Cosmetic dentistry can be considered any dental treatment that aims to improve the appearance of a person’s teeth.
Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth
One of the questions we get asked the most about teeth whitening at Bamboo Dental is whether or not it’s a good option for those with sensitive teeth. The truthful answer is that bleach can make teeth feel more sensitive if whitening trays are left in too long. Patients interested in teeth whitening at Bamboo Dental are first invited to a free consultation with a member of our five-time award winning team of dentists. One of our experts will advise that a routine dental check-up is required before any treatment begins. Our dentist will also advise the best course of action for you. Whitening trays are created from impressions meaning they are custom fit to you. The amount of bleach used is the same for every patient but the length of time these trays stay in can depend on your teeth. For example, those with thicker teeth may be recommended to keep their trays in for a longer amount of time than those with thinner teeth. Those who suffer from sensitivity in everyday life may also be advised to keep their trays in for a lesser amount of time. One patient who had their teeth whitened at the practice was 24-year-old Adam. He shares his story bellow.
I’d always been self-conscious about my teeth. A lot of my friends care about their teeth and whiten them regularly. I never used to whiten them, mainly because I never wanted to book a dental appointment. I knew you had to be medically fit before you had any whitening treatment. I guess I just used to put it off. I didn’t like my dentist and I hadn’t been for so long I probably wasn’t even on the books anymore. I’m not afraid to admit that mine were yellow – to the point I would never show my smile. It was a shame really because people told me that I was a good looking guy but that it was a shame I never smiled with my teeth.
Then one day, my cousin got a job working at a dental practice. He got free teeth whitening as a perk of the job. His teeth looked so white. Members of my family started telling me I should get my teeth whitened. I obviously wanted whiter teeth – everyone wants whiter teeth. I guess I was just nervous about going back to the dentist after so long. I felt I’d be judged for putting off going for so long. Who knew what work I needed doing? I was scared I’d have a thousand cavities, root canals, bridges… you name it.
I decided I wouldn’t go back to the same dentist I went to in Bridgend. I needed a fresh practice where the dentists wouldn’t remember me! I was researching dentists in Cardiff a bit online. I found a few I liked. What really attracted me to Bamboo Dental however was a Facebook post. The post said that the only bad trip to the dentist was the one you didn’t take. It got me thinking a lot. I liked the way they approached that. I felt that booking an appointment and going in would be a lot better than not going at all. They had to recognise that at least right?
I called up reception and spoke to a woman call Liz. I told her that I hadn’t been to the dentist for years and was nervous about calling in. She was absolutely lovely. She told me not to worry and that it was more common than I might think. She explained that the biggest part was calling in and booking an appointment. I was reassured by the fact that I’d walk out knowing I had nothing left to worry about dental health wise.
Free Consultation for teeth whitening
She booked me in for an appointment to see Dr. Dan. I admitted to Dr. Dan that I had slight dental phobia. He was a bit surprised I hadn’t been in six years but said it was nothing to worry about that. Dr. Dan reiterated Liz’s kind words. When I asked him what the damage was he told me that I needed three fillings. His 2.30pm appointment had cancelled so he told me he had time to quickly do them there and then. He offered me a quick scale and polish on my teeth and said that I was dentally fit once more. That’s all it took – half an hour. All that unnecessary worry. The scale and polish on my teeth made a huge difference. All the dark yellow and brown stains around the edge of my teeth were gone. I was ready for whitening now!
Dr. Dan took impressions of my teeth. One of the dental nurses made me laugh because she said the impression mould tastes a bit spicy. It was a weird feeling but not an unpleasant one. I was told to come back in two weeks and my whitening trays would be complete.
True to his word, the trays were ready for collection two weeks later. I got a pot full of syringes. Each syringe had enough whitening bleach for two days. There was enough bleach for two weeks in total. Liz at reception informed me that I’d notice the difference within five days, and by two weeks’ time they’d be bright white.
Whitening trays and bleach
I kept the trays in for two hours a day. They were really simple to use. However, after five days, my teeth weren’t as white as I’d been hoping for. I came into the practice explaining the situation and Liz admitted they could be whiter. Dr. Dan had originally told me to keep the trays in for four hours a day but after two hours I’d had enough. I assumed two hours would be enough. Liz explained that people who keep the trays in for two hours usually have thinner teeth and suffer from sensitivity – which is why they don’t keep them in longer. I told her I’d experienced little sensitivity. She recommended that I stick to four hours like Dr. Dan had originally suggested. The instructions said to leave the trays in for no more than six hours. I thought I’d leave them in overnight – that way I woludn’t have to wear them during the day and I’d surely have the brighter smile I’d been aiming for.
In a matter of days, I noticed a huge difference. I mean, I couldn’t believe it. I had the brightest white smile and it made me a little emotional to be honest. My teeth were a little sensitive as I’d been leaving the trays in longer, but it was nothing a bit of Sensodyne couldn’t fix. I feel much happier in myself now and my friends and family have noticed the difference. I’m still getting used to smiling with my teeth because I’m so used to hiding them!
If you think teeth whitening could change your life as it has done with Adam, call us up on 02920 569769 or contact us on our contact page. If we can help, we’d love to.
Everything you need to know about Veneers
It wasn’t long ago that veneers were very much considered a celebrity treatment. Teeth whitening and straightening may have been accessible to the masses, but veneers were still seen as a treatment for the rich and famous. However, in the past few years, the number of us ordinary folk opting for veneers has hugely increased. Why is this exactly?
We are living in an age where looking good and feeling good has never been more important. We are taking more pride of our appearance. The rise of celebrity fandom has sparked more demand for looking like our favourite stars. A lot of our patients don’t just tell us they want veneers; they tell us they want veneers like Cheryl or Rylan. Wanting to look our best isn’t a crime, which is why more and more of us are dishing out on cosmetic dentistry. But what are veneers exactly? How do they work and who are they for? There are a lot of questions surrounding veneers and in this blog we aim to answer many of them.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain which are bonded to the enamel of the teeth to recreate or redesign a natural smile. These pieces of porcelain are strong and resilient compared with natural tooth enamel. They are custom made for you to match the colour of your teeth resulting in a shiny new natural smile. Veneers are less intrusive and complex than braces and other treatments. Veneers are a much quicker process than six months of straightening and show just as good a result. They are used to close gaps and correct misalignments and chips in teeth, and result in a brighter and straighter smile, all in a very speedy process. As you can see, veneers are a great solution for solving a number of problems, so it’s no surprise why they have become so popular with both patients and dentists.
How exactly does the process work then? Well, veneers in Cardiff involve very little time in the surgery. In a first appointment, the dentist will begin by preparing the surface of your teeth to neatly bond the veneer(s) to your teeth. One of our team may do this by preparing some of the outer layer of the enamel to ensure the veneer will fit perfectly and comfortably. Once prepared, the dentist will take impressions which are sent off to a specialist to create your own personalised veneers. You will then be invited back for a second appointment when the prepared veneers are bonded to the enamel. It’s as easy as that!
Caring for your Veneers – Veneers in Cardiff
In terms of caring for your veneers, we recommend to continue to brush and floss as usual. There are many advantages to veneers. As they are non-living, they shouldn’t stain like normal teeth do from coffee, dark foods and smoking. However, as usual you should try and minimise these habits in order to not compromise the rest of your teeth. It is important to continue to maintain good oral hygiene to take care of the teeth that the veneer is bonded too. Veneers don’t usually fall off, but if the rare event they do, they can easily be rebonded. Veneers can last from seven to twenty years.
Veneers can be expensive. We’ll rephrase that. Veneers are expensive – wherever you go. Despite our prices being competitive, we understand that the cost of veneers in Cardiff is a lot on the wallet. At Bamboo Dental, we offer 0% finance so the price of veneers can be spread over a year or two years. Not only do we offer competitive prices and affordable payment plans, we have a five-time award winning team. You’d be crazy to get veneers from anywhere else! If you feel veneers in Cardiff could be a good solution for you, then call us on 02920 569769 or contact us on our contact form here. Once you get in touch, we can book you in for a free consultation with a member of our team of experts. This consultation will be the chance for you to talk about what you want done, and your expert will inform you on what is achievable and in what time frame. If may be that another type of treatment may be more suitable such as a crown or braces. If you are happy with the consultation, Bamboo Dental will then book you in for treatment. So why not give us a call today? Veneers can truly restore smiles and restore confidence. We see many of our patients overjoyed at their celebrity smiles. What’s truly important to the team of Bamboo is giving that confidence to our patients. It’s not the veneers in Cardiff that change lives, it’s the confidence that comes with it. Happiness and confidence is only a call away with Bamboo Dental.
Christmas is coming! Treat the one you love to adult braces!
Can you believe it’s only 55 days until Christmas? Bamboo has already written its Christmas list, have you? With Halloween out the way and bonfire night around the corner, we can finally admit to ourselves that it’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas. Too early to get excited about Christmas perhaps, but certainly not early to be thinking about what we are going to get the ones we love this holiday season.
What do you get the person who has everything? What do you get the person who’s impossible to buy for? Well this Christmas, we recommend thinking outside the box and getting the one you love a gift that isn’t just for Christmas but for life. A gift that can truly change lives. A gift that’ll put a smile on your loved one’s face. What gift is that you ask? Adult Braces! Braces aren’t just for teenagers and can be used to straighten teeth no matter your age.
Think about it a bit more. A smile is the first thing you see when you meet someone. It helps you to make a judgement on whether that person is friendly or threatening. It informs you on whether that person is shy or confident. Is the one you love insecure about their teeth? Could you change their life and put not only a smile back on their face, but restore their confidence? If you’re starting to get interested, let us tell you more.
Adult braces are still the most popular treatment that our patients are after when they come to the practice. Everyone wants straight white teeth, especially in an age where we have become more conscious of the way we look. An age where having nice teeth has never been more important. Luckily, there are now affordable, discreet and easy ways of straightening your teeth.
Discreet Adult Braces
The one thing that puts people off adult braces is the fear of a change of lifestyle. The fear that you won’t be able to do the same things you did before. Luckily we offer two very discreet straightening systems at the practice, both designed to impact your lifestyle as little as possible. The first is the Invisalign straightening system. This system will straighten your teeth using clear gum shield like aligners which you can take out for eating and brushing your teeth. As these aligners are near invisible, the chances of your friends recognising you are wearing them is next to none. The fact that they are custom fit to you means you can take them out should you so wish. We recommend taking them out as little as possible, but should a special occasional arise such as the Christmas office party, they are easily removable.
Our second straightening system is the revolutionary Six Month Smiles. Bamboo Dental is a leading provider of Six Month Smiles, not only in Wales but in the UK. This treatment is an alternative to traditional train track braces, using only thin clear wires and brackets to straighten the teeth. Although these braces are fixed and non-removable, the results are seen extremely fast. We guarantee straight white teeth by the summer should treatment begin in the New Year. Six Month Smiles really can change lives, and can change them up to three times faster than normal braces.
Award winning team in Cardiff
Both straightening systems are hugely popular due to our highly skilled award winning team who are there every step of the way. Before braces are fitted, there is a free consultation where your dentist will reveal whether or not you’re a suitable candidate and what exactly can be achieved. This consultation is also the perfect opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about adult braces. Should you wish to go ahead with the treatment, your dentist will regularly meet with you throughout your journey to discuss progress and make any adjustments as and when required.
If you’re thinking of treating yourself or a loved one to adult braces this year, but think you are unable to afford them, you may be pleasantly surprised. Adult braces are available on 0% finance, meaning you can pay monthly for the perfect smile instead of up front. Although are prices are competitive, we understand Christmas is an expensive time and paying monthly over 12 or 24 months could be an easier solution for your purse or wallet.
Christmas is such a special time. We all look back on the photos we have taken over the festive period. Wouldn’t it be great to see a loved one smiling next Christmas with the gift you’ve given them this Christmas? Much better than a pair of socks that’s for sure! Not to mention you won’t have to brave the busy high street as long, looking for presents. The results will be seen long after Christmas Day, as will the happiness and the confidence of the recipient.
Impacting little on your social life and wallet, our discreet and fast straightening systems are the perfect gift for anyone this Christmas. So if you think this could be the gift that lasts a lifetime, call us on 02920 569769, or click here to reach us on our contact page.
How to keep your dentist happy this Halloween
Believe it or not, dentists don’t actually hate Halloween. Dentists have children of their own who love Halloween. The inner child of the dentist loves Halloween too. What do dentists not love? Cavities. Where do cavities come from? Too much sugar and poor dental hygiene. It’s no surprise therefore why people assume dentists don’t like Halloween. Of course, indulging in sugary treats every Halloween isn’t a dentist’s dream but we’re not telling you or your children to stop having fun. It’s just fun in sugary moderation. Here are our top tips to having a dental care free Halloween.
Avoid Sticky Sweets
You know the ones. Those annoying sweets that stick to your teeth. The amount of time a sugary snack stays in your mouth is a huge factor in how bad tooth decay can become. If the remains of a sweet is stuck to a tooth, it will take longer for the saliva in your mouth to wash it away. IF sticky sweets are your absolute favourite, why not try sugar free alternatives?
Avoid Sugary Drinks
One way to cut down on the sugar this Halloween is by sticking to sugar free drinks. If you can’t resist sweets at Halloween, switching to sugar free alternatives will cause less tooth decay. Of course, water is the best option.
Soft sweets instead of hard sweets
We’ve all put a sweet in our mouth, taken a bite and realised it’s a hard one. The problem with hard sweets is that they stay in your mouth longer than soft ones. The longer a sugary sweet stays in your mouth, the higher the chance of tooth decay.
Eat candy for dinner
Okay so we don’t literally mean substitute a meal time with a packet of sweets. What we do mean however, is to eat candy before or just after meal time. The reason being is that saliva production is significantly increased during meal time, helping cancel out bacteria and washing away food particles. This means that extra saliva is in the mouth to wash away sugary candy.
Floss like your life depends on it
Your mouth will thank for you it. Flossing is important, especially at Halloween. If you have indulged in candy, be sure to floss in the evening. Decay causing bacteria will get between your teeth where toothbrushes can’t reach. Flossing will remove plaque and food particles that have got stuck between teeth.
So there are our top five tips to keep your dentist happy this Halloween. One patient who wishes she could have read our top tips this time last year in Jessica from Barry. Jessica had many treats last Halloween and one almighty trick. She kindly shares her story with us below.
“I love Halloween. I love everything about it. I love buying pumpkins and carving them. I love dressing up, throwing parties and I love sweets. I’m not going to stop eating sweets, in the same way I’m not going to stop treating myself at Christmas. It’s a holiday, and you’re allowed that privilege, right? That said, this Halloween I’m being a lot more careful because I had the worst thing happen to me last year.
It was my first Halloween living in Cardiff. I originally come from Barry but had moved to the city centre last year and was ready to celebrate Halloween with my friends. We threw a big party at mine and my friend’s place. I had dressed up, rather ironically as the tooth fairy. That was something I was never going to live down after what was to follow that night.
We assumed we wouldn’t have many trick or treaters because we were living in an apartment complex. Any one that knocked on our door would be people within in the apartments. This seemed to mostly be students and young adults. Nevertheless, we had all the candy in the world. With places like Poundland selling sweets so cheap, everything was bringing so many sweets with them. I honestly could have swum in an ocean of candy in my apartment.
“I needed a dentist near me desperately…”
I remember we were watching Saw when it happened. I bit into a hard boiled sweet without even looking. I bit so hard, and wasn’t expecting it to be a hard boiled sweet. The pain I felt then was immense. I don’t know how it happen but a huge chip appeared in one of my top teeth. I remember covering my mouth and rushing straight to the bathroom. It was so embarrassing but there was nothing I could do about it that evening. I didn’t eat another thing that night. I refused. I’d eaten a pizza not long before so I wasn’t hungry anyway. If sweets are just there in front you, then you eat them.
The next day was a Sunday and I knew I wouldn’t be able to find a dentist near me on a Sunday. Nevertheless, I decided to check far and wide on the internet to see if anyone was open. It was such a huge chip, or at least it seemed it to me. I didn’t actually need to search that far for a dentist near me, because the first result was Bamboo Dental. I was over the moon to have found a dentist near me that was open on a Sunday. I called up first thing and begged them for an emergency appointment. Luckily they always make room for emergency appointments.
I drove straight into the practice and saw one of your kind dentists who help cover the chip. I was still self-conscious about it however. Bamboo told me that I could consider veneers. I always assumed veneers were expensive. Even though they cost less than I had assumed, I still couldn’t have afforded them on my wage. Luckily Bamboo, dentist near me, told me there were pay monthly options available. They sent me a link to apply for finance online and now, twelve months on, I have finished paying off my veneer. They booked me in for an appointment a week after and the process began.
What I can’t believe is how real the veneer looks. The dentists help you find a shade that matches your teeth so it doesn’t look noticeable. I can’t believe the trauma went through all because I couldn’t keep my hands out the sweety jar! Thank god there was a dentist near me that could help me out at such short notice.
We were more than happy to help Jessica out in her hour of need, but of course, prevention is far better than treatment. So be sure to follow our top tips or else you’ll end up like Jessica, all tricks and no treats!
Visiting the dentist has taken on a whole new meaning in recent years. A meaning that is expanding and becoming more and more popular as each day passes. That is, the dentist is no longer a place ONLY to keep your teeth in great health. But it is also a place to IMPROVE the appearance of your teeth and a place to create a beautiful smile that you can be proud and confident to share with the world. This new place is called cosmetic dentistry.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
As the rise of cosmetic dentistry is new to many people, we want to talk you through what cosmetic dentistry exactly is and the potential benefit that are available for you to take advantage of – and there are many.
You may be the worlds best at looking after your teeth. You visit your dentist regularly for check ups, you brush and floss twice daily, you don’t smoke, and you avoid foods and drinks that are unfriendly to teeth. However, as time ticks by general wear and tare on your teeth will start to show. This could manifest itself in an accident of sorts causing tooth to chip or become loose. Perhaps you have developed an underlying habit of grinding your teeth whilst asleep. Either way, there will be a negative effect on the appearance of your smile. It is most often unavoidable. But don’t worry, there are a range of cosmetic treatments that can help get your smile back on track!
Why Do People Choose Cosmetic Dentistry?
Why exactly are people concerned about the appearance of their teeth? After years of practicing the field of cosmetic dentistry we have talked with thousands of patients who have very similar concerns. These concerns appear to be mentioned again and again:
Confidence is one of the major motives influencing a person to make the decision of improving their appearance. If a person becomes self-conscious about their teeth then all sorts of problems can arise. A common occurrence is that the person in question avoids smiling in photographs. They simply don’t want their teeth to be shown wherever possible and this can cause them to come across as an unhappy person as they aren’t smiling with their teeth. Due to this, social interaction can become difficult. Especially if a person avoids talking at all in an effort to keep their teeth behind closed lips.
This all leads to a huge lack of confidence and can seriously affect a person’s ability to live a happy life. At some point they decide that a change is needed. They cannot live like this a minute longer. So they get in touch with a cosmetic dentist such as Dr Dan of Bamboo Dental. They then find out that this huge burden they have been carrying is very easily lifted and a confident life is something that CAN be a reality once again!
Another recurring theme is that of love. Studies have procured strong evidence showing that the first thing a person notices when meeting your for the first time is your smile. Your smile is also one of the top indicators of attract according to studies. Both of these factors combined sheds and enormous light on why many people with crooked or discoloured teeth may find it difficult to find a partner.
There is also a link through our biological history. The sole purpose of humanity is to survive and reproduce. It is suggested that in a mate, one looks for someone who appears to be healthy. Healthy enough to survive and to help future generations survive by passing on good genes and providing for the family. If your teeth appear to be unhealthy then this sends a subconscious signal to a potential mate that you may not be the best person for them. This idea can go some way to describing why a persons smile is so important when looking for love. Another reason is that we seek happiness in life. If a person is smiling awkwardly whilst trying to hide their teeth then this sends a signal across that something is not quite right in their life.
What Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments Are Most Popular?
You will find that most cosmetic dentists will offer different systems of treatment. However, they will all cover the most highly demanded treatments in the industry. Here are some of the most commonly asked for treatments:
Teeth straightening is a way of moving crooked, crowded or spaced teeth back in line. Although this can come under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry, this treatment is also often essential for healthy teeth. Teeth straightening has become so popular that many new technologies have been developed to help tackle the different aims and objectives of patients looking to get their teeth straightened.
Invisalign is a type of removable aligner. The aligner is nearly invisible and is the perfect solution for someone looking to straighten their teeth as discreetly as possible.
Six Month Smiles is a type of fixed train-track brace. The brace system is incredibly effective at correcting complex problems. And the best thing is that it can straighten most sets of teeth in six months of less. The brace brackets are also clear which keeps the appearance fairly discreet.
Cosmetic veneers are often seen in what is becoming referred as ‘the celebrity smile’. They are very thin and durable caps that securely fit over the each tooth to change the shape and appearance. Each veneers can be designed just for your very own set of teeth. The design phase can stem all the way from colour to adding tiny dents and lines in order to make the tooth look so realistic that nobody would know you were wearing veneers!
Probably the most popular and easily the most accessible treatment in cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. It is important to only visit a dental professional when seeking out teeth whitening treatment. It is only a dentist who can check that it is safe for you to go through the treatment. Your dentist will also have a supply of safe whitening solution that has been obtained from verified sources.
Teeth whitening can come in various forms from in chair laser teeth whitening to take-home whitening trays. Both methods will bring up the whiteness of your teeth to a beautiful white shade and can make all the difference in a person’s smile!
Talk to Bamboo!
Do you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry or the treatments that are available to you? Feel free to get in touch with our five times award winning team by clicking here.
It may sound unusual, or even bizarre, but we have on numerous occasions had patients say the same thing to us – my straighter teeth have helped me land my dream job! The reasons behind this is not purely aesthetic. There are much deeper rooted forces at play that can yield incredible benefits to your life yet they are so often overlooked by those looking to straighten their teeth. When you are looking to improve your smile you should consider benefits further than the improved appearance you will have at the end of your treatment. A new smile could change your life forever.
Straighter Teeth Are Not All They Seem
Signals of Health
Assume we stood two almost identical people next to each other, one smiling with straight white teeth and the other forcing a reluctant smile with crooked and discoloured teeth. If we then asked you which seemed to be more healthy what would you say?
The answer of course, is the one with straighter teeth. Scientific studies have shown that a persons smile is one of the first things we look at when meeting them for the first time. First impressions certainly count, especially at a job interview. It is built into our genes since living out in the wild that a healthier person is more valuable as they have longer to live, can hunt more vigorously or will be most likely to make it through child birth. These traits are deep rooted in our evolutionary brains. So, when you attend the interview for your dream job a healthier appearance is certainly helpful to your prospects.
Sure, companies should be impartial about this type of thing but subconsciously these small factors will influence decisions with more force than you may think. You wouldn’t attend an interview without showering and grooming yourself first and this is all to show that if you can look after yourself and your own presentation then you are capable to steer the ship of the job you are applying for. Don’t stop at your clothes and your hair cut, your teeth are just as important!
Confidence is Key
You need to be sure of yourself. You need to be confident. This sends a message out to your potential employer that you have self belief and that you know that you can do this job well.
Crooked teeth are among the top confidence killers and if not corrected can send out the wrong message to the people you talk to. If you are in an interview and seem unconfident and self conscious then this feeling will transfer straight on to your interviewer. They will know that you aren’t so confident and will wonder why. This doubt in their mind will not help your prospects of getting hired!
These behaviours are very telling but are not the only factor that confidence plays. If you were to have your smile straightened then you would walk into that interview with a right happy smile. You would seem more approachable and more friendly, an ideal person to work with as part of a team. You would most likely have prepared for the interview with more vigour and attention instead of worrying about what the interviewer will think about your teeth. All of these details add up and could be the difference as to whether you land that dream job or not.
Patients with insecurities often worry about the appearance of their braces when they are considering the treatment. The great thing about cosmetic dentistry in today’s world is that this has been greatly considered in the development of new products. There are several discreet options that you can go for. Invisalign is a see through, removable aligner form of brace that will enable you to straighten your teeth without anyone noticing.
Another option is the Six Month Smiles brace system. This system aims to incorporate both speed with discreetness. The brace is fixed with train track style brackets to give the fastest treatment possible. However, unlike regular braces, Six Month Smiles braces are clear making them hard to notice!
You Will Have More Initiative
One of the biggest revelations we have had from patients is that when they finished their treatment they simply put themselves out there more. They felt more value and self worth and so decided to go for those jobs that before seemed out of grasp.
The boost in self confidence is the catalyst for this and provides a quite incredible snowball effect. Just a small increase in confidence will help you to take more action than you previously did. When those actions yield positive results it will back up the idea in your head that you are good enough and you can achieve these goals. You will then take that momentum and take further action rolling the snowball along into bigger and bigger gains. And it can all start with something as simple as a teeth straightening treatment!
You Will Be More Attractive
Studies have shown that a persons smile is one of the top factors in how attractive you think they are. By going through a treatment to create straighter teeth and a beautiful smile it is obvious that you will look more attractive afterwards. But how will this help you land that dream job?
Your confidence will sky-rocket. You will find that more opportunities land at your feet. This may not necessarily be directly related to the increase in your attractiveness but ore so to your higher feeling of self worth. When you look at yourself in the mirror showing smile to be envied you will feel more value in yourself. This will lead you to take more chances and seek out those opportunities all because you perceive yourself to be ore attractive.
Not only this but your new demeanour will lead to increased response and engagement from potential employers as they notice how much you value yourself and so value you more automatically.
It Doesn’t Stop at Your Dream Job
These benefits of straighter teeth will help you in many other areas than just on your vocation. You will be in a better position to find that loving soulmate you have been searching for. You may be more energetic and friendly in your social circle. That shy, unspoken person may blossom into a confident, happy person who can share their true self with those round them. That is something to seriously consider when deciding how important your smile is to your life.
Bad breath can be the devious ally of low self-esteem. As soon as you catch whiff of your pongy breath there is no turning back. Your conversation partner will likely look at you strangely as you attempt to subtly sniff to see what’s up with your mouth. Let’s not let it get to that point!
Food and Drinks that Helps Battle Bad Breath
So, what exactly causes bad breath? Well, there are several culprits that could be to blame and so it will take a little self-diagnosis to find out for sure. Some of the main factors include; the build up of plaque, gum disease, smoking, some types of medication and of course, the foods and drinks that your are putting in your mouth.
In this article we are going to focus on the foods and drinks that you choose to consume. In most cases, people will tell you what NOT to eat in order to AVOID bad breath. Well, we are going to look from another perspective – what foods and drinks CAN you consume to actually HELP promote fresh breath!
1. Did Someone Say Tea?
When you drink black tea you will be consuming helpful polyphenols. These chemicals can aid your recovery from bad breath woes in more than one way. The first way that black tea can help you is by stunted the growth of bad bacteria that would usually develop into plaque and cause you to have bad breath. The second benefit is the reduction in byproducts created by the bacteria in your mouth.
There has also been evidence to support the idea that black tea prevents tooth decay which is the cherry on the cake! But don’t get ahead of yourself, too much black tea will result in too much caffeine. If you take in too much caffeine then your mouth can dry out and this can be very detrimental to your breath! So, drink your tea in moderation and it will be a useful tool in the battle against bad breath.
2. Dear Dairy
Acidity in the mouth is most often the cause of your bad breath. If you choose to eat a slice of cheese after your meal then this can actually neutralise some of those acids and thus limit the effects of bad breath post meal.
If you aren’t a huge fan of cheese then a small helping of unsweetened yoghurt would be the perfect alternative. A study in Japan found that those subjects who ate a serving of yoghurt each day ended up reducing levels of acidity in the mouth, in particularly hydrogen sulfide, one of the compounds that causes halitosis.
3. Beat Bad Breath with a Crunch
Soft and sticky foods are the types of textures that end up getting stuck in your teeth, eventually causing the build up of smelly bacteria. The way to combat this is to eat foods that are crunchy (no, not crunchy chocolate bars!).
The foods you should be considering are the fibrous type such as apples and carrots. These foods actually act as an edible toothbrush scrubbing your teeth as you eat them. The result is the promotion of much better oral hygiene and fresher breath than if you had been eating soft and sticky foods.
4. Chew Your Way to Fresh Breath
Bad breath can be attacked by increased saliva flow in the mouth. This can be achieved by chewing sugar-free gum as your body sends up flows of saliva to digest what it thinks is food (due to signals you send whilst chewing).
Chewing gum also helps to clean your teeth due to its unique texture. The softness allows the gum to mould into your teeth and potentially pull out small pieces of trapped food.
5. Water Down Your Bad Breath
A dry mouth is bad breaths best friend. It allows those left over concoctions of garlic and curry to attack full strength. If you make the decision to drink plenty of water then this can help in multiple ways. Firstly, the water will wash through your teeth pulling out some of the food that may be stuck. Water also helps to move saliva around the mouth more easily thus reducing bad breath.
Is There Any Alternative?
Here are Bamboo, we understand the frustration that bad breath can give to a person. That’s why we have created our very special fresh breath clinic. The aim of the fresh breath clinic is to pin point exactly what is causing your bad breath and to rectify it as soon as possible.
There are several different causes of bad breath but thanks to the unrivalled expertise of our dentists and hygienists we will be able to find out what the root cause of your issue is. Upon finding this knowledge we will be able to treat you accordingly whether that be replacing poorly fitted fillings or advising you on how to improve your oral hygiene.
A simple Google search for teeth whitening will yield a barrage of results luring you with different opinions over which form of teeth whitening will give the best results. As a cosmetic dentist, we get asked about the many forms of teeth whitening on a daily basis and want to share some of our wisdom with you in this article.
The Many Forms of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening not only helps you to appear healthier and in better control of your health but it actually will improve your overall health. Assuming you visit a dentist, the whitening itself will act as a deep clean on your teeth. On top of this, studies have shown that after you have had your teeth whitened you are actually more likely to improve your oral hygiene as you are more incentivised to maintain your new bright smile!
There are a few different methods of teeth whitening in the industry today. Some will make your teeth whiter than others, some will last longer than others and some are nothing more than short term gimmicks. We are going to run through them all.
In chair laser whitening
In chair or laser teeth whitening is the fastest way for you get that perfect, white smile. The process is simple and will take around two hours. You will go through 4 x 15 minute sessions in which whitening solution is activated on your teeth using special laser technology. This can improve the shade of whiteness teeth up to 8 shades! To achieve this type of change wold require multiple days of alternative treatments. If time is of the essence then in-chair laser whitening is easily the best option for you.
Take home whitening trays
Take-home teeth whitening is incredibly popular amongst newbies and teeth whitening veterans alike. This is largely to the convenience, low cost and then quite possibly highest standard of results from any form of teeth whitening.
Although the treatment is a home treatment, you won’t be able to avoid seeing the dentist altogether. You will need to come in for an initial consultation in which our dental professional can assess the current condition of your teeth. This is very important as we need to be sure that your are dentally fit and that it is completely safe for you to go through with the treatment. If the dentist finds, for example, that you have some tooth decay or are in need of a filling then this needs to be addressed first. If this is neglected then the whitening solution may be able to work its way to the inner areas of the tooth that should be sealed off.
Teeth Whitening Strips
These inexpensive whitening strips have only recently entered the market. They come under a variety of different brand names and marketing angles but all follow the same principle. The process of whitening your teeth with home whitening strips is the following. You first need to clean your teeth to make sure that there are no pieces of food left on there. If you neglect this then you may not be able to whiten those areas hidden under lunchtimes leftovers.
You now need to place the strips over your teeth. This can be tricky and uncomfortable. The strips often slip down and are hard to keep in place. You will then leave the strips as best you can for 30 minutes before removing them. After you’ve done this you will need to brush your teeth and remove any excess whitening solution that is in your mouth. Failure to do this can lead to you ingesting some of the solution which could be dangerous.
You will need to repeat these steps for up to 14 days in order to complete the full course of whitening treatment. And the end result? You will notice some improvement but much less than if you had a professional treatment at your local dentist.
One of the latest crazes is whitening toothpaste. All that whitening toothpastes can really do is remove surface stains. There will be no deeper whitening of the tooth and so you will likely not notice any difference at all. Whitening toothpastes are more of a gimmick. Sure they may theoretically whiten your teeth a little but they are absolutely no comparison to a professional treatment.
Where to get your whitening?
For effective whitening treatment you should always visit a dental professional. There have been many instances of bad practice at beauty salons and the like. It is recommended to visit your dentist as they can fully assess your suitability before hand. They also have a safe and reliable source of whitening solution in which the full ingredients are known and safe. Not only this but the trays that will be made for you are professionally made giving you more comfort, less chance of irritation and ultimately you will receive a much higher quality of whitening treatment.
Bamboo are offering free consultations now!
Don’t worry if you still have questions about teeth whitening. Our dentist in Cardiff are now offering free consultations so that you can pop in to meet our award winning dentists. They will be able to give you a full assessment to make sure you are a suitable candidate for teeth whitening treatment. They will also be able to run through the procedure and answer any questions that you may have!
In order to book your free consultation simply complete our dedicated contact form below and one of our friendly staff will be in touch 🙂
Bamboo Dental sweep up at Welsh Dentistry Awards
It was smiles all around at the Welsh Dentistry awards earlier this month as the Bamboo team picked up not one, but two awards. Having already been recognised in five categories of excellence, the judges agreed that Bamboo Dental deserved the title of Best Overall Practice. The Bamboo Team are overjoyed at the result and would like to thank all our patients for their loyalty, testimonials and support over the past year. Best Overall Practice was a special title to win for us as it recognises our hard work not only with our private patients but with our NHS patients too. We give only the best care and treatment to our patients and it’s wonderful to have seen our hard work acknowledged. Bamboo Dental also picked up the award for Best Marketing. Dr Daniel Rogers, head dentist and practice principle said “It’s an amazing feeling to have won this award. Our unique approach to marketing reflects our unique approach to dentistry with affordable treatments on flexible payment plans, on-site parking, 7 days a week appointments and late weeknight appointments.” Bamboo Dental now has five awards in the trophy cabinet, demonstrating that you really couldn’t be in a safer pair of hands, than you are at our practice.
Award winning private dentist in Cardiff
Attending the awards were our team of dentists Dr. Daniel Rogers, Dr. Oliver Spencer, Dr. Catherine Jones, Dr. Catherine Hemingway and Dr. Caroline Grant. Joining them were our practice managers Natalie Rogers and Bonnie Jones, dental nurse Brydie Connolly and our marketers Max Roberts and myself, Samuel Knight. On arrival to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, the team were welcomed with a champagne reception. Excitement, nerves and conversation filled the air. 4th Street Traffic were the musical guests of the evening, providing some entertaining rocky covers. Before the awards were handed out, we all sat down for a delicious three course meal, accompanied with wine. Our first award of the night came in the form of Best Marketing. The marketing team have always joked that if we can get people to come to the dentist, we can get anyone to do anything! But it isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Attitudes toward dentistry have changed dramatically over the past twenty years. People are choosing to come to the dentist now because they want better teeth. They care more about their teeth now. We’ve become a nation that’s interested in taking better care of ourselves, and in looking the best we can be. As cosmetic dentistry has enhanced, so has our desire to visit our dentist. People come to Bamboo Dental because we offer only the best for our patients, with treatments performed by only the best dentists. Our awards speak for themselves.
As the final award of the night was called for Best Overall Practice, everyone in the room was on the edge of their seat. Best Overall Practice is the big one. It’s the dental equivalent of Record of the Year at the Grammys, or Best Actor or Actress at the Oscars. It’s the award everyone wants. It’s an award which recognises the strengths of the team, of both the NHS and Private treatment and of patient satisfaction and general performance. We were delighted therefore to hear that Bamboo Dental would be taking the award home. Dr. Daniel Rogers and Natalie Rogers were on hand to collect the award as the team cheered. We couldn’t have been happier.
Private Dentist in Cardiff
Now was most definitely the time to celebrate. 4th Street Traffic returned for another set, before the DJ got going with some dancefloor hits. It’s fair to say Bamboo Dental had a lot to celebrate. Dr. Daniel Rogers recognised the efforts of the team for winning the awards on the night, but we’d like to once again thank all our patients for their loyalty and support over the years. At Bamboo Dental, we truly aim to work around our patients, not the other way around. We want to continue to deliver award winning service and offer you smiles that change lives. Whether that’s a filling here or there, dental implants, teeth straightening or teeth whitening, we’re here to make a difference.
If you’re not a patient at Bamboo Dental but are interested in cosmetic dentistry, why not give us a call on 02920 569769. Similarly, you can contact us on our contact page. By reaching out to us, we can help arrange a FREE no obligation consultation with one of our experts. Our experts can inform you on how you can benefit most from seeing a private dentist. You have nothing to lose by attending a free consultation. What’s more, if you choose to go ahead with treatment at Bamboo Dental, you can do so on a flexible payment plan. Whilst we aim to offer the lowest prices possible, we understand dental work can be an inconvenience to pay off all at once. We believe you shouldn’t have to be out of pocket for wanting the best smile possible with a private dentist. That’s why we offer 0% finance payment plans to suit your budget. On arrival you needn’t worry about finding a parking space either as we have allocated Bamboo parking spaces right next to our practice.
Cosmetic Dentistry and Aesthetics Treatments
Did you know Bamboo also offer Aesthetics treatments now? Our award winning team has expanded and we now have cosmetic practitioners on board to offer treatments such as anti-wrinkle, thread lifts and lip fillers. If you’re after a more youthful look, why not consider one of our aesthetics treatments? Whether it’s a new smile from a private dentist or a rejuvenation of your appearance, give us a call on 02920 569769. We’ll be more than happy to help.
People can have the same local dentist for their entire lives. There are many benefits to seeking out the perfect local dentist and sticking with them. Of course, you do need to make sure that you have the right one to begin with.
Your Local Dentist is Part of Your Life
It may sound cheesy but you should be seeing your local dentist multiple times a year and this means that they will be a part of your life. It is very important for you to feel comfortable around your dentist, especially as he will be in close proximity examining your teeth. You will find that there are probably a few dentists close to your proximity whom you could make your regular. Here are some key things to take into consideration when choosing who your local dentist should be.
Do You Trust Your Local Dentist’s Expertise?
You really need to have faith in your dentist’s ability. If you don’t then you won’t value visiting for regular check ups and this can lead to the neglect of your oral hygiene. As an add on to this, if you don’t believe your dentist is good enough then there is likely something to be creating that belief and so it is probably true.
When seeking out a new dentist a great way to gauge on their ability is to check out what others are saying about them. If there are no reviews online from patients discussing recent visits to the dentist then you can suspect that this dentist has little to shout about.
Some great places to check out your local dentist’s reviews are; Google reviews, Facebook reviews and TrustPilot reviews. You are putting your health in the hands of your dentist and so you need to be confident that they are capable to handle this responsibility.
Ease of Access
This is something that patients often overlook. An ideal dentist will be easy to travel to, have available parking and be in close proximity to public transport (if needed). Anything that makes it more difficult to get to your dentist will put you off going in for your check ups as well as making it difficult for you to attend your appointments. It is often a stressful time to visit then dentist and so any environmental conditions that are controllable should certainly not be adding to the stress.
Before enrolling at your local dentist you should check their opening hours. Here at Bamboo Dental we are open 7 days a week as well as closing late on week days. We do this as many people struggle to get time off work. We therefore make ourselves as available as possible to our patients by opening at times when they won;t be hindered by trying to get the time off work.
Range of Treatments
Finding out down the line that your local dentist does not provide a certain treatment that you need is a real pain. It means that you have to find another dentist who you are not familiar with and who is not familiar with your dental history. This not only makes the whole experience more of an ordeal but it will often prolong the treatment time that you require. Finding a local dentist who offers a full range of treatments is the answer to this. Even better is if there is some form of loyalty system in place that rewards you for staying with your dentist. This not only gives you an added benefit but shows you that your dentist sees you as a valuable patient and is willing to give you added benefits to thank you for choosing them.
Private vs NHS Local Dentist
Another key objective to research is whether you are looking for an NHS dentist or a private dentist. Check out this article on the benefits of private vs NHS dentists to understand which is going to be the right choice for you.
You will find that many dental practices operate with two arms to their practice covering both private and NHS dentistry. You may be surprised to know that private dentistry is actually not expensive at all. You can join a private practice for much less money than you would pay for your mobile phone contract each month. With private dentistry, you will be able to rap many more benefits than if you had joined an NHS dentist and so it is definitely worth checking out.
Regardless of which you choose, the first thing you will need to do is to call up to find out if there are waiting lists and if there are spaces for you to join the dental practice on either an NHS or a private list.
Why Should You Stick With Your Dentist?
Assuming you have gone through all of the steps to find the perfect dentist it is beneficial for you to then stick with them. They will get to know you and get to know your teeth. This means that they will understand exactly the situation of your teeth in detail. On top of this, they will know you as a person. This is especially helpful if you struggle with dental anxiety. You will feel more at ease with a familiar face and your dentist will know your limits and know what they can do to keep you calm should you become anxious whilst in the dental chair.
It is clearly important to not rush into anything when deciding on who should be your local dentist. You should not just go for the first dentist that will take you. It is imperative to think about the long term. Choose a dentist who you feel comfortable with and who you are happy to look after your teeth for the foreseeable future.