Is Your Cosmetic Practitioner Fully Trained?

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Dermal filler and anti-wrinkle injections disasters have hit the news again recently. An article by The Times discussed the consequences of budget botox parties on the NHS. According to many leading plastic surgeons, there is a growing bill resulting from botched up cosmetic procedures performed by poorly trained and ‘unqualified practitioners‘ on the high street and at so called ‘Prosecco parties‘.

Are You Facing the Risk of a Dermal Filler Disaster?

Many young women are seeking cheaper alternatives to emulate the images of the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner. Far too often this ends up with a visit to the emergency clinic and a desperate plea for help. It is possible to get treatments such as dermal fillers and botox injections for budget prices but that is because the practitioner treating you will have little to no training.

 

Our Practice Principle, Dr Dan Rogers shared his opinion on the matter,

The developing cultural trend for the use of dermal fillers is moving fast. Unfortunately its total lack of regulation is putting patients lives at risk. It is impossible to get a sound understanding of the medical techniques and knowledge base to safely administer dermal fillers or ‘anti-wrinkle injections’ simply by attending a weekend course.’

 

He continued with an overall piece of advice,

My advice to anyone wanting dermal fillers would be to not shop around looking for a cheap deal but to seek a reputable medical professional with formal medical training.

 

What are the Risks of Going Cheap?

So where can this lead to issues? Some people in the past have lost their sight due to fillers incorrectly being injected at the site of vital nerves by the eye. Others have found that their skin has turned a strange shade of blue as well as developing into a swollen and disfigured appearance. These are just a few of the risks you may be facing by going down the low-cost route.

 

How regulated is the industry for fillers?

To get an idea of how regulated the industry really is, in the United States, there are only six types of dermal filler which are approved for use by professionals. To add to the protective measures, these all are available on prescription only. Now take a step over to Great Britain. Here you’ll find that there are over 100 different types of dermal fillers approved and readily available. Not only this but they can all be injected without a prescription by anyone, in any location and with no training.

 

As a result of this it is probably not surprising to hear that there is so much danger in the industry. The general public expect that somebody offering these types of treatments would have been required by law to have the relevant training. That’s a key reason why so many people go through with treatment and end up with disastrous results.

 

The Role of Social Media

A second article was recently released by the BBC in which a study by Nuffield Council revealed that there are apps and games based around cosmetic surgery that are aimed at children as young as 9 years old. It is concerning to us that children so young are being targeted in an industry that is unregulated and as a clinic with full trained professionals, we feel the need to speak out.

 

As a respected clinic in Cardiff, we feel a duty to help our readers understand the risks involved with sourcing cheap treatments like this. We advise that before opting for any treatment you seek out all the information you can about your prospective practitioner. If they are not credible then we advise you to find a practitioner that is trained to give you the safest care and treatment possible.

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The Different Types of Orthodontics in Cardiff

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Orthodontics in Cardiff

With the increasing advancement of technology in the dental and orthodontic industry, making a choice on which type of treatment to go ahead with can be challenging as there seem to be benefits to every type of orthodontic treatment.

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Adult braces are becoming an increasingly popular treatment in the dental industry, with Bamboo Dental being at the forefront of the changing trend. The good thing about the advancement of orthodontics in Cardiff is the traditional ‘train-track’ brace that was typical in the past are now not the main type of orthodontics in Cardiff due to more discreet styles of orthodontics.

At Bamboo Dental, our adult braces have been developed to be more convenient, such as ‘invisible’ braces that are hard to notice or removable braces that can straighten teeth in just a few months. Below I will go into detail about the different range of orthodontics in Cardiff, offered by Bamboo Dental.

Six Month Smiles

Bamboo Dental are the leading provider of the Six Month Smile teeth straightening procedure in Wales, and the head dentist, Dr. Dan, is the leading provider of the Six Month Smiles treatment in the country and has been awarded for his orthodontics in Cardiff.

The Six Month Smile treatment is geared towards patients who have a correct bite but would like to improve the appearance of their smile. The technology uses clear wires and brackets to straighten teeth discreetly in a very short period of time compared to conventional metal braces where the treatment time can take upwards of two years. Contrary to popular belief, the Six Month Smile procedure uses low force to move teeth gently – many people think that because the treatment only takes six months, the braces get ‘tightened’ more often, but that is not true.

The Six Month Smile treatment puts emphasis on the aesthetics of the teeth, rather than the position of the bite, allowing for a quicker treatment time.

Invisalign

The Invisalign system uses a series of removable teeth aligners that are changed every two weeks until you have achieved your ideal smile. Invisalign works by using state of the art 3D technology to present you with how your teeth will look at the end of your journey, and as you are given a new set of clear aligners every two weeks,  your teeth will gradually adjust so your teeth move closer to the desired position.

Depending on how much your teeth need to be adjusted, the treatment time varies, however, the average treatment time is 12 months. The treatment time also depends on how disciplined you are in wearing the aligners – it is recommended that the patient wears the aligners for at least 22 hours a day, only taking them out during meal times and exceptional circumstances.

After you get your impressions taken by Dr. Dan, your custom made aligners will be installed for you every two weeks, gradually moving your teeth towards the final position.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a removable appliance that is a hybrid between a clear aligner and a traditional metal brace, that aligns the front teeth quickly and safely. It is ideal for crowding or protrusion of the front teeth and is very fast compared to other systems, with treatment times taking between 6-16 weeks on average, depending on the severity of adjustment needed.

The Inman aligner has Nickel Titanium coil springs that power two aligner bows that gently oppose each other, guiding the teeth into their new position, click here to find out more how the Inman aligner works. The technology uses the force over a large range of movement, which is why the treatment time is just 6-16 weeks.

The Inman Aligner is not invisible, but it has many advantages over both the clear aligners and the traditional braces. Firstly, the Inman aligner doesn’t disrupt your eating and oral hygiene as the appliance is removable. Also, the treatment uses one appliance that is adjusted, so there is no need to change the aligner every few weeks, meaning the cost for the Inman Aligner is reduced.

Smilelign

Smilelign clear aligners are a popular method of aligning crooked teeth because the aligners are virtually invisible and removable, allowing the user to remove the aligners during mealtimes and special occasions. The Smilelign aligners are hard to notice because they are individually hand made to be as thin as possible, something that adults value highly when it comes to getting their teeth straightened.

The treatment works by giving the patient a new set of Smilelign aligners every two to four weeks, making incremental changes in the teeth until your teeth have moved to your desired position. Treatment time takes between 6-24 months, given that you wear the aligner for 22 hours a day, only removing them during mealtimes and special occasions.

When you first come in to get Smilelign aligners, Dr. Dan will take impressions of your teeth using a putty type material, which is sent to the Smilelign laboratory where the first aligners will be made using precise technology, and send back to Bamboo Dental for them to be fitted.

Every two to four weeks you will be sent a new set of aligners that move you towards your ideal smile. After you are happy with your new smile, you will be given retainers to wear so that your teeth stay in position permanently.

 

Come in for a Free Consultation

After reading about the variety of different types of orthodontics in Cardiff, you may have some more questions about what treatment would be suitable for you. By calling us on 02920005994, you can speak to our staff and learn more about the variety of orthodontics in Cardiff offered by Bamboo Dental. If you’ve decided that you want to go ahead with treatment, why not come in for a free consultation where we can assess your situation and guide you on the most suitable type of treatment for you.

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Bamboo Dental | Your Number One Private Dentist in Cardiff

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Our private dentist in Cardiff is here to help you keep your teeth looking their best. Whether you are in need of a routine check up or are on the search for a cosmetic make over we know that we can be of value to you. But what makes Bamboo different to all of the other surrounding dentists?

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Your Number One Private Dentist in Cardiff

Over the past 5 years, Bamboo Dental has become one of the most reputable dentists in Cardiff. We truly value our patients and we harvest a warm fuzzy feeling inside when we read about all of the positive experiences our patients have had with us. You can check out some of our reviews on Trustpilot, Google and Facebook.

 

Five Times Award Winning

We’ve proud to be able to say that we’ve been awarded in five different areas over the pat few years. These awards span from best overall practice to best team and our head dentist Dr Dan earned the title of ‘best young dentist’. We pride ourselves on the work that we do not only in the dental chair but also the patient care that is offered throughout our practice. We believe that this is the key as to why our patients feel comfortable and relaxed when visiting our private dentist in Cardiff.

 

Experienced Professionals

Our practice is built around the experience of our dentists. They work day in day out to perfect their craft. Dr Dan has catapulted to the number one provider of Six Month Smiles treatment in Wales. This has been achieved through his hard work and dedication to the high quality of treatment he has provided to his patients. We have dentists who are experienced in all types of treatments ranging from dental implants, teeth straightening and cosmetic veneers all the way to general dentistry such as crowns and fillings.

 

Joining Bamboo Dental Care

After much demand, we decided to open up our books with an affordable private care service. This service, coined the Bamboo Total care Plan, offers an extensive range of treatments that will cover you whatever the needs of your teeth.

 

What’s included:

  • All dental health examinations are included.
  • Hygiene appointments and scale and polish services.
  • Any x-rays necessary.
  • Any fillings treatments.
  • All extractions.
  • Crown and bridge work.
  • Treatment for root canal issues.

 

We also offer some added extras:

  • 10% off any treatment not included in the plan.
  • 10% discount on cosmetic and general aesthetics treatments.
  • Extensive expert advise on diet and oral hygiene.
  • A special membership card with a 24 hour emergency dental helpline for use at home or abroad.
  • Worldwide supplementary dental injury and emergency insurance.

 

If you would like to find out more about the plans we have on offer you can do so right here on our Bamboo Care page.

 

What to Expect When Visiting our Private Dentist in Cardiff

Upon arrival at our location (28 Cowbridge Road West, Ely, Cardiff, CF5 5BS), you will be greeted by our brand new dental practice. You’ll also have the facility to use our on-site parking with specially reserved spaces just for you.

 

As you enter the practice you’ll be met by the happy energy of our friendly reception staff. They will make sure that you are all signed in and ready for your appointment with the dentist! After this it will depend what you are visiting us for. In most cases your next step will be to pop in for a consultation with one of Bamboo’s experienced dentists. This is your chance to make the most of their expertise and find out any information that has been on your mind.

 

After this you will be informed enough to decide on the path that you want to take with your potential treatment!

 

Yes, We Are Open 7 Days a Week

When patients realise that we are open 7 days a week they often have to ask again. After years of desperately shuffling around time off work to fit in their appointments they finally find a dentist that works around them. We believe that this is how it should be. That’s why we make our opening hours as accessible as humanly possible. This means, weekend and late evening appointments are available just for you.

 

So there’s no need to worry if you cant get time off work to visit your dentist for your 6 monthly check up. Just give Bamboo a call and we will fit in around you. This is how we believe it should be done and thats why we are happy to extend our opening hours just for you, our valued patients!

 

Competitive Prices

As well as making our opening times as accessible as possible we also aim to make our prices accessible to all too. Everyone deserves the chance to have that smile they’ve always wanted and too many dentists charge an amount that is not congruent with that. Our prices are not only very competitive but we also include finance packages to suit everyones needs. Some of these packages are completely interest free and allow you to pay off your treatment cost on a monthly basis for up to 24 months. This can allow you to have a smile makeover for a similar price that you would pay for your mobile phone contract each month.

 

How Can You Get in Touch?

If you are interested in any of the services that our private dentist in Cardiff has to offer then we have a variety of ways that you can get in touch. Our friendly reception team are always at the other end of the telephone ready to help you wherever possible. if you wish to contact them then you can do so by calling:

02920569796

 

Alternatively we have a dedicated team ready to answer your questions through our special email form. You can find that here on the contact page.

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What is the Best Way to Get White Teeth?

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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.

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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.

 

Diet

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.

 

Habits

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.

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How Does a Teeth Whitening Kit Work?

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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!

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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.

 

If you’d like to book a consultation to find out more about teeth whitening kits in Cardiff then you can do so by clicking here.

 

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!

 

In Conclusion…

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.

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A Private Dentist in Cardiff that Looks Out For You

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Growing up many see the Dentist as a foe, an enemy that needs to be avoided. Our private dentist in Cardiff wants to quash those beliefs. We are here as a friend. We are here as an ally to help look after your health and to make you feel safe and comfortable whilst visiting us.

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A Private Dentist in Cardiff that Looks Out For You

We have built our private dentist in Cardiff around you. We aim to give you the most comfortable and peaceful experience possible at the dentist. Our first step was to create an environment that is suitable to those aims. Our brand new surgery is kitted out with brand new equipment giving you the peace of mind that you will be given the best service possible.

 

This coupled with the award winning team at Bamboo will make you feel assured that you’re in the right place. When you’re at Bamboo, you know that you’re in safe hands.

 

A Time to Suit You

We understand that it can be difficult for those working in the week to get time off to visit the dentist. Sadly, most dentists operate under the same hours as other 9-5 businesses. We have turned the trend with our weekend and late night opening hours. This is done to make it easy for you to visit the dentist when you actually do have spare time. We take away the worry and let you pick a time to suit you.

 

Karen said…

‘I’ve always struggled to find a dentist who is open when I am free. It can be a real pain as I don’t want to have to take a day off work just to go to my check up. When I saw that Bamboo is open all week and weekend and for later hours than usual my interest was peaked. This is really something that makes me feel the practice has gone the extra mile to help people like me. I am grateful for that and have found had very useful.’

 

An Award Winning Team

Bamboo Dental is currently a five times ward winning dental practice. Two of these awards are for ‘Best Patient Care’ and ‘Best Team’. These awards make us feel very proud as they reflect the work we put in to making our patients feel at ease and happy at the practice. Our staff have decades of experience between them and so are able to understand the needs of our patients with great compassion. Something that is not ignored from our patients.

 

Paul said…

“I could tell from the second I called up the practice that I was choosing the right place. The calm but friendly voice at the other end of the phone was not just kind but knowledgable too. The reception staff made me feel at great ease. I had suffered a little dental phobia in the past but they said that I could talk anything through with them and assured me that everything would be okay. This kind of friendly service is something I value greatly.”

 

Our Values

We have many core values that build the foundations of patient care at the practice. These are built around you, our patients. After all, you have put your trust in us and we want to do everything humanly possible to give you the best quality of care that we can.

 

We spread happiness

We don’t see visiting the dentist as a chore. It’s a place to spread happiness. We don’t only do this through the fantastic work that our award winning dentists put into transforming the smiles of hundreds of people each year but also through our staff. The happy and friendly philosophy of the staff passes through to our patients who are always commented on how relaxed and at ease they feel when visiting the practice.

 

Accessibility

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to own a healthy smile that they can be proud of. That’s why we set our pricing structure across our cosmetic treatments to a very competitive rate. On top of this we offer free consultations as well as a range of 0% interest finance packages to make sure that the treatment is as affordable as possible. For example, you could get your teeth straightened with our award winning Six Month Smiles treatment for a similar monthly price to that of your mobile phone bill!

 

Dental care for everyone

Due to high surges in demand we have taken on several new staff ranging from new dentists to hygienists and dental nurses. We didn’t want any patient to miss out on treatment and so we have made sure that we add to our staff whenever needed to keep our high level of dental care out there for everyone who needs it.

 

How can I find out more?

If you’ve been looking for that perfect private dentist in Cardiff and are interested to ask us a few more questions then here’s how you can do it. We have a dedicated contact form that is monitored in real time making sure that you receive a reply very quickly. If you prefer to talk over the phone then you can contact us on 0290 20569769.

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How to Find a Good Local Dentist

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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!

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Is the Inman Aligner Right For You?

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The Inman Aligner is one of the few teeth straightening solutions that can give great results in a very short amount of time. In fact, it can straighten your teeth in just 12 weeks. So, if you are looking for a quick fix to create a confident smile then Inman Aligner may just be the ticket. Read on to find out if you could be a great candidate for the treatment!

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Is the Inman Aligner right for you?

So why is it that the Inman Aligner can straighten teeth so quickly? And are there any scenarios where it won’t work for certain teeth types? Well, you’re in the right place to find out.

 

The Inman Aligner is actually most useful for less severe teeth movements. If your teeth are very crooked or spaced out, then another option such as Invisalign may be a better option. However, if you fall under the category where your teeth need to be straightened but there is not a whole lot of movement needed then it may be a little too much to go for a treatment such as Invisalign or Six Month Smiles. In this case, we recommend that Inman Aligner is the treatment to you. It is not only much quicker but also a lot more cost effective!

 

How does the Inman Aligner work?

The Inman Aligner has two key components – the two aligner bows and the titanium coil springs. The bows are actually powered by the titanium coil springs. The two bows oppose each other and work to guide the teeth into the desired position. The force is gentle but active over a wide range of movement. This is what makes the Inman Aligner work so quickly.

 

Previous patients have described the Inman Aligner as ‘extremely user friendly’ and ‘such a simple way to straighter teeth’. The fact that this teeth straightening solution is also removable is a huge bonus for many. It means that for certain occasions such as eating food you are able to actually remove the aligner from your mouth. It is still recommended to wear the Inman Aligner for at least 20 hours per day though. If this rule isn’t adhered to then you may see stalls in the speed of your treatment.

 

Inman Aligner was right for Julie!

Ever since experiencing the simply fantastic results of the Inman Aligner, Julie has done nothing but sing its praises. She can’t understand why others wouldn’t want to invest a little money and just a few months of their time to gain such improvements in their smile and their confidence.

 

Julie had one ‘rogue tooth’ according to her description. That’s all it took to knock down the confidence of a very successful woman in her early thirties. Said rogue tooth happened to be one of those at the front and as it was just the one it seemed to be all the more noticeable. After much research and little action taking, Julie decided that she needed an expert opinion.

 

On arrival at her free consultation, Julie broke down tears. She explained how she felt half the person she knew she was. It was just impossible to have a conversion with anyone else without feeling a deep prickle of anxiety over her chest. The worry of judgement engulfed her mind into a frenzy. This took its toll over the years and her confidence had spiralled down into nothingness. Letting this all out to the dentist at her consultation was the first step for Julie to turn her life around and get back on track!

 

The options…

Julie had a few different treatments available to her. However, her situation fell into the Inman Aligner bracket just perfectly. That was great for Julie as this particular treatment is not only one of the fastest teeth straightening treatments available but it is also one of the least expensive. After realising how little effort would even be needed to straighten up her rogue tooth, Julie felt an immense sense of happiness and frustration at the same time. The frustration came from the fact that she had left it so long and would not get that time back again. ‘Regret is a funny thing’ she said. ‘You don’t feel that until its too late and there is no way to get rid of the feeling, it’s just something you have to live with.’

 

The treatment…

Two months past in no time. The treatment was straightforward as the Inman Aligner is simply a removable aligner type device. Julie would wear the device for the majority of the day, only taking it out to eat food and for the occasional drink. Regular check-ups enabled the dentist to make sure the Inman Aligner was working effectively and after two months the treatment was complete! Following a complimentary teeth whitening, Julie was ready to enter the world once again, beaming smile and all.

 

Julie’s advice…

We asked Julie what advice she would give to anyone else considering the treatment. Well here’s what she said; ‘I know it sounds cliche but time really is of the essence. I have to live with the regret that I waited close to 10 years before taking action. That really hurts when I think about it. If I could give any advice it would be that if you are going to do this eventually, just do it now. Why wait? My life has improved 100 fold since going through the treatment. It may just be the one most important thing i’ve done so far in my life!’

 

You can find reviews from patients covering a wide range of treatments here…

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You, Me & Dental Implants: A Patient’s Guide

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Possibly the most incredible way to bolster teeth back to full strength, dental implants have become the go to treatment for patients all over the world seeking to replace missing or damaged teeth. The sheer strength and function of dental implants has lead to them being branded ‘your third set of teeth’ and they may just be your best set of teeth so far. With the help of various knowledgable professionals, this extensive guide has been created to give you everything you need to know about the treatment before jumping in teeth first.

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You, Me & Dental Implants: A Patient’s Guide

The first thing you need to be aware of is exactly what dental implants are and how they work. In a nutshell, dental implants are small titanium posts that are embedded into the gums as a structure to attach a new fabricated tooth.

 

The Treatment Process of Dental Implants

Under the eye of an experienced dental implants surgeon, treatment is fast and very safe. The very first step is for us both to get together and talk through the procedure. Here, our award winning dentist will carefully assess the current condition of your teeth to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Bamboo Dental take our patient’s safety very seriously and so will only accept a new patient if they are suitable for the requested treatment. You will also get the chance to ask your dentist any questions that you may have in your mind at this point. You may also have a few oral x-rays taken to help with the assessment.

 

Treatment time…

A local anaesthetic will be used for treatment in most cases. If requested, it is possible for a sedative to be used in conjunction with this. If your treatment involves multiple dental implants then it may be an option for you to have the procedure under a general anaesthetic.

 

During the treatment our experienced dental surgeon will create an area in the jawbone to fit in the implant. It is then fitted and you will be given an artificial tooth whilst your implant starts to fuse to the bone in your jaw. After a short amount of time you will return to the clinic for your final crown to be fitted to the implant.

 

Being Suitable for Dental Implants

Wondering if you are suitable for dental implants? Well, we can give you a good idea here – although a full assessment is required to be sure! The first factor that is important is that your gums are healthy. You also need enough bone in the jaw to be able to fit around the implant properly. These two aspects are crucial for the implant to fit securely and work effectively as your new tooth. The structure needs to be correct for the implant to be a long term solution for you.

 

You must also be the type of person who is able stick to the maintenance of great oral hygiene. A key component of this is to make sure that you attend check ups to the dentist at least every 6 months. Your general health is also something that needs to be taken into account when checking for suitability. Some diseases can hinder the progress of the treatment. For example, osteoporosis can halt the healing process involved in the rebuilding of the bone structure around the implant. This can lead to a failure of the treatment and so it is important to disclose any medical illness to your dentist.

 

Let’s Talk Advantages of Dental Implants

1.They look so realistic you wouldn’t even know they aren’t real!

Yes, they are designed to look just like real teeth. Not only this but the way that they are fixed to your jaw bones makes them potentially even stronger than your original teeth.

 

2. Improved speech

Many people decide to move from dentures to implants. For those people who went through this process a dramatic change happened. Whilst wearing dentures the removable nature of them can often cause them to slip and click in the mouth. This can create a slurry speech and cause great embarrassment to the wearer. After having these dentures replaced with dental implants we have had many reports of speech returning back to perfect. And confidence restored!

 

3. Dental implants will last a lifetime

The titanium material used in the creation of your dental implant coupled with the extra resilient crown on top mean that your new dental implant is a tooth for life. It will stand the test of time. On the other hand, alternative treatments will need replacing after some time.

 

Here are some more advantages of dental implants that you may want to read about.

 

Let’s Talk Downsides to Dental Implants

Of course it is worth considering both the pros and cons of any treatment available. In the case of dental implants it is really difficult to find any downsides and so the ones to consider mainly stem from what you may be missing out on from choosing an alternative treatment.

 

1. More expensive than alternative treatments

Alternative treatments such as dentures are much less expensive. If you feel that the added benefits of dental implants are not worth the higher price tag then perhaps dentures are the option for you!

 

2. More complex procedure

As the procedure involves an anaesthetic and a surgically placed implant there is a lot more expertise involved than if you had something else such as a denture. If you are someone who is not comfortable with this type of treatment then perhaps an alternative is a better option. The recovery of the treatment also involves the regrowth and bonding of bone to the implant. This can  mean that it can take a little more time for the treatment to be complete compared to alternatives such as dentures.

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Help! Teeth Grinding is destroying my Relationship!

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Teeth Grinding Patient reveals her story

My story is quite unusual… or so I thought. See, I had a problem… a problem I didn’t know I even had. I may not have ever known if it hadn’t been for my boyfriend.

My name is Lucie, I’m 26 and I’m a Journalism student in Cardiff. Im a fourth year, and it’s about this time of year that work gets a bit stressful. I’ve always found deadlines stressful. I’m not one of those people who can leave things to last minute. As a result, I feel I’m constantly stressed – from the minute I receive the essay topic  – to the minute I hand the essay in.  On top of that, I had some family drama that made my life very stressful. At times, I felt I was the one holding the family together. The pressure on me was enormous.

I couldn’t have survived the past few years if it hadn’t been for my wonderful boyfriend George. He’s a bit of calm sanity with all the uni deadline madness. He’s not a student so it’s nice to escape from all the stress and be around his care free life sometimes. He lives in Cardiff too so I’d often stay at his place. It was in second year where things started going a bit wrong.

Teeth Grinding – Bruxism Fix

My boyfriend is not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. Quite the opposite in fact. However his grumpiness started to extend beyond the morning. I felt like he was snapping at me all the time. He’d say he was just tired but when I asked him why he’d brush it off.  Whenever I’d question his mood with me he’d get all defensive until I asked him if I was the reason behind it. All of a sudden he’d be super nice and sympathetic to me. It wouldn’t be long however, before he was back in a mood with me.

I thought our relationship was coming to an end. He started avoiding the idea of me staying over. He’d always make up some excuse. If he wanted to break up with me though, he’d just have done it right? That’s what I thought anyway. Around his mates, they’d all say he was super into me, so I was confused naturally… until one day one of his friends let something slip. One of his pals made a joke about me being noisy at night. I knew I didn’t snore so I assumed my boyfriend had been sharing details of our private life. I was devastated, naturally.

Teeth Grinding Problems

I stormed over to my boyfriend’s place and asked why he’d been sharing stories with his mates about us. He looked extremely uncomfortable but promised me he’d said nothing about our private lives. When I demanded he tell me what on earth our problem was, he finally gave me the answer. Teeth Grinding.

Yeah, that’s right. Teeth Grinding. I was outraged at his response. So he’d been annoyed with me all this time for what…? A bit of teeth grinding?

“You don’t understand just how bad it is. You keep me up frequently with your teeth grinding. I love you but it’s intolerable. I can’t sleep with you in the same room” he told me.

It was heartbreaking to hear his words, but at the same time it still seemed ridiculous to me. How on earth was teeth grinding such a big problem? I didn’t know even know I would grind my teeth. No one had certainly picked up on it before. I was more frustrated that he hadn’t told me sooner but that’s another story.

How to stop teeth grinding

So perhaps I did have a problem. Perhaps I did grind my teeth, but it’s no different to snoring right? You can’t help snoring when you’re asleep. This is where I was in the wrong. After a bit of research I realised that Teeth Grinding, or bruxism as it’s commonly called is a huge thing. It’s often caused by stressed and I was very stressed at this time. I had been grinding my teeth without even realising. What worried me most however was the damage that bruxism can do to your teeth.

A google search lead me to the Bamboo Dental website. I was worried how long I had been grinding and the effects that this might have had on my teeth. I wasn’t in any pain with my teeth but I thought that it was best to get my teeth checked out. I hadn’t made a dentist appointment in ages so it was a good excuse to reach out to a local dentist.

At my checkup, my dentist had asked if I had any neck pain. As a matter of fact I had. The dentist told me that clenching and grinding can cause neck pain. He explained that bruxism effects more people than you think- almost 8 out of 10 people at some time in their lives. Bamboo Dental confirmed that I was indeed suffered from bruxism and needed treatment. The dentist offered me the SCi Treatment for just over £100. The SCi treatment is a small splint that fits over the front teeth to separate the teeth at night, preventing grinding. Think of it as a small little mouth shield that goes over the teeth…

I thanked Dr. Dan for the treatment and told him the problems it had caused between me and my boyfriend. I phoned my boyfriend up after the treatment and told him he would be able to sleep in peace once more. He apologised for not telling me sooner but I know he was trying to protect my feelings.

Bruxism had almost destroyed my relationship when all that was necessary was a simple trip to Bamboo Dental! Thank you Bamboo for saving my relationship. Both my boyfriend and I can sleep safe at night!

Thanks to Lucie for contributing this blog post. If you, like Lucie, suffer from Bruxism, contact us today on 02920569769 on our contact page.

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