Could 3D dentistry be heading to your local dentist?
The 3D printing phenomenon has taken the world by storm. It appears these days that you can 3D print anything… and you’ve guessed it, 3D printing has finally crept into the world of dentistry. Professor Andreas Herrmann’s team of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have dabbled into the world of 3D dentistry, developing 3D print teeth that also kill bacteria. This means you wouldn’t have to worry about losing a teeth, as a dentist could just print you another!
The material is an antimicrobial plastic which kills the bacteria responsible for tooth decay on contact. This means 3D printing could be about to change the face of dentistry altogether. Without decay and staining, 3D printed teeth would remain white and in excellent condition. While the thought of plastic in your mouth may not be the most desirable of options, Herrmann and his team reckon that this option is a great alternative to decaying teeth and toothache. No more toothache? We like the sound of that!
Of course, 3D printed teeth would lead not only to better oral hygiene but save Britons heading out to their local dentist and shelling out thousands on dental care each year. Bacterial damage would be a thing of the past if we were to wave goodbye to implants and say hello to 3D printed teeth. This is all the more important when we consider how obsessed we’ve become with having the perfect smile.
Herrmann’s team have locked themselves away exploring and experimenting with more advanced materials, testing which to put in the 3D Printer. The team decided to add antimicrobial ammonium salts to existing dental resin poylmers to create the perfect material. Once hardened by ultraviolet light, this material can be used to print out 3D replacement teeth.
The team tested how effective the substitute is by coating the material with human saliva and with tooth decay causing bacteria. The good news for the team was that it killed more than 99% of the bacteria, suggesting its harmless for human cells.
3D Dentistry – Coming to your Local Dentist?
Well that’s all very well, we hear you say, but has anyone actually tried these 3D print teeth? Much further testing is required before these Dutch experts starting putting their substitutes into patients’ mouths. The main concern? The samples were only left in the saliva and bacteria mix for six days. Herrmann notes that more tests needed to be done. How will the 3D plastic fare against toothpaste for example? How will the 3D printed teeth manage with saliva and bacteria for a period longer than a week?
Although our Dutch friends acknowledge there is still a long way to go, they are thrilled with their breakthrough and it truly looks like they’re on to something exciting. Our very own team of experts can’t deny how exciting this prospect is and are keen to see just how 3D printing will truly affect the world of dentistry. With the announcement earlier this year of breakthrough technology that accelerates 3D printing speeds by a factor of up to 100, it’s predicted that your local dentist will be able to print a tooth within 6.5 minutes. However, it looks as though Bamboo Dental won’t be offering 3D printed teeth just yet! Watch this space though, as Dr. Dan and his award winning team will be sure to continue to be amongst the first to offer you the most innovate and high quality treatment as possible!
3D Printable Teeth
And if you can’t wait that long, perhaps you can print your own! Believe it or not but a student in New Jersey made his own plastic braces using a 3D printer. The amazing thing is that the braces actually worked! Amos Dudley previously has braces in school, but as he didn’t wear a retainer, his teeth slowly shifted back into their former position. Being a student, Dudley didn’t want to pay out thousands once more for braces at his local dentist, so the I.T whizz kid made his own using a high quality 3D printer at his university.
Of course, it’s no easy task to do. Dudley put in many hours researching orthodontic procedures and planning the trajectory of his treatment, before printing the braces. With all this effort, he wasn’t going to make the same mistake as last time! Within just four months, Dudley had the perfect smile. While we don’t recommend you to try this at home (or your local university), we have to commend him for his efforts! If you’re interested in straightening your teeth safely however, click here to find out more.
Bamboo Dental – Your Local Dentist in Cardiff
So there we have it. Exciting developments are certainly happening in the world of dentistry. 3D printing looks to change the face of dentistry as we know it. However, despite what you may read, a lot of 3D dentistry is still in experimental stages, despite significant progress. We expect it to be a good while yet before 3D dentistry becomes accessible to all. Until then, Bamboo Dental offers all the care and treatment you need. We offer a wide range of treatments including but not exclusive to teeth straightening, teeth whitening, six month smiles braces, adult braces, veneers, implants and snoring Treatment. Open 7 days a week, with affordable finance plans, a triple award winning team and free consultations, there are no reasons to print your own braces at home! If you’re interested in any of our treatments, contact us by calling 02920 569769 or clicking here to reach us on our Contact Form.
Invisalign is a tooth straightening solution offered by Bamboo Dental in Cardiff. The system is one of the most popular ways to straighten teeth in the world today. That’s why we get so many questions asked about it. For those considering opting for Invisalign treatment, here is an Invisalign FAQ for you to digest.
Invisalign: Frequently Asked Questions
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a nearly invisible way to straighten teeth. With the use of patented 3D technology, a model of your teeth is computer generated. This model is used to fabricate a set of clear aligners specifically for your treatment. Each aligner will be slightly ‘straighter’ than the previous one and each time you teeth move into the position of the aligner you will be given a new one to wear. You eventually end up with the beautiful straight smile that you’ve always wanted.
What are the key benefits of Invisalign?
The clear material used in the aligners means that you don’t have to worry about people seeing that you are wearing braces. They are almost invisible to the eye and so will not get in the way of your social life.
Unlike train-track braces, Invisalign’s aligners are completely removable. This means that you can eat food and brush your teeth with ease. You can also floss whilst being treated with these aligners. The result of this is that you can keep your dental hygiene up to scratch with nothing getting in the way. This is a huge benefit as fixed braces can sometimes lead to discolouration of the teeth due to you not being able to clean underneath the brace brackets with as much efficiency as before you had them fitted.
The lack of metal wires and brackets means that each visit you have to your local dentist will be much shorter than if you were being treated with a different type of teeth straightening service.
The final key benefit is the incredible 3D technology that allows you to watch the progress of your smile as you move through the treatment. You can also visually see the exact end position that your teeth will be in by the finalisation of your treatment.
How old is the technology used?
Back in 1945, a man named Dr Kiesling had the vision that at some point in the future, modern technology would allow the use of a series of tooth positioners to yield the outcome required for many orthodontic procedures. Invisalign was founded in 1997 and has since made Dr Kiesling’s vision a reality.
How many patients get treated using Invisalign?
Invisalign has been the treatment of choice for more than 3 million patients worldwide and that number is growing every day.
How much does Invisalign Cost?
As with all orthodontic treatment, it is difficult to put a flat-rate on such treatments. This is because the complexity of each individual case needs to be factored in the price. However, as a general rule of thumb, a typical case costs between £2500 – £4500. For a closer estimation please contact your local dentist for a consultation. Bamboo Dental in Cardiff offer free consultations for you to discuss your options in detail before making a decision.
How do I get started with treatment?
In order to get started with Invisalign treatment you need to book a consultation with a certified provider such as Bamboo Dental. They will then arrange you free consultation in which you can discuss your options and aims of the treatment.
How does the Invisalign system work?
The removable aligners move the teeth in small stages. Each aligner that you wear will be moulded a stage closer to the desired straight teeth. Once your teeth fully fit that retainer, we move you on to the next one. Each fabricated aligner will be fit specifically to your teeth and the treatment plan put in place.
What do the aligners look like?
The aligners are nearly invisible. They are made out of a special medical grade thermoplastic that has been created specifically for the Invisalign system.
How often will I see my dentist after having Invisalign fitted?
In general you only need to visit your dentist every 4-6 weeks. They will give you your next few sets of aligners and check on your progress. Due to the nature of the system, there is no need for long appointments requiring wires and brackets to be adjusted.
How long does the treatment take?
The total length of the treatment will depend on the complexity of your particular case. However, the treatment time is usually between 9 and 18 months. This is similar to that of traditional train-track braces. Your local provider will be able to give you a closer estimation at your consultation.
Is the treatment painful?
You may feel slight discomfort during the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners. This is a sign that the system is working and moving your teeth into a new position. The discomfort is minor and can be described as the feeling of pressure. This minor discomfort is temporary and goes away after a few days.
Can Invisalign work on overbites?
Invisalign is suitable to correct overbites in the majority of cases. If your overbite needs significant correction then there is a chance Invisalign may not be the best solution. Your local provider in Cardiff will be able to determine if you are a suitable candidate.
Can Invisalign close gaps in my teeth?
Yes. Invisalign is very good at closing gaps in most cases. Although your local Invisalign provider will be able to advise you with more precision on your particular case.
Can I switch to Invisalign from a different type of brace?
Many patients end up being treated by a combination of braces, this is absolutely possible for you too.
What can I eat whilst wearing the aligners?
With Invisalign there are no restrictions on the foods that you can eat. Due to the fact you can fully remove the brace (and should) to eat, you can eat any of your favourite foods. It is still important that you brush and floss your teeth after eating before re-inserting your aligner in order to maintain good oral hygiene.
Can I smoke whilst wearing Invisalign?
It is not advised to smoke whilst wearing the aligners as this can result in the aligners becoming stained or discoloured.
What is the best way to clean my Invisalign brace?
The best way to clean your aligners is to simply use a brush and some lukewarm water. Just brush them as you would brush your teeth. You can also use Invisalign cleaning crystals to help you clean the aligners.
How can I enquire further about Invisalign?
If you have any questions about Invisalign or are interested in booking a free consultation then please get in touch via the contact form below. Alternatively give us a call on the number below.
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Dental implants are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth. However, ideally we would prevent ever reaching the point that requires restorative treatments. Here are some quick ways that you can use to look after your teeth but more specifically keep them for as long as possible.
9 Easy Method to Avoid Tooth Loss
1. Protect yourself from gum disease.
Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the UK and is caused by excessive plaque build-up. There are several external factors that can act in such a way that weakens the defences of your teeth.
- A poorly balanced diet
There are a few some simple lifestyle changes that you can make to help reduce the risk of gum disease. You should practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. You should also aim to cut out bad habits such as smoking and a poor diet. These factors combined will put you in a good position in the battle against plaque build up.
2. Visit the dentist regularly.
Although your local dentist may be great at fixing tooth loss with procedures such as dental implants, their job is not purely to correct issues with your teeth. Half of the job is to help prevent issues form cropping up in the future. There are many symptoms of gum disease that can be picked up on early if your dentist is given the opportunity to spot them. It is hard for the sufferer to spot gum disease due to the early symptoms not being very visible. In most cases, the sufferer will only realise they have an issue when it is too far down the line. Your local dentist will be trained to spot these hidden early symptoms of gum disease and so by visiting him or her at least every six months you give gum disease little chance to develop a hold on your life.
3. Cut down on sugar.
Sugar cause the bacteria on your teeth to produce acid which eventually leads to tooth decay. Whenever you eat, you are left with a small film of bacteria on your teeth, this is more commonly known as plaque. When sugar comes into contact with this film, the plaque begins to create acid. This acid will attack the teeth creating small holes in your tooth enamel. This can eventually lead to tooth decay (cavities) and tooth loss. It is important to note that if you have had restorative treatment in the past such as veneers or dental implants then these materials will be designed to stay strong against these acids. Although you should not ignore a high sugar diet as your other teeth will still be at risk!
4. Protect your teeth from trauma.
No matter how great your diet is or how well you take care of your oral hygiene you are still at risk of tooth loss. Although this time, it is due to the law of force. If you take a heavy blow to the face then tooth loss is very likely to occur. Of course, you can take preventative methods against this. Although it may not prevent you losing a tooth, it will surely minimise the chances!
When taking part in any contact sports you should consider wearing a mouth guard. This can be bought from sports shops or can be professionally moulded by your local dentist. There is also the case of thinking before you chew. Hard sweets, pencils and bottle tops are just a few of the things that you should not be chewing if you want to keep your teeth in the long term. It is also wise to avoid chewing ice cubes. The cold temperature causes your teeth to rapidly change form the warm temperature of your mouth. This coupled with the hard surface you are biting into elevate the chance of you cracking a tooth!
5. Rinse or chew gum after eating.
We have already discussed the importance of brushing and flossing in removing the layer of plaque that builds up on your teeth. As a secondary barrier to the bacteria attack, you can either chew sugar-free gum or rinse out your mouth after eating meals. Rinsing out your mouth will help to dislodge any food that is stuck in your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum works very well by increasing the development of saliva in the mouth. The saliva contains enzymes that will brake down and wash away bacteria. This neutralises the acids in your mouth.
6. Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue.
An interesting fact that may surprise you is that around half of the bacteria in your mouth is found on the tongue. You simply cannot ignore this. The best way to remove this excess bacteria is to buy a tongue scraper (you may even have one on the other side of your tooth brush!). You can use the scraper to brush off this bacteria and remove as much of the badness form your mouth as possible.
7. Take note of your diet.
One of the biggest challenges people face is to be aware of their diet. The health of your teeth gives a solid reflection of the health of your body overall. If you can work to create yourself a healthy and balanced diet then you have the best chance possible to keep your teeth in good health too. A good start would be to keep sugar intake to a minimum and to eat more calcium rich foods.
8. Don’t smoke.
According to UK studies, if you smoke you are twice as likely to experience tooth loss compared to non-smokers. Although it may be difficult to quit smoking, this should give you some incentive. For further help on help with giving up smoking visit this help site.
9. Find and eliminate teeth grinding.
Teeth grinding or ‘Bruxism’ is much more common than people may realise. It’s causes are many and can range from anxiety and stress to a lack of sleep. When you grind your teeth the jaw muscles can use immense pressure. Over time this can damage the hard enamel on the surface of your teeth and can eventually cause cracks to form which, you guessed it, can lead to tooth loss. Regular visits to your local dentist will allow them the chance to post the signs of this early. They will then be able to offer your preventative measures. This may include a dental splint such as the SCi appliance offered here at Bamboo Dental.
If you are suffering from teeth grinding then you are also at risk from damaging any restorative treatments you may have had. Excessive pressure on veneers or dental implants can cause chips and cracks if your are not careful.
What if it’s too late? Dental Implants.
If you have already suffered tooth loss, whether it be your fault or not, you will most likely be looking for a solution. One of the most popular and long-lasting ways to fix tooth loss is with the use of dental implants.
Dental implants can provide you with a brand new tooth that feels and acts just like a real tooth. this is secured tightly into your gum will restore you teeth function and appearance back to their best.
Persistent teeth grinding, otherwise known as Bruxism, is a condition where sufferers grind or clench their teeth causing paint in the jaw muscles. Bruxism can occur both in the day and at night (sleep bruxism). The effects of such a condition spans further than just a tired jaw. Severe sufferers may be subject to recurrent headaches and significant damage to the teeth due to the grinding.
If you wake up and feel strain in your jaw then this is of course a telltale sign that you may be clenching your jaw during your sleep. However, in many cases you will be none the wiser. It may be that you only find out you are suffering from bruxism when your dentist notices the effects of grinding on your teeth. This is just one reason why regular 6 month check-ups at your local dentist are vitally important.
7 Ways to Stop Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching
Home Remedies to Stop Teeth Grinding
1. Massage your jaw muscles.
Use your pointing and middle fingers to gently massage the area of your jaw muscles by the bottom of your ears. By massaging this area you are able to release some of the built up tension inside the masticatory muscles. This helps to reduce teeth grinding.
If you are prone to a full body massage now and again then you are working towards lowering the stress levels in your body. Stress is a common cause of bruxism and so by lowering your stress levels you are working towards putting a stop to your teeth clenching problems!
2. Relax before you go to sleep.
If a person is relaxed and calm before going to sleep then the chances of teeth grinding and clenching reduces significantly. This is, however, easier said than done so here are some helpful tips and tricks to encourage a more relaxed you.
● You can relax the jaws by soaking a towel or cloth in some warm water and placing this over the cheek bone.
● Reading a book can help to relax the mind and put you in a state that will help you to sleep.
● Chewing mint flavoured gum has been proven to relax your brain too!
● For many, the best way to relax is to listen to some soothing music before sleep.
● It is important to switch off any lights, laptops and televisions for a while before sleep. This limits the stimulation that the brain may receive before the time that it is supposed to be switching off for the night.
3. Add extra vitamins into your diet.
There are some vitamins that are fundamental to your body in maintaining normal muscle activity and in increasing the strength of your muscles. These are; vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. If you are missing these from your diet then it would be wise to either adjust your diet or add vitamin supplements to get these into your body.
If taking these as supplements you should try to follow these guidelines:
● Take calcium and magnesium in a ratio of 2:1 i.e. 500mg of calcium and 300mg of magnesium. You can purchase these in powder form. Simply dissolve both of the powder supplements into an acidic drink such as orange juice. You should try this daily for two months to start seeing the effects.
● Vitamin C has a function that helps look after the amount of dopamine in the body. This chemical regulates the your mood and hence making sure that you get enough vitamin C into your system will help to keep your stress under control. You should consult a physician before taking these supplements but they are readily available in the market.
4. Alleviate stress.
We have already mentioned stress a few of times in this article. That is because stress coupled with depression are the most common causes of bruxism and teeth clenching. In many cases, eliminating stress can be the only change you need to make in order to resolve issues of bruxism. Here’s a few tips on how to overcome stress and ultimately overcome teeth clenching and grinding.
● Try your best to keep calm. If you are feeling stressed, sit down and try to reason and understand exactly what is causing you to feel stress. You can then work towards removing or fixing these things that are causing your stress.
● Your body needs to have a solid sleep-wake cycle. Too many people get too little sleep and this is often why so many are so stressed. If you are able to, try to sleep for at least 8 hours a day. This will help to keep your relaxed and more stress-free.
● Try to engage with friends often in activities that are healthy as this will make you feel happier in your life.
● Take a good look at your diet. Sit down and write out what you eat. Remember, your body is like an engine and if you put diesel in a petrol engine the car would not run very well. Your body has evolved through time to work perfectly with natural and organic foods. In the past hundred years our diets have changed significantly due to the invention of new additives to help ‘increase shelf life’ and make food ‘taste’ nicer. Your body does not respond so well to these types of foods and can affect your stress and mood levels significantly.
5. Apply a warm towel to the jaw muscles.
As the jaws muscles are the main cause of the issue of teeth grinding it is great to attack the issue at its source. Applying a warm towel to the jaw muscles for 10 minutes, twice daily, can help to remove some of the tension from the jaw muscles.
Medical Treatment to Stop Teeth Grinding
6. Wear a dental splint or SCi Appliance.
You can wear a special dental splint. This will prevent you from placing as much pressure on your teeth at night and thus prevent your form grinding your teeth. After a while the muscles will have relaxed and will be trained not to press so hard down.
7. Other medical procedures for reducing Bruxism.
Here are a few more methods you can use to treat bruxism.
● Muscle relaxant agents: agents that relax the muscles of jaw are often prescribed to patients as this greatly reduces the force of contraction in the jaw muscles. The most common muscle relaxant agent comes in the form of Botox and can be prescribed by many local dentists and cosmetic clinics.
● Crowns: in some cases the teeth may be at risk of moving out of alignment. Your dentist may apply a crown to the teeth in order to solve this problem.
Guest Blog: How Bamboo and I helped colleague overcome Dental Phobia
Nina Narbeth, a 56 year old florist from Bridgend has kindly written us a guest blog about how her employee overcome Dental Phobia with a little help from Bamboo Dental.
I’ll start by introducing myself. My name is Nina, and when I’m not walking my dog or slaving over my other half, I’m a florist in Bridgend. In my line of work, a friendly smile is everything. People give flowers to make others feel things. Emotions. Whether it’s comfort over a lost one, or joy at a wedding or an anniversary, it’s my job to help others pick the right bunch to convey that emotion. I feel there’s a certain rapport I have to build with my customers. As true of all customer service, a smile will be the first thing my customers notice, and it’s essential that customers find both me and my staff friendly. When people pop by the florist to drop in their CV, I may as well rip them up because for me, a friendly smile and a likeable personality trump any fancy qualifications. It was much to my joy then when Laurel started on work experience. She was a beautiful young girl, still in college, who got on well with my team and had promising potential in flower arranging. There was only one problem – she was terribly shy and hid her face when ever she smiled. Before you jump on me – she knows I’m writing this blog and I have her permission! So I won’t get into any trouble!
Fear of the Dentist
Laurel was obviously self-conscious of her smile. Every now and again though, when she wasn’t realising, or when she was yawning, I saw her teeth. They were a bit wonky and gappy. It seemed a shame to me that such an attractive young girl would hide her face because of her smile. Many customers commented on her throughout the week, noting how polite but shy she was. It was my intention to offer her a job, but I didn’t want to have to hide her in the back room away from the customers!
I decided to have a word with her about it – as a friend, if not an employer. I sat her down at the end of her work experience and when looking at the photo on her CV, I asked why she always hid her face when she smile.
“I really don’t like my teeth” Laurel told me, losing eye contact. She was clearly uncomfortable. I didn’t want to pry any further. However, she continued “I really want to get them done, but I’m petrified of the dentist.”
I was baffled. Younger people today seem to take care much better of their teeth, because going to the dentist is a much more pleasant experience these days. It’s my generation that don’t like going to the dentist! She told me she had dental phobia, which I didn’t realise was such a big thing! I know I’d rather be sat at home watching the telly than at my dental practice, but I wouldn’t stay up awake thinking about my check up. It was that point there that she revealed her dental phobia had meant her not having a check up in five years!
Dental Phobia Treatment in Cardiff
I asked her what exactly it was about a trip to the dentist that filled her up with fear. She told me it had always frightened her as a child – the sharp shiny instruments, the reclining back in the chair, the smell of the practice… They were just a few of the reasons she gave. I understood, but I told her she couldn’t risk her health out of fear.
She told me there was nothing anyone could tell her she hadn’t been told about before.
I spent sometime in the evening googling Dental Phobia treatment in Cardiff, and I was surprised with the results. I found one practice in particular that deals with Dental Phobia, and that was Bamboo Dental. The website revealed that anxious patients often have problems with their gums because they don’t see the dentist regularly enough to deal with issues before they worsen. I was worried for Laurel, and didn’t want her to have to fork out for expensive treatment at a later and inevitable point. I decided I’d print out the information and give it to Laurel the next I saw her.
I was scared I was overstepping the line but god knows what was lurking in her mouth! The next time I saw her I gave her the print out and explained that Bamboo’s dentists are trained to work with nervous and anxious patients. “They have many techniques to make you feel at ease.” I said. “You can even book a consultation in which you don’t have anything done, just a chat and a check up.” I thought that would be perfect for Laurel. She could talk through her worries with the dentist, and he or she could tell her what the damage was. For me now, the main goal was to get her into the chair and make sure her oral hygiene was acceptable, and if the Bamboo team helped her to overcome her anxieties it would be a big bonus. The response was surprising. Laurel said she would book up for a consultation, and that she knew this was something she would finally have to overcome. A few days later, she was booked in for a consultation with Dr.Dan.
I bet you’re wondering how it went! Well, I received an excitable phone call from Laurel afterwards, saying she’d just had her consultation with Dr. Dan. Although for her a dental experience will never be comfortable and relaxing, she said her time in the chair wasn’t nearly as bad as she thought it would be. Not only had she been slotted in for some fillings and a scrape and polish, she spoke to Dr. Dan about the options of straightening her teeth. I was very proud of her, and like Dr. Dan, reinforced that she should take it a step at a time.
I’d felt bad about bringing up her smile initially, but I think finding this local dental practice in Cardiff who deal with nervous patients really helped her. Dental Phobia is a real problem for people like Laurel, but thanks to Bamboo, they are getting the best support and care from dentists working wonders.
Thanks Bamboo for helping Laurel – I won’t have to hide her in the back room any more! Haha!
Mouthwash: Why it just doesn’t wash with dentists
Want fresh breath? Floss more!
It probably comes as no surprise to you that many of our patients admit to not flossing. Whilst many of our patients regularly brush their teeth twice a day, flossing appears to be a habit that many can’t adjust to. The most common reasons we hear for not flossing are lack of time and forgetfulness. What our team finds most surprising however, is that more patients admit to using mouthwash than they do to flossing. According to statistics released by the Adult Dental Health Survey, 31% of adults use mouthwash regularly, however only 21% admit to flossing regularly. It’s astonishing for many professionals in the dental world to see that so many more opt for mouthwash than flossing, as flossing is a far more important part of your oral hygiene regime. Not flossing can have dire consequences such as cavities, inflamed gums and infections. Many patients who don’t floss admit they’re concerned about bad breath and believe mouthwash to be the best solution for a fresh taste. It’s interesting to ask why as a nation, more of us use mouthwash than floss. Perhaps gargling a mouthful of mouthwash is easier and quicker than flossing, or perhaps the power of the media is to blame.
Mouthwash not a long term solution for fresh breath
When is the last time you saw an advert for dental floss? Did it inspire you to up your oral hygiene game? Did it make you really stop and think? We assume not. It’s all very well seeing an “expert dentist” talk to a camera about the benefits of flossing, but most advertisements are just disruptions to our favourite TV shows. Therefore, it takes something rather entertaining or shocking to grab our attention. A new marketing campaign by Corsodyl does just that and sees a woman’s horror as her teeth fall out into her hands. The advert has been criticised by many dentists across the country for its “scaremongering tactics”, and its shock factor will no doubt increase sales for the mouthwash. But is it the best solution for those suffering with gum disease?
Mouthwash is often subject to scepticism by dental professionals as it doesn’t offer any more benefits than regular toothpaste does, and it certainly should never be a substitute for toothpaste. Mouthwash, if used, should instead compliment brushing and flossing. Be sure to consult with your dentist about mouthwash and his/her advice on including it in your oral hygiene regime.
Corsodyl’s advert hasn’t boded well with many experts who fear it will discourage people from visiting the dentist. Dentists worry it could encourage those with dental phobia to opt for mouthwash over visiting a hygienist for fresh breath. Losing teeth is a big worry for many, and the outrage on Twitter over this marketing campaign reflects how deeply our subconscious anxieties are rooted.
Consult with your hygienist about getting fresh breath again
We’re not denying the benefits of mouthwash. Mouthwash contains chlorhexidine digluconate, an antibacterial agent which helps manage mouth ulcers and prevent new bacterial growth for someone with gum disease. However, the common perception is that mouthwash is a go to quick fix solution for gum disease. Whilst we agree with the messages behind such marketing campaigns about not ignoring bleeding gums, you shouldn’t just buy a bottle of mouthwash and hope for the best. The minute you notice bleeding gums, your dentist or oral hygienist should be your first stop, not your supermarket. We strongly encourage a visit to the practice if you fear you have gum disease, or want fresh breath, so one of our experts can consult you and work with you towards better oral hygiene.
One of the biggest concerns of our dental team about mouthwash is that it often just masks the problem of poor oral hygiene, like spraying air freshener over a bad odour. Mouthwash will freshen your breath but for how long? It’s more important to get to the root of the problem with the help of your dental hygienist, find a solution, and discover how you can prevent further gum disease. At Bamboo Dental, we aim to work with our patients to understand what about your oral hygiene regime isn’t working, and what you can do to improve it. For example, this could include looking at the way in which you brush your teeth.
Tips for Fresh Breath
Bad breath is often caused by a build up of bacteria on the teeth and gums. If bacteria sticks around long enough, it develops into plaque. Plaque, when accumulated on the gum line, begins to destroy teeth and gum tissues leading to gum disease. Therefore, we can’t encourage regular trips to see your dentist and hygienist enough. Bad breath lowers self esteem and can effect everyday relationships. It is often difficult to know if you have bad breath, as often loved ones and colleagues try to protect our feelings. The best way to test if you may be suffering from bad breath is to lick the inside of your wrist and then smell.
There are more effective ways of keeping your breath fresh without solely relying on mouthwash, and regular visits to your practice is only one of them. Did you know eating foods rich in fibre, and avoiding processed foods can help the battle against bad breath? Smoking is renowned for its offensive odour and the bad breath that comes with it. Not to mention that smoking is bad for staining your teeth. Considering giving up smoking could not only help your health significantly, but could also make your mouth smell fresher. Drinking plenty of water will keep your mouth moist, as a dry mouth can give you bad breath. Speaking, snoring, smoking and drinking alcohol can all make your mouth dry. A dry mouth provides the perfect environment for nasty bacteria to nest. This is why bad breath is often most offensive first thing in the morning.
If you feel you could benefit from a free consultation with one of our hygienists, be sure to get in touch.
Adult braces may be the best way to transform your smile but the crowded market for these types of treatments can lead to a problem of too much choice. Although choice is a brilliant thing – it can also make us uncertain and sometimes scared of making a decision. In this article I aim to cover the general types of braces that are available to you so that you can understand what is possible but more importantly so that you can confidently take the first step forwards to the smile you have always longed for.
Types of Braces for Adults
Six Month Smiles Fixed Braces
Six Month Smiles adult braces work in a similar way to traditional braces although with a move towards more invisibility. These types of braces are fixed to the teeth with brackets and special dental adhesive. This fixed approach means that your dentist can make extremely finite movements to straighten the teeth exactly how they need to.
The brackets are clear in appearance and the wire used to connect the brackets together is similar in colour to your teeth. This makes the brace as discreet as possible whilst still being fixed to your teeth.
A great advantage to the Six Month Smiles brace lies in its name. Where most alternatives can take over eighteen months to straighten your teeth, Six Month Smiles does it in just six.
This type of brace can only work as well as the dentist who is treating you. Experience is key here and so I would implore you to find a dentist who is experienced in this type of brace. Our principle dentist is the leading provider of Six Month Smiles fixed brace treatment in Wales and so would be an excellent person to discuss your options with.
Best suited for: Adults (16 years and older) who have either crooked or spaced teeth and are not in need of major correction of your bite. In short, most adults are suitable for this type of brace but you will need to consult with your local dentist to find out for sure!
Invisalign Removable Aligners
Clear aligners are the new kids on the block. At least, compared to fixed braces. Aligner systems such as Invisalign are great for those looking at discreet methods of straightening their teeth. Invisalign is not only see through but the adult braces
are also removable. This means that you can remove the brace to brush your teeth and for special occasions. It is recommended to keep them in for as long as possible though or else you risk the chance of prolonging your treatment time.
The treatment typically takes place over a 12-18 month period although the amount of movement needed will dictate the time you will need to wear the aligners for.
Clear aligners are not ideal when a patients teeth are extremely crooked. In this type of case you would be better off going for a fixed braces that allows your dentist to manipulate the movement of your teeth with greater precision.
Best suited for: Those in need of moderate correction who are concerned about the appearance of their brace. It is important to note that due to the removable nature of Invisalign braces, you must consider whether you will be disciplined enough to keep the aligners in your mouth for the recommended 20 to 22 hours per day. If you are unsure whether Invisalign is right for you, why not try out this free smile assessment from Invisalign themselves.
The Inman Aligner is a hybrid of traditional metal braces and clear aligner systems such as Invisalign. The Inman Aligner is great at correcting protruding front teeth and the best part? It can work in just 6-18 weeks.
If you don’t require major adjustments then the Inman Aligner is likely the best option for you.
How Does it Work?
A key part of the Inman Aligner is its Titanium coils. These coils power two aligner bows that gently move in opposing directions, in the process, nudging the teeth into the desired position.
In this image you can see the ‘squeeze effect’ in which the front bow pushes the teeth inwards whereas the inner bow pushes them forwards.
- Get in touch with a certified dentist who will determine your suitability for the Inman Aligner.
- Impressions of your teeth are taken so that your unique aligner can be created.
- The aligner will be fitted by your dentist.
- You must wear the aligner for around 16-20 hours per day.
- You will undergo regular Inman check-ups every 2-3 weeks.
- You will be given a free retainer to keep your teeth straight going forwards!
Best suited for: It is suitable for those looking to straighten their teeth or for those looking to pre-align their teeth before going ahead with another cosmetic treatment such as dental veneers.
Traditional Fixed Metal Braces
These old school braces are the cheapest of the bunch. This is largely due to the fact that they are quite unsightly and outdated. Few people opt for this type of brace nowadays due to the garish look and the stigma attached to wearing such a brace. They do, however, work very well in straightening the teeth.
The main drawbacks are the aesthetics of the brace and that the treatment time can take up to two years. The length of treatment is usually longer than more technologically advanced braces due to the fact that these braces are older and have not progressed to the level of their branded competitors.
Best suited for: those not too self conscious who are looking for the cheaper option that still gives great results.
Whether you prefer shorter treatment time or a more discreet brace, there are plenty of options out there for you. It is always important to discuss your options with your dentist in detail. For some, the way your teeth are currently positioned may dictate the best brace for you. It is only your local dentist who can give you solid advice on this.
Are You Interest in Adult Braces
For those seriously thinking about improving their smile, Bamboo offer a free consultation with our award winning dentist. If you are interested in talking through your options then please get in touch via though contact form below.
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What do you notice first about this image?
For the majority of people, the first thing they focus on is the piece of spinach in the gentleman’s teeth. What they fail to notice is that he only has one ear! This quick test shows you exactly how much attention we put onto other people’s teeth and should re-enforce the attention you should be giving to your own teeth to make them look great!
Your Teeth Are the First Thing People Notice
A study conducted last year found results that your smile is the most important physical aspect in building a first impression of somebody. In another more recent survey the same notion was backed up again stating that a perfect smile is more important than a good suit. There have been surveys to show that the teeth are not only the most important feature but also one of the most memorable, followed by what you said and your smell.
A notable conclusion was also that the majority of people with straight white teeth were selected as more attractive. This was the case across all genders and age groups.
The general consensus is that our teeth are now more important than ever to our presentation and it is something that we should all take note of. But what can we do to improve our smile in the short-term without having to go through more permanent cosmetic treatments such as teeth straightening and dental veneers.
Teeth Whitening Can Freshen Up Your Smile
If you know that your teeth aren’t in tip top shape but feel that veneers or straightening isn’t quite for you then perhaps think about getting your teeth whitened. Overtime your teeth will have become stained and discoloured. This is noticeable when you smile.
A teeth whitening takes little time to do and will give you a healthier appearance in no time. Not only that but you will be incentivised to look after your teeth going forwards in an effort to protect the sparkly whites you are showing off!
What are my Teeth Whitening Options?
Bamboo offer two options that are both affordable and effective. Which one you choose is down to your preference.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening Treatment
Our take home treatment is the most popular due to the convenience and affordability of the service. You will need to come into the practice to ensure that your teeth are dentally fit for a teeth whitening. This is to be confident that the whitening solution is safe for you. Our award winning dentist will also check to see if you have any ceramic or porcelain fixings such as crowns or veneers. These will not respond to the bleaching solution and so it is not recommended you have a whitening if you fall into this category.
Once you have been given the go ahead our dentist will take some impressions of your teeth and create a set of whitening trays for you. You are then given the whitening gel to insert into your tray which then goes into your mouth. The teeth whiten as the tray sits on them. You can do this in your own time in the comfort of your own home.
Watch this video tutorial to find out how the take-home treatment works.
Laser Teeth Whitening
This service will consist of more than one appointment in the dental chair. The world known Philips Zoom treatment is administered to your teeth in sessions until we reach the desired shade of white. Of course, you will need to be dentally fit to undertake this treatment as in the case of the take home teeth whitening service.
If you are interested in this treatment then please do get in touch. If you wish to proceed we can set you up with a complimentary consultation!
Teeth straightening has grown into a treatment requested by people of all ages looking to perfect their smile and lead a more confident life. Along with an increased demand for adult braces there is now a much more receptive population who understand the incredible benefits and success rates that teeth straightening can generate.
Invisalign vs Six Month Smiles | The Big Braces Battle
Now a new dilemma enters the horizon. The dilemma of choice. You know that you want to get your teeth straightened but with which teeth straightening method? We understand the difficulties that choice can give. That is why we have developed this go to guide to help you make that all important decision about which treatment to opt for. In this case, we pip the two biggest teeth straightening brands against each other. Which is the perfect treatment for you: Six Month Smiles or Invisalign?
Invisalign | Clear Removable Aligners
Invisalign is an industry leader in the use of removable aligners to straighten teeth. These lightweight aligners are designed using 3D computer technology to fabricate several clear trays that will gradually move your teeth into the desired position.
Every two weeks you will receive a new set of aligners. You wear these in a similar fashion to a gum shield and only take them out for specific situations such as eating. After two weeks is up, your teeth will have moved into the position of that particular aligner. At this point you are ready to change retainer and resume moving your teeth to the correct position.
These retainers are nearly invisible to the eye and sit comfortably in your mouth. They are chosen by many due to their discreet appearance and ease of use.
Six Month Smiles | Discreet Fixed Braces
On the other end of the teeth straightening tug-of-war is Six Month Smiles. This pioneering smile solution is incredibly good at straightening teeth. The fixed brace allows for a skilled dentist to make finite adjustments to move your teeth in the right direction. Although this brace is not clear like the Invisalign aligner, it is white in colour. This means that the brace is barely noticeable at all.
The brace may have been branded ‘Six Month Smiles’ but in fact, in many cases your teeth will be perfectly straight in months less than this. It really depends on your starting point. Nevertheless, Six Month Smiles is one of the fastest treatments on the market. Not only that but it is also one of the most precise. The dentist has full autonomy to make the tiniest of adjustments to your brace with each visit.
Now that we know a little about each cosmetic brace, let’s delve further into the details.
The five most important factors when considering which brace to opt for are in no particular order; suitability, speed of treatment, appearance, effectivity and the costs involved. Let’s compare the two systems over our 5 key areas.
When we talk about suitability we refer to whether your specific case will work well with the chosen brace. For some of you, Six Month Smiles will be more suitable and for others Invisalign.
Invisalign is not ideal if you have a severe problem with your teeth. In such circumstances, a fixed orthodontic brace will usually be required. For example, the jaw needs to be shifted to correct large overbites. Invisalign cannot do this.
On the other hand, if your case is not too severe then Invisalign can correct a wide range of problems including; gapped teeth, crowded teeth, overbites, underbites and cross bites.
In terms of age, Invisalign will work best on older teenagers or adults who no longer have their teeth growing.
It is also important to note that these braces are removable. If you do not feel a strong commitment to correcting your teeth then you may end up not wearing the trays for as long as you should. In which case you are better off opting for a fixed brace that move the temptation of not wearing it.
Have you tried Invisalign’s smile assessment? Take the free test to see if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles can solved any of the issues that Invisalign can, although with a little more effectively. This is due to the control the dentist has over individual movements. However, Six Month Smiles is best at fixing issue with your front teeth, if there are severe issues with your molars then you will most likely need a different form of brace. In any case you should consult your local orthodontist for a better understanding on what treatment is best for you.
The first question to leave many patient’s lips is – how long will I have to wear them for? A fair question but one that is difficult to answer!
Invisalign is typically worn for around 12 months. You will need to wear your removable trays for 22 hours a day in order to meet this target. But please remember that the figure of 12 months is very general, it may be more and it may be less. It all depends on the individual and how much their teeth need to be adjusted. It is also commonplace for a patient to reach their projected treatment time only to realise they are still months off due to them not sticking to the 22 hour rule!
Six Month Smiles
Speed is one of the biggest selling points for Six Month Smiles and it is all in the name! Yes, you can have straight teeth in just 6 months. Again, this is an estimate. Some cases are complete in just 4 months and some take a little longer.
The discreet appearance of most new orthodontic treatment is a huge factor in the increasing popularity of the cosmetic dental industry. Gone are the days when a brace would fit over the entire head. Now, we can adjust finite details such as colour.
Where Six Month Smiles’ main selling point is speed. The appearance is Invisalign’s – and yes, it’s all in the name. Your Invisalign clear aligners are see through and nearly invisible. Some patients have gone through an entire treatment plan of 12 months without their family even realising that they had been wearing a brace!
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles does not neglect the appearance of the brace either. The colour is as close to the teeth as can be and this means that your brace is barely noticeable unless someone is looking fairly close up. As far as fixed braces go, Six Month Smiles is leading the way in terms of aesthetic appearance.
People often assume that a brace is a brace and it will do the same job as any other brace. Well, each brand of brace works in it’s own way and that means, although they all do their job, some will work better than others for you.
Invisalign has understood the importance of intricate tiny adjustments in the movements of each individual teeth. As Invisalign is a clear aligner treatment, it is difficult to quite replicate the detail of a fixed brace. However they have done a very good job at getting close. Before your Invisalign trays are fabricated, your dentist goes through many rounds of adjustments with the practitioners at Invisalign. Their 3D technology allow the dentist to see exactly where each tooth will move. This enables him to be very accurate when deciding on the shape of each tray.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles give your dentist more than enough to work with in terms of adaptability. If you have an orthodontics specialist such as Bamboo Dental’s Dr Daniel Rogers, then these nifty braces will work wonders for your teeth. Your dentist will be able to adjust each bracket to craft that smile with ease and precision. For more in-depth cases you would be wise to pick a dentist who has covered many Six Month Smiles cases in the past. Experience is very important with this treatment. That is why, Dr Dan is so sought after – he is in fact the leading provider of Six Month Smiles treatment in Wales.
It is important to look at the price of each treatment. Although it is difficult to give an exact value due to the wide range of teeth out there needing different amounts of treatment, we can give you a rough estimate to help guide you.
The more costly of the two braces, Invisalign braces are usually priced between £2.5k and £5k. This is at the higher end of the market but as with any of our cosmetic treatment, a monthly payment plan is available to our patients.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles treatment comes in much lower than Invisalign at a price between £1100 to £2500. This is often due to the fact that you will spend less time in the dentist’s chair with treatment lasted around 6 months rather than sometimes 3 times that in the case of Invisalign.
A Tough Decision…
Hopefully this guide has helped you understand more about the options available to you. There is no one best teeth straightening solution. It really is down to your individual preferences!