Tooth whitening


Don’t we all want a smile that speaks confidence, personality and a good self-image? A smile always gives a positive perspective about a person’s nature. It is kind of a super-power that we all have; it can do wonders J in today’s world, whether people have stains/discolored teeth or not, everybody wishes to have brighter teeth. Brighter the teeth, more magnificent smile you have.


So what causes the teeth to become yellow??


A lot of people associate yellowish-teeth to stains or discoloration caused due to food and beverages they take. Well that is true, but a lot depends on genes too. It’s the genes that decide the structural thickness of the first (enamel) and second (dentin) layer, and the smoothness of the first layer. The second layer, dentin, shows more through a thinner enamel, giving the teeth a yellowish tinge. Surface texture, smooth or rough, also affects the amount of light reflected and, hence affects color. Therefore, factors affecting darker or yellowish teeth:

  • Beverages like tea, coffee, cold drinks, red wine, etc.
  • Naturally dark or yellowish teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Cigarette smoking and tobacco chewing
  • Darkening of teeth with age

Sometimes stains can be of intrinsic nature. Those include stains caused due excessive in take fluoride in childhood, when teeth are in developing stage or intake of drugs like tetracycline by pregnant women in their 2nd trimester or by children of 8 yrs and below. Tooth whitening is more effective on extrinsic stains.


What procedures are to be followed for teeth whitening??


Teeth whitening procedures are planned according to patient’s priorities, like his/her time devotion and motivation to home-bleach. There are two types of bleaching methods:

  • Dentist supervised bleaching process :


  • In-office power bleaching :
  • Whitening gel applied to teeth and chemical reaction activated with heat , light or laser energy
  • Requires 2-4 visits , 45 minutes per session
  • Home bleaching might be recommended depending on the case
  • At-home dentist supervised bleaching :
  • Patients wear custom-fit trays with whitening gels in them at home every day for few hours each day or night
  • Trays can adjusted to lighten individual tooth
  • Trays are to be worn 2-5 weeks
  • These trays can be used again in the future in case of requirement


  • Unsupervised at-home bleaching process :
  • These are over-the-counter available bleaching kits
  • It is not advised to go for such kits since the trays don’t fit the mouth
  • Ill-fitted can cause harm to the jaws
  • The whitening gel overflows to the gums and can cause irritation
  • Might not get the results , hence not recommended


Teeth whitening can last from 1 to 3 years. The patient can always take bleaching kit from the dentist and do the whitening procedure at home with custom trays he/she got previously made. Tooth whitening is a dental cosmetic procedure and has been on rise since its invention. It has no side effect. People have started recognizing its cost-effective and favorable results. Available at your local clinic – Dentalbhaji:  Advanced Dental Care Chandigarh.


                                                                     AND A BRIGHTER LIFE!





Importance Of A Dental Check-up?? Why and When

Why is it that people, even ones coming from educated sections of the society, don’t prefer visiting a dental clinic? Or why is it that a person will keep taking painkillers till a toothache subsides, but not get it checked for the cause? Apparently people are hardwired to averse to anything that requires time and money. People tend to go for easy solutions to a problem, than look for the root cause. And they keep doing so till a time comes when they run out of solutions. Ignoring what should be done not only makes it more risky but it also magnifies the situation since the cause prevails. What could have been solved with a minor filling, becomes an extraction case after few years. But it doesn’t end here. Such ignorance can lead to unforeseeable consequence that affect your general health.

How are oral and general health related??

Our oral health is a gateway to general health and our mouth serves as a ‘window’ to our body. It is not only important for providing nutrition but also for social interaction and self-esteem. Just like systemic disorders have an effect on oral health, poor oral conditions have an impact on general health as well. Many oral lesions can be a sign of underlying systemic diseases.

For instance:
– certain medications — such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants — can reduce saliva flow , further leading to tooth decay
– oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis (a severe form of gum disease) might play a role in some diseases
– certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe

In recent population based studies, it has been proven that poor oral conditions are significantly associated with major chronic diseases. Following are some of the conditions that are related to poor oral hygiene:

1) Endocarditis – can occur because of the bacteria present in the oral cavity
2) Cardiovascular Diseases –
> Heart disease
> Arthrosclerosis
> Stroke
3) Pregnancy – Associated with
 premature birth
 low birth weight
4) Bacterial Pneumonia

Certain conditions also might affect your oral health, including:
• Diabetes
• Osteoporosis
• Alzheimer’s disease

Other conditions that might be linked to oral health include eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, head and neck cancers, and Sjogren’s syndrome (an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth.

Dental Health Foundation, Ireland has rightly stated that ‘Oral disease is the most widespread chronic disease, despite being highly preventable’. Hence, apart from practicing a good oral regimen, one must make it a duty that he/she gets a dental check-up every 6 six months. Regular check-ups can help your dentist detect potential problems you might not be aware of. During a check-up, your dentist will examine

: –
– Mouth : for tooth decay , plaque and tartar, or gum disease
– Tongue , throat , head , neck and face : swellings that can be potential cancer signs

It is important to remember that teeth cleaning and regular dental check-ups are necessary to maintain a good oral as well as general health regardless of any age.