Cosmetic dentistry can be considered any dental treatment that aims to improve the appearance of a person’s teeth.
Have you been wondering, what’s the best way to get white teeth? As a cosmetic dentist we bring out the whiteness in many sets of teeth. We do this every day and so we may just have all the right answers for you. Depending on the level of staining your teeth currently have a different approach to whitening your teeth may be necessary. Regardless, there are the ‘best ways’ and the ‘worst ways’ that can be used to help you get white teeth.
What is the Best Way to Get White Teeth?
Many people have tried to solve the problem of how to get whiter teeth yet some have been more successful than others. Don’t be fooled by the cheap alternatives that you may find in the dark edges of the internet. These will only disappoint you. Let’s go through some of the best and worst methods you can use to whiten your teeth.
Ways to Get White Teeth
I think it’s time we delve in to some of the ways in which you can embark on your journey to whiter teeth. Many people stumble through various methods on their journey and waste a lot of time before they find out what really works. We’ll help you avoid all of the turmoil and get straight to the golden nuggets of the teeth whitening world.
1. Professional laser teeth whitening
Professional laser teeth whitening is one of the quickest ways to get white teeth. In fact, you can expect the colour of your teeth to become up to 8 shades whiter after just 1 hour of treatment. Brilliant! The process is simple enough too. You first come in for a consultation with our head dentist. He will give you a check up to make sure that your teeth are dentally fit for the teeth whitening procedure. There will be instances where you need to have some work done such as a filling before it is safe to administer teeth whitening solution to your teeth.
After your consultation and the thumbs up that you’re dentally fit you’ll be ready to start your treatment. During the treatment you will sit in the dental chair and have a special solution painted onto your teeth whilst your cheeks are retracted. You’ll then have a special laser shone close to the teeth to activate the solution into a working state. You will go through this process in 4 x 15 minute sessions and the result is a beautiful bright white smile to be proud of!
On top of all of this you’ll also get some take home whitening trays given to you with a home maintenance kit. Your teeth will be white and white they shall stay!
2. Teeth whitening toothpaste
This is one of those things that could leave you very disappointed. You’ll often find the world promised with teeth whitening toothpastes. Incredible before and afters can glaze over the truth and when you try out the toothpaste for yourself you see very little improvement. In reality the concentration of whitening solution by law has to be very low which means that the toothpaste will only have a little effect on surface stains.
3. Whitening strips
Whitening strips are quite simply little strips containing whitening solution that you overlay on to your teeth. You’ll need to leave these for some time and then remove them. These strips work much better than teeth whitening toothpaste. However it can be difficult to get the strips to cover the entire tooth which often leaves gaps and different shades of white on your teeth. Also, along with teeth whitening toothpaste, the strips do not contain a very concentrated amount of whitening solution and so there is a limit to how white your teeth can get.
4. Take home whitening trays
These are the best of the best. If you want your teeth to be as white as they can be then this is really your best option. These trays are not only simple but reliable and can be reused in the future at the cost of just some extra whitening solution.
What’s the process?
You would pop in to the dental practice in Cardiff where you would have a set of trays made for your teeth. Then, from the comfort of your own home, use the supplied syringes to apply a small amount of whitening solution into each tooth section on the tray. You can then wear these trays for 1-2 hour periods over 2 weeks to whiten your teeth up to the point where you are happy. Simple!
How to KEEP your teeth white!
Once you’ve managed to get your teeth to a sparkling shade of white you’ll certainly want to keep them like that. Here are some pointers to get you on the track to maintaining your new white teeth.
There are certain foods that are important to dodge when aiming to keep your teeth as white as possible. Citrus fruits, soda, coffee, sweets, tea and red wine to name but a few. On the other hand, foods such as strawberries and cheese are both good for keeping your teeth white. For a more in depth look at these foods check out this article.
Habitually living a healthy lifestyle is essential in order to keep your teeth in good nick. Smoking is a no no and keeping a regular habit of brushing and flossing your teeth must be a daily task. In fact if you don’t floss then you miss cleaning approximately 35% of your tooth’s surfaces. It is also very important to make a habit of visiting your dentist for checkups at least every six months. This can help you to prevent detrimental issues arising in the future.
Teeth whitening kits are a staple in the home of anyone aiming to look after their appearance. They are simple to use. They are cost effective. And most importantly, they can be extremely good at whitening your teeth!
How Does a Teeth Whitening Kit Work?
Well, there are several types of teeth whitening kit that you can try out. Some work better than others. And each can have its own method of working.
Take Home Whitening Trays Give Amazing Results
Take home whitening kits are, in our opinion, the most effective way of whitening your teeth. The process is simple too. You first need to have a set of trays created. These trays are clear moulds of your teeth that sit snugly against both the upper and lower arch. In order to have these made you’ll pop in to our dentist in Cardiff where we will take a mould of your teeth. These are then carefully crafted to create a perfect tray for your teeth.
So you have the trays, what next?
When coming in to collect your trays you’ll also be given a series of whitening solution and syringes as well as some simple instructions on what to do next.
Once at home you’ll need to open one of the syringes by twisting the nozzle at the end. You will then squeeze just a drop of solution into each of the sections of the tray. At this point you are ready to begin your whitening. You slot the trays into your mouth, wipe away any excess solution that may have oozed out, and then you just need to wait. Whilst waiting you can go about your everyday business. Apart from eating, drinking or doing anything like smoking of course.
After 1.5 hours…
Once your trays have been in for around 1.5 hours you are ready to take them out. Now you can give them a rinse and a clean under the tap and place them back in the box until tomorrow. It is advised not to brush your teeth just yet but instead rinse out your mouth with water.
You can then repeat this process daily for up to 2 weeks. However, you’ll probably reach your targeted stage of whiteness before those 2 weeks are up in which case you can stop whitening them and save your remainder solution for when you want to top up.
What Results Can You Expect From this Teeth Whitening Kit?
The brightest of white smiles can be achieved using our take home teeth whitening kit. In fact, we can guarantee that you’ll reach what is known as ‘saturation point’. Saturation point is basically when your teeth have become the whitest they can possibly become. This will vary with different sets of teeth but we can assure that you’ll reach that point at least. Some people prefer not to reach such a level of whiteness and that is entirely fine too. It just means that you’ll need to decide at what point to stop the whitening process between treatment 1 and treatment 14.
What are the Alternatives to Teeth Whitening Kits?
There are a few alternatives you can go for. However, the thing to note is that most other options cannot penetrate deep into the tooth to remove stains fully. Instead they will only be useful for surface stains. This is great for those who have teeth that are only slightly discoloured on the surfaces. However, in other instances you may be disappointed with the obtained results. Some of those alternatives include, whitening strips and charcoal toothpaste. Although those methods are not so great, there is one other brilliant method to whiten teeth…
Laser Teeth Whitening
Not nearly as scary as it sounds. You get to do this one comfortably sat in the dental chair. With our Philips Zoom laser teeth whitening, your teeth will be treated for 4 x 15 minute sessions to bring your teeth up to 8 shades whiter. One of the great advantages of this technique is the speed in which your teeth can be whitened. After the treatment you’ll also be given a set of whitening trays and some solution so you can maintain your bright white smile in the future!
If you really want to achieve a sparkling white smile then your best bet is to go for an in house treatment as this will help you reach saturation point. On the other hand, those less efficient treatments such as charcoal toothpaste and whitening strips will really only touch the surface which may lead to you being disappointed.
If you are thinking about whitening your teeth then it is very important that you first make sure you are dentally fit. Even if all you need is a filling then this can still be dangerous for you to have a whitening procedure before having the filling. This is because the whitening solution will be able to get inside the tooth. You’ll first need to visit the cosmetic dentist for a consultation where he can check out your teeth to be sure that it is safe for you to proceed with the treatment.
How can you get in touch?
Are you keen to get your teeth on the road to whiteness? Then your first step is to get in touch with our five times award winning dentist Dr Dan about your teeth whitening kit. To do this simply give us a quick call on 029 2056 9769. Alternatively you can reach us through our dedicated contact form right here.
There are many benefits, both physically and psychologically, to having sparkly white teeth. People who undergo a teeth whitening procedure notice a difference not just to their internal state in terms of general feelings of well-being but also to how they’re perceived by other people. When you have a new pair of pearly whites, you’ll have the self-confidence you need to impress a date or stand out at a job interview. Below are some more benefits to having a teeth whitening treatment, as well as how to keep your teeth white well after you’ve had your teeth whitened.
How Getting Teeth Whitening will Benefit your Life
When you get your teeth whitened, you’re more likely to keep better care of them to keep them looking good, so users will often create a healthy oral hygiene plan; consisting of brushing, flossing, mouthwash and regular trips to the dentist for a checkup.
Because your new sparkling smile will stand out, people will naturally focus on your teeth, therefore minimising the appearance of wrinkles, such as the frown line. You will also be perceived as losing many years from your face as having white teeth is associated sub-consciously with being more youthful, the cause of this is that as we age, external factors like smoking and teeth staining food and drinks damage and discolour your teeth.
Psychological Benefits to getting Teeth Whitening
When we smile, our body naturally produces endorphin’s, which are the ‘feel good’ hormones which brighten our day. This will lead to having more confidence when going to a job interview – there have been studies which show that people with a nice smile are more prepared when going to a job interview. This newfound confidence will be associated with positive traits to your potential employer, increasing your chances of finding employment. The confidence you gain from teeth whitening will not just help you when looking for employment, it will also help tremendously when it comes to your love life – people with whiter teeth are shown in studies to be more outgoing and engaging, this is a direct result of the self-confidence you gain from getting whiter teeth.
The bottom line is that by gaining whiter teeth, you will be perceived by others as being more successful in all areas of life, also you will be deemed more trustworthy due to the ‘halo’ effect that people perceive when you have white teeth.
Teeth Whitening at Bamboo Dental
Before coming in for any teeth whitening services, clients are invited to come and visit the practice for a free consultation, where you will be briefed on how the procedure works, the dentist will also assess your teeth to ensure that you are suitable for treatment.
There are two teeth whitening procedures that are offered at Bamboo Dental, both are affordable, quick and pain-free. The first procedure is the take-home teeth whitening, this is a whitening solution that you have the ability to use in the comfort of your own home. After confirming your suitability with our treatment during your free consultation, impressions will be made of your teeth which will harden and become the trays of which you put the teeth whitening solution on whilst at home. The tray and solution is then left in your mouth for 1.5 hours before being removed, this can be repeated until the level of whiteness you require is achieved. This take-home teeth whitening procedure costs £205 is our cheapest teeth whitening procedure.
The second procedure is the in-chair laser teeth whitening, this is our most advanced teeth whitening procedure which uses Philips LED whitening technology. The treatment consists of four 15 minute sessions, which will give the client immediate results of up to 8 shades whiter, depending on the clients preferences. To follow up with the immediate results, you will be provided with free activators and take home trays, these allow the user to supplement their results from their own home. The in-chair laser teeth whitening procedures quick treatment time (four 15 minute sessions) is what appeals to our customer who want an instantaneous smile transformation.
How to keep teeth white after a procedure
While you may be amazed by the immediate results after a procedure, there will be maintenance needed to keep them sparkling. Here are some tips on how to keep your teeth white after a visit to Bamboo dental;
- Brush twice daily, in the morning and after dinner in the evening. Brushing at these times are optimal as they prevent acid or chemicals from staining or weakening teeth.
- Cut down on food and drinks that are likely to stain or damage teeth, such as coffee, red wine, turmeric, beetroot and acidic foods like lemons.
- Consider using a straw when drinking, this will prevent the harmful acids and chemicals from making contact with your teeth.
- Stick to a ‘white diet’ for two weeks after your whitening procedure. Foods such as rice, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese are the most popular foods to consume during a ‘white diet’.
- It is recommended to use whitening floss and mouthwash after brushing, twice a day. Using floss and mouthwash remove the particles between the teeth that your toothbrush might not be able to reach, your oral hygiene will also be improved when floss and mouthwash is used on a regular basis.
- Do not smoke, the nicotine and tar in the tobacco make your teeth yellow in a short period of time. After years of smoking it is not uncommon for users teeth to become brown.
Want to find out more?
If you want to learn more about our teeth whitening services or read testimonials from some of our satisfied customers, click here.
To receive a free consultation to assess your suitability for our teeth whitening services or if you have any other questions that have not been answered on the website you can call us on 02920005990.
5 reasons why we’re the go to cosmetic dental practice in Wales
We’re not just your ordinary Cosmetic dental practice. We’ve composed a write up of why we think you should come to Bamboo Dental for your treatment. We’re sure you’ll agree that these five reasons alone are enough to persuade you to take that step towards your dream smile!
Five time award winning team
Bamboo Dental are a five time award winning cosmetic dental practice located in Cowbridge Road West, Ely. We pride ourselves on being leaders in cosmetic dentistry in Wales. We are proud to have won awards for our dentists, for our team and for our patient care. Your experience at our practice is the most important thing to us. We believe we should work around you, not the other way around. We believe it’s this kind of attitude towards dentistry and patient care that makes us so popular with our patients. Dr. Daniel Rogers, practice principle is the holder of one of our five awards. Dr. Dan won the award for Best young dentist at the Welsh Dentistry Awards. His dedicated team have helped the practice scoop four other awards since then. Our newest awards for Best Overall Practice and Best Marketing came as recent as last year. We couldn’t have achieved all we have achieved without the help from our patients which is why we always put our patients first. By opting for treatment at Bamboo Dental, you can be assured that you’ll only receive the best patient care and highest level of experience and professionalism from our experts.
Emergency Appointments, Open 7 days a week
We can’t promise top standard patient care without going above and beyond duty for you. Bamboo Dental is proud to be open seven days a week. Most cosmetic dental practices close their doors on a weekend but we understand emergencies can strike at any moment. What’s more, we understand that in this day and age, our patients live busier than ever lives, and we believe you shouldn’t have to take time out of work hours for dental care. We are also open till late on week nights, meaning you could aways visit us after work should your weekends be occupied.
You also don’t have to worry about where to park when you arrive as you have a guaranteed parking space in our carpark, making your trip to Bamboo Dental as stress free as possible.
Leading providers of Six Month Smiles
Bamboo Dental are a leading provider of Six Month Smiles, not only in Wales but the UK. Six Month Smiles is the revolutionary cosmetic treatment which promises you straighter white teeth in just six months. Dr. Dan is a leading provider meaning should you have treatment with him you are guaranteed the highest level of dentistry and the highest quality teeth straightening in Wales. Six Month Smiles is a discreet straightening system which uses clear brackets and wires to straighten teeth. The treatment is so popular as it is almost invisible, meaning you don’t have to worry about showing your teeth to others during your treatment. Long gone are the days of traditional train braces. We believe you shouldn’t have to fork out a fortune for straight white teeth, and you shouldn’t have to be embarrassed by unsightly braces during your treatment.
Monthly Payment Plans
Of course, dental care can be costly upfront. We’re not denying it. We aim to offer the most affordable prices to our patients but understand that it’s not always convenient to pay up front. We don’t think you should have to either which is why offer monthly payment plans to make your journey towards the perfect smile as stress free as possible. You can choose to pay over twelve or twenty four months, meaning your wallet can look as good as your smile. Paying monthly is so much easier than paying up front, and every patient that opts for a pay monthly programme reveals to us they couldn’t have had their dream smile without it. You pay your phone bill monthly, so why not pay for you smile monthly too? Especially when your smile is far more important that your phone!
Have we convinced you yet? If not, we have one more reason and we think we’ve saved the best. Did you know Bamboo Dental offer free consultations? Pretty cool huh? That means that even if you’re not 100% about a certain treatment, or decide to walk away having changed your mind, you still won’t pay a penny! We hope that won’t happen though! Should you call up and decided to organise a free consultation, a member of our expert team will sit down with you to discuss the treatment of your choice, and how you may or may not benefit from it. Should the treatment be unsuitable for you, our dentists will offer you the best alternative. If eligible for a your treatment, your expert will be on hand to answer any queries or questions you may have about the treatment. In addition, it’s your chance to meet your practitioner and see the dentist who will be there every step of your journey. Should you still wish to continue with the treatment after the free consultation, we’ll book you in for an appointment shortly after.
We hope the above reasons have convinced you as to why you should choose Bamboo Dental as your cosmetic dental practice. Bamboo Dental’s a cosmetic dental practice you can rely on, however if you have any more questions feel free to contact us on 02920 569769. Alternatively, you can contact us on our contact page. We make smiles that change lives and hope yours could be the next.
Roses are red, violets, are blue, we think it’s time you made a trip to Bamboo! Yes it’s Valentine’s day and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to get a gift for the one you love! It probably also means you have no idea whatsoever to give that one you love. Why not think outside the box a bit this February 14th by offering a loved one a brand new smile. Cosmetic dental treatment can change lives and give confidence to those in desperate need of it. Why get a box of chocolates or a bunch of flowers when you can truly change the life of someone you love this holiday? If you’re thinking a cosmetic dental treatment could be perfect for someone you love, then why not check out our top trending treatments this February for inspiration?
Valentine’s Day Trending Treatments at our Dental Cosmetic Clinic
Veneers at our Cosmetic Dental Clinic
If you’re looking to splash out on a loved one this Valentine’s day, then why not offer Veneers? Veneers have become extremely popular in the last couple of years with the general public. Veneers have been around for a while and are popular thanks to celebrities such as Cheryl Cole and Rylan Clarke. It’s only recently that veneers have become available and affordable to the average joe. Veneers are a fantastic option for anyone who has insecurities about their teeth. Veneers are small pieces of material placed over the teeth to give the impression of natural looking teeth without the hassle of time being spent on treatment. Veneers are a quick fix solution for those looking to hide small to mild gaps, chipped teeth and slightly misaligned teeth. Just how many veneers you opt for are up to you. Veneers are a perfect Valentine’s gift as results are fast and super effective. It’s no surprise that they’re so popular with celebrities and our patients!
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Teeth Straightening at our Cosmetic Dental Clinic
Veneers are really popular as they offer a quick fix solution for a better smile. However, teeth straightening methods are just as popular with our patients. It’s all down to personal preference. If you or a loved have misaligned teeth and could benefit from some teeth straightening, why not contact the practice? We offer two straightening systems at Bamboo Dental. Firstly we offer adult braces in the form of Six Month Smiles treatment. With Six Month Smiles, you can discretely straighten your teeth as the braces are next to invisible. Small clear brackets and wires are attached to the teeth for an effective and fast straightening system. Six Month Smiles are great for those in desperate need of a new smile and a confidence boost.
Also available is an alternative to fixed adult braces in the form of Invisalign. Invisalign is a revolutionary straightening system which involves clear gum shield like trays which straighten teeth. Your dentist tracks your progress and checks up on you every few weeks, providing new trays to assure your straightening is as effective and efficient as possible. This is great for those who don’t want fixed braces but still wish for speedy results. If you’re unsure about which system could be more beneficial for you or your loved one, your expert dental practitioner will offer you all the advice you need in a free consultation.
Teeth Whitening at our Cosmetic Dental Clinic
Teeth whitening is our top pick for a gift this Valentine’s day. Why? Because it’s affordable, fast and affective. Teeth whitening is perfect for anyone over the age of 18. No matter how discoloured teeth are, teeth whitening can brighten up a smile of you or a loved one. At Bamboo Dental, we offer two types of teeth whitening – in-chair whitening and at home whitening. Both types are super effective for whitening teeth. In-chair whitening is ideal for those who want the majority of the treatment to be performed by the the dentist. The process involves 3-4 15 minute in-chair sessions to whiten teeth. Our take home whitening treatment is more popular however, and this gives the patient full control of the whitening system. Should you opt for a take home teeth whitening, we’ll book you or your loved one in for a dental check up to make sure you’re all dentally fit and safe to use the whitening bleach. We then take impressions of your teeth so we can create whitening trays. These whitening trays are like gum shields to be worn for a certain number of hours each day until you reach the level of whiteness you so desire. Teeth whitening is an extremely popular gift as everyone want’s whiter teeth, or to maintain white teeth – that’s why it’s our top gift idea this Valentine’s Day. We guaranteed that a loved one won’t be disappointed with such a gift.
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Free Consultation at our Cosmetic Dental Clinic
Should any of the above treatments interest you, or you think that a loved one could benefit from them, why not get in touch today? Bamboo Dental offer free consultations meaning that should you offer cosmetic dental treatment to a loved one, and they don’t wish to proceed further with it – it comes at no cost to you. During a free consultation, one of your expert dental cosmetic experts will offer an in-depth summary on which treatments you could benefit from. The free consultation is also the perfect opportunity for any questions about treatments to be answered. Should you or a loved one still be interested in treatment after the consultation, we’ll then book you in for an appointment! You have nothing to lose, but a lot to gain from offering a loved one the smile they deserve this Valentine’s day. To reach out to us, call us on 02920 569769, visit our online shop, or reach us on our contact form.
With an ever growing demand for straight teeth, more and more people are turning to over the counter teeth whitening solutions. Just how effective are these solutions however? Can you really get fast results without a trip to the dentist? In this special blog, Bamboo Dental tell you everything you need to know about teeth whitening from the comfort of your living room.
Whiten Teeth at Home
Can you whiten teeth from home?
Everyone wants white teeth. Even those with white teeth want to keep their teeth staying white, so it comes as no surprise just how popular teeth whitening has become. At Bamboo Dental, we’ve heard every method under the sun for whitening teeth. Some are sensible and recommended, others not so much. So how can you whiten teeth at home in a safe way? After all, that is the main concern our dentists have at the practice. Whitening products are available in shops, on websites and from abroad, but how do you know that those whitening products are safe? Or more, how do you know you’re dentally fit for whitening treatment? The chances are, that if you’re looking for at home whitening, it’s because you’re avoiding a trip to the dentist.
There are many reasons that people avoid the dentist. With teeth whitening treatments such as bleach, it’s absolutely essential that you’re dentally fit before starting the whitening process. Teeth can be damaged if using products while not dentally fit. We understand that “getting dentally fit” may be an additional cost to the prices of whitening, but it’s an absolutely necessary cost. Whitening treatments shouldn’t be used unless a dentist gives you the thumbs up to use them. By seeing a dentist beforehand, you know for sure that you’re safe to use the treatment.
Whiten teeth at Bamboo Dental in Cardiff
But surely I don’t need to be dentally fit just to use whitening strips? If I buy whitening strips from the shop, do I really need a dental check up, you might ask? Whitening treatments vary. Some treatments use a higher concentration of bleach that can only be administered by a dentist. Other treatments such as whitening strips use bleach but a much smaller amount. As you can imagine, the results of such treatments are not as fast, and results are often not as effective. The higher the quantity of bleach in the product, the faster you are to see results to your smile. Anything over the counter must follow certain guidelines.
That’s why we recommend contacting your dentist when considering teeth whitening. Also marketing tricks can from products in store can mislead patients. With treatment at Bamboo Dental, by an actual dentist, you’re guaranteed results by those who know how to acheive them. In contacting your dentist for advice, you’re not signing up for in chair treatment, you’re merely getting an expert opinion. Should your dentist agree you are dentally fit (no cavities), he or she will them recommend the best options for teeth whitening.
Whiten teeth cheap in Cardiff
As previously stated, to see effective and fast results, we recommend using bleach for teeth whitening. Syringes of bleach can only be offered by a dentist. At Bamboo Dental we offer syringes of bleach, along with a personalised whitening tray. During a visit to Bamboo Dental, we take an impression of your teeth to create a removable customised tray in which you load the bleach. When at home, you can wear these trays each night, or for a couple hours a day. A simple trip to the dentist allows you to then whiten teeth from the comfort of your home, knowing your treatment is safe.
Results can usually be seen in only a few days. Should you wish to whiten teeth in chair, that option is also available. One of our hygienists can whiten teeth using the Philips Zoom method. This involves 3-4 15 minute sessions in the chair with the hygienist. This may be a better option for those who wants to put the treatment entirely in the hands of the practitioner. However, most of patients opt for the take home whitening trays as they are more affordable than in chair treatment. Both are as effective as each other however.
Teeth whitening that works
You can be sure when visiting the practice that your take home teeth whitening kits will get you the results you so desperately want. Teeth whitening can do wonders for your confidence. By whitening your teeth, did you know you can improve relationships, job prospects and health? We have seen the wonders that teeth whitening does for our patients. Lives can really be changed with just a simple trip to see Dr. Dan or a member of our five time award winning team. If you’re interested in take home whitening kits why not get in touch? Arrange a free consultation today with a member of our team of experts. The consultation is free and is the perfect chance for you to ask any questions you might have. During the examination, you’ll be told of any work needed done to assure you are dentally fit. The free consultation doesn’t oblige you to commit to any treatment, and should you change your mind or decide it’s not for you, you are free to walk away without paying. However, we are sure you’ll be impressed by the results that Bamboo Dental can offer you, from the comfort of your own living room. So why not call us today? Make the change you want to see happen! A new you is just a new smile away.
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.
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!
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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.
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 🙂
Imagine being able to whiten your teeth whilst sat at home on the sofa watching an episode of your favourite TV show. Well with our take-home teeth whitening treatment this could be your reality. No more booking days off work to scramble your way into the dentist every few months. With Bamboo’s take-home teeth whitening treatment in Cardiff you will simply have to come in to the dental practice once to have moulds of your teeth created. After you have those set up that’s all you need to become a teeth whitening super star.
Teeth Whitening On Your Terms
Quality and Convenience
The two key benefits to this take-home teeth whitening system are the very high quality and excellent levels of convenience.
High Performance Teeth Whitening
The whitening solution that you use to whiten your teeth at home is specially developed to enable your teeth to reach their saturation point. This means that your teeth, if desired, can reach the whitest level that they possibly can reach. This will not be the same level of whiteness for every patient. The great thing is that you get to choose how white you want your teeth. If you want to reach saturation point then that is entirely possible. However, if you want to take a more subtle approach then this is perfectly achievable too. The only thing that changes is the amount of exposure that you give your teeth to the teeth whitening solution.
Those that go for in chair whitening treatments will envy you no end for whilst they have to spend their time travelling to and from the dental surgery you get to put your feet up, relax and get that bright smile all at the same time. One of the key benefits of the take-home whitening treatment is that you can keep spare whitening solution at your home for exactly when you need it. As an important event or holiday approaches you are all set to get your teeth whitened in time. No need to book dentist appointments in advance!
So, how exactly does it work?
The very first step is to make sure that a teeth whitening treatment is the right thing for you. This starts in the form of a free consultation with our award winning dentist. During this time a dental examination will take place in which we will make sure you are dentally fit. You will also get the chance to chat through the procedure and discuss your objectives and the level of whiteness that you desire.
Time to make a good impression…
Assuming you are dentally fit, we can start work on your treatment. This commences with the creation of your very own whitening trays. A special dental putty is used to create an impression of your teeth. This impression is then used to fabricate a set of clear trays that sit perfectly over your teeth. Only a dental professional is able to make these trays accurate enough to sit over your teeth comfortably but more importantly, safely.
These trays are given to you to take home along with some syringes of our special whitening formula. Whilst at home you can then place the whitening solution into the trays and wear them over your teeth for 1.5 hour periods. You can repeat these steps until you reach your desired level of whiteness.
Enjoy Your White Smile!
That’s all you need to do. Our patients love it so much that the most common question they ask next is, how do I carry on doing this in the future? The great thing with this procedure is that once you have initially had your trays made, all you need is extra whitening solutions in order to top up your shade of white. So when you come to whiten your teeth again in the future you don’t need new moulds of your teeth made. The whitening solution is fairly inexpensive and you are good to go again! Of course, your teeth still need to be dentally fit in order for you to safely go through the whitening treatment. As long as you are having check ups with your dentist every 6 months you are fine to continue with the home whitening treatment.
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If this is something that is of interest to you then please get in touch with our 5 times award winning dentist to book a free consultation in which you can find out if your teeth whitening aims can be met by our treatment!