Our private dentist in Cardiff has grown rapidly over the past few years, emerging to be one of the leading providers of cosmetic dentistry in Wales. We believe that every person should be given the chance to look and feel as confident as they can. This is why we make our range of treatments as accessible as possible to as many people as we can.
Bamboo Dental is Your Private Dentist in Cardiff
We believe that visiting the dentist has become a horrifying prospect for too many people and this needs to be changed. That’s why we have branded our private dentist in Cardiff to be different to any other dental practice. Our treatments are here to give you confidence and to make you feel great about yourself. Visiting our dentist for cosmetic treatment is something we want you to be excited about. After all, you are most likely taking a huge step forwards to correcting an insecurity that has been holding you back in your life.
What Treatments Are Offered At Your Private Dentist in Cardiff?
Bamboo have staff professionally trained to take patients on their journey through various cosmetic treatments. Here are some of the cosmetic treatments we have on offer:
Our private dentist in Cardiff has crafted hundreds of smiles over the past few years. Our experience allows for even the most severe of cases to be treatable. We understand that people look for different things in the way they want their teeth straightened. The most significant factors are; time, appearance of the brace, cost of treatment and removability of the brace.
We have incorporated these four most significant factors into the teeth straightening treatments that we have available so that everyone can find a treatment to suit them.
Our Invisalign aligners are for those desperate to straighten their teeth without having to wear an unsightly brace. Invisalign aligners are, as the name suggests, nearly invisible. They are similar to a gum shield in that the aligners sit over the teeth, although they are much more snugly fit than a gum shield. The colour of Invisalign is completely transparent which means that they are barely noticeable to anyone else. Not only this but they are removable so that you can eat in comfort.
Six Month Smiles is another type of brace that we offer. This teeth straightening system works in just 6 months which is a huge advantage to those looking for as short a treatment as possible. The brace works quickly and can correct fairly severe cases of gaps and crooked teeth. The brace is also discreet in appearance. Although it is a fixed brace, the colour is very close to that of your teeth meaning that it is not overly noticeable although a little more noticeable than the Invisalign brace.
In some cases you will not need too much corrective treatment. This is where the Inman Aligner becomes a popular treatment. This aligner is both removable and works in just a few months in most cases. The Inman Aligner is not best for more severe cases but is great in many cases and is a very popular choice for those looking to straighten their teeth after relapses or in preparation for further treatment. The Inman Aligner is also a cheaper alternative to other teeth straightening options.
Our dental veneers can drastically improve a person’s smile. Our veneers are crafted exclusively for each individual patient. They are wafer thin which means very little preparation of the teeth is needed at all. The results are fantastic and lasting.
Dental implants are the perfect solution to replace missing teeth. A titanium implant is placed where the root of your old tooth used to be in the gum. This then binds with the bone of the jaw to give structure to the titanium post. Once embedded, your bridge or crown can be fitted to the implant giving you back a confident smile that works like real teeth, feels like real teeth and looks like real teeth.
A very common cosmetic procedure nowadays is teeth whitening. Overtime discolouration is inevitable. The foods we eat and the drinks we drink take their toll on your teeth. A simple whitening can reverse the signs of discolouration deep into the tooth’s surface.
Two types of teeth whitening are offered at our private dentist in Cardiff. You can either opt for an in-chair laser tooth whitening or you can go for the take-home treatment which comes in the form of a removable tray in which you add some of our special teeth whitening solution and leave in for several hours.
Amongst the other treatments offered at our private dentist in Cardiff are; fresh breath clinic, hygienist services, teeth grinding, crowns, anti-snoring and emergency services.
Bamboo is not just a Private Dentist
We pride ourselves on being able to help our patients improve their confidence in any way possible. That is why we have recently responded to the surfacing high demand for facial aesthetics and beauty treatments. Many patients have requested that we offer these types of treatments and would feel much safer visiting a trained dentist than a beauty clinic.
In response, we have launched a second side to Bamboo in the form of Bamboo Aesthetics, a cosmetic clinic in Cardiff. The treatments offered range from anti-wrinkle injections to dermal fillers and PRP treatment. For a full list of treatments on offer, head over to the website designed specifically for our cosmetic clinic in Cardiff.
The most rewarding aspect of working in the dental industry is seeing the journey and transformation our patients go through. Our dentists, hygienists, receptionists and dental nurses all get to know our patients, from the minute they walk through the practice doors, up to the point they leave with the smile they’ve always dreamed of. This is especially true for our Six Month Smiles in Cardiff patients.
Dr. Dan, who performs the Six Month Smiles in Cardiff treatments, discusses with patients in the very first consultation what their end goal is. Dr. Dan promises to deliver straighter white teeth in six months and sets out from the beginning how that end point will be reached in a list of stages.
We’re overwhelmed and grateful by the number of patients who ask to leave us testimonials, especially Six Month Smiles patients. We thought that this month, we would share another testimonial with you from Adam who both decided to get the treatment done after a pay rise at work.
No one in our family has had particularly nice teeth. In fact, bad luck with teeth runs in our family. I had braces when I was younger, but I never wore my retainer after I had them removed, so my teeth slowly started to move back. I was in the year above my brother at school, and I remember my friends used to say how my brother and I both had the same teeth. By telling me we both had the same teeth I knew they mean’t we both had wonky teeth. Both me and my brother had teeth facing in the wrong direction. In fact, my orthodontist once told me that mother nature had been unkind with me when she was handing out teeth. For a 12 year old, those were pretty harsh words to hear. However my teeth got straighter, and I was delighted when my braces were taken off. It only took a couple of years for a few of them to move back though. I didn’t wear my retainer because it made my teeth really sensitive. My mother told me how it was a waste of time taking all that time off work to take me to the orthodontist. Only now in hindsight do I wish I’d just worn the bloody thing.
Six Month Smiles in Cardiff
A year and a half ago, I started considering getting private treatment. I’d been promoted at work and I thought that fixing my teeth would be something meaningful I could spend the extra cash on. I did my research and Bamboo Dental was the practice I chose to go with. I’d researched alternatives to train track braces because I’d been through that once before. I discovered that Bamboo Dental did Six Month Smiles in Cardiff treatments and that Dr. Dan was a leading figure in offering this treatment. What I like about the Six Month Smiles treatment is that they’re very discreet. Even though it’s a fix brace, they don’t look like the classic silver coloured ones I had at school. You can barely even notice them on teeth. I also was sold on the fact that you could have them off in six months. My mind had been made up so I gave the practice a call.
The free consultation with Dr. Dan was great. He was really helpful and any questions I had he answered. He talked me through how Six Month Smiles was different to other straightening systems. He explained how the discreet nature of the braces, along with the speed and comfort, made them revolutionary in the teeth straightening game. Dr. Dan was clearly passionate about Six Months and that gave me great confidence in him. I didn’t originally want anything stuck to my teeth, and I had been toying with the idea of Invisalign, but the speed of the treatment wasn’t something I couldn’t ignore.
Six Month Journey to Straighter Teeth
My experience with Six Month Smiles in Cardiff was really positive. I regularly saw Dr. Dan who tightened the wires a little and made sure everything was going in the right direction. Each time he tightened the wires, it would take a little getting used to. It didn’t hurt but it felt strange the day after each time he tightened the wires. Other than that, I experienced no discomfort with the treatment. I had to be careful with what I ate, but Dr. Dan gives you clear instructions regarding the do’s and don’ts when you start the treatment. If you listen to the boss, you can’t go wrong.
My friends would always tell me that it was like I wasn’t even wearing braces. They were that unnoticable. The six months flew by. I had to get used to brushing with the brace, but other than that there was no major upheaval with having them on.
Six Months Later
I still will never forget the moment I had my braces taken six months later. I couldn’t believe how straight and white my teeth were. Dr. Dan whitens your teeth at the end of the process which is a lovely bonus. There was no way that I was going to let them my teeth move back again! I told myself that I was really going to look after my teeth this time.
Six months on, and I’ve stuck to my word. I’ve been taking great care of my teeth. I brush better than before, I floss more, and I wear my retainer at night without fail. I even eat a little better! I’m so grateful for Dr. Dan for all his hard work – and I’m delighted to have found Bamboo Dental who offer such a revolutionary treatment. I really would recommended it to anyone. It’s just six months of your life and it flies by.
If you, like Adam, are considering Six Month Smiles in Cardiff treatment, or any other teeth straightening treatments, please contact us by calling 02920 569769, or message us on our contact form here. A member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Affordable Celebrity Smile
One of the things we hear the most at Bamboo Dental from our patients is that they want that celebrity smile without having to fork out too much cash for it. Celebrities such as Simon Cowell, Cheryl and Catherine Zeta Jones have all splashed out on a new smile, and we’re sure it cost them an arm and a leg. At Bamboo Dental, we offer Veneers in Cardiff at prices you can afford, so you too can have that celebrity smile.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are a layer of special material that are fitted on to your teeth to form more desirable shaped teeth , hiding any flaws of the past. The shape and shade of the veneer are completely your choice. When you arrange a consultation with Bamboo Dental for your veneers in Cardiff, one of our dental experts such as Dr.Dan will sit down with you and talk you through your options. Dr. Dan will reveal what is achievable with your smile, will offer his expertise, and listen carefully to your wishes to ensure you end up with the smile you truly want and deserve.
Veneers redefine dentistry as we know it. Instead of straightening, repairing or fixing teeth, thin veneers in Cardiff are simply placed on the teeth, Veneers hide your imperfections. Chipped teeth and damaged teeth can be things of the past. Veneers in Cardiff are also perfect for those who wish to close gap space between teeth.
Veneers in Cardiff
Veneers are made of porcelain or composite materials. Treatment requires very little invasive dental surgery and you will only need to attend the practice twice before you have your affordable celebrity smile. The first visit will be for preparation and the second will be for the bonding of the veneer to your teeth. Price is determined by a number of factors such as appearance and material. However, Bamboo Dental offer a number of payment plans if you don’t want to pay the full amount up front. Though our prices are competitive, we understand that upfront payment isn’t always ideal with mouths to feed and bills to pay. If you prefer, you can pay for your veneer(s) over 12 or 24 months. We also offer a 0% finance plan to ensure you won’t be out of pocket.
Veneers like Cheryl
Jenny Marble, 26 is a huge Cheryl fan. She’s been with Cheryl from Girls Aloud, to X Factor Judge to hit solo artist. She’s been with her through every name change and cites the popstar as her hero. Jenny contacted Bamboo Dental last November to enquire about veneers after admiring Cheryl’s smile for some time. Jenny reveals her Veneers in Cardiff story below.
“I absolutely love Cheryl. She’s so down to earth and humble. She came from nothing, and now everyone in the UK knows her. When you think of Cheryl, you don’t think of Cheryl Crow or any other Cheryl, you just think of our Cheryl. I’ve followed her since she was in Girls Aloud. She always made me laugh when she was on Popstars: The Rivals, and I was happy when she got into the band.
I am the biggest Girls Aloud fan and have all their albums, I’ve been to all their tours, and I’ve met the lady herself. I’m truly a superfan!”
“People always say how beautiful she is. Whether you like her or not, you can’t deny how beautiful she is. My boyfriend jokes that I love her more than him! Maybe I do! It’s amazing to see the transformation she’s been on appearance-wise. She looks so different now. Her hair is always flawless, her fashion sense is on point and her smile is stunning. Her teeth never used to be like that though.”
Smiles that change Lives
“When you look back at photos of her she looks so different now. She’s had her teeth done and her smile is perfect. When I saw Cheryl had veneers, I knew I wanted veneers. I’m very self conscious. I work in a kitchen so although customers don’t normally see me, I still feel self conscious when I’m not working. My teeth were chipped and gappy before I got veneers. I researched veneers a lot, and although they seemed expensive, I knew they were what I wanted. “If others could say about me, what I say about Cheryl” I thought… I had some savings so I decided to go for it.”
“I discovered Bamboo Dental when researching veneers in Cardiff. Veneers are relatively expensive wherever you go, but what really drew me towards the practice were the payment plans. Although I had some savings, it would be a lot easier for me to just pay a little each month. Bamboo is quite fashionable too, which I liked. You don’t see many fashionable dentists.”
New Boost of Confidence
“I had my free consultation with Dr. Dan, and I told him I wanted teeth like Cheryl. He told me that he could fit veneers so I could have that celebrity smile. I was so excited. I came back to the practice three and four weeks later, respectively, and by my birthday I had my new veneers.”
“It’s amazing the new boost of confidence it’s given me. I don’t want to look exactly like Cheryl, but I’m happy that I now have a smile that shines like hers does. I can’t thank Dr. Dan enough.”
“I tweeted a picture of my new smile to Cheryl. She hasn’t replied just yet, but I’m hoping she’ll have seen my smile and seen how she motivated me to do something about my insecurities.”
If you, like Jenny, are after that sparkling celebrity smile, arrange a free consultation with us, or just chat to us on 02920 569769. Similarly, you can reach us on our contact form by clicking here. More and more people are getting that celebrity smile. Don’t you think it’s your turn now?
“Would you like some gum?” It’s a question we’ve all heard. Someone pulls out a pack of chewing gum, takes one, and then offers you one. Would I like some gum? Not particularly, but do I need some? It’s an armed question, which once posed leads to more questions. Someone could just politely be offering a piece of gum but quite often, especially amongst us Brits, is a suggestion as subtle as a cloud of knives. Always take the gum. Even if you think your breath is fine, it’s still polite to. However, the chances are a loved one is trying to protect your feelings. They’re offering you the quickest fix on how to get fresh breath.
So why is bad breath such a taboo subject? In fact, having bad breath is frowned upon just as much as passing wind and burping. It’s viewed by many as unhygienic. But what are the most common causes of bad breath? And what’s the best way to avoid this social faux pas?
1. Poor Oral Hygiene
It’ll probably come as no surprise that our number one cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. Failing to brush your teeth enough or correctly causes bacteria to build up on and between teeth. Bacteria also sticks to gums and your tongue and causes horrible smelling gases. It is essential to clean your tongue also as bacteria can live on the surface of the tongue. It’s important to regularly see your dental team to fix any problems and a scrape and polish can go a long in way in aiding the fight against bad breath.
2. Morning Bad Breath
It doesn’t matter how dedicated you are to your brushing and flossing, most of us still wake up with a bad taste in our mouth in the mornings. This is because the mouth gets dry during the night and saliva production significantly decreases. Saliva is crucial for getting rid of food particles stuck in the teeth and mouth. Without this saliva, food particles linger and collect bacteria. A dry mouth is the perfect home for bacteria where it can grow, and the sulphur compounds it produces cause the bad smell we commonly identify as morning breath.
Dehydration and certain medications can also lead to a dry mouth and cause the same odour.
3. Food and Drink
Sometimes, you can tell what someone has been eating or drinking just by getting a whiff of their breath. Classic culprits include garlic, onions and alcohol. Chemicals in food and drink rummage their way to the bloodstream and we then breath them out through the lungs. Of course, bad breath from eating these foods are only temporary, even if food can repeat us on from time to time! The best type of way to prevent this kind of bad breath is to simply not eat smelly foods. Or eat alone!
This one will come as no surprise. Cigarette smoke lingers on clothes and the skin, so it’s often easy to differentiate between a smoker and a non-smoker. If the smell of cigarettes isn’t recognised by odours left on the skin, hair and clothes, it soon will be when a smoker speaks. The problem with cigarette smoke is that even brushing and using mouthwash can’t immediately hide the odour. You will still be able to smell smoke as it stays on the breath for hours. Cigarettes leave smoke particles in the throat and lungs, and as smoke can linger in the lungs for hours, a smoker is left with a stale scent. On top of that, smoking can also cause gum disease, which in turn wreaks havoc with your breath.
Top Tips For Curing Bad Breath
1. Teeth Brushing and Flossing
Maintaining good oral hygiene is the best way to get fresh breath. Using a toothpaste containing fluoride and a soft toothbrush, spend at least two minutes brushing, paying particular attention to hard to reach parts of the mouth. The best time to brush your teeth is before eating or a couple hours after in order to avoid decay. Brushing will help remove food particles and leave you with a minty fresh taste. Flossing between the teeth is essential in order to remove food particles in areas that a toothbrush can’t reach.
2. Mouthwash and Chewing Gum
Mouthwash is another way to get fresh breath. It should never solely be relied on, but should complement brushing and flossing. Chemicals in mouthwash can kill germs and bacteria and leave you with a fresh minty taste. However, we recommend you speaking with your dentist about available mouthwashes to find out which could be most beneficial for you.
Sugar free chewing gum is also highly recommended by dentists.Chewing gum increases saliva flow, helping to wash away any remaining food particles. Chewing gum also offers a refreshing taste – a quick way to get fresh breath.
3. Change of Lifestyle
Cut back on sugary and acidic drinks which can damage teeth and lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Smokers should try and quit smoking to avoid developing gum disease, to remove offensive odours that linger and to get fresh breath.
4. See Your Dentist Regularly
See your dentist at least once a year. Your dentist will able to detect problems with your teeth such as cavities, plaque and gum disease. Although prevention is better than treatment, your dentist will identify issues and do his or her best to fix them and educate on better oral hygiene.
How can I tell if I have bad breath? How can I get fresh breath?
If you feel you may have bad breath, or loved ones and friends are constantly telling you that you do, we recommend booking an appointment immediately with your dentist. The chances are, there are underlying dental problems that need fixing. At Bamboo Dental, we have a Fresh Breath Clinic, offering professional oral care for bad breath. We understand bad breath can make you self-conscious, which is why Dr. Dan and his team of hygienists aim to alleviate your symptoms of bad breath. If you feel you can benefit from fresher breath, give us a call on 02920 569769, or contact us on contact form here.
Emma: How Digestive Biscuit Nightmare lead me to Bamboo
For many, eating biscuits is a pleasure. For many it’s a hobby. In a fast moving world, we adapt our diet around our lifestyle and work routine. Whether it’s picking up a coffee and croissant before work in the morning, or whether it’s picking up a sandwich at lunch, restaurants, bars and cafes have adapted to our ever changing lives. We’re busy people, and we don’t have as much time as we used to in order to sit down and enjoy a treat. When was the last time, you sat down with a snack? We’re not talking a takeaway, or even a ready meal. We’re talking about the last time you made time for you to sit down in between meals and treat yourself to something naughty.
Ok, we’re dentists and we shouldn’t be saying this, but let’s be honest, all of us like a goody or two every now and again. We can’t remember the last time we had a chance to sit down with a coffee and a slice of cake. So you can imagine the horror that Emma, a receptionist from Barry faced when she got more than she bargained for sitting down with a digestive biscuit and a cuppa.
Hard to digest…
“People still don’t believe me.” Emma reveals. The mum of three has kindly called Bamboo up to reveal her unusual biscuit emergency.
“It’s not funny. I shouldn’t laugh. But you have to see the funny side of it.” Emma’s got the giggles. “It was my day off. My first day off in over a year. I work as a receptionist for a vets. I love animals. I have a spaniel called Terry. I didn’t name him; my four year did. God knows why he chose Terry.”
“My son was at work, and I had Magic FM on. I like that station as it plays all my favourites. Kim Wilde was hosting a show and one of the Motown songs came on. I’d just finished cleaning my bathrooms and the thought of a cuppa was the only thing getting me through.”
“I won’t lie, I’d been hesitating whether or not to raid the biscuit cupboard or not. In the end I thought sod it. So I was in there quicker than Terry chasing a bone. All we had was digestive biscuits and bourbons. I don’t like bourbons, they’re my fella’s favourite. So I took two digestives and brought my cup of coffee into the living room.”
Dental Emergency on a Day Off
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough was playing. I love that one. I was bopping my head. I took a bite into my biscuit and one of my top teeth on the left literally cracked into two. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve still got the half that snapped off.”
“I thought to myself, bloody hell what am I gonna do now! Two types of people take all my money and that’s vets and dentists. I should know, I work at a vets! Anyway I wasn’t going to leave it as it was, it looked daft. To tell you the truth I was so embarrassed. How was I going to keep a straight face telling them I couldn’t eat a biscuit. I called up my dentist and they couldn’t slot me in until a week. I was furious. I’d been going there for ten years and they couldn’t fit me in for a same day appointment.”
Emergency Dentist in Cardiff
“I decided to give Bamboo a call. I’d seen an advert on Facebook for them the week before, saying they did Emergency Dentist in Cardiff appointments. I called up and got an appointment the same day. It wasn’t how I wanted to spend my day off but these things happen.”
“When I arrived, Bonnie was at the reception and she was absolutely lovely. She asked me if I wanted a tea or coffee and I told her as long as no biscuits come with it! She asked if I was watching my weight, and I said I was watching my wallet! We had to laugh about it. I filled out the new patient form and honestly, Dr. Dan called me in less than a minute later.”
“Dr. Dan, what a nice man. He puts you at ease, he tells you a joke. He’s friendly. He gave me a filling to fix the tooth. I was in and out in less than ten minutes. He told me he’d heard some crackers of stories over the years but this was one of his favourites. I don’t think he even believed me it was a digestive that had caused this damage. I told him that this was going to be the most expensive biscuit I’d ever eaten.”
Emergency Dentist Appointment at Affordable Price
“When I went to pay at reception I was surprised at how little it cost considering how short notice it was. It cost me £85 for the emergency dentist in Cardiff appointment. I’d looked at other emergency dentist appointments and Bamboo’s price was lower. Luckily, I haven’t had to come back since! But if I wanted private treatment again, I’d definitely come back. The surgery is lovely. The staff are lovely. The experience, considering it was a dental practice, wasn’t bad.”
When asked if she’d be staying away from the biscuits she laughs and tells us “Absolutely not. I love biscuits. I have one every night before I go to bed! Couldn’t give my biccies up. But at least now I know if I did need an emergency dentist in Cardiff, I could go back to Bamboo.”
If you, like Emma, need an emergency dentist in Cardiff appointment, you can call us on 02920 569769, or by contacting us on our contact form. We do the up most to fit you in as soon as possible and relieve your discomfort and pain. We offer same day emergency dentist in Cardiff appointments to both patients and non-patients and appointments are available seven days a week. We work when you don’t work, so you know you can always rely on Bamboo in an emergency.
Teeth whitening is a powerful magnet that draws in a barrage of curious thoughts and opinions. We are often asked – how white is too white? The answer is that it’s truly down to preference. Sometimes a patient’s preference may be to desire the whitest teeth of all, and so the ultimate question of tooth whitening advocates appears.
How White Can Teeth Whitening Make Your Teeth?
It is not easy to answer this question as each one of you will be subject to your own set of boundaries when it comes to the potential whiteness of your teeth. There are several factors involved. Some can be controlled, some not.
Factors you can control:
Method of whitening
A laser tooth whitening procedure, often referred to as ‘in chair’ treatment, is the quickest way to whiten your teeth. You will see results very quickly and those results can be dramatic. On the other hand, you may go for a home whitening option. Although this is called a ‘home whitening’ you do still need to visit your local dentist who offers teeth whitening. Your dentist will create a mould of your teeth. This is called a tray. You can then add your whitening solution at home and wear the tray for a set period of time each day over about two weeks. The more time you spend wearing the tray, the whiter you teeth will become (up to a point).
Concentration of whitening solution
How white can teeth whitening make your teeth? Well what is the concentration of your whitening solution? If you acquire your whitening solution from an unreliable source such as some beauty salons or hairdressers then you will likely see much worse results than if you had visited your local dentist for the procedure. Those unreliable sources often dilute the solution to make it stretch further and lower the costs. Sure you may get it slightly cheaper on the whole but you will not see the results that you want and will ultimately be disappointed. You also risk your health when obtaining such treatments from unregulated establishments.
Factors You Can’t Control:
Your natural tooth colour
In the majority of cases your teeth will become slightly more opaque however if a tooth is naturally quite translucent in aesthetic appearance then the effect of a whitening solution may cause it to become even more translucent meaning that the teeth may not seem to whiten very much at all. As a solution to this issue you may be able to have some special white composite placed on the back of the teeth to improve the overall whiteness shining through.
Responsiveness of your teeth to the whitening solution
It is a fact that all teeth do not reach the same level of whiteness. It does not matter which method of whitening you use or the concentration of the whitening solution – there will be a limit to how white your teeth can get and this will differ between individuals due to genetics. During treatment the whitening solution will work its way through the enamel on the outside of your tooth. It then moves through the middle layer (dentin) and within 15 minutes the peroxide will have made it’s way to the innermost layer or ‘pulp’. On it’s journey, the peroxide will alter the genetic colour of the dentin and the enamel as well as removing stains on the teeth. Some people will respond more dramatically than others.
How Can I Make the Most Out of my Whitening?
How white can teeth whitening make your teeth is often the first question asked about teeth whitening. The second is usually focused on how long they will stay white for. After getting your teeth whitened the most significant factor in the duration that your whiter teeth will stay white is your diet (and lifestyle). In a perfect world, you would eliminate all foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. These include; coffee, tea, red wine, dark fizzy drinks and more. You would also be a non-smoker. For some, these changes may be too drastic and this is understandable. Nonetheless, if you are focused on keeping your teeth white post-treatment then at least following these lifestyle changes to some extent will help with your goal.
So how white can teeth whitening make your teeth? It is important to focus on those attributes that you can control. Ultimately, if you are someone who is not genetically in favour of teeth whitening then the best you can do is to keep your diet and lifestyle in check. This will ensure that even if your potential whiteness level is not as high as you would have liked you will get as close to it as possible.
As with any cosmetic treatment you need to first understand the appearance that you truly want. We find that most patients are happiest at the point where their teeth look naturally white. This means that they are white but not to the extent where other may suspect they have had their teeth whitened. Luckily, most people will be able to reach this level.
As a cosmetic dentist we work each day to give people a smile that they can be confident to show off. What is worth noting is the thing that caused their teeth to need such treatment in the first place. Often genetics is to blame – that is unavoidable. However, in many cases, patient’s oral health has been dominated by bad habits and poorly set out routines to look after their teeth. It is very easy to fall in to bad habits and it is the brain that forces us into them.
Use Brain Power to Create Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Think about your daily routine. There are things that you without even thinking about them. Your brain develops a way of working that allows you to act on autopilot as much as possible. It does this to make your life easier. To help you save your brain power for more urgent and imminent decisions. However, these ‘autopilots’ that were once very valuable can sometimes be detrimental to us. Our brains seem convinced that the easy route is always the best and it takes a lot of willpower and determination to persuade it otherwise.
You may have heard yourself saying ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘I’ll skip this for today, one day won’t hurt’. Well that’s your brain taking the easy route. In some cases you won’t have time but in most, if you question the statement for one second, you will realise that actually you can manage the extra 5 minutes.
When you visit a cosmetic dentist for a consultation you will often be asked about your oral hygiene habits. You will be advised that if the cause of your dental issues was your oral health habits then you need to take action to keep your teeth healthy post-treatment. Your oral health does not stop at teeth – our bodies are connected and issues with your dental health and be linked to issues with other areas of your body. If your daily routine is not strong enough and you start to skip flossing or even brushing on a weekly basis then you need to confront your brain about what is going on. You need to retrain your brain to stop following these bad habits and to put in place a positive oral health regime that works on autopilot. You want this to become a regular part of the day that doesn’t fall into the category of ‘well I could skip it tonight’.
Let’s have a look at how you can do this.
Developing a new habit
There has been extensive research into the development and integration of habits. Leading neuroscience findings have put forward that habits are made up of three stages: the cue, the routine and the reward. In it’s simplest terms, the cue is the prompt or the nudge that get’s you to do something, the routine is the actual thing that you do and the reward is the pay-off you are getting for completing the routine. These three stages put together are the backbone of any habit. For another view on how bad habits can be broken check out this Ted Talk by Judson Brewer.
Let’s look at one of the reasons you may have bad oral hygiene habits. Skipping your teeth brushing and flossing routine before bed. In this case, ‘the cue’ would be that you are late going to bed and want to get as much sleep as possible that night. You then start to think of ways to shorten your evening actions. ‘The routine’ is the act that you perform. Here is is that you get straight into bed without brushing or flossing. Finally we arrive at ‘the reward’ which is that you get to go to bed 5 minutes earlier and thus sleep for 5 minutes longer that night.
As we now understand the breakdown of a habit it becomes easier to manipulate the individual stages to help you overcome your bad habit. Studies have shown that the most effective action to take it to alter the ‘cue’ and ‘routine’ stages of a habit and to keep the ‘reward’ constant.
In our example we are aiming to keep the reward of that 5 minutes extra sleep but at the same time we don’t want to follow the routine of feeling tired at night (cue) and so ruining our oral hygiene habits (routine).
note: if you are concerned that poor dental hygiene is giving you bad breath, our fresh breath clinic will be the perfect place to start getting your dental health back on track.
How can we put this into action?
In our example the key factor is time. We are concerned that we will not get enough sleep so much that we are willing to sacrifice the health of our teeth for just 5 minutes more in bed. If we can find a way to look through our daily routine then surely we can find 5 minutes spare that are less important than the 5 minutes allocated to looking after your teeth.
To change this habit you could watch 5 minutes less TV for example. This would mean that you can go to bed 5 minutes earlier and fulfil the reward that your habit had sought. Now the cue would be that you wanted to go to bed, the routine would be that you brush and floss your teeth and go to bed and the reward is exactly the same as before. You get 5 minutes more sleep than you used to.
Of course there are endless ways that you could find that extra 5 minutes in your day and the best place to take them from will be different for each individual. Ultimately, they are being re-allocated to improve your oral hygiene habits!
Turning the routine into a habit
The majority of routines last less than a week. The brain doesn’t like change and will find ways for you to slip back into your comfort zone. In order to change the brains perception into seeing the new routine as comfortable you need to stay determined and stick to your guns for at least 21 days. This is known as ‘the 21 day rule’.
You will find times where you really want to break out of this new routine and if you do you will regret it afterwards. You need to keep focused and have faith that what you are doing will stick and become easier once your brain has become used to it. Here are some ways that can help you through that 21 day stage into evolving your routine into a habit.
1. Reward yourself
Your brain loves to be rewarded so reward it plenty. A great way to do this is to stagger the reward at set points e.g. 7 days, 14 days and 21 days. This will give you that little extra motivation to see your goal through to the end.
2. Document about your progress
This works brilliantly at reminding you how far you have gone. As a cosmetic dentist we find that this is often very beneficial to teeth straightening patients who are setting up routine around maintaining their teeth whilst wearing a brace. There are times when it is important to look behind you and see how far you have grown. If you write about your experience or keep charts of your progress then you can look back and see how well you are doing and feel strongly that you would be throwing it all away if you were to stop now.
It is also a great idea to visit our local dentist for a dental hygiene check up before you start adjusting your habits. You can then get some advice as well as visiting for a follow up appointment to see how much you have improved. This will give you confidence that what you are doing is working!
3. Use technology
You may genuinely forget one day to brush your teeth – or you brain may be playing tricks on your to make you forget. I great way to overcome this is to set up an alarm on your phone. This will remind you that you need to brush your teeth – no excuses!
4. Tell people what you are doing
If you tell people that you are trying to improve your oral hygiene habits or about another goal that you are working towards then it becomes real. You feel more weight and pressure to actually do the thing that you set out to do because there are now others that will be curious as to whether you will stick with your routine. You can also discuss any issue that you have with the people you chose to share your goal with. This will help to motivate you.
5. Remind yourself of the why
Constantly remind yourself that this new routine is not a pointless endeavour. Allow yourself time to think about the health benefits and the other reasons that you are trying to improve your oral hygiene habits.
Inman Aligner FAQ
The Inman Aligner FAQ does exactly what it says on the tin. For those searching for some clear information about the Inman Aligner itself, the way it works and what it is like to go through the treatment then this article will provide you with a wealth of knowledge. So let us introduce – The Inman Aligner FAQ.
What is an Inman Aligner?
The Inman Aligner is a teeth straightening appliance that is able to straighten the front teeth with precision and speed. The aligner is removable and is the perfect treatment as a stand alone solution or to pre-align teeth before further cosmetic treatment such as dental veneers.
How does it work?
The aligner is partly made up of specially designed nickel titanium alloy springs. These are in charge of providing some force to the aligner bows that gently oppose each other and pushing the teeth into the desired position in the process. The force that is generated by the aligner bows works over a large range of movement which is the key factor that makes the Inman Aligner work as quickly as it does.
What happens during the Inman Aligner treatment?
- Visit a certified dentist who will consult you as to if you are a good candidate for the Inman Aligner.
- Impressions of your teeth will be taken so that your Inman Aligner can be created at the lab.
- You will not have an appointment with your dentist for the initial fitting of the Inman Aligner.
- You must now wear your aligner for around 16-20 hours per day. You will have regular check ups at 2-3 week intervals.
- It is recommended that following your treatment you have a retainer fitted to prevent any relapse.
What can the Inman Aligner do?
- It is ideal for those suffering misalignment of the front teeth. This can be due to; crowding, protrusion, rotations or cross-bites.
- Great for correcting teeth of those people who stopped wearing their retainer after previously having braces.
- Can be a stand-alone treatment or used with other cosmetic services such as whitening, veneers or bonding.
Is it comfortable to wear?
With any orthodontic treatment there will be a little discomfort to begin with. This is due to the big change that your mouth has to deal with. Not only the fact that the teeth are moving but also that there is something new sat around your teeth. Generally, any discomfort alleviates after a few days.
Will my speech be affected at all?
It is possible that your speech is affected for short amount of time until your are used to wearing the Inman Aligner. It is just a case of getting used to wearing the aligner.
How often will I need to wear the Inman Aligner?
This is something that you need to take notice of. The aligner will only work effectively if you wear it for the amount of time that your dentist gives you in your treatment plan. In most cases this will be for around 20 hours per day. If you choose to wear it for less than the allotted time then your treatment may stall and take longer than you had anticipated.
You don’t need to and shouldn’t wear your Inman Aligner for 24 hours a day. You should always remove it when eating. Also remember to brush your teeth before replacing the Aligner back into your mouth. If you are attending a special event or are having a photograph taken then you are fine to remove the aligner as long as it is not out for more then a few hours.
What is the price of an Inman Aligner?
The Inman Aligner is one of the most cost effective teeth straightening options out there. It is possible that the cost of treatment can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the amount of visits to the dentist you will need during your treatment. For a typical case here at Bamboo Dental, the price is £1250.
How do I find a dentist who can fit me with an Inman Aligner?
All trained and certified Inman Aligner providers are listed on the official website. Dr Dan here at Bamboo Dental is a certified Inman Aligner provider and has performed many successful cases over his dentistry career so far.
Who is a good candidate for Inman Aligner?
The most suitable candidates for Inman Aligner are those who have mild to moderate crowding or protrusion of the front teeth. it is difficult to say for sure in general terms who will be an ideal candidate. You will only find out for your individual case if you visit your local Inman Aligner provider for a consultation where your teeth can be looked at in the detail required to come to an informed decision.
Is it safe?
There is some risk with any form of orthodontic treatment. Given that, there have been over 20,000 cases of Inman Aligner performed since its birth and as of yet there have been no reported cases of any negative effects on the teeth. Be it the strength of the teeth after treatment or the resorption of the tooth roots.
Will I need to wear a retainer afterwards?
In short, yes. It is recommended after any type of teeth straightening treatment that you wear a retainer afterwards. If you don’t then there is a risk that your teeth move back to their original position.
How long does the whole treatment take?
This will vary from case to case, however, in general the time taken for an Inman Aligner to complete the desired movements is 6-18 weeks.
We hope that you found the Inman Aligner FAQ helpful. If you wish to pursue further information please do so at the official Inman Aligner website or if you wish to book a consultation, simply complete the contact form below.
Although implant surgery is a popular treatment for those looking to restore their teeth, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. A dental implant is a titanium post that acts in a similar way to the root of your tooth. You local dental implant specialist will surgically position the post deep into the jaw bone below the gum line. The dental implant then acts as a structure on which your dentist can place your new tooth or bridge. Unlike dentures, dental implants are securely fastened and will not come loose. There are a few characteristics that are essential for you to be eligible for this type of treatment. In short, the two most important things are for you to have healthy gums and for you to have strong enough bone in your jaw to give support to the implant.
In some cases where your bone is too thin or soft you may be able to have a bone graft. This would enable the bone in your jaw to have enough strength to hold the implant securely.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are in need of replacing a missing tooth or teeth then dental implants are possibly the best treatment option for you. Dental implants are so strongly fixed to your jaw that they feel and work exactly like real teeth. Not only that but they look like real teeth too. This is why so many go for the treatment over other tooth replacement treatments such as dentures.
Most people are a good candidate for dental implants. In order to fall into this category you should possess the following characteristics:
1. Healthy gums
You need healthy gums to be able to sit around the implant providing strength and support. However, if your gums are not healthy it is not a lost cause. It is generally your teeth that give you gum disease. If you are looking to have all of your teeth replaced by dental implants (full dental implants) then firstly all of your remaining teeth will be removed. This in itself solves the issue of gum disease. Once your real teeth have all been extracted, your gums will start to become healthy again. At that point, you will be over this hurdle in being a good candidate for dental implants. If you are not in need for full dental implants then the situation is a little trickier. You will need to follow steps such as these to solve your gum diseases or periodontitis issue before entering dental implant treatment.
2. Sufficient bone size and structure
The dental implant will be embedded into the jaw bone. If there is too little jaw bone or if the structure of the bone has become too soft then there will not be sufficient support for the implant. If after your dental examination it is apparent that your bone isn’t in good enough shape for the implants then there are some special procedures you can opt for to rebuild your bone to a point that it will take the implant.
Once fitted, you need to be confident that you will take care of your dental implants. This involves both daily brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to your local dentist. If you feel that you will fall into the bad habits of poor dental hygiene post-treatment then you should consider thinking carefully about whether to go for the treatment or not.
Telltale signs of a bad dental implants candidate…
So we have discussed a few traits that you NEED to be an ideal implant candidate. Now let’s look at the main things that you certainly DON’T NEED.
People who haven’t fully grown yet
Perhaps very obvious, but important nonetheless. If your bone has not fully formed yet then there will be issues when it continues to grow with the implant built into it.
Although dental implant surgery is safe it is advisable to wait until after your pregnancy to enter dental implant treatment. You will require some x-rays through your time being treated and to be extra-cautious this is not advisable whilst your are pregnant. You will also be given some medication during implant treatment. However you should try to avoid taking extra medication whilst pregnant.
People who smoke or drink excessively
Smoking greatly decreases the chances of a successful implant because it is detrimental to healing in the mouth. Excessive drinking is not good for your oral health and so this may also hold back the development and success rate of your treatment. If you live a healthy lifestyle then you are giving yourself a great to chance to be a good candidate for dental implants.
People with chronic diseases such as:
Although these conditions can pose problems for dental implant treatment, in some cases you will be okay. It is important to consult your local implant dentist in details before taking any steps in the wrong direction.
How Does the Treatment Work?
Dental implant therapy takes a lot of skill and expertise. You will be treated by different experts at different stages of your treatment. The person who will place your implant will be a dental specialist trained in-depth at fitting dental implants. This may be an oral surgeon, periodontist or a general dentist who as gone through the required training.
Once your implants are securely fitted in place the cosmetic or restorative dentist will takeover. They are the ones responsible for placing the final crown, tooth or bridge onto the titanium implant. If you have decided to explore the option of dental implants then your first move must be to visit your local dental implant specialist for a consultation.
During your consultation you will be carefully evaluated to make sure that you are a good candidate for dental implants. This will include a look at the current condition of your teeth and oral hygiene as well as a review of your medical history. You will also have an x-ray taken to shed some light on the amount of jaw-bone that the dentist will have to work with. After all of this has been completed your dentist will be able to discuss with your the best way forward. If you are eligible for dental implants then you will through and develop a tailored treatment plan to suit your journey.
Invisalign – Straighter Teeth on a Student Budget
Starting university is an exciting time for students all across the UK each September. As we know though, university isn’t just a time for heads in books and studying. It’s a time for meeting those who will end up pals for life. From the day you move into dorms, the folk sharing with you will either end up your best friends or your worst enemies! That in mind, first impressions are everything. Nothing gives a better first impression than a shiny straight white smile. When we first meet someone, we are naturally drawn to the smile. It’s a human instinct. Studies indicate we make a judgement on whether or not we trust a person within the first six seconds of meeting them, often by looking at the smile alone. This is where Invisalign comes in handy.
Invisalign Treatment in Cardiff
With a healthy student loan in the bank, why not treat yourself to the game changing treatment that is Invisalign. Getting straighter teeth doesn’t have to involve traditional metal train track braces. Invisialign is a discreet straightening system which straightens the teeth using clear aligners designed to make an effective difference to your smile. Following on from a free consultation with one of our dentists, you will be given a new set of aligners every two weeks. Each set of aligners will be adjusted slightly to help you get closer to reaching your dream smile. The aligners are removable so you can take them out whenever, making brushing, flossing and eating a lot easier.
One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign over other straightening systems is the incredible 3D technology that our staff use to help your teeth reach their desired position. Our award winning dentists will first take impressions and x-rays of your teeth before using ground breaking technology to design your new smile. It’s as cool as it sounds! 3D technology will show you how your teeth will look at each stage of the treatment. Although using removable aligners as a way of straightening teeth is nothing new, this 3D technology has revolutionised dentistry and allowed dentists to straighten teeth faster than ever.
Over three million people use Invisalign as a route to the perfect smile. If you are wondering whether or not, you could be a good candidate for Invisalign you can get in touch with us for a chat or to book a free consultation. Usual candidates for the treatment have low to medium crowding and spacing of the teeth.
Although Invisalign is very reasonably priced, we understand that university life can be expensive which is why we offer you the choice to pay monthly, little by little, at no extra cost for you. Our 0% finance payment plan allows you to have the smile you desire without having to pay the total cost up front. It’s perfect for students.
Don’t just take our word for it though. We got back in touch with Jake Sefton, who studies French and Journalism at Cardiff University, and had Invisalign treatment last year.
Jake’s Testimonial for Invisalign
Hi Jake! We hope you’re well, it’s been a while since we saw you last. Tell us, what made you opt for Invisalign originally?
I stared Invisalign treatment when I was still in second year. I was fast approaching my year abroad in Bordeaux, and I wanted to look my best for when I moved. It felt like a fresh start was approaching, and I wanted to overcome something which was really holding back my confidence – my smile. I was scared I would still have braces when I moved out there, so I wanted a fast and discreet treatment. It only took a few searches into Google to realise that Invisalign was the option everyone seemed to be going for. What I really liked about Invisalign was how the aligners just looked like gum shields but could make such a big difference.
Tell us a bit about living with Invisalign.
I’m not going to lie, it was a big strange at first. I play rugby so I’m used to gum shields, but having these aligners in 24/7 was something I had to get used to at first. However, they’re really comfortable all things considered. They were designed to fit my teeth. Eating and drinking was no problem whatsoever as I just took them out when was needed. They really are discreet. My uni pals barely noticed I had them in most of the time as they’re almost invisible.
How was your experience at Bamboo? How did Dr. Dan help you through the treatment?
The 3D technology is really cool. You can see on the screen how your smile is going to look the next time you come back. It really is a good feeling – a bit like losing weight – where you feel progress each time you step on the scales. Dr. Dan’s a really cool bloke who was always asking me about my studies and we chatted about football a lot. The whole Bamboo team were really encouraging and friendly. It was never chore to go back.
And how does your smile look now? We’re guessing you were happy with your results.
Happy is an understatement. I finished my treatment just days before moving to Bordeaux. It was a bit tight time wise but that was my fault. My teeth are super straight now. When I first moved here, every time I met people, they commented on my teeth and they obviously never knew me before when I had wonkier teeth. It’s the best feeling. I turned something that was an insecurity into my best feature. I don’t understand why more people don’t do it.
Any words of advice for students who are considering getting Invisalign treatment?
Go for it. I wouldn’t pay up front though. I’d take the finance option, especially if you’re a fresher as you want all the spare cash you can get for beers and pizza! Pay monthly and you’re sorted.
Thanks Jake. Best of luck with the rest of your year abroad.
If you are considering straightening your teeth with Invisalign, or having any other treatment done at Bamboo Dental, please contact us on 02920 569769, or reach us on our Contact Form here.