Why Bamboo Dental should be your Dentist in Cardiff


The Multiple Award Winning Dentist in Cardiff

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Dr. Dan, the head dentist in Cardiff’s Bamboo dental practice and his esteemed dentists at Bamboo Dental conduct private dental treatments 7 days a week, so whether you need an emergency dentist on the weekends or if you want your teeth whitened with one of our many teeth whitening technologies, Bamboo Dental of Cardiff has got you covered. Located on 28 Cowbridge Road West, Bamboo Dental offers competitively priced dental procedures right in the heart of the Welsh capital, with Dr. Dan, the 5 times award winning dentist, who has provided treatments to over 2500 patients, leading the practice in giving clients the best result using the latest technologies. To learn more about the range of treatments we offer our clients have a look below.

Procedures offered at Bamboo Dental

Some of the dental procedures offered by Dr. Dan, the head dentist in Cardiff’s Bamboo Dental are as follows:

Teeth Straightening- Dr. Dan and his team offer multiple types of teeth straightening services, such as Invisalign, Six month smiles, Inman aligner or Clear aligners. Each teeth straightening procedure has its benefits to the patient, such as a quicker treatment time, less obtrusive braces etc.  If you come in for a free consultation, we can advise you on what kind of teeth straightening procedure will be most suitable for you, given your preferences.

Teeth Whitening- We offer two types of teeth whitening at Bamboo Dental, which we can advise you during a free consultation of the benefits of each. The first teeth whitening service is the take home teeth whitening procedure, which offers a convenient and affordable solution to teeth whitening, giving you a whiter smile from the comfort of your own home. The other type of teeth whitening is the Philip Zoom In-Chair Teeth Whitening, consisting of 4, 15- minute sessions at Bamboo Dental’s practice in Cardiff. This treatment offers a rapid change in the appearance of your teeth, click the link to find out more about how it works.

Cosmetic Veneers- At Bamboo Dental, we offer two different types of cosmetic veneers, Lumineers and E-Max Veneers. Both have their benefits, click here to find out more about the cosmetic veneers and how they may benefit your life.

Dental Implants- Our Dental Implant services here at Bamboo Dental come in the form of a Titanium cylindrical or tapered bolt, this ensures the longevity of the implant, allowing for a strong foundation for your replacement teeth. Before getting your new implant installed, an initial consultation will take place with your dentist to determine whether you will be a suitable candidate for dental implants, if successful, we will book you in for an appointment.

Anti-Snoring solutions- The Sleepwell anti snoring solution is a cost effective long term snoring procedure that helps to eliminate snoring. The Sleepwell system uses two mouth pieces that moves your bottom jaw forward as you sleep, similar to a ‘chin lift’ in first aid, which allows the tongue to move forward, thus opening up the airways to reduce snoring

Teeth Grinding and Clenching- Bamboo Dental can help to eliminate the effects of Bruxism with the SCI (sleep clench inhibitor). The SCI is a small splint that fits over the front teeth when sleeping, which inhibits clenching of your teeth.

Crowns- A dental crown may be needed when your tooth becomes substantially decayed or damaged through acidic erosion or even partly broken due to an accident. In any of these circumstances, a dental crown may need to be fitted. At Bamboo Dental, we can offer you a range of dental crowns depending on your preferences, whether you’re looking to get a crown for functional purposes, such as a gold or metal crown, or rather a crown for its aesthetics such as porcelain, at Bamboo Dental we have many options for you depending on your preferences.

Why Dental phobia can be a thing of the past

Dental phobia is an intense, unreasonable fear of visiting the dentist, and can be developed from a variety of places, such as; Pain, feelings of helplessness and loss of control, embarrassment or negative past experiences. The difference between general anxiety and a phobia isn’t clear, but some things to notice if you are suspect that you or someone you may have a dental phobia are; trouble sleeping before the night before going to a dentist, feeling like crying before going to the dentist, you get increasingly nervous while you’re in the waiting room. These are just a few possible symptoms of dental phobia. It is important when you visit your dentist in Cardiff that you tell your dentist about your concerns, fears and feelings you have about the treatment, the staff at Bamboo Dental are well trained to change the way they treat you and can reassure you of any issues you may have throughout the entirety of the treatment.

Tracey’s story about dental phobia

Tracy, a mother of two from Cardiff, visited bamboo dental for a free consultation to learn more about the range of veneers offered by Bamboo Dental.

When Tracey was a teenager, she was fitted with metal braces as she had severely misaligned teeth. Tracey had used a dentist in Cardiff under the NHS as she was entitled to free treatment. However, this proved to be the very cause of her dental phobia – when she was getting her braces installed, she remembers being under excruciatingly bad pain due to the stress her teeth were under. She associated this pain later on over the years with visiting the dentist and as a result her oral health diminished.

Tracey was looking to get Veneers installed to make the appearance of her smile more aesthetically pleasing, however she was terrified by the thought of getting veneers installed. After a free consultation at Bamboo Dental, her anxiety was diminished as she was reassured by our dentists about the support she would receive throughout the treatment.

After the treatment, Tracey said, “After years of avoiding the dentists due to my fear, I’m glad to say that Bamboo Dental will be my new dentist in Cardiff, they supported me throughout the treatment and the results are fantastic.”

Come in today for a free consultation

If you are interested in any of these treatments and would like to come in to receive a free consultation, contact us here or give us a call on 02920006960.



How to Find a Good Local Dentist


Everyone wants to find a good local dentist. The ideal is to find one close to home that you know is capable of keeping your teeth in great condition. However, the harsh truth of things is that you’ll often find yourself spending weeks on end ringing up dentists further and further away from your home only to be met with 6 months long waiting lists. Not so ideal. Let’s talk tactics on how you can cut through the hassle and find yourself the perfect local dentist as soon as possible.

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How to Find a Good Local Dentist

Private or NHS?

The first thing you need to consider is if you would like to go for a private local dentist or an NHS local dentist. Both have their merits. Although private dentistry may be considered expensive you can actually join a plan such as the Bamboo Care Plan for as little as £13.38 per month. You will also find a big difference in availability across private and NHS dentistry. If you opted to join a private dentist then you are likely to be able to join right away. Yippee! However, if you choose to go with an NHS dentist then this is where the long waiting lists can start to appear. If you’d like to learn more about the pros and cons of NHS versus private dentistry you can check out a previous article here.


Make a List!

To save on time it is always best to make yourself a list of potential dentists. Getting an ordered list together at step 1 means that you can canvas the area with ease making sure that you don’t miss any options. A great way to do this is to use location as the key preference. You can use this tool to map out the local NHS dentists for you to choose from. As for private dentists, Google is your friend.


Once you have created a list of those dentists in close enough proximity to you, it is advisable to check out further details depending on what is most important to you such as…


Patient Reviews and Testimonials

When choosing any service the best way to find out on the quality you will receive there is to see what previous visitors have to say. There are a few different places you can go to take a look at these. Google reviews are always very telling and are easy for visitors to leave a review on. If a dental practice has no Google reviews then it may be wise to proceed with caution. Another key place to check out is Trust Pilot. These reviews are carefully verified adding much credibility to the review. Another key place to listen out for comments from patients is social media. If a dental practice is as great as it seems then you’ll see those patients shouting out about it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Consider both the overall practice and the dentists

It can be easy to get sidetracked when checking out the credibility of a dental practice. It’s advisable to not only look at what people are saying about the overall practice but also how each of the key dentists are perceived. You may also consider what kinds of treatments you are looking to go for in the future. If you are thinking about some form of cosmetic treatment such as invisible braces or dental veneers then you may end up having to visit a private dentist after all. It is often the case where people prefer to stick to just one dentist and so going to the private dentist from the start may be something to consider. You will be able to find out the range of treatments offered at any given dentist on their individual websites.


Convenience and Parking

Can you get to the place easily? This may sound like an obvious question but one that is often overlooked. If it becomes an effort to get yourself to the dental practice then you will tend to find excuses at to why you shouldn’t bother going in for check ups. If you end up avoiding check-ups then this is where dental problems can start to worsen and become a wider problem for your overall health.


Some things to look at when making sure the dental practice is accessible are as follows. If you don’t drive then is there some form of public transport close to the dental clinic? If you do drive then is there a place for you to park? And if you have some form of disability then is the dental clinic accessible to you?


In conclusion

You may end up with more than one dental practice available to you. This is where you need to look at the pros and cons of each local dentist. One person will value different things with a different amount of weight and so it’s really down to preference at this point. Knowing what is most important to you is the first step you need to take so that you can then find the best local dentist for you.


I hope that this article has been helpful in your search for a new dentist. If you would like to read further into the dental plans available at Bamboo then you can find them here. And if you’ve any questions or want to find out more about Bamboo Dental then feel free to get in touch with us!


Private Dentist versus NHS Dentist: Which Should You Pick?


Private Dentist versus NHS Dentist: Which is Right For You?


“Private dentist… NHS dentist… Private dentist… NHS dentist…” – you ponder the options in your head, but do you have full information regarding the very important decision you are about to make?

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At Bamboo, we strongly believe that if you are given the correct information regarding; costs of dental treatment, where to get the best treatment, and the overall options available to you, then you will be much more likely to take action towards keeping your teeth strong and healthy in the future.


It is too often the case that information regarding NHS and private dentists is difficult to digest. This potentially leaves many people unaware of what to do when they are in need of dental treatment. This article aims to give you everything you need to know so that you can make a confident and informed decision as to which route to take the future of your dental care down – Private Dental Care or NHS Dental Care?



Why is Private Dental Care More Expensive than NHS?

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It is important to understand that dentistry in England and Wales is split into two separate sections – NHS and Private.


NHS dental care is subsidised by the government. This means that some of the cost of looking after your teeth has already been paid for you by the government. As a result, your NHS treatment is less expensive for you than it would have otherwise been.


On the other hand we have treatment from a private dentist. In this case, the patient must fully cover the costs themselves be it through their own finances, a finance plan or dental insurance.


This key difference between the two options goes some way to explaining why there is an increased cost to visiting a private dentist. However, there are advantages to be gained that, for most people, easily outweigh the extra cost to the patient.

6 key points of private dentist

1. You Don’t Need to Register

Since 2006, patients have not been required to register with any particular dentist. Contrary to visiting GP’s, in Wales, you do not need to be registered with a dentist to receive dental treatment! This gives you the freedom to choose the dentist that is right for you.


2. No Need to Worry About Your Dental Records

If you choose to move to a new dentist for some treatment then you need not worry about who has your dental records. It is rare that your past records will be needed, however if so, they can be easily accessed from your previous dentist.


3. NHS Dentistry is Not Free (usually): It is Subsidised.

Any person living in Wales is eligible for NHS dental care. Generally, you will need to pay one of three fixed price bands. There are some scenarios in which you may be eligible for free care, however, this is only under special circumstances. It is also important to note that not all treatments are covered under NHS dentistry. These treatments will be available, however, from your local private dentist.


It is often the case that people wish to stick with just one dentist that they trust and have become comfortable with. For those who currently choose NHS treatment, this may not be possible for the reasons mentioned above. The fact that ALL of you treatment can be done by just one private dentist is a big advantage for those suffering from dental phobia who need to feel comfortable in their environment whilst receiving treatment.


4. NHS Appointments Are Out There!

The budget for NHS dentistry is fairly small overall. This can mean that you may have difficulty finding an appointment when you try to search locally.


This can mean, for those opting for NHS treatment, a lot of effort will be required on your part to find an NHS dentist to give you treatment. There are tools online that can help you with finding an NHS dentist and it is very much suggested that you look for dentists not only local to your home but near to your work too. Expanding the size of your search region greatly increases the chances of you finding an NHS dentist.


5. Dental Emergency? Pick a Private Dentist!

The difficulty you may have in finding an NHS dentist in a short time scale can mean only one thing. If you have a dental emergency, go to a private dentist!


Luckily, private dentists are extremely good with emergency treatment. For example, Bamboo Dental in Cardiff, are open 7 days a week in an effort to help support those needing treatment fast. Due to the small budget allocated to NHS dentistry, it simply would not be possible to offer this type of service on the NHS side.


6. Private Dentistry is Becoming More Affordable

A private dentist is effectively a business that is being run by the head dentist. As with all businesses, private dentists are competing with each other. This can be done through the quality of the service as well as through price competition and special offers granted to new and existing patients.


Most dentists, including Bamboo Dental in Cardiff, operate with both a private and NHS side. The prices for private dental treatment are often only marginally more expensive than for NHS treatment. This means that, as a patient, you will gain all of the benefits available from having a private dentist for very little extra cost!


In addition to this, there are many 0% finance options available to those looking for a monthly payment plan rather than paying for their private dental fees upfront.



NHS Dentist Care



NHS dentistry is only concerned with the health of your teeth. Any cosmetic treatments such as dental veneers or teeth straightening solutions such as; Invisalign and Six Month Smiles are not included under the NHS three band system.


The most common NHS treatments include:

  • Check Ups
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Dentures



Price of NHS Dental Treatment


The price you will pay for NHS treatment in Wales is split into three bands based on the level of complexity related to the treatments in question. We will go through the three bands below to give you an idea of the costs involved for each type of NHS dental treatment.


Band 1 | £13.50


The first band has a set price of £13.50 and is suitable for the following treatments:

  • Basic scale and polish
  • Examination (case assessment and report)
  • Advice, diagnosis and treatment planning
  • X-rays and reports
  • Instruction in the prevention of dental and oral disease
  • Marginal correction of fillings
  • Adjustments to and easing of dentures and orthodontic appliances


Band 2 | £43.00


The second band has a set price of £43 and is suitable for the following treatments:

  • Advanced scale and polish
  • Permanent fillings
  • Extraction of teeth
  • Transplantation of teeth
  • Oral surgery such as; removal of cyst, buried root, unerupted tooth, impacted tooth


Band 3 | £185.00


 Band 3 for NHS dental care has a set price of £43 and is suitable for the following treatments:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Full or partial dentures
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Other custom made appliances


Some Patients Are Entitled to Free NHS Care


If you happen to fall into one of the following categories then you will be entitled to free NHS dental care.

  • You are under 18, or are a full-student under the age of 19.
  • You are expecting a baby, or have had a baby in the last 12 months.
  • You are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate.
  • You are named on an NHS HC2 certificate


Another thing to note is that if you are under 25 years of age or if you are 60 or over, then you are entitled to free dental examinations in Wales.



Private Dentist Care

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Treatment from a private dentist includes all types of services from dental hygiene guidance to cosmetic veneers. There are several advantages to going private and these should all be considered when making your decision.


Why Opt For a Private Dentist?


If you enter conversation about private dental care then you will often come across a stigma that it is just too expensive. However, the price of private dentist treatment has fallen in recent years and is now more affordable than ever.


There has been a 20% increase in cosmetic dental work carried out in the last 4 years as more and more Brits start to understand what exactly is possible in the private dentistry industry. Not only is private dentistry more accessible but there has been an increase in those seeking a more attractive smile.



Quality of Care


A massive factor influencing many to move from NHS care to private care is the quality of treatment on offer. Britain has a pool of very highly trained private dentists operating at the peak of their professions and with cutting edge equipment.


New innovations are entering the market every year. These highly advanced treatments require special training that is only utilised with private dental treatments such as; teeth whitening, teeth straightening and cosmetic veneers.



Private Treatment is Surprisingly Affordable


Cutting edge treatments are naturally quite expensive. Especially those complex treatments requiring years of additional training for the dentist involved. Some treatments also make use of expensive processes and materials which have to be factored into the cost.


However, most general private dental care is very affordable, easily accessible, and not drastically different in price compared to NHS treatment. Please see a list of private dental care prices offered from Bamboo Dental so that you see how affordable the general dentistry treatments are related to NHS treatments.



Paying for Private Dental Treatment


There are various ways that you can pay for your private treatment and can differ depending on which private dentist you choose to go with.


Dental Insurance

There are several large brands that you can purchase dental insurance from. These include but are not limited to; Bupa, Cigna and Allianz. A fair price for this is approximately £20 per month and is often provided to you as a benefit from your employer. This type of private dentist insurance will cover at least 70% of your treatment costs and in many cases will cover the full cost.


Medical Loans

Most private dentists will be able to help you apply for a medical loan. These are commonly interest free and acts as a way for you to spread expensive costs over a number of months or years.


Practice Dentist Plans

It is common practice for a private dentist to offer their own health plans. One example is Denplan which has a cost of £15-£25 per month. These type of plans encourage patients to regularly visit the dentist for check ups. As a consequence, the dentist is able to spot any problems before they get serious and therefore keep costs down in a way that results in a more affordable monthly plan for their patients! Bamboo offer a similar dentist plan called Bamboo Dental Care which is even less expensive than Denplan.



Most private treatment carries a quality guarantee. Bamboo offer a personal 5 year guarantee on cosmetic treatments which is a key indicator in the confidence that the head dentist, Dr Dan, has in his ability to deliver only the best dental treatment.


NHS Dental Care Summary


NHS Dentist Pros


  • You pay a fixed fee of either; £13.50, £43.00 or £185.00 depending on the treatment that you require.


  • If you come back for more treatments within the same band, within a two month window, they are still included in the cost you’ve paid.


  • You may be eligible for free NHS treatment if you fall under certain criteria.


NHS Dentist Cons


  • Lack of availability.


  • Treatments only to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy – no cosmetic treatments.


  • Due to time restraints, you may not always get preventative care, as focus will be on fixing current problems.


Private Dental Care Summary


Private Dentist Pros


  • Wide choice of treatments including everything from fillings and crowns to cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening and veneers.


  • More time spent with the dentist – the dentist can often spend more time with each patient as they are not under pressure to meet NHS targets.


  • Private dentists can spend more time on preventing future issues rather than just curing problems.


  • Most private dentists offer finance options and payment plans to help you spread the cost of your treatments.


  • No registration required.


Private Dentist Cons


  • Comparatively more expensive (not by much) although many private dentists offer incentives and discount plans to make the cost more competitive.


  • No free treatment for those under special circumstance (as with NHS). However, some free treatment may be offered in promotions that your private dentist my be running. For example, Bamboo Dental offer a free teeth whitening with any Six Month Smile treatment!

How Denplan can benefit patients in Cardiff

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Denplan is the UK’s leading dental payment plan specialist with approximately 1.8 million patients.

Bamboo Dental is pleased to offer patients in Cardiff the option to budget for your dental care with Denplan.  Here are some reasons on how Denplan can benefit patients in Cardiff:

For an affordable monthly payment you receive all the necessary care from your dentist to help you maintain a healthy mouth for life.

  • Regular consultations and examinations
  • Advice and preventive care including all hygienist visits
  • All treatment normally carried out in a general dental practice
  • Worldwide insurance cover for dental accidents and emergency treatment
  • 24 hour worldwide helpline

Emergency support is available

Dental emergencies can be extremely stressful but if you are unlucky enough to have one, you should call your dental practice and make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.  If you’re away from home or can’t get to your registered dentist, the best news is that emergency support is available 24/7.  So if you are unfortunate enough to develop a toothache or a tooth breaks in the middle of the night or on a weekend, your Denplan Care covers you.

You can spread the cost with monthly payments

With Denplan Care you can leave your worries about costly and unexpected dental bills behind.

Monthly payments entitle you to all the routine care and treatment you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy, including: examinations, routine treatments, X-rays and major restorative work such as periodontal (gum) treatment, crowns, bridges, dentures and inlays (excluding laboratory fees).

It helps you plan the future by focusing on “Preventive dental care”

Denplan can help you to plan for the future by allowing your dentist to focus on preventive dental care.

The aim of preventive dentistry is to help you to improve your long-term oral health and take all the necessary steps to help you avoid tooth decay and gum disease, rather than waiting for problems to occur.

Through modern, preventive care, for example fluoride application, it is sometimes possible to reverse the very early effects of tooth decay, thereby avoiding the need for a filling. By concentrating on prevention, treatment is kept to a minimum.

Discounts are available for the whole family

Discounts of up to 15% are available if one direct debit covers all registered Denplan patients receiving treatment at the same practice.

For more information regarding Denplan, please feel free to pop into the practice and a member of the team will provide you with a copy of the Denplan literature or visit www.denplan.co.uk  for further information.

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