How Botox Can Treat Bruxism

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How Botox Can Treat Bruxism

Botox has more uses than smoothing wrinkles from a person’s skin. In fact, it’s muscle relaxing properties can be extremely helpful in solving a common teeth grinding issue called bruxism. In this article we will discuss how botox can treat bruxism and if this may be a suitable solution for you.

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You Could Suffer From Bruxism!

In it’s simplest terms, bruxism is the involuntary habitual grinding of the teeth. The nature of bruxism is so that some do not even realise they are suffering from it as it often occurs during a persons sleep. There are various causes of bruxism but most originate from stress. The consequences of your grinding habits can be damaged or cracked teeth, pain in the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and the squaring of the jaw due to a growth in the size of the jaw muscles from their overuse.

 

The Power of the Jaw Muscle

The jaw muscle can put extensive pressure on the teeth whilst grinding. Especially whilst you are sleeping as there is no way that you can intervene the process. In fact, if you suffer from sleep bruxism then your jaw muscles could be exerting pressure up to 20 times as strong as that of when you chew food. This pressure is due to the strength of the jaw muscles and can leave you in some discomfort as the muscles become tired and painful during everyday use.

 

It is often easy to spot someone who is suffering from bruxism as they will have enlarged jaw muscles. The repetitive use of these muscles in grinding causes them to build up in size and strength.

 

Botox For Bruxism

Botox works by blocking the signals sent out between the nerves and the muscles. When botox is injected into a muscle, it means that the muscle can no longer contract. When used on the skin, this causes wrinkles to relax and soften out.

 

The same principle can be used with the jaw muscles. By injecting some botox into the TMJ, the muscle can no longer contract to the same strength as it previously could. This means that when you start involuntarily grinding your teeth during the night your teeth will be under much less pressure. In time, the jaw muscles will lose some of their size and your face will return to a normal shape. Now that the jaw muscle is working much less vigorously, your teeth grinding will subside.

 

How Long Will the Results Last?

The effects of botox on relaxing the muscles can typically last anywhere between 3 and 6 months. This may be enough time for you solve your bruxism issues altogether. However if your bruxism issues start to arise again after this period then it is simple for you to get a top up treatment in order to keep your bruxism in check.

 

Is This a Common Treatment for Bruxism?

Yes, this has been offered in the cosmetic and dental industry for years as a treatment for bruxism. Other methods for treatment aim to tackle the very root of the issue which will often revolve around some form of stress management. The downside to this is the long time that it can take to resolve your bruxism. In the time it takes your teeth may be further damaged this creating further problems with your teeth.

 

A better option would be to use a combination of the two forms forms of treatment. You can be given a course of botox treatment in order to instantly relieve the pain and take the pressure off your jaws and teeth. After this you can go through measures to manage the root cause of your bruxism. This may be stress management or something similar. Many patients take this approach and find it to work incredibly well.

 

What Are the Alternative Treatments for Bruxism?

There are a few different alternative treatments for bruxism. Some aim to stop the effects and some aim to hit bruxism at it’s centre. As mentioned above, a combination of the two is the ideal solution.

 

Mouth Guards and Splints to Treat Bruxism

If you are a person with sleep bruxism (you grind your teeth whilst you sleep) then some form of mouth guard or splint could be ideal for you. Here at Bamboo Dental we offer a popular type of dental splint called the SCi Appliance. This is created specifically for your teeth and will sit over the teeth providing a shield against the effects of bruxism.

 

Similar to using botox, dental splints are only able to control bruxism – not cure it altogether.

 

Who Can Provide Botox Treatment?

Many dentists now offer botox treatment and are some of the most experienced at performing the treatment. Bamboo Dental in Cardiff have a second arm to the dental practice called Bamboo Aesthetics. We offer several facial aesthetics and cosmetic treatments. If you wish to get in touch about these treatments please feel free to check out our botox information page.

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What Can Invisalign Be Used For?

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Invisalign is a revolutionary teeth straightening system that uses a series of specifically designed clear aligners to gradually move your teeth into the desired position. The uses for Invisalign are vast and may be the perfect way to give you the confident smile you have been seeking. But exactly what can Invisalign be used for?

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What Can Invisalign Be Used For?

 

Invisalign Can Close Gaps in Your Teeth

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In some cases the jawbone can grown abnormally. If this does occur then the individual is at risk of developing gaps between their teeth. In other situations existing gaps that may be due to a missing tooth leave space for other teeth to move in to. This creates more gaps around the other teeth. The issues of gaps in between the teeth do not stop at their appearance. The spacing issue can also lead to ongoing issues such as gum problems which arise due to a lack of protection from the teeth. Periodontal pockets can also be formed which will inevitably result in a much higher risk of periodontal disease.

 

Invisalign Can Correct Some Overbites

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A very common misalignment of the teeth is the overbite. This is the case where the top set of teeth protrude over the bottom set when biting together. Although this is often referred to as an overbite with the general population it is known to dental professionals as an ‘overjet’. The most common cause of this condition is due to bad genetics but this is not the only way an overjet can be caused. Bad oral habits can also result in the development of an overjet as well as an overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. If left untreated then you may suffer from ongoing problems including gum problems and wear on the lower teeth. In some cases you may suffer from pains in the jaw and the joints of the jaw making it difficult and uncomfortable to talk and consume food and drink. There are many reasons as to why it is beneficial for you to get your overbite corrected. Invisalign works brilliantly at treating overjets and has corrected thousands to date.

 

Invisalign Corrects Underbites

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Underbites are very much the opposite of overbites. An underbite occurs where the lower arch of teeth are positioned further forward than the top arch of teeth (as seen in the image). The usual cause of an underbite is where there has been too little growth of the upper jaw or too much growth of the lower jaw. As a result the jaws are slightly out of sync with each other and cause the underbite. Another potential cause of an underbite is where there are teeth missing in the upper arch this can lead to teeth wear and eventually an underbite. As with overjets, underbites can leave the sufferer with an aching jaw and joint muscles.

 

Invisalign Can Correct An Open Bite Problem

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An open bite is where some of your teeth are not able to touch their opposing teeth when the sufferer attempts to bite them together. They often occur due to genetics or as a result of excessive thumb sucking. Those with an open bite may find it difficult or painful to chew food and often have a speech impairment. If left untreated then further issues may arise such as temporo-mandibular joint disorder. Check out our other article about TMJ disorder and how it can be treated.

 

Invisalign Can Correct Overly Crowded Teeth

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If there is too little room within your jaw for your teeth to sit normally then you may suffer from over-crowding. When left to continue crowding, your teeth can become much worse leaving you with severely misaligned teeth. The complications of this include; excessive plaque build up, tooth decay and a much higher risk of gum disease.

 

Crossbites Can Be Corrected Using Invisalign

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A crossbite describes the situation where both the upper and lower jaws are misaligned with each other. The result of the misalignment is that crossbites can occur when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth. This can cause the wearing of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.

 

I still don’t know if Invisalign is suitable for me!

Don’t worry if you fall into this category – most people do. The great thing is that you can find out if you are suitable at no cost to yourself. Here at Bamboo Dental, we understand that you may not be sure what is right for your situation. That is why we offer free consultations to the public. You are able to come in and speak one to one with our triple award winning dentist. He will take a look at your current situation and be able to give you a clear idea of whether Invisalign is the right step forward for you.

 

In some cases the answer will be that this is not suitable at all for you. However this need not be the end of your hopes. We offer a variety of teeth straightening treatments, each of which will be most suitable for different cases. There will be a solution for you.

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Private Dentist in Cardiff: Bamboo Dental

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Our private dentist in Cardiff has grown rapidly over the past few years, emerging to be one of the leading providers of cosmetic dentistry in Wales. We believe that every person should be given the chance to look and feel as confident as they can. This is why we make our range of treatments as accessible as possible to as many people as we can.

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Bamboo Dental is Your Private Dentist in Cardiff

We believe that visiting the dentist has become a horrifying prospect for too many people and this needs to be changed. That’s why we have branded our private dentist in Cardiff to be different to any other dental practice. Our treatments are here to give you confidence and to make you feel great about yourself. Visiting our dentist for cosmetic treatment is something we want you to be excited about. After all, you are most likely taking a huge step forwards to correcting an insecurity that has been holding you back in your life.

 

What Treatments Are Offered At Your Private Dentist in Cardiff?

Bamboo have staff professionally trained to take patients on their journey through various cosmetic treatments. Here are some of the cosmetic treatments we have on offer:

 

Teeth Straightening

Our private dentist in Cardiff has crafted hundreds of smiles over the past few years. Our experience allows for even the most severe of cases to be treatable. We understand that people look for different things in the way they want their teeth straightened. The most significant factors are; time, appearance of the brace, cost of treatment and removability of the brace.

 

We have incorporated these four most significant factors into the teeth straightening treatments that we have available so that everyone can find a treatment to suit them.

 

Our Invisalign aligners are for those desperate to straighten their teeth without having to wear an unsightly brace. Invisalign aligners are, as the name suggests, nearly invisible. They are similar to a gum shield in that the aligners sit over the teeth, although they are much more snugly fit than a gum shield. The colour of Invisalign is completely transparent which means that they are barely noticeable to anyone else. Not only this but they are removable so that you can eat in comfort.

 

Six Month Smiles is another type of brace that we offer. This teeth straightening system works in just 6 months which is a huge advantage to those looking for as short a treatment as possible. The brace works quickly and can correct fairly severe cases of gaps and crooked teeth. The brace is also discreet in appearance. Although it is a fixed brace, the colour is very close to that of your teeth meaning that it is not overly noticeable although a little more noticeable than the Invisalign brace.

 

In some cases you will not need too much corrective treatment. This is where the Inman Aligner becomes a popular treatment. This aligner is both removable and works in just a few months in most cases. The Inman Aligner is not best for more severe cases but is great in many cases and is a very popular choice for those looking to straighten their teeth after relapses or in preparation for further treatment. The Inman Aligner is also a cheaper alternative to other teeth straightening options.

 

Dental Veneers

Our dental veneers can drastically improve a person’s smile. Our veneers are crafted exclusively for each individual patient. They are wafer thin which means very little preparation of the teeth is needed at all. The results are fantastic and lasting.

 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the perfect solution to replace missing teeth. A titanium implant is placed where the root of your old tooth used to be in the gum. This then binds with the bone of the jaw to give structure to the titanium post. Once embedded, your bridge or crown can be fitted to the implant giving you back a confident smile that works like real teeth, feels like real teeth and looks like real teeth.

 

Teeth Whitening

A very common cosmetic procedure nowadays is teeth whitening. Overtime discolouration is inevitable. The foods we eat and the drinks we drink take their toll on your teeth. A simple whitening can reverse the signs of discolouration deep into the tooth’s surface.

 

Two types of teeth whitening are offered at our private dentist in Cardiff. You can either opt for an in-chair laser tooth whitening or you can go for the take-home treatment which comes in the form of a removable tray in which you add some of our special teeth whitening solution and leave in for several hours.

 

Other treatments

Amongst the other treatments offered at our private dentist in Cardiff are; fresh breath clinic, hygienist services, teeth grinding, crowns, anti-snoring and emergency services.

 

Bamboo is not just a Private Dentist

We pride ourselves on being able to help our patients improve their confidence in any way possible. That is why we have recently responded to the surfacing high demand for facial aesthetics and beauty treatments. Many patients have requested that we offer these types of treatments and would feel much safer visiting a trained dentist than a beauty clinic.

 

In response, we have launched a second side to Bamboo in the form of Bamboo Aesthetics, a cosmetic clinic in Cardiff. The treatments offered range from anti-wrinkle injections to dermal fillers and PRP treatment. For a full list of treatments on offer, head over to the website designed specifically for our cosmetic clinic in Cardiff.

 

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Use Brain Power to Create Good Oral Hygiene Habits

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As a cosmetic dentist we work each day to give people a smile that they can be confident to show off. What is worth noting is the thing that caused their teeth to need such treatment in the first place. Often genetics is to blame – that is unavoidable. However, in many cases, patient’s oral health has been dominated by bad habits and poorly set out routines to look after their teeth. It is very easy to fall in to bad habits and it is the brain that forces us into them.

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Use Brain Power to Create Good Oral Hygiene Habits

 

Think about your daily routine. There are things that you without even thinking about them. Your brain develops a way of working that allows you to act on autopilot as much as possible. It does this to make your life easier. To help you save your brain power for more urgent and imminent decisions. However, these ‘autopilots’ that were once very valuable can sometimes be detrimental to us. Our brains seem convinced that the easy route is always the best and it takes a lot of willpower and determination to persuade it otherwise.

 

You may have heard yourself saying ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘I’ll skip this for today, one day won’t hurt’. Well that’s your brain taking the easy route. In some cases you won’t have time but in most, if you question the statement for one second, you will realise that actually you can manage the extra 5 minutes.

 

When you visit a cosmetic dentist for a consultation you will often be asked about your oral hygiene habits. You will be advised that if the cause of your dental issues was your oral health habits then you need to take action to keep your teeth healthy post-treatment. Your oral health does not stop at teeth – our bodies are connected and issues with your dental health and be linked to issues with other areas of your body.  If your daily routine is not strong enough and you start to skip flossing or even brushing on a weekly basis then you need to confront your brain about what is going on. You need to retrain your brain to stop following these bad habits and to put in place a positive oral health regime that works on autopilot. You want this to become a regular part of the day that doesn’t fall into the category of ‘well I could skip it tonight’.

 

Let’s have a look at how you can do this.

 

Developing a new habit

There has been extensive research into the development and integration of habits. Leading neuroscience findings have put forward that habits are made up of three stages: the cue, the routine and the reward. In it’s simplest terms, the cue is the prompt or the nudge that get’s you to do something, the routine is the actual thing that you do and the reward is the pay-off you are getting for completing the routine. These three stages put together are the backbone of any habit. For another view on how bad habits can be broken check out this Ted Talk by Judson Brewer.

 

An example

Let’s look at one of the reasons you may have bad oral hygiene habits. Skipping your teeth brushing and flossing routine before bed. In this case, ‘the cue’ would be that you are late going to bed and want to get as much sleep as possible that night. You then start to think of ways to shorten your evening actions. ‘The routine’ is the act that you perform. Here is is that you get straight into bed without brushing or flossing. Finally we arrive at ‘the reward’ which is that you get to go to bed 5 minutes earlier and thus sleep for 5 minutes longer that night.

 

As we now understand the breakdown of a habit it becomes easier to manipulate the individual stages to help you overcome your bad habit. Studies have shown that the most effective action to take it to alter the ‘cue’ and ‘routine’ stages of a habit and to keep the ‘reward’ constant.

 

In our example we are aiming to keep the reward of that 5 minutes extra sleep but at the same time we don’t want to follow the routine of feeling tired at night (cue) and so ruining our oral hygiene habits (routine).

 

note: if you are concerned that poor dental hygiene is giving you bad breath, our fresh breath clinic will be the perfect place to start getting your dental health back on track.

 

 

How can we put this into action?

In our example the key factor is time. We are concerned that we will not get enough sleep so much that we are willing to sacrifice the health of our teeth for just 5 minutes more in bed. If we can find a way to look through our daily routine then surely we can find 5 minutes spare that are less important than the 5 minutes allocated to looking after your teeth.

 

To change this habit you could watch 5 minutes less TV for example. This would mean that you can go to bed 5 minutes earlier and fulfil the reward that your habit had sought. Now the cue would be that you wanted to go to bed, the routine would be that you brush and floss your teeth and go to bed and the reward is exactly the same as before. You get 5 minutes more sleep than you used to.

 

Of course there are endless ways that you could find that extra 5 minutes in your day and the best place to take them from will be different for each individual. Ultimately, they are being re-allocated to improve your oral hygiene habits!

 

 

Turning the routine into a habit

The majority of routines last less than a week. The brain doesn’t like change and will find ways for you to slip back into your comfort zone. In order to change the brains perception into seeing the new routine as comfortable you need to stay determined and stick to your guns for at least 21 days. This is known as ‘the 21 day rule’.

 

You will find times where you really want to break out of this new routine and if you do you will regret it afterwards. You need to keep focused and have faith that what you are doing will stick and become easier once your brain has become used to it. Here are some ways that can help you through that 21 day stage into evolving your routine into a habit.

 

1. Reward yourself

Your brain loves to be rewarded so reward it plenty. A great way to do this is to stagger the reward at set points e.g. 7 days, 14 days and 21 days. This will give you that little extra motivation to see your goal through to the end.

 

2. Document about your progress

This works brilliantly at reminding you how far you have gone. As a cosmetic dentist we find that this is often very beneficial to teeth straightening patients who are setting up routine around maintaining their teeth whilst wearing a brace. There are times when it is important to look behind you and see how far you have grown. If you write about your experience or keep charts of your progress then you can look back and see how well you are doing and feel strongly that you would be throwing it all away if you were to stop now.

 

It is also a great idea to visit our local dentist for a dental hygiene check up before you start adjusting your habits. You can then get some advice as well as visiting for a follow up appointment to see how much you have improved. This will give you confidence that what you are doing is working!

 

3. Use technology

You may genuinely forget one day to brush your teeth – or you brain may be playing tricks on your to make you forget. I great way to overcome this is to set up an alarm on your phone. This will remind you that you need to brush your teeth – no excuses!

 

4. Tell people what you are doing

If you tell people that you are trying to improve your oral hygiene habits or about another goal that you are working towards then it becomes real. You feel more weight and pressure to actually do the thing that you set out to do because there are now others that will be curious as to whether you will stick with your routine. You can also discuss any issue that you have with the people you chose to share your goal with. This will help to motivate you.

 

5. Remind yourself of the why

Constantly remind yourself that this new routine is not a pointless endeavour. Allow yourself time to think about the health benefits and the other reasons that you are trying to improve your oral hygiene habits.

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Invisalign: Frequently Asked Questions

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Invisalign is a tooth straightening solution offered by Bamboo Dental in Cardiff. The system is one of the most popular ways to straighten teeth in the world today. That’s why we get so many questions asked about it. For those considering opting for Invisalign treatment, here is an Invisalign FAQ for you to digest.

Invisalign: Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a nearly invisible way to straighten teeth. With the use of patented 3D technology, a model of your teeth is computer generated. This model is used to fabricate a set of clear aligners specifically for your treatment. Each aligner will be slightly ‘straighter’ than the previous one and each time you teeth move into the position of the aligner you will be given a new one to wear. You eventually end up with the beautiful straight smile that you’ve always wanted.

 

What are the key benefits of Invisalign?

The clear material used in the aligners means that you don’t have to worry about people seeing that you are wearing braces. They are almost invisible to the eye and so will not get in the way of your social life.

 

Unlike train-track braces, Invisalign’s aligners are completely removable. This means that you can eat food and brush your teeth with ease. You can also floss whilst being treated with these aligners. The result of this is that you can keep your dental hygiene up to scratch with nothing getting in the way. This is a huge benefit as fixed braces can sometimes lead to discolouration of the teeth due to you not being able to clean underneath the brace brackets with as much efficiency as before you had them fitted.

 

The lack of metal wires and brackets means that each visit you have to your local dentist will be much shorter than if you were being treated with a different type of teeth straightening service.

 

The final key benefit is the incredible 3D technology that allows you to watch the progress of your smile as you move through the treatment. You can also visually see the exact end position that your teeth will be in by the finalisation of your treatment.

 

How old is the technology used?

Back in 1945, a man named Dr Kiesling had the vision that at some point in the future, modern technology would allow the use of a series of tooth positioners to yield the outcome required for many orthodontic procedures. Invisalign was founded in 1997 and has since made Dr Kiesling’s vision a reality.

 

How many patients get treated using Invisalign?

Invisalign has been the treatment of choice for more than 3 million patients worldwide and that number is growing every day.

 

How much does Invisalign Cost?

As with all orthodontic treatment, it is difficult to put a flat-rate on such treatments. This is because the complexity of each individual case needs to be factored in the price. However, as a general rule of thumb, a typical case costs between £2500 – £4500. For a closer estimation please contact your local dentist for a consultation. Bamboo Dental in Cardiff offer free consultations for you to discuss your options in detail before making a decision.

 

How do I get started with treatment?

In order to get started with Invisalign treatment you need to book a consultation with a certified provider such as Bamboo Dental. They will then arrange you free consultation in which you can discuss your options and aims of the treatment.

 

How does the Invisalign system work?

The removable aligners move the teeth in small stages. Each aligner that you wear will be moulded a stage closer to the desired straight teeth. Once your teeth fully fit that retainer, we move you on to the next one. Each fabricated aligner will be fit specifically to your teeth and the treatment plan put in place.

 

What do the aligners look like?

The aligners are nearly invisible. They are made out of a special medical grade thermoplastic that has been created specifically for the Invisalign system.

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How often will I see my dentist after having Invisalign fitted?

In general you only need to visit your dentist every 4-6 weeks. They will give you your next few sets of aligners and check on your progress. Due to the nature of the system, there is no need for long appointments requiring wires and brackets to be adjusted.

 

How long does the treatment take?

The total length of the treatment will depend on the complexity of your particular case. However, the treatment time is usually between 9 and 18 months. This is similar to that of traditional train-track braces. Your local provider will be able to give you a closer estimation at your consultation.

 

Is the treatment painful?

You may feel slight discomfort during the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners. This is a sign that the system is working and moving your teeth into a new position. The discomfort is minor and can be described as the feeling of pressure. This minor discomfort is temporary and goes away after a few days.

 

Can Invisalign work on overbites?

Invisalign is suitable to correct overbites in the majority of cases. If your overbite needs significant correction then there is a chance Invisalign may not be the best solution. Your local provider in Cardiff will be able to determine if you are a suitable candidate.

 

Can Invisalign close gaps in my teeth?

Yes. Invisalign is very good at closing gaps in most cases. Although your local Invisalign provider will be able to advise you with more precision on your particular case.

 

Can I switch to Invisalign from a different type of brace?

Many patients end up being treated by a combination of braces, this is absolutely possible for you too.

 

What can I eat whilst wearing the aligners?

With Invisalign there are no restrictions on the foods that you can eat. Due to the fact you can fully remove the brace (and should) to eat, you can eat any of your favourite foods. It is still important that you brush and floss your teeth after eating before re-inserting your aligner in order to maintain good oral hygiene.

 

Can I smoke whilst wearing Invisalign?

It is not advised to smoke whilst wearing the aligners as this can result in the aligners becoming stained or discoloured.

 

What is the best way to clean my Invisalign brace?

The best way to clean your aligners is to simply use a brush and some lukewarm water. Just brush them as you would brush your teeth. You can also use Invisalign cleaning crystals to help you clean the aligners.

 

How can I enquire further about Invisalign?

If you have any questions about Invisalign or are interested in booking a free consultation then please get in touch via the contact form below. Alternatively give us a call on the number below.

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9 Easy Methods to Avoid Tooth Loss

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Dental implants are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth. However, ideally we would prevent ever reaching the point that requires restorative treatments. Here are some quick ways that you can use to look after your teeth but more specifically keep them for as long as possible.

 

9 Easy Method to Avoid Tooth Loss

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1. Protect yourself from gum disease.

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the UK and is caused by excessive plaque build-up. There are several external factors that can act in such a way that weakens the defences of your teeth.

These include:

  • Smoking
  • A poorly balanced diet
  • Obesity

There are a few some simple lifestyle changes that you can make to help reduce the risk of gum disease. You should practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. You should also aim to cut out bad habits such as smoking and a poor diet. These factors combined will put you in a good position in the battle against plaque build up.

 

2. Visit the dentist regularly.

Although your local dentist may be great at fixing tooth loss with procedures such as dental implants, their job is not purely to correct issues with your teeth. Half of the job is to help prevent issues form cropping up in the future.  There are many symptoms of gum disease that can be picked up on early if your dentist is given the opportunity to spot them. It is hard for the sufferer to spot gum disease due to the early symptoms not being very visible. In most cases, the sufferer will only realise they have an issue when it is too far down the line. Your local dentist will be trained to spot these hidden early symptoms of gum disease and so by visiting him or her at least every six months you give gum disease little chance to develop a hold on your life.

 

3. Cut down on sugar.

Sugar cause the bacteria on your teeth to produce acid which eventually leads to tooth decay. Whenever you eat, you are left with a small film of bacteria on your teeth, this is more commonly known as plaque. When sugar comes into contact with this film, the plaque begins to create acid. This acid will attack the teeth creating small holes in your tooth enamel. This can eventually lead to tooth decay (cavities) and tooth loss. It is important to note that if you have had restorative treatment in the past such as veneers or dental implants then these materials will be designed to stay strong against these acids. Although you should not ignore a high sugar diet as your other teeth will still be at risk!

 

4. Protect your teeth from trauma.

No matter how great your diet is or how well you take care of your oral hygiene you are still at risk of tooth loss. Although this time, it is due to the law of force. If you take a heavy blow to the face then tooth loss is very likely to occur. Of course, you can take preventative methods against this. Although it may not prevent you losing a tooth, it will surely minimise the chances!

 

When taking part in any contact sports you should consider wearing a mouth guard. This can be bought from sports shops or can be professionally moulded by your local dentist. There is also the case of thinking before you chew. Hard sweets, pencils and bottle tops are just a few of the things that you should not be chewing if you want to keep your teeth in the long term. It is also wise to avoid chewing ice cubes. The cold temperature causes your teeth to rapidly change form the warm temperature of your mouth. This coupled with the hard surface you are biting into elevate the chance of you cracking a tooth!

 

5. Rinse or chew gum after eating.

We have already discussed the importance of brushing and flossing in removing the layer of plaque that builds up on your teeth. As a secondary barrier to the bacteria attack, you can either chew sugar-free gum or rinse out your mouth after eating meals. Rinsing out your mouth will help to dislodge any food that is stuck in your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum works very well by increasing the development of saliva in the mouth. The saliva contains enzymes that will brake down and wash away bacteria. This neutralises the acids in your mouth.

 

6. Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue.

An interesting fact that may surprise you is that around half of the bacteria in your mouth is found on the tongue. You simply cannot ignore this. The best way to remove this excess bacteria is to buy a tongue scraper (you may even have one on the other side of your tooth brush!). You can use the scraper to brush off this bacteria and remove as much of the badness form your mouth as possible.

 

7. Take note of your diet.

One of the biggest challenges people face is to be aware of their diet. The health of your teeth gives a solid reflection of the health of your body overall. If you can work to create yourself a healthy and balanced diet then you have the best chance possible to keep your teeth in good health too. A good start would be to keep sugar intake to a minimum and to eat more calcium rich foods.

 

8. Don’t smoke.

According to UK studies, if you smoke you are twice as likely to experience tooth loss compared to non-smokers. Although it may be difficult to quit smoking, this should give you some incentive. For further help on help with giving up smoking visit this help site.

 

9. Find and eliminate teeth grinding.

Teeth grinding or ‘Bruxism’ is much more common than people may realise. It’s causes are many and can range from anxiety and stress to a lack of sleep. When you grind your teeth the jaw muscles can use immense pressure. Over time this can damage the hard enamel on the surface of your teeth and can eventually cause cracks to form which, you guessed it, can lead to tooth loss. Regular visits to your local dentist will allow them the chance to post the signs of this early. They will then be able to offer your preventative measures. This may include a dental splint such as the SCi appliance offered here at Bamboo Dental.

 

If you are suffering from teeth grinding then you are also at risk from damaging any restorative treatments you may have had. Excessive pressure on veneers or dental implants can cause chips and cracks if your are not careful.

 

What if it’s too late? Dental Implants.

If you have already suffered tooth loss, whether it be your fault or not, you will most likely be looking for a solution. One of the most popular and long-lasting ways to fix tooth loss is with the use of dental implants.

 

Dental implants can provide you with a brand new tooth that feels and acts just like a real tooth. this is secured tightly into your gum will restore you teeth function and appearance back to their best.

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7 Ways To Stop Teeth Grinding

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Persistent teeth grinding, otherwise known as Bruxism, is a condition where sufferers grind or clench their teeth causing paint in the jaw muscles. Bruxism can occur both in the day and at night (sleep bruxism). The effects of such a condition spans further than just a tired jaw. Severe sufferers may be subject to recurrent headaches and significant damage to the teeth due to the grinding.

 

If you wake up and feel strain in your jaw then this is of course a telltale sign that you may be clenching your jaw during your sleep. However, in many cases you will be none the wiser. It may be that you only find out you are suffering from bruxism when your dentist notices the effects of grinding on your teeth. This is just one reason why regular 6 month check-ups at your local dentist are vitally important.

 

7 Ways to Stop Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching

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Home Remedies to Stop Teeth Grinding

 

1. Massage your jaw muscles.

Use your pointing and middle fingers to gently massage the area of your jaw muscles by the bottom of your ears. By massaging this area you are able to release some of the built up tension inside the masticatory muscles. This helps to reduce teeth grinding.

 

If you are prone to a full body massage now and again then you are working towards lowering the stress levels in your body. Stress is a common cause of bruxism and so by lowering your stress levels you are working towards putting a stop to your teeth clenching problems!

 

2. Relax before you go to sleep.

If a person is relaxed and calm before going to sleep then the chances of teeth grinding and clenching reduces significantly. This is, however, easier said than done so here are some helpful tips and tricks to encourage a more relaxed you.

● You can relax the jaws by soaking a towel or cloth in some warm water and placing this over the cheek bone.

● Reading a book can help to relax the mind and put you in a state that will help you to sleep.

● Chewing mint flavoured gum has been proven to relax your brain too!

● For many, the best way to relax is to listen to some soothing music before sleep.

● It is important to switch off any lights, laptops and televisions for a while before sleep. This limits the stimulation that the brain may receive before the time that it is supposed to be switching off for the night.

 

3. Add extra vitamins into your diet.

There are some vitamins that are fundamental to your body in maintaining normal muscle activity and in increasing the strength of your muscles. These are; vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. If you are missing these from your diet then it would be wise to either adjust your diet or add vitamin supplements to get these into your body.

 

If taking these as supplements you should try to follow these guidelines:

● Take calcium and magnesium in a ratio of 2:1 i.e. 500mg of calcium and 300mg of magnesium. You can purchase these in powder form. Simply dissolve both of the powder supplements into an acidic drink such as orange juice. You should try this daily for two months to start seeing the effects.

● Vitamin C has a function that helps look after the amount of dopamine in the body. This chemical regulates the your mood and hence making sure that you get enough vitamin C into your system will help to keep your stress under control. You should consult a physician before taking these supplements but they are readily available in the market.

 

4. Alleviate stress.

We have already mentioned stress a few of times in this article. That is because stress coupled with depression are the most common causes of bruxism and teeth clenching. In many cases, eliminating stress can be the only change you need to make in order to resolve issues of bruxism. Here’s a few tips on how to overcome stress and ultimately overcome teeth clenching and grinding.

● Try your best to keep calm. If you are feeling stressed, sit down and try to reason and understand exactly what is causing you to feel stress. You can then work towards removing or fixing these things that are causing your stress.

● Your body needs to have a solid sleep-wake cycle. Too many people get too little sleep and this is often why so many are so stressed. If you are able to, try to sleep for at least 8 hours a day. This will help to keep your relaxed and more stress-free.

● Try to engage with friends often in activities that are healthy as this will make you feel happier in your life.

● Take a good look at your diet. Sit down and write out what you eat. Remember, your body is like an engine and if you put diesel in a petrol engine the car would not run very well. Your body has evolved through time to work perfectly with natural and organic foods. In the past hundred years our diets have changed significantly due to the invention of new additives to help ‘increase shelf life’ and make food ‘taste’ nicer. Your body does not respond so well to these types of foods and can affect your stress and mood levels significantly.

 

5. Apply a warm towel to the jaw muscles.

As the jaws muscles are the main cause of the issue of teeth grinding it is great to attack the issue at its source. Applying a warm towel to the jaw muscles for 10 minutes, twice daily, can help to remove some of the tension from the jaw muscles.

 

Medical Treatment to Stop Teeth Grinding

 

6. Wear a dental splint or SCi Appliance.

You can wear a special dental splint. This will prevent you from placing as much pressure on your teeth at night and thus prevent your form grinding your teeth. After a while the muscles will have relaxed and will be trained not to press so hard down.

 

 

7. Other medical procedures for reducing Bruxism.

Here are a few more methods you can use to treat bruxism.

Muscle relaxant agents: agents that relax the muscles of jaw are often prescribed to patients as this greatly reduces the force of contraction in the jaw muscles. The most common muscle relaxant agent comes in the form of Botox and can be prescribed by many local dentists and cosmetic clinics.

Crowns: in some cases the teeth may be at risk of moving out of alignment. Your dentist may apply a crown to the teeth in order to solve this problem.

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Teeth Whitening Can Make You More Attractive

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What do you notice first about this image?

 

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For the majority of people, the first thing they focus on is the piece of spinach in the gentleman’s teeth. What they fail to notice is that he only has one ear! This quick test shows you exactly how much attention we put onto other people’s teeth and should re-enforce the attention you should be giving to your own teeth to make them look great!

Your Teeth Are the First Thing People Notice

 

A study conducted last year found results that your smile is the most important physical aspect in building a first impression of somebody. In another more recent survey the same notion was backed up again stating that a perfect smile is more important than a good suit. There have been surveys to show that the teeth are not only the most important feature but also one of the most memorable, followed by what you said and your smell.

A notable conclusion was also that the majority of people with straight white teeth were selected as more attractive. This was the case across all genders and age groups.

 

The general consensus is that our teeth are now more important than ever to our presentation and it is something that we should all take note of. But what can we do to improve our smile in the short-term without having to go through more permanent cosmetic treatments such as teeth straightening and dental veneers.

 

Teeth Whitening Can Freshen Up Your Smile

If you know that your teeth aren’t in tip top shape but feel that veneers or straightening isn’t quite for you then perhaps think about getting your teeth whitened. Overtime your teeth will have become stained and discoloured. This is noticeable when you smile.

 

A teeth whitening takes little time to do and will give you a healthier appearance in no time. Not only that but you will be incentivised to look after your teeth going forwards in an effort to protect the sparkly whites you are showing off!

 

What are my Teeth Whitening Options?

Bamboo offer two options that are both affordable and effective. Which one you choose is down to your preference.

 

Take-Home Teeth Whitening Treatment

Our take home treatment is the most popular due to the convenience and affordability of the service. You will need to come into the practice to ensure that your teeth are dentally fit for a teeth whitening. This is to be confident that the whitening solution is safe for you. Our award winning dentist will also check to see if you have any ceramic or porcelain fixings such as crowns or veneers. These will not respond to the bleaching solution and so it is not recommended you have a whitening if you fall into this category.

 

Once you have been given the go ahead our dentist will take some impressions of your teeth and create a set of whitening trays for you. You are then given the whitening gel to insert into your tray which then goes into your mouth. The teeth whiten as the tray sits on them. You can do this in your own time in the comfort of your own home.

 

Watch this video tutorial to find out how the take-home treatment works.

 

Laser Teeth Whitening

This service will consist of more than one appointment in the dental chair. The world known Philips Zoom treatment is administered to your teeth in sessions until we reach the desired shade of white. Of course, you will need to be dentally fit to undertake this treatment as in the case of the take home teeth whitening service.

 

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If you are interested in this treatment then please do get in touch. If you wish to proceed we can set you up with a complimentary consultation!

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How to Make Your Teeth Whitening Last Longer

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Teeth whitening can keep your teeth white for much longer than you think. You just need to look after that dazzling smile that you have worked so hard to achieve. Too many people visit their local dentist to get their teeth whitened only to be disappointed a few months down the line when their teeth are not as sparkling white as they were.

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Why Should You Get Your Teeth Whitened?

Overtime your teeth will start to lose their fresh white appearance. This is often due to general wear and tear as your teeth go through a lot during your lifetime! Some reasons that may lead to stained teeth are:

  • Ageing
  • Some medications
  • Smoking
  • Some dental diseases
  • Drinking specific drinks
  • Eating specific foods

 

Teeth whitening is one of those things that people tend to want to do but never take that decisive step forwards. When they finally do they think; ‘why did i leave it for so long!’. Restoring the whiteness of your smile can increase your confidence and knock years off your age. And in the current market, it is very affordable.

 

How Can You Make the Most of Your Whitening?

Here’s the crux of the article. We want to help you make the most out of your teeth whitening treatment. After all, you have decided to put the effort in to get that perfect smile so now let us help you keep it!

 

After receiving your teeth whitening treatment you will be advised wha you can and cannot eat for the following 48 hours. This is to ensure maximum effectivity of the procedure. The general advice is for you to drink clear liquids only and to eat foods that are white in colour.

 

Stop Smoking

It is advised that you do not smoke for at least 48 hours after your teeth whitening treatment. It is often the case that this 2 days smoking sabbatical is the kick start to a full extinction of the habit. If you can manage to do this then you will be doing your health but more topically, your teeth, a huge favour. For advice on how to quit smoking, visit the NHS’ dedicated smokefree site.

 

Avoid Teeth Staining Foods and Drinks

It is common knowledge that drinks such as coffee and red wine do stain your teeth. Although this is the case it is hard to avoid coming into contact with such drinks all together. If you can limit them as much as possible then you are certainly moving in the right direction. The same goes for specific foods such a curries that contain spices like turmeric. One way to avoid your teeth getting into contact with your favourite teeth staining beverage is to use a straw. Although this may not be ideal for hot drinks, it does work wonders for cold ones.

 

Look After Your Teeth!

Make sure that you look after your teeth. You should follow the guidelines of brushing twice a day for three minutes. You should also make sure to floss each day as flossing actually removes more food from your teeth than brushing does! If you need more advice on oral hygiene, we have a fresh breath clinic here at Bamboo Dental in Cardiff.

 

Need Advice?

If you are ever in doubt about something you should consult your dentist to make sure that you are not causing any detriment to your teeth.

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How to Overcome Dental Phobia

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Dental anxiety is hard to imagine for those not suffering it. The overwhelming distress is your brain telling you that you are about to enter an unsafe situation. That brain has been developing for thousands of years through evolution and so calming down the irrational thoughts is always going to be a challenge.

 

For many, this dental anxiety is so engrained in their heads that they avoid visiting the dentist even when they are in dire pain. It seems like a paradox that fear is stopping you from keeping your teeth healthy! If this sounds like you then it is vital you tackle this phobia head on.

 

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Why Do You Have Dental Phobia?

Fear of pain: has been a big barrier to many people. Often people can be unaware at how painless most treatments are nowadays. With the advent of new techniques and technology, the information your grandparents may well be outdated. Try to research the procedure a little and you may well be pleasantly surprised.

 

Lack of control: is also a common fear of those carrying some form of dental phobia. This fear is difficult to overcome. You must understand that the dentist is very well trained and knows what he or she is doing. Most dentists will be able to sit down and talk to you about your fears. During this time you will develop an understanding that it is okay for the dentist to be in control. They will have performed the treatment hundreds of times before and know exactly what they are doing.

 

What is the best way to overcome your concerns?

Talking about them is a great place to start. Once you begin to talk to your friends and family you may be surprised how many of them also suffer or have suffered from dental anxiety. In fact, dental anxiety is one of the most common phobias suffered by people in the United Kingdom.

 

Due to the high volume of dental phobia sufferers many dentists actually now specialise in treating patients who suffer form dental anxiety. It is commonplace for a phobia to have built up from some bad childhood experience with the dentist and now that you are much older, dental surgeries have changed a lot and it may surprise you how comfortable you will now feel. It may just be a case of getting to the dentist in the first place. Once you are in the door you may feel much better and ready to start looking after your teeth.

 

Bring a Friend For Moral Support

Many people find that having a close friend or family member with them can help calm them down. This is often only necessary for a couple of check ups and by then the patient is much more at ease and happy to visit the dentist by themselves. If anything, your friend can act as a distraction to the surroundings you are in, making you feel much more comfortable with somebody that you know.

 

Psychological Methods

Essentially, the fear itself is a part of your psychology. You know that the fear is irrational in your true self but you cannot control the feelings you have. This type of feat is deep-set in your brain but there are some simple methods you can use to stop your brain from thinking in such a detrimental way.

 

One option is the power of distraction. This can be something as simple as a stress ball that you can squeeze whilst the dentist is at work. Another example may be to listen to music or watch a film if the dentist has a tv monitor in the surgery. You will be surprised how easy it is to keep your brain occupied!

 

Hypnotherapy can be used and although it is not scientifically proven to solve dental phobia, for some people, it can relax and make their visit to the dentist much less of an anxiety war. It works by using certain words and phrases that will embed further into your subconscious than normal conversation. These subconscious thoughts are planted to help you see your fears in a different light. They will change the way you think about the dentist and make it easy for you to feel comfortable in the dental chair. This type of treatment has fixed results but many have said that it’s worked wonders.

 

In Conclusion…

Each patient will find that different methods will work better for them. It is important never to give up until you beat dental phobia because your teeth literally depend on it!

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