Cosmetic dentistry can be considered any dental treatment that aims to improve the appearance of a person’s teeth.
Teeth veneers are used every day as a tool to sculpt the perfect smile. These carefully crafted teeth are intricately attached over the existing tooth to create an eye catching smile that emanates from the face.
What Teeth Veneers Can Do For You
Many people who are in search of revamping their smile are searching because of a lack of confidence in their current smile. The psychological effect that a crooked smile can have is huge. The smile is the first thing that is noticed when meeting a new person. Imagine feeling the need to hide your smile due to this. There is a lack of connection when meeting new people and a difficulty to bond in the long term. Many people even avoid social interaction altogether so that they don’t have to go through the ordeal of worrying about what others will think of their smile.
A New Smile
Imagine a world where all of this can turn around. You are able to greet people with confidence. You are able to connect with people, able to make new friends, able to live life with the freedom that you should be able to. All of this is possible with a simple treatment of teeth veneers. After an initial consult with our award winning dentist you will get to discuss the dream smile you have been imagining. Then we can make that become a reality.
Teeth Veneers: A Simple Solution
After deciding on going for the treatment you will be able to choose exactly how your new smile will look. The degree of detail that can be taken into the fabrication of veneers is truly remarkable. Even small lines and indents can be added to the teeth to ensure that they look as realistic as possible. In fact, unless you knew that they were veneers you would just think that the happy smile was just a result of extremely lucky genetics.
Giselle never had perfect genetics when it came to her teeth. Even so, her family used to say she had a cute smile when she was very young. This was because she still felt free and had no insecurity about how she smiled and this shone through. However, as she started high school and began looking at others teeth she started to become more inhibited. She felt insecure and this sapped her confidence. Giselle hated having photographs taken. She would practice different smiles in the mirror that would allow her to hide her teeth. She would use this smile in photographs assuming she could not avoid having them taken altogether.
Giselle suffered with this cloud above her head until her mid twenties when she put her foot down and said ‘enough is enough!’. She started searching for options. A consideration was put forward for the Six Month Smile brace but when she came across veneers she felt that this was the perfect solution for her.
How Did Giselle’s Life Change?
Giselle hadn’t realised the feeling of complete freedom until that moment she looked in the mirror and saw those perfect teeth smiling back at her. The continuous hum of low self esteem had been plucked out from her mind and replaced with a beaming sense of pride. Her life had been changed.
The Advantages of Teeth Veneers
There are so many advantages of teeth veneers that we hear our patients expressing to us every day. Many of those are related to the psychological gains that have been achieved and the new lease of life given to the patients.
1. They provide a natural looking tooth
The veneers is designed with small etches and contours just like any regular tooth, that is if you want it designed that way. This means that the tooth can look completely natural! If you, on the other hand would like to go for that Hollywood look then a more porcelain, shiny style is optional.
2. Porcelain is very well tolerated by gum tissue
The material used in most veneers is porcelain. The great thing about this is that it is very well tolerated by the gums. You’ll have little to no resistance and inflammation from them where as other solutions can cause your gums to be reactive.
3. Thin veneers don’t require as much shaping as some alternatives
Some options such as crowns can require some shaving down of the tooth. However, veneers have evolved into very intricate designs that can now be incredibly thin. By making them so thin we are able to fit them to your teeth with as little adjustments made to your original teeth as possible. The amount of work needed to be done to your original teeth will depend though on the current situation of your teeth and the level of crowding that you currently have.
4. Increased confidence
One of the biggest advantages of teeth veneers is the dramatic increase in confidence that is able to be achieved. You can walk into the dental clinic lacking the ability to even smile authentically and walk out a few hours later with the brightest most genuine smile beaming from cheek to cheek. This will have a snowball effect in your family life, your social life and your work life.
5. Fast treatment times
Unlike treatments such as teeth straightening, teeth veneers can be fitted fairly quickly. So if you are not keen to wait for 6-12 months for your teeth to be naturally straightened then perhaps the veneers treatment is for you. With veneers you can have your smile in just two easy visits!
5 reasons why we’re the go to cosmetic dental practice in Wales
We’re not just your ordinary Cosmetic dental practice. We’ve composed a write up of why we think you should come to Bamboo Dental for your treatment. We’re sure you’ll agree that these five reasons alone are enough to persuade you to take that step towards your dream smile!
Five time award winning team
Bamboo Dental are a five time award winning cosmetic dental practice located in Cowbridge Road West, Ely. We pride ourselves on being leaders in cosmetic dentistry in Wales. We are proud to have won awards for our dentists, for our team and for our patient care. Your experience at our practice is the most important thing to us. We believe we should work around you, not the other way around. We believe it’s this kind of attitude towards dentistry and patient care that makes us so popular with our patients. Dr. Daniel Rogers, practice principle is the holder of one of our five awards. Dr. Dan won the award for Best young dentist at the Welsh Dentistry Awards. His dedicated team have helped the practice scoop four other awards since then. Our newest awards for Best Overall Practice and Best Marketing came as recent as last year. We couldn’t have achieved all we have achieved without the help from our patients which is why we always put our patients first. By opting for treatment at Bamboo Dental, you can be assured that you’ll only receive the best patient care and highest level of experience and professionalism from our experts.
Emergency Appointments, Open 7 days a week
We can’t promise top standard patient care without going above and beyond duty for you. Bamboo Dental is proud to be open seven days a week. Most cosmetic dental practices close their doors on a weekend but we understand emergencies can strike at any moment. What’s more, we understand that in this day and age, our patients live busier than ever lives, and we believe you shouldn’t have to take time out of work hours for dental care. We are also open till late on week nights, meaning you could aways visit us after work should your weekends be occupied.
You also don’t have to worry about where to park when you arrive as you have a guaranteed parking space in our carpark, making your trip to Bamboo Dental as stress free as possible.
Leading providers of Six Month Smiles
Bamboo Dental are a leading provider of Six Month Smiles, not only in Wales but the UK. Six Month Smiles is the revolutionary cosmetic treatment which promises you straighter white teeth in just six months. Dr. Dan is a leading provider meaning should you have treatment with him you are guaranteed the highest level of dentistry and the highest quality teeth straightening in Wales. Six Month Smiles is a discreet straightening system which uses clear brackets and wires to straighten teeth. The treatment is so popular as it is almost invisible, meaning you don’t have to worry about showing your teeth to others during your treatment. Long gone are the days of traditional train braces. We believe you shouldn’t have to fork out a fortune for straight white teeth, and you shouldn’t have to be embarrassed by unsightly braces during your treatment.
Monthly Payment Plans
Of course, dental care can be costly upfront. We’re not denying it. We aim to offer the most affordable prices to our patients but understand that it’s not always convenient to pay up front. We don’t think you should have to either which is why offer monthly payment plans to make your journey towards the perfect smile as stress free as possible. You can choose to pay over twelve or twenty four months, meaning your wallet can look as good as your smile. Paying monthly is so much easier than paying up front, and every patient that opts for a pay monthly programme reveals to us they couldn’t have had their dream smile without it. You pay your phone bill monthly, so why not pay for you smile monthly too? Especially when your smile is far more important that your phone!
Have we convinced you yet? If not, we have one more reason and we think we’ve saved the best. Did you know Bamboo Dental offer free consultations? Pretty cool huh? That means that even if you’re not 100% about a certain treatment, or decide to walk away having changed your mind, you still won’t pay a penny! We hope that won’t happen though! Should you call up and decided to organise a free consultation, a member of our expert team will sit down with you to discuss the treatment of your choice, and how you may or may not benefit from it. Should the treatment be unsuitable for you, our dentists will offer you the best alternative. If eligible for a your treatment, your expert will be on hand to answer any queries or questions you may have about the treatment. In addition, it’s your chance to meet your practitioner and see the dentist who will be there every step of your journey. Should you still wish to continue with the treatment after the free consultation, we’ll book you in for an appointment shortly after.
We hope the above reasons have convinced you as to why you should choose Bamboo Dental as your cosmetic dental practice. Bamboo Dental’s a cosmetic dental practice you can rely on, however if you have any more questions feel free to contact us on 02920 569769. Alternatively, you can contact us on our contact page. We make smiles that change lives and hope yours could be the next.
Teeth Straightening: Which Method is Quickest?
Fast Teeth Straightening in Cardiff
We all want straight teeth. The rise of cosmetic dentistry has seen more of us than ever headed to our local dentists for the perfect straight smile. However, the promise alone of a straighter smile isn’t enough. We understand our patients are busy people and want a treatment that schedules in well along side. Gone is the time of having to have braces for years on end to have a straighter smile. As cosmetic dentistry advances, so does the competition. There are more straightening systems than ever before, which can only be a good thing for those interested in straighter teeth. Not only does the price decrease, but so does the treatment time. We understand that no straightening system is ever 100% convenient – which is why you’ll probably want the teeth straightening system that takes as little time as possible. At Bamboo Dental we have a number of different straightening systems. In this helpful blog, we’ve collated our top three straightening systems – all of which provide fast and life changing results. After all, you shouldn’t have to wait a moment longer than you need to for that dream smile!
Six Month Smiles: Fast Teeth Straightening in Cardiff
Our most popular teeth straightening system at Bamboo Dental is Six Month Smiles. Why? Because it works, and it works quickly. Most patients who come in interested in teeth straightening opt for Six Month Smiles because one can’t deny the benefits of the treatment. Six Month Smiles is discreet. Unlike traditional train track braces, the brackets and wires are clear in colour making them difficult to detect. This is great for anyone who’s worried about the appearance and discretion of braces. The other huge advantage is the speed of the treatment. The clue is in the name – straight white teeth in only six months. Quite often, treatment is faster than six months. Depending on the treatment, some cases have only taken three months. The best way to know how long your treatment may take is to organise a free consultation with us at the practice. Six Month Smiles is such a triumph in dentistry as it gives you exactly what you want in such a short time period. Our patients are never disappointed in the treatment, this is probably down to the fact that Bamboo Dental is the leading provider of Six Month Smiles in Wales. Not only are we leading providers of the treatments, but our team is five time award winning. You’re in safe hands at Bamboo Dental knowing you’re getting only the best teeth straightening treatment by the best providers. If Six Month Smiles sounds like the ultimate teeth straightening system for you, why not read more about Six Month Smiles here?
Invisalign in Cardiff
Next up Invisalign. How is Invisalign a different straightening system you ask? Unlike Six Month Smiles, Invisalign isn’t a fixed straightening system. Invisalign treatment is essentially two gum shield like trays that are placed onto the teeth in order to straighten them. These trays are custom fit to your teeth and are remade as your straightening journey progresses. The trays can be removed whilst brushing and eating and drunk. Whilst we don’t recommend removing them for any other occasion, the fact these trays can be removed for very special events are also a huge plus. Invisalign trays are also clear and are close to invisible when worn. Whilst Invisalign usually takes longer than Six Month Smiles treatment, the huge draw to the Invisalign treatment is that removable element. Through out the journey, you’ll be able to follow your progress through the Invisalign app. Regular appointments at Bamboo Dental will also help to keep you on track. If you think Invisalign is a treatment you may be interested in, read more about the Invisalign straightening system here.
Veneers: The Quickest Alternative?
There is a third option. We’re about to offer you a cheat code here. Many patients with small issues eventually opt for veneers over straightening systems. We see many patients that are insecure about the odd tooth here or there. Whether a tooth is chipped, cracked, or misaligned, many patients save hundreds of pounds just by choosing veneers. Veneers don’t actually move teeth, but more hide small dental imperfections. Why spend months straightening a tooth when you can stick a veneer on? Ok, it’s not always so simple, and not everyone is a perfect fit for veneers, but why not book a consultation to find out if you are? The good thing about veneers is that it is indeed a cover up. Those of you who don’t want to wait months and months for straighter teeth (especially when the problem is only small) could really benefit from veneers. Veneers are a thin layer of material that are glued to the teeth. Veneers are hugely popular as they provide natural results and they provide them fast. Veneers are popular with people of all ages and we’re sure you’ll be impressed with the results. If you’re interested in veneers as an alternative to teeth straightening, why not read more about Veneers here?
So what next? If you think one of our teeth straightening treatments could be the perfect fix for you, call us today on 02920 569769. One of our expert dentists can reveal your options during a free consultation at the practice. The consultation with a member of our five time award winning team is free so you have nothing to lose by popping by and showing us our teeth. At Bamboo Dental, we think you deserve the smile of your dreams, and deserve it fast! So get in touch today! We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Are veneers really worth the price tag?
Affordable Veneers in Cardiff
We make no secret of Veneers and Implants being our top end treatments. No matter which practice in the UK you go to, veneers will be amongst the priciest treatments available. It’s a fact. However, there’s a huge myth that you have to pay an arm and a leg for veneers. It’s true that veneers can be expensive, but just how much do you have to pay? And are they really worth the price tag attached to them? In this helpful blog, we discuss the pros and cons of veneers and analysing whether you’ll really be out of pocket for opting for the treatment.
Lost lasting Veneers
Before discussing how much veneers cost, it’s important to understand what exactly they are and whether you even need them. Many patients contact the practice enquiring about veneers and implants when what they’re after is teeth straightening. Whilst veneers can offer a quick fix to a straight smile, they don’t actually straighten teeth. What veneers do is offer a cosmetically more pleasing smile, offering a straighter appearance without actually moving teeth.
Veneers are thin pieces of material which are glued to the teeth. Veneers are great for correcting dental imperfections such as cracks and chips. They can also cover gaps that one may feel insecure about. Those who want to align an unaligned smile however, are probably better off with veneers.
Free Consultation for Veneers in Cardiff
IF you’re unsure about which treatment will be best for you, why not arrange a free consultation at Bamboo Dental. It’s sometimes hard to guess which treatment is best for you, and it’s hard for us to give a general rule of thumb when discussing cosmetic dentistry. Every smile is different, meaning it’s essential we meet you for a one on one to offer you the best advice. If this is something you’d be interested in, why not contact us on our contact form or reach us on 02920 569769. During your free consultation, one of our dentists will offer you expert advice on how you could achieve a more aesthetically pleasing smile. If you’re a good candidate for veneers and are still interested in the treatment, we can book you in for an appointment. The consultation is absolutely free meaning you have nothing to lose by popping into the practice for a one on one. During the consultation, you can ask questions you may have about veneers. A member of our five time award winning team will also use the session to find our what exactly it is you desire from treatment at Bamboo, as you take the first the first step towards your dream smile.
So how much do veneers actually cost? We can only answer that by saying that the price varies from person to person as all smiles are different. The prices depends on how many veneers you eventually opt for. Veneers at Bamboo Dental start from £410, but we can’t offer an exact price until you pop in your free consultation.
Free Consultation for Veneers in Cardiff
One patient who read a blog similar to this was Matthew from Bridgend. Matthew had been interested in veneers and implants for quite some time, and decided to call in after reading about the benefits of cosmetic dentistry. Matthew shares his story below.
“I hadn’t been to the dentist for years. I knew I wasn’t dentally fit and I always told my friends and family that when I finally would go to the dentist, I’d have implants. Everyone told me I should go along as it had been so long before I’d gone to the dentist. I was finally in a position to sort out my smile. I called up Bamboo Dental to arrange an appointment as I saw that they were five time award winning. If I was going to have implants, I’d want them from the very best practice.
I was terrified as it had been so long, but the staff at Bamboo Dental were so friendly. They understood that some people put off going to the dentist – and they all had their reasons. The dental nurse I spoke with said that the important thing was that I had decided to come in today. That was true. After all, it’s better to come in that day than a year later. My expert dentist was really nice. He said that I indeed had some work needed to be done but that was to be expected after not visiting the practice for so long. He told me that he wanted to get me dentally fit before opting for any treatments at all. He said that cosmetically, my teeth didn’t need that much work. He said i could benefit from a veneer on one of my top teeth that had been chipped. I’d always felt a bit insecure about that chip so I thought – if my teeth aren’t that bad, why not just opt for a veneer. I’d saved up quite a bit for cosmetic dentistry so when Dr. Dan gave me the final price, I was more than prepared. In all honesty, I thought the price would be much higher as I was expecting to get some implants.
Bamboo Dental did offer me payment plans to spread the cost over a year but as I said, I’d saved up more than enough. The girls at reception booked me in for my veneer appointment. A month on from that appointment I can say I’m much happier. The veneer is the same shade as my other teeth so it looks really natural. At a later point, I want to consider some whitening or see what else I can get done. The amount of money that I’m going to save on teeth aligning now thanks to this veneer is incredible. It’s certainly been worth it! Thanks Bamboo Dental!”
Teeth Veneers at Bamboo Dental in Cardiff
Teeth veneers are an extremely popular treatment at Bamboo Dental. However, most people who opt for teeth veneers often come in to the practice with a different treatment in mind. It’s only at the free consultation when they realise the benefit of teeth veneers, do they opt for the treatment. Why is it you may ask? We’ve put our heads together at Bamboo Dental to think of reasons why we believe fewer people enquire about teeth veneers than dental braces for example. The main reason we kept coming back to is that people think Veneers are for celebrities and out of their price range. This, however, is just simply untrue.
Veneers have become extremely popular with the general public and have become more and more affordable with each passing year. Veneers are simply a thin layer of material placed over the existing tooth to improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers can be used to cover up gaps, align teeth, and hide cracks and chips. Veneers are the celebrity go to choice for a reason – they truly offer a natural, impressive and white smile. Now you can get your hands on teeth veneers without being out of pocket.
Get your confidence back with Teeth Veneers
Are veneers for you? You might be wondering whether or not you could benefit from veneers. To find out this, why not contact us today to organise a free consultation with one of our experts? A member of our award winning team will be able to take a look at your smile and offer you the advice you need for a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing smile. The free consultation is an opportunity to have a one on one with the dentist, getting the answers to any questions you may have. If you have gaps, chips or cracks you are insecure about, veneers could be the perfect solution for you. If you want to avoid braces but have a straighter smile, mention veneers at your free consultation and see if you are eligible for treatment.
Veneers can give you that celebrity smile, while offering a truly natural look. Veneers are designed to match the colour of your existing teeth so that it won’t look out of place in your mouth. You’ll work closely with your dentist to assure you have the smile you truly desire. Veneers can give you that confidence boost you need, improving relationships, job prospects and daily interactions. There’s no need to feel insecure about your smile anymore, or to hide your teeth when you smile. Let Bamboo Dental give you the smile of your dreams!
Teeth Veneers of Finance
So how much do they cost then? First thing first, the cost of treatment depends on just how many veneers you wish to have. At your free consultation, your dentist will suggest just how many you need, but the decision is ultimately up to you. Veneers generally start from around £410 per tooth. Veneers are made from a strong material, and ultimately you can save money on dental work that may pile up should you not opt for veneers. We understand however that the cost of veneers upfront can be demanding on the wallet. We offer only the best veneers at competitive prices, but acknowledge that it’s not always practical to pay for veneers upfront. That’s why Bamboo Dental now offer finance on Veneers. You can now either pay over 12 or 24 months. All finance plans are interest free, meaning you can get the treatment you deserve without forking out more than you need to.
Are Teeth Veneers Expensive?
With our affordable finance plans, you can have the smile you always dreamed of, paying the full amount little by little each month. This is an extremely popular option with our patients, especially the ones who opt for teeth veneers. For more information on our finance plans, why not call up the practice on 0290 569769? A member of our team will be more than happy to discuss if you’re eligible for a finance plan.
Most of our patients who opt for teeth veneers, don’t head to the practice with the treatment initially in mind. Even if veneers have crossed their mind, they think they won’t be able to afford them. It’s only when talking through the prices and finance plans do our patients realise that veneers are in fact affordable. Above that, veneers are only recommended to patients who could really benefit from them. That means that if veneers are recommended to you, you know that it’s truly the best option for you, as recommended by one of our experts. Patients are also amazed by the speed of the process and the results of the before and afters that we show them.
Veneers are a great treatment for improving your smile and confidence. However, you won’t truly know if you could benefit from then until you get in touch with the practice. Reach out to Bamboo Dental either by phone or on our contact form and we’ll be sure to fit you in for a free consultation and offer you the expert advice you deserve. So why not call up today? The consultation is absolutely free so you have nothing to lose by seeing Dr. Dan or another member of the five time award winning team. The change you’ve always want to make could begin with just a simple phone call!
Everything you need to know about Veneers
It wasn’t long ago that veneers were very much considered a celebrity treatment. Teeth whitening and straightening may have been accessible to the masses, but veneers were still seen as a treatment for the rich and famous. However, in the past few years, the number of us ordinary folk opting for veneers has hugely increased. Why is this exactly?
We are living in an age where looking good and feeling good has never been more important. We are taking more pride of our appearance. The rise of celebrity fandom has sparked more demand for looking like our favourite stars. A lot of our patients don’t just tell us they want veneers; they tell us they want veneers like Cheryl or Rylan. Wanting to look our best isn’t a crime, which is why more and more of us are dishing out on cosmetic dentistry. But what are veneers exactly? How do they work and who are they for? There are a lot of questions surrounding veneers and in this blog we aim to answer many of them.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain which are bonded to the enamel of the teeth to recreate or redesign a natural smile. These pieces of porcelain are strong and resilient compared with natural tooth enamel. They are custom made for you to match the colour of your teeth resulting in a shiny new natural smile. Veneers are less intrusive and complex than braces and other treatments. Veneers are a much quicker process than six months of straightening and show just as good a result. They are used to close gaps and correct misalignments and chips in teeth, and result in a brighter and straighter smile, all in a very speedy process. As you can see, veneers are a great solution for solving a number of problems, so it’s no surprise why they have become so popular with both patients and dentists.
How exactly does the process work then? Well, veneers in Cardiff involve very little time in the surgery. In a first appointment, the dentist will begin by preparing the surface of your teeth to neatly bond the veneer(s) to your teeth. One of our team may do this by preparing some of the outer layer of the enamel to ensure the veneer will fit perfectly and comfortably. Once prepared, the dentist will take impressions which are sent off to a specialist to create your own personalised veneers. You will then be invited back for a second appointment when the prepared veneers are bonded to the enamel. It’s as easy as that!
Caring for your Veneers – Veneers in Cardiff
In terms of caring for your veneers, we recommend to continue to brush and floss as usual. There are many advantages to veneers. As they are non-living, they shouldn’t stain like normal teeth do from coffee, dark foods and smoking. However, as usual you should try and minimise these habits in order to not compromise the rest of your teeth. It is important to continue to maintain good oral hygiene to take care of the teeth that the veneer is bonded too. Veneers don’t usually fall off, but if the rare event they do, they can easily be rebonded. Veneers can last from seven to twenty years.
Veneers can be expensive. We’ll rephrase that. Veneers are expensive – wherever you go. Despite our prices being competitive, we understand that the cost of veneers in Cardiff is a lot on the wallet. At Bamboo Dental, we offer 0% finance so the price of veneers can be spread over a year or two years. Not only do we offer competitive prices and affordable payment plans, we have a five-time award winning team. You’d be crazy to get veneers from anywhere else! If you feel veneers in Cardiff could be a good solution for you, then call us on 02920 569769 or contact us on our contact form here. Once you get in touch, we can book you in for a free consultation with a member of our team of experts. This consultation will be the chance for you to talk about what you want done, and your expert will inform you on what is achievable and in what time frame. If may be that another type of treatment may be more suitable such as a crown or braces. If you are happy with the consultation, Bamboo Dental will then book you in for treatment. So why not give us a call today? Veneers can truly restore smiles and restore confidence. We see many of our patients overjoyed at their celebrity smiles. What’s truly important to the team of Bamboo is giving that confidence to our patients. It’s not the veneers in Cardiff that change lives, it’s the confidence that comes with it. Happiness and confidence is only a call away with Bamboo Dental.
How to keep your dentist happy this Halloween
Believe it or not, dentists don’t actually hate Halloween. Dentists have children of their own who love Halloween. The inner child of the dentist loves Halloween too. What do dentists not love? Cavities. Where do cavities come from? Too much sugar and poor dental hygiene. It’s no surprise therefore why people assume dentists don’t like Halloween. Of course, indulging in sugary treats every Halloween isn’t a dentist’s dream but we’re not telling you or your children to stop having fun. It’s just fun in sugary moderation. Here are our top tips to having a dental care free Halloween.
Avoid Sticky Sweets
You know the ones. Those annoying sweets that stick to your teeth. The amount of time a sugary snack stays in your mouth is a huge factor in how bad tooth decay can become. If the remains of a sweet is stuck to a tooth, it will take longer for the saliva in your mouth to wash it away. IF sticky sweets are your absolute favourite, why not try sugar free alternatives?
Avoid Sugary Drinks
One way to cut down on the sugar this Halloween is by sticking to sugar free drinks. If you can’t resist sweets at Halloween, switching to sugar free alternatives will cause less tooth decay. Of course, water is the best option.
Soft sweets instead of hard sweets
We’ve all put a sweet in our mouth, taken a bite and realised it’s a hard one. The problem with hard sweets is that they stay in your mouth longer than soft ones. The longer a sugary sweet stays in your mouth, the higher the chance of tooth decay.
Eat candy for dinner
Okay so we don’t literally mean substitute a meal time with a packet of sweets. What we do mean however, is to eat candy before or just after meal time. The reason being is that saliva production is significantly increased during meal time, helping cancel out bacteria and washing away food particles. This means that extra saliva is in the mouth to wash away sugary candy.
Floss like your life depends on it
Your mouth will thank for you it. Flossing is important, especially at Halloween. If you have indulged in candy, be sure to floss in the evening. Decay causing bacteria will get between your teeth where toothbrushes can’t reach. Flossing will remove plaque and food particles that have got stuck between teeth.
So there are our top five tips to keep your dentist happy this Halloween. One patient who wishes she could have read our top tips this time last year in Jessica from Barry. Jessica had many treats last Halloween and one almighty trick. She kindly shares her story with us below.
“I love Halloween. I love everything about it. I love buying pumpkins and carving them. I love dressing up, throwing parties and I love sweets. I’m not going to stop eating sweets, in the same way I’m not going to stop treating myself at Christmas. It’s a holiday, and you’re allowed that privilege, right? That said, this Halloween I’m being a lot more careful because I had the worst thing happen to me last year.
It was my first Halloween living in Cardiff. I originally come from Barry but had moved to the city centre last year and was ready to celebrate Halloween with my friends. We threw a big party at mine and my friend’s place. I had dressed up, rather ironically as the tooth fairy. That was something I was never going to live down after what was to follow that night.
We assumed we wouldn’t have many trick or treaters because we were living in an apartment complex. Any one that knocked on our door would be people within in the apartments. This seemed to mostly be students and young adults. Nevertheless, we had all the candy in the world. With places like Poundland selling sweets so cheap, everything was bringing so many sweets with them. I honestly could have swum in an ocean of candy in my apartment.
“I needed a dentist near me desperately…”
I remember we were watching Saw when it happened. I bit into a hard boiled sweet without even looking. I bit so hard, and wasn’t expecting it to be a hard boiled sweet. The pain I felt then was immense. I don’t know how it happen but a huge chip appeared in one of my top teeth. I remember covering my mouth and rushing straight to the bathroom. It was so embarrassing but there was nothing I could do about it that evening. I didn’t eat another thing that night. I refused. I’d eaten a pizza not long before so I wasn’t hungry anyway. If sweets are just there in front you, then you eat them.
The next day was a Sunday and I knew I wouldn’t be able to find a dentist near me on a Sunday. Nevertheless, I decided to check far and wide on the internet to see if anyone was open. It was such a huge chip, or at least it seemed it to me. I didn’t actually need to search that far for a dentist near me, because the first result was Bamboo Dental. I was over the moon to have found a dentist near me that was open on a Sunday. I called up first thing and begged them for an emergency appointment. Luckily they always make room for emergency appointments.
I drove straight into the practice and saw one of your kind dentists who help cover the chip. I was still self-conscious about it however. Bamboo told me that I could consider veneers. I always assumed veneers were expensive. Even though they cost less than I had assumed, I still couldn’t have afforded them on my wage. Luckily Bamboo, dentist near me, told me there were pay monthly options available. They sent me a link to apply for finance online and now, twelve months on, I have finished paying off my veneer. They booked me in for an appointment a week after and the process began.
What I can’t believe is how real the veneer looks. The dentists help you find a shade that matches your teeth so it doesn’t look noticeable. I can’t believe the trauma went through all because I couldn’t keep my hands out the sweety jar! Thank god there was a dentist near me that could help me out at such short notice.
We were more than happy to help Jessica out in her hour of need, but of course, prevention is far better than treatment. So be sure to follow our top tips or else you’ll end up like Jessica, all tricks and no treats!
Visiting the dentist has taken on a whole new meaning in recent years. A meaning that is expanding and becoming more and more popular as each day passes. That is, the dentist is no longer a place ONLY to keep your teeth in great health. But it is also a place to IMPROVE the appearance of your teeth and a place to create a beautiful smile that you can be proud and confident to share with the world. This new place is called cosmetic dentistry.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
As the rise of cosmetic dentistry is new to many people, we want to talk you through what cosmetic dentistry exactly is and the potential benefit that are available for you to take advantage of – and there are many.
You may be the worlds best at looking after your teeth. You visit your dentist regularly for check ups, you brush and floss twice daily, you don’t smoke, and you avoid foods and drinks that are unfriendly to teeth. However, as time ticks by general wear and tare on your teeth will start to show. This could manifest itself in an accident of sorts causing tooth to chip or become loose. Perhaps you have developed an underlying habit of grinding your teeth whilst asleep. Either way, there will be a negative effect on the appearance of your smile. It is most often unavoidable. But don’t worry, there are a range of cosmetic treatments that can help get your smile back on track!
Why Do People Choose Cosmetic Dentistry?
Why exactly are people concerned about the appearance of their teeth? After years of practicing the field of cosmetic dentistry we have talked with thousands of patients who have very similar concerns. These concerns appear to be mentioned again and again:
Confidence is one of the major motives influencing a person to make the decision of improving their appearance. If a person becomes self-conscious about their teeth then all sorts of problems can arise. A common occurrence is that the person in question avoids smiling in photographs. They simply don’t want their teeth to be shown wherever possible and this can cause them to come across as an unhappy person as they aren’t smiling with their teeth. Due to this, social interaction can become difficult. Especially if a person avoids talking at all in an effort to keep their teeth behind closed lips.
This all leads to a huge lack of confidence and can seriously affect a person’s ability to live a happy life. At some point they decide that a change is needed. They cannot live like this a minute longer. So they get in touch with a cosmetic dentist such as Dr Dan of Bamboo Dental. They then find out that this huge burden they have been carrying is very easily lifted and a confident life is something that CAN be a reality once again!
Another recurring theme is that of love. Studies have procured strong evidence showing that the first thing a person notices when meeting your for the first time is your smile. Your smile is also one of the top indicators of attract according to studies. Both of these factors combined sheds and enormous light on why many people with crooked or discoloured teeth may find it difficult to find a partner.
There is also a link through our biological history. The sole purpose of humanity is to survive and reproduce. It is suggested that in a mate, one looks for someone who appears to be healthy. Healthy enough to survive and to help future generations survive by passing on good genes and providing for the family. If your teeth appear to be unhealthy then this sends a subconscious signal to a potential mate that you may not be the best person for them. This idea can go some way to describing why a persons smile is so important when looking for love. Another reason is that we seek happiness in life. If a person is smiling awkwardly whilst trying to hide their teeth then this sends a signal across that something is not quite right in their life.
What Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments Are Most Popular?
You will find that most cosmetic dentists will offer different systems of treatment. However, they will all cover the most highly demanded treatments in the industry. Here are some of the most commonly asked for treatments:
Teeth straightening is a way of moving crooked, crowded or spaced teeth back in line. Although this can come under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry, this treatment is also often essential for healthy teeth. Teeth straightening has become so popular that many new technologies have been developed to help tackle the different aims and objectives of patients looking to get their teeth straightened.
Invisalign is a type of removable aligner. The aligner is nearly invisible and is the perfect solution for someone looking to straighten their teeth as discreetly as possible.
Six Month Smiles is a type of fixed train-track brace. The brace system is incredibly effective at correcting complex problems. And the best thing is that it can straighten most sets of teeth in six months of less. The brace brackets are also clear which keeps the appearance fairly discreet.
Cosmetic veneers are often seen in what is becoming referred as ‘the celebrity smile’. They are very thin and durable caps that securely fit over the each tooth to change the shape and appearance. Each veneers can be designed just for your very own set of teeth. The design phase can stem all the way from colour to adding tiny dents and lines in order to make the tooth look so realistic that nobody would know you were wearing veneers!
Probably the most popular and easily the most accessible treatment in cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. It is important to only visit a dental professional when seeking out teeth whitening treatment. It is only a dentist who can check that it is safe for you to go through the treatment. Your dentist will also have a supply of safe whitening solution that has been obtained from verified sources.
Teeth whitening can come in various forms from in chair laser teeth whitening to take-home whitening trays. Both methods will bring up the whiteness of your teeth to a beautiful white shade and can make all the difference in a person’s smile!
Talk to Bamboo!
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Do veneers look fake? This is a particularly interesting question, especially coming from a dentists side of things. You see, may patients are looking for different results from their veneers. What this means is that in some cases, yes they will look fake and in others they absolutely won’t.
Why Do Some Veneers Look Fake?
Most people, when asked about veneers, think about the bright white dazzling smiles of famous celebs. What they don’t think about are all of those smiles that they didn’t realise were actually veneers. This is why there is a perception that veneers look fake when in fact, generally only the deliberately fake looking ones look fake. There are some exceptions such as very low quality treatments in which the only option is to look unrealistic even if the aim was to create a natural looking smile.
The Celebrity Look
Pioneered by Hollywood’s most famous, the celebrity veneers look is one of bright proportions. They wanted people to know that they have expended on styling their teeth. This concept has spread through to the general public who often ask for a show stopping smile.
Celebrities such as x and x have gone for this style of teeth as did Carol, a veneers patient who has experienced going through the treatment. Here’s what she said about why she went for the celebrity veneers look:
“Going for the more outlandish look was always the way I would go. I didn’t really have to think about it too much. I mean, when a person wears make-up or gets there hair done you can tell it’s ‘fake’ and thats fine. The main thing is that it looks better. I feel the same about teeth. I feel that my new veneers look much better and can be appreciated when they are perfectly white and perfectly shaped. For me is is like buying a designer bag or something. I want to be able to show off my teeth and have people ask ‘oh wow, have you had your teeth done?’. I love the style, they are perfect for me and they fit my personality perfectly too.”
The Natural Veneers
It is most common for our patients to ask for veneers that look natural. By natural, they want to achieve a perfect smile but one that does not look manufactured at all.
Hailey chose to go for a more natural appearing set of veneers and thinks that they have completely changed her life for the better:
‘Hands down the best thing I have ever bought for myself. I mean, people always compliment me on my teeth now. They think they are MY teeth which does make me feel better. There is just something about the realistic look of them that makes them that much more appealing. I sometimes look in the mirror and forget that the teeth aren’t actually real!.”
How Are More Natural Looking Veneers Different?
It is mostly achieved back in the lab. You would be surprised at the level of detail that can be harnessed during the fabrication of cosmetic veneers. In some cases, little dents and lines are added to the teeth to give the impression of wear and tear similar to normal teeth. After all, if a veneer looks too polished and blemish free then it would hardly look realistic.
Well, it all comes down to personal preference. If you want your veneers to look like real teeth then they very much can. If you want them to look clearly off the shelf then that is entirely possible too. The key note to take away from this, though, is that it takes much more skill to pull off treatment for realistic veneers. Cosmetic dentists go through hours and hours of training to develop the skills needed in order to make your veneers appear to be perfect teeth that still look like your own. I cannot stress enough the importance of choosing your cosmetic dentist wisely. If you choose an unskilled practitioner at a very cheap price then don’t expect to be happy with the results.
What does the process of getting veneers look like?
Possibly the most crucial step in your veneers journey happens before the treatment even starts. Before anything happens it is vital that your cosmetic dentist has the opportunity to fully evaluate your current situation and if your teeth are in a suitable condition to make the veneers treatment viable. This is just one reason that you need to consult with an experienced dentist. An experienced dentist will be able to accurately tell you if the veneers treatment will work for your particular case. If your teeth are not in a suitable condition and the treatment goes ahead then you are at a high risk of damaging your dental health and making things much worse in the future.
During this time, you will have the chance to talk frankly with your cosmetic dentist. You will be able to talk about your objectives and how probably they are with a dentist who wants the best for you.
Time to make an impression!
After the preliminary discussions our head dentist, Dr Dan, will use a special dental putty to make an impression of your teeth. At the same time he will document the current shade of your teeth so that when your veneers are fabricated at the dental laboratory they will match up with the colour of your other teeth creating a seamlessly natural smile.
The lab is full of very talented dental technicians who will use their knowledge and experience to carefully create replica veneers designed and shaped just for you. These will be returned back to the dental surgery where they can be fitted to your teeth. This allows you to see how the final result will look and let’s you effectively try out the veneers before having the final set made. If, after this period you are happy with the appearance of your replica veneers we will progress with the final fitting.
Time for the final fitting!
Now comes the most important and technical part of the process. This is where the quality and experience of your chosen cosmetic dentist will ultimately pay off.
Dr Dan of Bamboo Dental has performed a large amount of veneer fittings during his time as a cosmetic dentist and this has enabled him to gain the experience to make sure that your veneers are fitted in the absolute best way possible. This will ensure that they will not only look great but they will feel comfortable and stand the test of time too!
The growth in popularity of cosmetic dentistry in recent years has been nothing short of incredible. More and more people each day are understanding that the appearance of their teeth is not only vitally important but something that they do have complete control over. It is now very easy to correct almost any ailment of the teeth whether it be discolouration, crookedness or even if you they have all fallen out!
Cosmetic Dentistry: It’s on everyone’s lips
The advancement in cosmetic dentistry treatments has been necessary to fill the demand for a population of people more focused on looking their best. However, there was still a demand for aesthetically pleasing teeth centuries ago and that means that there was an industry too. Let’s have a loot in more detail at the progression of specific treatments involved in cosmetic dentistry.
Teeth Whitening: Then and Now
We can go all the way back to the Ancient Romans to find the birth of teeth whitening. They saw it as a sign of wealth and would go to great lengths in order to achieve a white smile. Their teeth whitening experts put together a mixture consisting of urine and goats milk amongst other ingredients. These ancient whitening staples were cooked up in a special paste that was applied to the teeth and left to work its magic.
As we entered the 17th century, the act of teeth whitening moved from a DIY set up and into more of a service industry, if you can call it that. The unlikely providers of said service were the humble barbers who saw a gap in the market to whiten your teeth whilst giving your hair a trim.
Many years later dentists began to use hydrogen peroxide as the key ingredient in their solution to whiten teeth. This is still used today. There was always an issue of how to get the solution on to the teeth. This was generally done by painting the teeth until a form of bleaching tray was invented that would sit over the teeth holding the solution onto the tooth surface.
In more modern times teeth whitening procedures have been refined and advanced with new technology. Trays are still a very popular choice due to their ease of use, however, we have now started to use special laser technology in our whitening efforts. This involved the use of LED lighting to activate the whitening solution and wrks very effectively.
The Road to Straighter Teeth
Teeth straightening stretches all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians. Incredibly, archaeological digs have uncovered mummified bodies with metal contraptions in their mouth.
In the 18th century, a man named Louis Bourdet wrote a book titled, The Dentist’s Art. This had an entire section devoted to the technique of tooth alignment and was the first literature discussing the option of removing a tooth in order to make space for the alignment of others.
As cosmetic dentistry progressed through the years we saw the introduction of metal braces and fixed braces that used elastics to put a constant pressure on the teeth. The next big development after this was the addition of x-rays to the orthodontists armoury. This use of x-rays in aiding teeth straightening was pioneered by Eugine Talbot although it only became common practice towards the middle of the 1900’s.
The 1900’s was where cosmetic dentistry really started to grow. First a classification was invented for the course of your teeth. This innovation allowed orthodontists to clearly describe the direction that a tooth was moving in and how much corrective treatment it would need to move it back to the optimal position. In the meantime, an idea had been circulating the cosmetic dentistry world – brackets. The concept of using brackets on the teeth to help move them into the right direction was held back by just one thing. A lack of a safe and suitable adhesive to fix the bracket to the teeth with. This problem was soon solved and the fixed train-track braces that you see today started to be used.
In more recent years the speed and the aesthetic appearance of braces has become increasingly important. Invisalign took centre stage with it’s nearly invisible solution to teeth straightening. The system uses a series of see through aligners to gradually straighten teeth. The only downside is that the time involved in this system is still much longer than many people would like. This is where new concepts such as Six Month Smiles have cornered the market. Their brace can straighten teeth in six months (often less) and although it’s appearance is discreet, it is not as invisible as Invisalign. This has presented to sides to the teeth straightening market that people now have the option to choose between – speed or appearance.
Tooth Replacement in Cosmetic Dentistry
One of the most vital areas of cosmetic dentistry is tooth replacement. After all, what use is making a tooth whiter or straighter if you don’t even have one. The goal of effectively replacing teeth has been prevalent since Ancient times where old animal bones were often carved into replacement teeth.
During the early 16th century, Japan was home to the first set of wooden dentures. These were commonly used throughout that time. There is even a myth that George Washington was the proud owner of a set of wooden teeth.
Dentures are still used today, although they much more closely resemble real teeth. However a more robust and all round better alternative is beginning to peak in the industry. That is, dental implants. These implants are a form of small titanium rod that is placed in the jaw bone where the tooth root would originally be. Your crown is then placed on top of the implant. The result is a tooth that looks, acts and feels just like a real tooth without the added annoyance of having to glue these into your mouth as with dentures.
Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way over the years and it is exciting to see where it may be heading. A new technology that is starting to cause ripples in the industry is the use of 3D printers. Could your brand new teeth be printed out at a dental clinic near you as some point in the future?