended to all.

Hema Singh

Dr. Harleen helped me with my tooth that was hurting me since 6 months now. I really thank her for the painless and quick treatment. After being treated by Dr. Harleen, I can say that I am no more scared of visiting "Dentists". The staff was very helpful as well and the clinic is very hygienic and well maintained. Thank you Meraki Dental Studio for relieving me of my problem.

Tejeesh Nippun Singh

Believing in the dictum that no news is good news, I have never ever visited a dentist in my 43 years of existence, till the time I met Dr Harleen - mainly for fear that a dentist might give me some bad news which I didn't want to hear. I think what clinched the deal in her favour - and compelled me to break my informal vow to not see a dentist - was her professional knowledge about her chosen field. It certainly adds to her advantage that she can empathise with a patient's apprehensions regarding a visit to a dentist, which makes her work doubly hard to ensure that each patient, including children, who come to her, have a happy, painless experience. She also makes an effort to keep herself updated about the latest developments & practices in dentistry, which inspires confidence in not just the patient who's visiting, but also to refer her as a dentist of choice to one's friends and family. Add to that her generally sunny disposition & warmth and one can safely say that Dr Harleen is one dentist whom you look forward to visit. One wishes her greater success in her profession.

Mehul Arora

Who doesn't love painless treatments especially when it comes to visiting a dentist. I am sure everyone has this fear of going to a dentist but not anymore. I am happily satisfied to share my case with Dr. Harleen, a very knowledgeable and warming dentist indeed. She explains and suggest treatments so nicely that the patient would want to trust her blindly. She believes in providing the patient with a complete oral health which not only prevents a person from future oral risks but also providing them with an aesthetically beautiful smile. The assistant and front desk people are also very caring and professional. So if you want to pamper your smile then this is the place. I have found my lifetime dentist for sure and recommend everyone out there to visit Meraki Dental Studio. Kudos to you and your team.

Somnath Majumdar

I would like to place on record an appreciation for Dr. Harleen Kalsi of Meraki Dental Studio, South Extension. My twelve-year-old son – Royen – required braces to correct the teeth alignment. He has always been apprehensive about the procedure. On his first visit itself, Dr. Harleen made him completely settled with the procedure and made him willing to take it on. The eventual teeth extractions were painless for him and say that he didn’t even realize when the tooth came off. The following sittings to put the braces and thereafter, were extremely comfortable and relaxing for Royen. He has been well taken care off. The team demonstrated the true spirit of ‘Meraki’ when Royen had visited them alone. They took extra care of him and went out of the way to arrange for his transport back home. They do put in a lot of heart & soul in their noble profession. I am glad that Dr. Harleen Kalsi, of Meraki Dental Studio is there to take care of my family’s oral wellbeing. All the best.

Mr. Rohit Bhatla

Meeting youngsters, such high tech advanced doctors loaded with advanced technology makes a lot of difference. It's an eye opener. Getting yourself treated at Meraki is an experience in itself.

Renu Kaushal

Dr. Harleen makes going to a dentist such a happy affair. Her calm demeanor, her professional expertise and her advise take away all the fears one associates with a dentist visit. Thank you Dr. Harleen. May you thrive and cherish, so our smiles, we may cherish.

Vivek Modi

Had an awesome experience. The way Dr. Gandhi handled my children and soft gloved them into the cavity treatment, is noteworthy.

Juhi Manchanda

I would highly recommend Meraki to everyone. The treatment went very smooth... hygiene was looked after well. Great job done.