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
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.
What do you notice first about this image?
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.
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!
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.
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:
- Some medications
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Dental traumas can leave people in agony for much longer than necessary. This is often due to the sufferer being unsure about what is considered a dental emergency. The general rule is that if it hurting then it is most likely a dental emergency that you should let your local dentist look at as soon as possible.
What is Considered a Dental Emergency?
It is important for everyone to understand what a dental emergency is. If you visit the dentist when there is little wrong with your teeth then you risk paying for an emergency appointment for no reason. However, on the flip-side, if you choose to ignore your teeth related ailment then the problem may snowball into a much more painful and difficult to solve issue. It is generally much more beneficial for you to follow the adage – it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Common Dental Emergencies
Let’s go through a few common dental injuries that you may be subject to in the future and discuss how much of an emergency they are.
1. Knocked-Out Tooth
A knocked out tooth is considered very much to be a dental emergency. Your tooth literally depends on how soon your actions are taken. If you follow the advice accordingly and visit your dentist shortly after the injury has occurred then then chances are the dentist will be able to place the tooth back into its socket quickly enough so that it can heal itself back to full strength. In order to save your tooth please follow these instructions:
- First you need to retrieve your tooth. Pick it up by the top of the tooth, otherwise known as the ‘crown‘. It is recommended not to touch the root of the tooth at all.
- Now head over to the sink. Start by placing a cloth or similar into the basin so that you don’t risk dropping your tooth down the plughole. Now Gently rinse the tooth and nothing else. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any of the tissue still attached to it.
- If it is possible, now try to insert the tooth back into the mouth by yourself. If you do manage to do this bite down softly to secure it in position.
- If you can’t manage to get the tooth back into its socket you should preferably place the tooth into a container of milk, alternatively just leave it in the container by itself.
- Now you should call your dentist right away. The longer you wait to get in touch with your dentist the lower the chance that the tooth will reconnect with the tissue in the socket.
2. Your tooth is loose or ‘wonky’
In this situation you should call up your local dentist for an emergency appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, use your finger to gently push your tooth back into position but don’t push too hard! If it is proving to be too difficult to move back into position then just leave it where it is and let the dentist deal with your loose tooth.
You may also bite down to avoid the tooth from moving out of position. When you arrive at the dentist it is common for a splint to be inserted onto your tooth. This will keep it supported by the neighbouring tooth.
3. You’ve chipped or cracked your tooth
You have to make a judgement call in this situation. If you have chipped your tooth but you aren’t feeling any pain then, although you need to have your tooth looked at, it is not considered an emergency. In this case, you can wait for a few days and visit your dentist in regular hours. During this waiting period be careful with what you are eating so that you don’t damage your tooth further.
The most probable course of action will be for the dentist to fill the chip with composite filling material to restore the tooth back to normal. Alternatively, the dentist may be able to smooth over the chip.
A cracked or fractured tooth is another story altogether. You should take this very seriously even if there isn’t any pain. If the tooth is cracked then there is a high chance that there is damage deep into the tooth rather than just at the surface. If the fracture is particularly bad then there it will be difficult to save your tooth at all. This makes it incredibly important that you get in touch with your dentist as soon as you can and in the meantime follow these instructions:
1. Carefully rinse out your mouth with warm water. 2. If you have suffered any facial trauma in the cause of your injury then you should apply some cold compression to the area to reduce the impact of swelling. 3. You should never apply a painkiller to the gum as they can actually burn the gum tissue. This also includes painkiller gels that are marketed for this type of injury.
1. Carefully rinse out your mouth with warm water.
2. If you have suffered any facial trauma in the cause of your injury then you should apply some cold compression to the area to reduce the impact of swelling.
3. You should never apply a painkiller to the gum as they can actually burn the gum tissue. This also includes painkiller gels that are marketed for this type of injury.
On visiting the dentist
Your local dentist will need to give you an x-ray to determine how damaged your tooth is inside. If the soft tissue at the centre of your tooth is damaged then it is likely that you will need a root canal. If this tissue is not damaged then you may only need to have a crown on that tooth.
Some dentists will be able to fabricate your crown on the same day and get this fitted soon after your initial appointment. However not all dentists have the facility to do this and will need to send off details to have the crown made. In this situation, you will be given a temporary crown to wear until your permanent crown is returned back to the dental practice read for fixing.
If it is not possible to save the tooth then all is not lost. There are several treatments you can choose between to have your tooth replaced such as bridges and implants. You dentist will talk you through these options in detail during your appointment.
Other Dental Emergencies
In short, any dental injury that needs urgent treatment in order to save a tooth can be considered a dental emergency. In some cases, such as in the case of an abscess or infection, your life could be threatened and you need to consult a dental professional straight away. In this situation, the dentist may be able to open and drain the tooth allowing the abscess to empty. If you are not able to visit your emergency dentist then get to a hospital as soon as you can.
What if my temporary restoration falls off?
During some treatments you will be given a temporary fixing. For example, a temporary crown or veneer that will sit in place before the fixed restoration is implemented. If this does fall off, it is not considered a dental emergency, however, you should place the fixing back into position as best you can and see your dentist when you get the chance.
Quick tip: A temporary crown can easily be put back into position by placing a little vaseline or toothpaste into the crown and using it as a temporary adhesive until you can visit the dentist to get the crown cemented back into place.
Dental Emergency Quick Question List
If you are still unsure as to whether your condition is considered a dental emergency then please ask yourself the following questions.
- Are you bleeding from the mouth?
- Are you feeling severe pain?
- Have any of your teeth become loose?
- Is the area around your face swollen at all?
- Have your gums become swollen or bulging anywhere?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions then there is a very high chance that you are in need of an emergency dentist. You should get in touch with your local dentist as soon as possible and explain clearly your situation. This will enable them to make a sound judgement on your condition and as to how time sensitive your treatment need be.
In a crowded industry it can be difficult to figure out which dentist in Cardiff is right for you. There is a a lot to consider. Is the head dentist well respected? Is the quality of dental treatment up to scratch? What are others saying about the dental practice? Are the treatments price competitive? Here at Bamboo Dental, we are always looking for ways to help our patients and so we want you to be sure that Bamboo is the right dentist for you. Read on to find out more about Bamboo and how you can get in touch if you decide that we are the best dentist in Cardiff for you.
Who is Bamboo’s Head Dentist in Cardiff?
- Best Patient Care in Wales and the South West
- Best Young Dentist
- Best Team in Wales and the South West
Dr Dan is also the leading provider in Wales for Six Month Smiles teeth straightening treatment. His expertise is second to none and is the go to dentist for teeth straightening treatment in Wales. Dr Dan has a vision to help the community in any way that he can. That’s why he offers competitive prices and affordable 0% finance plans in an effort to make all dental treatment, both private and NHS, as available to anyone who seeks it.
How Good is the Quality of Dental Treatment?
One of the key philosophies at Bamboo is to provide outstanding dental treatment and affordable prices. This is something that Dr Dan has truly embedded at the dental practice in Cardiff. Many practices aim to get patients in and out as fast as they can but at Bamboo this is certainly not the way. We value our patients more than that. You will be able to spend as long with the dentist as you need to ensure that your treatment is completed with the highest quality and care.
For more information about the quality of our treatments we would highly recommend that you read reviews left by patients who have previously had treatment at Bamboo. In order to do this please take a look at the paragraph below which will show you where you can read about others’ experiences at Bamboo.
What are others saying about Bamboo?
When researching your best dentist in Cardiff, it is important to not only read what the dentist has to say but more importantly, read about what others are saying about the practice. After all, they have visited your prospective dentist before and so will have some extremely insightful and relevant knowledge about the dental practice in question.
Bamboo Dental value our patients above all else and always ask for their feedback about their time spent with us. There are various methods that our patients can leave a review about Bamboo and these are listed below so that you can take a few minutes to get a feel for how others regard our dental practice in Cardiff and what you can expect if you decide to have dental treatment with us.
Dental facilities at our dentists in Cardiff
In 2016, our dental practice in Cardiff opened up a brand new surgery. This was built specifically to help us cater for the incredibly high number of people looking to take treatment at our dentist in Cardiff. The new surgery is open to serve all kinds of treatments from private dentistry treatments including; Orthodontics and cosmetic veneers to general dentistry procedures such as crowns and general dental check-ups.
The new surgery not only looks incredibly impressive but boasts all of the latest state of the art equipment that allows our dentists to utilise their expertise to the highest possible quality. It is rare that you will get a chance to see the dental surgery before actually visiting your dentist but we feel that there is a huge benefit for those suffering from dental phobia to be able to see the environment in the surgery before they come to visit.
Dental Treatment Prices at Bamboo Dental in Cardiff
Bamboo Dental are very transparent about the prices of our treatment. We aim to provide the only best treatment and care but look to also provide this at prices that are affordable to everyone. Please take a look at our price list to see the prices of our various treatments.
Where is Bamboo Dental Located – How Can You Get in Touch?
Bamboo Dental is located just a short distance away from Cardiff city centre. We are very easy to locate and have parking (both disabled and general) available for your patients to utilise. Please see below for our full address:
28 Cowbridge Road West,
Cardiff, CF5 5BS
Call us: 029 2056 9769
Email: [email protected]
Alternatively, you can get in touch via our contact us page on our website.
In a country where many are looking to save money it is understandable that most people are seeking ways to get what they want for less money. Sadly, this can sometimes be taken advantage of. In the world of beauty, one of those services is teeth whitening.
Only Dentists Should Administer Teeth Whitening Treatments
Many beauty salons and hairdressers have noticed a demand in the market for cheap teeth whitening and that is exactly what they provide, but at what cost? There is a reason why under law, only dentists are legally allowed to give treatment for teeth whitening. This is because your teeth must be in good condition for you to safely be administered the treatment.
Beauty salons and hairdressers do not have the expertise or knowledge to be able to accurately tell you if your teeth are in acceptable condition for the teeth whitening solution to embed deep into your teeth without causing you harm. This means that many of you are putting yourself at unnecessary risk by visiting them as discussed in this article by BBC News.
What Can Go Wrong if I Visit a Beauty Salon?
There are several reasons that a dental professional should be the only person to treat you with teeth whitening. Below are just a few of the most crucial reasons why.
1. Severe Pain if Your Teeth Aren’t Ready for Teeth Whitening
When you visit a dentist to have your teeth whitened you will have an impression taken of your teeth which subsequently will be forged into a clear mould. You will then place the teeth whitening solution into the mould which then slots onto your teeth.
If this mould is created by someone lacking the technical skills then it may be loose and ill fitting. As a result, some of the teeth whitening solution is likely to leak out of the mould and make contact with your gums and the inside of your mouth. If this occurs then you will feel blistering and sensitivity in the affected areas. This can pose a threat to your dental health and can cause you a lot of discomfort.
The second reason that your teeth need to be dentally fit in order to safely be administered a teeth whitening is due to cavities. They must be treated before you undertake a teeth whitening. This is because the solution used in the whitening process can pass through the decayed areas of the tooth into the sensitive inner parts of the tooth.
If you happen to have tooth decay or receding gums then this can result in a very sensitive mouth after having your teeth whitened. This can leave you in much discomfort and so needs to be addressed before you are offered any teeth whitening treatment.
2. There is No Substitute for the Cleanliness of a Dental Surgery
Something else to think about is the cleanliness and clinical environment of a dental surgery. The surgeries and dental equipment are cleaned meticulously between patients with state of the art appliances. This means that when the dentist is taking a mould of your mouth or applying any treatment, there is no chance of any infection spreading from the previous patient.
Beauty salons and similar do not have access to these types of cleaning appliances and simply do not have the funds to keep the area as clean as it should be. This results in an unnecessary risk to yourself. With all of this becomes an increasingly worrying question when getting ready for teeth whitening treatment at a beauty salon. Who was being treated before you?
3. Where is the Teeth Whitening Solution Sourced From?
Due to the low costs offered at beauty salons and hair dressers there is an incentive to attempt to cut costs wherever possible. Sadly, one way of doing this is with the materials and solutions used. For just a little extra money you can have the peace of mind that the solution going into your mouth has been sourced reliably and safely from a qualified professional dentist.
4. You May Be Left With Different Coloured Teeth!
Whitening does not work on ceramic or porcelain crowns and veneers. Some beauty salons will not be able to understand what your veneers and crowns are comprised of and so will not be able to give you accurate information about the possible outcome of any teeth whitening treatment that you have.
If you go ahead with a teeth whitening treatment without having this checked before hand then the ceramic or porcelain crowns and veneers will stay at their current colour leaving you with different coloured teeth! Hence, it is important that a dentist looks at your teeth before you go ahead with any treatment.
Teeth Whitening at the Dentist’s is Not Expensive!
Time to bust a myth here. It is not even expensive to get your teeth whitened professionally from a dentist. In fact, the price of a teeth whitening at Bamboo Dental in Cardiff starts from just £105. That is not only affordable but comes with the peace of mind that a professionally trained dentist has consulted you about the condition of your teeth and has made sure that the teeth whitening treatment will have no adverse effects on your dental hygiene.
In a world where so many strive to replicate the famous smiles of TV dwelling folk, it is rare to get an honest insight into how such a desirable smile came to be. We caught up with Miss Wales 2015 winner, Emma Jenkins, to find out exactly what it takes to achieve an award winning smile.
Emma’s smile has been a trademark that helped her win the much coveted title but she wasn’t blessed with the perfect smile through genetics. In fact, she has worked extremely hard to keep her teeth healthy and like many others, has sought out ways to take her smile to the next level. Luckily for us, Emma was happy to share some of her experiences and her beauty regime that has been instrumental in the acquisition of the beautiful smile that she has today.
What is the secret to achieving the perfect smile?
1. Let’s start with your smile maintenance. Could you tell me about your daily routine?
I brush, floss and mouth wash every day and night. I don’t feel clean unless I do all three!
2. Great! Sadly, many people avoid using floss, has it always been a part of your routine?
I never used to, but when I had my first whitening treatment I was told what a difference it would make. It’s a whole new clean feeling when you floss, and it definitely helps with keeping my teeth white.
3. Do you avoid certain foods with your dental hygiene in mind?
I’m ashamed to say I don’t! I work in television so I drink a lot of coffee, but I always make sure I take care of them. I think it’s paid off!
4. Going back to your younger smile, were you on top of looking after your teeth as a child?
I think like every child, I hated brushing my teeth! My mother has amazing teeth and always made sure mine were looked after. I thank her for that now.
5. Were you always blessed with such perfect teeth?
No, not at all! I had braces for 3 years in secondary school. I hated having braces so much, but all the pain was definitely worth it!
6. Had you ever felt self conscious about your smile when growing up?
Yes, I used to either hide my smile in pictures, or pull ridiculous faces so that if I looked bad, I could always blame the silly face! I think it’s hard to like anything about yourself when you’re a self conscious teenager. Luckily I grew up to realise how little all of that really mattered. I think when you grow up you realise that it’s not about how you look, it’s about how you feel! I try and preach this message to so many young girls who tell me they feel ugly or not good enough. I felt that way too! It’s just something you grow out of when you find yourself.
7. Have you accumulated any advice that you could give others trying to maintain a healthy smile?
I think as long as you stick to the magic 3 then you are on your way to a healthier smile.
8. In your industry image is vital but how important to you is your smile?
Posing for pictures comes with the territory really, so it’s very important that my teeth look perfect in pictures. Not only that, but our smiles are our way of showing happiness and love without having to say a word. I always notice when someone’s smiling, and people always comment on how I constantly smile.
9. Being the current Miss Wales, you have to have a certain confidence, how much of this do you think could be attributed to your smile?
Having the perfect smile is considered very important in the world of beauty, and knowing that my teeth are in good condition definitely helps me shine a little brighter on stage and on TV. I think taking pride in your appearance, (and smile,) does amazing things for your self-worth and confidence. It’s definitely worth investing in your smile.
10. Do you often get compliments about your smile?
I do, yes. I think my teeth is the first thing people notice about me because I am constantly smiling. I’m very proud of my teeth. Having braces as a youngster, I never wanted to smile in pictures. It was all worth it in the end!
11. Have you recently had any dental treatment to help maintain the smile that you have today?
I have whitening treatments now and again, just to keep my smile at its best. I usually do this before big events so that my teeth look perfect in pictures.
12. What would you say to somebody contemplating dental treatment to help restore their smile?
People always tell me I’m silly for whitening my teeth, because my teeth are white anyway. They may not see the difference, but I do. You should never consider treatment if you’re doing so to make someone else happy. Ask yourself how YOU will feel? Will you walk a little taller and smile a little brighter if you go ahead with it? If the answer is yes, then DO IT! Give yourself the treatment you deserve, and you will feel full of confidence and ready to take on the world. It sounds dramatic, but it’s very true. Confidence is everything.
13. As a whole, what do you think a well looked after and beautiful smile says about a person?
A beautiful smile communicates friendliness, happiness and love! It’s our way to communicate without saying a word, so it’s very important that we keep our smiles in tip top shape. It’s our most important and influential asset.
In summary, it is clear to see that a stunning smile is rarely a gift from birth but more a reward for those who look after their teeth. It is calming to know that even Miss Wales 2015 once wore a brace and that her teeth are now appreciated by many!
Teeth whitening is the subject of many curious individuals aiming to improve their smile. Our award winning dental practice in Cardiff loves to help our patients wherever possible and that is why we have written up this comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.
Teeth Whitening Made Simple: Frequently Asked Questions
Teeth whitening is the subject of many curious individuals aiming to improve their smile. Our award winning dental practice in Cardiff loves to help our patients wherever possible and that is why we have written up this comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about teeth whitening.
1. I’ve heard that only dentists are eligible to perform teeth whitening treatment, is this right?
This is correct with a few exceptions. Dentists can perform the treatments as well as a few other dental care professionals. In full; dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and clinical dental technicians working to the prescription of a dentist are legally able to perform a teeth whitening treatment.
2. Is it illegal for beauticians to perform teeth whitening?
Yes. A high court case was fought between the GDC and Jamous which concluded by stating that teeth whitening should only be performed by; dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and clinical dental technicians working to the prescription of a dentist. It is illegal and unsafe for any other person to perform these types of treatments.
3. Is teeth whitening bad for my enamel?
No permanent damage will be caused to your teeth due to undergoing a teeth whitening treatment.
4. Can anyone get a whitening treatment?
Not everyone is an ideal candidate for teeth whitening and each case must be looked at independently but please see the descriptions below for a good and bad candidate for teeth whitening.
- Good candidate: Tooth whitening is ideal for patients who have healthy, unrestored teeth. Generally, you will see better results if you have no fillings. It is also representative of a good candidate if your gums are healthy. Those patients with yellow stains on their teeth respond most effectively to their teeth whitening treatment. If you would like to find out if you are a good candidate then please feel free to contact Bamboo Dental in Cardiff.
- Bad Candidate: There are a few factors that make a potential patient not ideal for a tooth whitening treatment. Teeth whitening is not suggested for those under the age of 16 due to the stage in development of your teeth. Pregnant women are not recommended to undertake the treatment. Those with gum disease, exposed roots, fillings and worn enamel may suffer from higher sensitivity to the treatment due to the fact that the teeth whitening solution will penetrate deep into the tooth.
5. What types of tooth whitening treatments are available?
Philips Zoom is the number 1 requested professional teeth whitening treatment in the United Kingdom with over 10 million patients already using the service to achieve brighter, healthier smiles. Philips Zoom is only available at a dental practice such as Bamboo Dental in Cardiff. The reason for this is to ensure optimum safety. The treatment comes in different types and strengths to fit your lifestyle and sensitivity.
Professional Home Teeth Whitening:
With this option you cam maintain your whitening treatment at home with Philips Zoom NiteWhite and DayWhite. The names are self-explanatory in that you have the choice of whitening your teeth during the day or whilst you are sleeping. This procedure can take two weeks to give you the bright white simle that you desire but is a cheaper option that the in-practice option below.
Philips Zoom Laser Whitening:
Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed is a scientifically advanced teeth whitening procedure. Those deciding to opt for this treatment will come in to the dental practice in Cardiff for 4 x 15 minute sessions. This teeth whitening treatment is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The procedure uses cutting edge LED whitening technology that yields incredibly effective results.
6. How much does tooth whitening cost?
The price of treatment can vary from dental practice to dental practice. Bamboo Dental are very transparent about their prices, you can see their price list to get an idea of the costs involved with each tooth whitening treatment. You may be surprised how affordable it is!
7. Can teeth whitening affect fillings, veneers and crowns?
Teeth whitening will have very little to zero whitening effects on restorative components such as; fillings, veneers and crowns. However, the teeth whitening solution can temporarily reduce the bond strength between the tooth and the restorative material. Hence it is advisable to consult your dentist before undertaking any form of tooth whitening treatment.
8. Can I use a whitening toothpaste instead?
The difference between a professional teeth whitening and a whitening toothpaste is that the toothpaste generally just cleans up surface stains rather than changing the actual colour of your tooth surfaces. There may be some visible results but the teeth are not actually being whitened and so the results will be much less effective and take a much longer amount of time compared to if you had chosen to opt for a professional service.
Hopefully any questions you had regarding tooth whitening have now been answered!
If you do still have a question then please feel free to contact Bamboo Dental either at our surgery based at:
16a Cowbridge Road West, Cardiff, CF5 5BS.
Alternatively, feel free to contact us through our website or by giving us a quick call on:029 2056 9769.
Private Dentist versus NHS Dentist: Which is Right For You?
“Private dentist… NHS dentist… Private dentist… NHS dentist…” – you ponder the options in your head, but do you have full information regarding the very important decision you are about to make?
At Bamboo, we strongly believe that if you are given the correct information regarding; costs of dental treatment, where to get the best treatment, and the overall options available to you, then you will be much more likely to take action towards keeping your teeth strong and healthy in the future.
It is too often the case that information regarding NHS and private dentists is difficult to digest. This potentially leaves many people unaware of what to do when they are in need of dental treatment. This article aims to give you everything you need to know so that you can make a confident and informed decision as to which route to take the future of your dental care down – Private Dental Care or NHS Dental Care?
Why is Private Dental Care More Expensive than NHS?
It is important to understand that dentistry in England and Wales is split into two separate sections – NHS and Private.
NHS dental care is subsidised by the government. This means that some of the cost of looking after your teeth has already been paid for you by the government. As a result, your NHS treatment is less expensive for you than it would have otherwise been.
On the other hand we have treatment from a private dentist. In this case, the patient must fully cover the costs themselves be it through their own finances, a finance plan or dental insurance.
This key difference between the two options goes some way to explaining why there is an increased cost to visiting a private dentist. However, there are advantages to be gained that, for most people, easily outweigh the extra cost to the patient.
1. You Don’t Need to Register
Since 2006, patients have not been required to register with any particular dentist. Contrary to visiting GP’s, in Wales, you do not need to be registered with a dentist to receive dental treatment! This gives you the freedom to choose the dentist that is right for you.
2. No Need to Worry About Your Dental Records
If you choose to move to a new dentist for some treatment then you need not worry about who has your dental records. It is rare that your past records will be needed, however if so, they can be easily accessed from your previous dentist.
3. NHS Dentistry is Not Free (usually): It is Subsidised.
Any person living in Wales is eligible for NHS dental care. Generally, you will need to pay one of three fixed price bands. There are some scenarios in which you may be eligible for free care, however, this is only under special circumstances. It is also important to note that not all treatments are covered under NHS dentistry. These treatments will be available, however, from your local private dentist.
It is often the case that people wish to stick with just one dentist that they trust and have become comfortable with. For those who currently choose NHS treatment, this may not be possible for the reasons mentioned above. The fact that ALL of you treatment can be done by just one private dentist is a big advantage for those suffering from dental phobia who need to feel comfortable in their environment whilst receiving treatment.
4. NHS Appointments Are Out There!
The budget for NHS dentistry is fairly small overall. This can mean that you may have difficulty finding an appointment when you try to search locally.
This can mean, for those opting for NHS treatment, a lot of effort will be required on your part to find an NHS dentist to give you treatment. There are tools online that can help you with finding an NHS dentist and it is very much suggested that you look for dentists not only local to your home but near to your work too. Expanding the size of your search region greatly increases the chances of you finding an NHS dentist.
5. Dental Emergency? Pick a Private Dentist!
The difficulty you may have in finding an NHS dentist in a short time scale can mean only one thing. If you have a dental emergency, go to a private dentist!
Luckily, private dentists are extremely good with emergency treatment. For example, Bamboo Dental in Cardiff, are open 7 days a week in an effort to help support those needing treatment fast. Due to the small budget allocated to NHS dentistry, it simply would not be possible to offer this type of service on the NHS side.
6. Private Dentistry is Becoming More Affordable
A private dentist is effectively a business that is being run by the head dentist. As with all businesses, private dentists are competing with each other. This can be done through the quality of the service as well as through price competition and special offers granted to new and existing patients.
Most dentists, including Bamboo Dental in Cardiff, operate with both a private and NHS side. The prices for private dental treatment are often only marginally more expensive than for NHS treatment. This means that, as a patient, you will gain all of the benefits available from having a private dentist for very little extra cost!
In addition to this, there are many 0% finance options available to those looking for a monthly payment plan rather than paying for their private dental fees upfront.
NHS Dentist Care
NHS dentistry is only concerned with the health of your teeth. Any cosmetic treatments such as dental veneers or teeth straightening solutions such as; Invisalign and Six Month Smiles are not included under the NHS three band system.
The most common NHS treatments include:
- Check Ups
Price of NHS Dental Treatment
The price you will pay for NHS treatment in Wales is split into three bands based on the level of complexity related to the treatments in question. We will go through the three bands below to give you an idea of the costs involved for each type of NHS dental treatment.
Band 1 | £13.50
The first band has a set price of £13.50 and is suitable for the following treatments:
- Basic scale and polish
- Examination (case assessment and report)
- Advice, diagnosis and treatment planning
- X-rays and reports
- Instruction in the prevention of dental and oral disease
- Marginal correction of fillings
- Adjustments to and easing of dentures and orthodontic appliances
Band 2 | £43.00
The second band has a set price of £43 and is suitable for the following treatments:
- Advanced scale and polish
- Permanent fillings
- Extraction of teeth
- Transplantation of teeth
- Oral surgery such as; removal of cyst, buried root, unerupted tooth, impacted tooth
Band 3 | £185.00
Band 3 for NHS dental care has a set price of £43 and is suitable for the following treatments:
- Full or partial dentures
- Orthodontic treatment
- Other custom made appliances
Some Patients Are Entitled to Free NHS Care
If you happen to fall into one of the following categories then you will be entitled to free NHS dental care.
- You are under 18, or are a full-student under the age of 19.
- You are expecting a baby, or have had a baby in the last 12 months.
- You are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate.
- You are named on an NHS HC2 certificate
Another thing to note is that if you are under 25 years of age or if you are 60 or over, then you are entitled to free dental examinations in Wales.
Private Dentist Care
Treatment from a private dentist includes all types of services from dental hygiene guidance to cosmetic veneers. There are several advantages to going private and these should all be considered when making your decision.
Why Opt For a Private Dentist?
If you enter conversation about private dental care then you will often come across a stigma that it is just too expensive. However, the price of private dentist treatment has fallen in recent years and is now more affordable than ever.
There has been a 20% increase in cosmetic dental work carried out in the last 4 years as more and more Brits start to understand what exactly is possible in the private dentistry industry. Not only is private dentistry more accessible but there has been an increase in those seeking a more attractive smile.
Quality of Care
A massive factor influencing many to move from NHS care to private care is the quality of treatment on offer. Britain has a pool of very highly trained private dentists operating at the peak of their professions and with cutting edge equipment.
New innovations are entering the market every year. These highly advanced treatments require special training that is only utilised with private dental treatments such as; teeth whitening, teeth straightening and cosmetic veneers.
Private Treatment is Surprisingly Affordable
Cutting edge treatments are naturally quite expensive. Especially those complex treatments requiring years of additional training for the dentist involved. Some treatments also make use of expensive processes and materials which have to be factored into the cost.
However, most general private dental care is very affordable, easily accessible, and not drastically different in price compared to NHS treatment. Please see a list of private dental care prices offered from Bamboo Dental so that you see how affordable the general dentistry treatments are related to NHS treatments.
Paying for Private Dental Treatment
There are various ways that you can pay for your private treatment and can differ depending on which private dentist you choose to go with.
There are several large brands that you can purchase dental insurance from. These include but are not limited to; Bupa, Cigna and Allianz. A fair price for this is approximately £20 per month and is often provided to you as a benefit from your employer. This type of private dentist insurance will cover at least 70% of your treatment costs and in many cases will cover the full cost.
Most private dentists will be able to help you apply for a medical loan. These are commonly interest free and acts as a way for you to spread expensive costs over a number of months or years.
Practice Dentist Plans
It is common practice for a private dentist to offer their own health plans. One example is Denplan which has a cost of £15-£25 per month. These type of plans encourage patients to regularly visit the dentist for check ups. As a consequence, the dentist is able to spot any problems before they get serious and therefore keep costs down in a way that results in a more affordable monthly plan for their patients! Bamboo offer a similar dentist plan called Bamboo Dental Care which is even less expensive than Denplan.
Most private treatment carries a quality guarantee. Bamboo offer a personal 5 year guarantee on cosmetic treatments which is a key indicator in the confidence that the head dentist, Dr Dan, has in his ability to deliver only the best dental treatment.
NHS Dental Care Summary
NHS Dentist Pros
- You pay a fixed fee of either; £13.50, £43.00 or £185.00 depending on the treatment that you require.
- If you come back for more treatments within the same band, within a two month window, they are still included in the cost you’ve paid.
- You may be eligible for free NHS treatment if you fall under certain criteria.
NHS Dentist Cons
- Lack of availability.
- Treatments only to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy – no cosmetic treatments.
- Due to time restraints, you may not always get preventative care, as focus will be on fixing current problems.
Private Dental Care Summary
Private Dentist Pros
- Wide choice of treatments including everything from fillings and crowns to cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening and veneers.
- More time spent with the dentist – the dentist can often spend more time with each patient as they are not under pressure to meet NHS targets.
- Private dentists can spend more time on preventing future issues rather than just curing problems.
- Most private dentists offer finance options and payment plans to help you spread the cost of your treatments.
- No registration required.
Private Dentist Cons
- Comparatively more expensive (not by much) although many private dentists offer incentives and discount plans to make the cost more competitive.
- No free treatment for those under special circumstance (as with NHS). However, some free treatment may be offered in promotions that your private dentist my be running. For example, Bamboo Dental offer a free teeth whitening with any Six Month Smile treatment!