Why braces no longer need to mean a mouth full of metal

If you think braces mean obvious fixed metal appliances, it’s time to think again. At The Dental Surgery Burnham we offer a range of more discreet routes to straighter teeth, designed for adults with busy professional lives, as well as in some cases for self-conscious teenagers who want an alternative to standard metal braces.

braces-burnhamDiscreet orthodontics is a rapidly growing area, driven by the increasing desire in adult patients for teeth straightening treatment, without having to wear obvious metal braces for months or even years on end. What these discreet devices do is to take the traditional principles of orthodontic treatment then modernise them to create devices fit for the 21st Century.

At our Burnham dental practice we believe that you are never too old to straighten your teeth. Whilst many of these devices are colloquially referred to as “cosmetic braces” the health benefits of teeth straightening treatment should not be ignored. In general terms, straighter teeth are healthier teeth because there are fewer gaps in which food particles can get trapped and plaque bacteria can build up. That means, with a good home care routine and regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, teeth straightening treatment can reduce your risk of developing both gum disease and tooth decay.

Discreet braces and aligners in Burnham

If you are interested in a subtler method of teeth straightening, you should book an orthodontic consultation at our Burnham dental practice. Your dentist will perform an in-depth clinical examination to determine the best course of treatment to suit your needs.

The subtle teeth straightening options at our Burnham clinic are:

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are discreet braces designed for minor to moderate correction of issues affecting the front teeth. They have an average treatment time of just half a year and work so quickly because their primary focus is on the teeth that show when you smile. These appliances comprise clear and tooth-coloured components.


Sometimes called “invisible braces” Invisalign is in fact a series of clear, removable aligners that fit over your teeth to adjust their position. Invisalign aligners are all-but invisible to the untrained eye.

Why tooth whitening with a cosmetic dentist is a great smile boost before a special occasion

Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available, and it’s not difficult to understand why. At The Dental Surgery Burnham we have found that combination whitening treatment is the most effective way to remove even deep-seated stains from the teeth, leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile in as little as a fortnight.

tooth-whitening-burnhamHow tooth whitening works

Teeth are easily stained by dietary factors (such as coffee or red wine), by lifestyle factors such as smoking, as a side-effect of some medicines, and a consequence of some medical conditions such as fluorosis.

Whilst it is often possible for the hygienist at our Burnhamdental practice to remove surface stains, tooth whitening is the most effective way to remove more deep-seated stains. It involves the use of custom-made teeth whitening trays and a special bleaching gel (which is of a legally safe concentration) to permeate the teeth and get rid of common staining.

Results will typically last for several months, and whilst lifestyle factors may cause your teeth to lose a couple of shades of brightness in between six months and a year, they are unlikely to return to their original stained colour. We offer top-up treatments at our Burnham clinic, and recommend an occasional one-night home top-up every few months to maintain colour.

Tooth whitening in Burnham

The Dental Surgery Burnham uses the Enlighten combination tooth whitening system, which is the only one to guarantee a B1 shade of brightness – the lightest shade available in the UK.

You will start by carrying out treatment at home, using custom-made whitening trays and gel for about two weeks, and will then come in for a final 40-minute appointment at the practice. At this appointment your dentist applies a more concentrated form of the gel.

Tooth whitening from a dentist: the safe, reliable, and fast way to boost your smile

Tooth whitening is one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry, and it’s not hard to see why. At The Dental Surgery Burnham we believe that everybody deserves a smile to be proud of, and have seen many patients’ confidence transformed with the help of a course of whitening treatment.

teeth-whiteningEveryday life soon takes its toll on our teeth, and tooth staining is a common problem. Dietary factors including drinks such as tea and coffee, habits such as cigarette smoking, even some medicines and medical conditions result in staining of the teeth.

When delivered by a dentist, tooth whitening treatment is an effective way to remove common stains, brightening up your smile and raising your self-esteem. It takes just a couple of weeks to complete, which makes it perfect preparation for a special occasion such as a family holiday, job interview or graduation. If you are interested in this treatment, join us at our Burnham clinic for a consultation.

The first thing your dentist will do is assess the nature of your tooth staining to check that tooth whitening treatment is the most appropriate option. It works on even deep-seated stains and is suitable for most people; only if you have a tooth that is permanently discoloured will you need to consider another option from our cosmetic dentistry menu, such as porcelain veneers.

At our Burnhamdental practice we have conducted extensive research into tooth whitening products, and are proud to use only the Enlighten teeth whitening brand. It is the only system that guarantees a B1 shade of whiteness – the lightest available in the UK – and is also known for being gentle on the teeth.

Enlighten tooth whitening starts with home whitening, and is completed with a final session here at our Burnhamdental practice.

If you think braces mean metal, think again

Hear the word “braces” and what springs to mind? Metal train-tracks? At The Dental Surgery Burnham we are eager to point out that while fixed metal appliances remain popular with teenagers, who enjoy the ability to customise their devices, for example in the colours of their favourite football team, there are a number of more discreet options available for adults in need of orthodontic treatment.

invisible-bracesBurnhambraces and aligners

The Dental Surgery Burnham offers two options for anyone interested in discreet teeth straightening: tooth-coloured braces, and clear aligners. Whichever option you find best suits your needs, we think you’ll agree that treatment is far more subtle than with traditional metal appliances. In many cases, it is quicker, too.

If you would like straighter teeth without the constraints and hassle of metal braces, come to our Burnhamdental practice for a consultation. Your dentist will examine your teeth and your bite – how your jaws meet – before recommending the best course of treatment.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are fixed braces with some major differences. They comprise clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires, so they will blend in with the natural colour of your teeth. These devices use lower forces than traditional orthodontic appliances, and they work in an average of six months because they concentrate on the teeth that show when you smile.


Sometimes called “invisible braces”, Invisalign is in fact a series of removable clear aligners that are custom-made to fit over your teeth, gently guiding them into a new position in two-week increments.

Invisalign aligners can be used to correct a wider range of orthodontic issues than Six Month Smiles, and they have little to no impact on your lifestyle, because you can take them out for short periods to eat and drink, to brush your teeth, and to clean.

Clean and polish

As well as regular visits to the dentist, regular appointments with the dental hygienist are vitally important to keeping your mouth healthy. At The Dental Surgery Burnham, our skilled team of hygienists and oral health educators, working under our dentists’ direction, provide a full range of oral healthcare services, helping to keep your teeth wonderfully clean and helping to prevent problems such as gum disease, bad breath, and tooth decay.

teeth-whiteningWhen most people think of the hygienist, they think of a scale and polish. This is a vital part of the hygienist’s role, and involves professionally cleaning your teeth using a range of specialist equipment and pastes.

Even those of us with a good home healthcare routine benefit from a scale and polish every six months. There are often areas of the mouth that are difficult to clean properly at home, and this is where plaque bacteria and tartar can build up, leading to problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. Your hygienist will be able to reach all of these areas to remove all traces of plaque, leaving you with a super-clean feeling.

Patients who wear orthodontic devices such as braces, who have restorations such as dental bridges or who have replaced teeth with dental implants all need specialist hygiene advice and cleaning, and your hygienist will be able to provide this. In some cases you may need to visit us more frequently than every six months; you should always follow your dentist or hygienist’s advice regarding number of appointments.

A scale and polish from the hygienist can also remove much of the surface staining that builds up on the teeth from drinks such as tea or coffee, leaving them much brighter without the need for teeth whitening treatment.

As well as professional tooth-cleaning, your hygienist can also provide bespoke advice for patients of all ages on how to get the best out of their home cleaning routine, including which products are best for their individual needs. They can also discuss how diet and habits such as smoking affect your teeth, and offer guidance on lifestyle changes that will benefit your smile.

Tooth whitening in Burnham: your treatment options explored

Tooth whitening is an effective way to remove even deep-seated stains from your teeth. At The Dental Surgery Burnham we are proud to use the Enlighten whitening system. This is the only teeth whitening product that guarantees a B1 shade of whiteness – the lightest shade available in the UK, giving you a beautiful Hollywood smile.

teeth-whiteningWhy we need tooth whitening

Stained teeth can have a seriously negative impact on your self-esteem, making you too shy to smile in public, which can cause people to misinterpret you. Our teeth are easily stained, with surface stains caused by lifestyle factors such as smoking, as well as by drinks including tea, coffee, cola, and red wine.

Deeper staining can be caused by conditions such as fluorosis, as well as as a side effect of some medications. Tooth whitening from a cosmetic dentist is a clinically proven, effective and safe way to get rid of these stains and leave you with a brighter smile.

Tooth whitening options in Burnham

Enlighten is a combination tooth whitening product, which involves home whitening followed by a final session here at our Burnham practice with a cosmetic dentist. We have evaluated many whitening systems and have found time and again that this is the most effective way to lighten the colour of your teeth.

After a consultation with a dentist here at our Burnham clinic, you will be fitted with custom-made tooth whitening trays. These fit comfortably over your teeth and ensure that the Enlighten whitening gel is delivered to exactly the right place.

You should wear these trays, containing a little whitening gel, overnight for two weeks. Then you should return to our Burnhamdental practice, remembering to bring your trays with you to your appointment. Your dentist will apply a more concentrated form of the whitening gel for a final brightness boost.

Why you don’t need metal braces to get straighter teeth

The thought of metal braces is enough to put a lot of adults off seeking teeth-straightening treatment. At The Dental Surgery Burnham we are well aware that traditional orthodontic appliances are viewed with scepticism by many adult patients, who think that having a mouth full of metal for two years or more is just as embarrassing – or even more so – than having misaligned teeth. That’s why we are pleased to offer some subtler alternatives.

metal-bracesTeeth straightening in adulthood is becoming increasingly popular. Whether you missed out on orthodontic treatment in your youth, or you had treatment only for your teeth to move back to their original position, you may feel like you are caught in a trap – wanting straighter teeth but having no desire to wear obvious metal braces.

At our Burnhamdental practice, we are keen to stress that there more than just aesthetic benefits to orthodontic treatment, and you are never too old to straighten your teeth. Straighter teeth are easier to clean, which helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay – with regular visits to the dentist and hygienist, of course.

Discreet orthodontics is a rapidly expanding area. It involves using either tooth-coloured braces or clear, removable aligners to gently move your teeth into a better position, without everybody knowing you are having treatment.

There are two discreet teeth-straightening options available at our Burnham practice: Six Month Smiles, and Invisalign. When you come for your initial consultation with a dentist, they will discuss the best treatment to suit your needs.

Six Month Smiles

These tooth-coloured braces work in an average of half a year because they focus primarily on the front teeth – those that show when you smile.


This system of clear, removable aligners can treat a wide range of orthodontic conditions. They fit over your teeth, and you can take them out to eat and clean.

Alternatives to metal braces for orthodontics patients

Think orthodontics, and do you think of metal braces commonly worn by teenagers? Then think again, and read on to discover how the team at The Dental Surgery Burnham can help you to straighten your smile without a glint of metal in sight.

metal bracesMetal braces do remain an excellent option for straightening teeth, but in the 21st Century they are far from the only option available. Particularly for adult patients with hectic professional and social lives, it’s not hard to understand why the thought of traditional orthodontic appliances can be off-putting.

At our Burnham dental surgery we offer discreet orthodontic treatment using either cosmetic braces or clear aligners. We invite you to join us for a free consultation to discover whether these treatments could be beneficial in your case.

During your consultation your dentist will examine your teeth and your bite – the way your jaws meet each other. They will then talk you through the most relevant treatment options.

The discreet orthodontic devices on offer from The Dental Surgery Burnham are:

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are cosmetic braces that are designed to work both quickly and discreetly to straighten your teeth. Six months is the average treatment time, with some cases complete in just half that.

These braces comprise tooth-coloured wires and clear ceramic brackets, meaning that they blend in with your smile. Treatment works so quickly because they focus on the front teeth – those on show when you’re smiling.


An alternative to braces, Invisalign clear aligners can treat a number of orthodontic problems. Made from clear plastic, they fit comfortably over your teeth and move them in small increments. You will need to change your aligner approximately every two weeks as your teeth move.

As well as being near invisible, Invisalign aligners are also removable, meaning they have minimal impact on your day-to-day life.

Tooth whitening: the perfect way to boost your smile

Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments around. At The Dental Surgery in Burnham we use the popular Enlighten combination whitening system, which is the only system in the UK to guarantee a B1 shade of brightness.

tooth-whitening-burnhamThere are numerous causes of tooth staining, from surface stains caused by drinks such as tea and coffee or by habits such as smoking, or it may be more deep-seated, caused by natural mineralisation or as a side-effect form some medications.

Whatever the cause, if stained or discoloured teeth are making you unhappy, tooth whitening treatment can often help. We invite you to join us at our Burnham dental practice for a whitening consultation.

At this initial consultation, your dentist will assess the nature of your tooth staining to check that tooth whitening is the best treatment option. The treatment is effective on most types of tooth staining; in cases of permanent discolouration, your practitioner may recommend using porcelain veneers as an alternative way to restore your smile’s aesthetic appeal.

Enlighten is one of the world’s favourite tooth whitening systems. The combination treatment available at our Burnham practice begins with you carrying out treatment yourself at home, using custom-made whitening trays and special dental bleaching gel.

You will then come into our Burnham clinic for a final session with a dentist. Enlighten produces results that are beautiful, reliable, and long-lasting. It also comes with desensitising toothpaste and swabs, which reduces the risk of temporary sensitivity during treatment.

The most important thing to remember about tooth whitening treatment is that it should only be carried out by a dental professional. Alternative products available at beauty parlours or from the internet cannot be relied on, are unlikely to have been tested for safety and reliability, and in some cases can damage your teeth.

Replace old silver fillings go white

Once upon a time, the only option for patients who needed a filling was to have one made from metal amalgam. This is a strong and reliable material, but it is also very obvious in the mouth because of its grey or metallic colour, and particularly for fillings near the front of the mouth that means it is very obvious when you smile.

White fillingswhite fillings have been around for a long time, but for many years were considered less strong than their metal amalgam counterparts. These days, thanks to advances in materials and techniques used, white fillings are now considered almost as strong as metal amalgam fillings and have been proven to be very durable, able to withstand the forces generated by biting and chewing. They are now considered suitable for use anywhere in the mouth.

At The Dental Surgery Burnham, we offer the option for patients with existing metal amalgam fillings to have them replaced with white fillings. This is a simple procedure that should need just a single appointment here at our Burnham practice.

If you opt to replace your metal fillings with white ones, your dentist will numb your tooth with local anaesthetic and will carefully remove your old metal filling. They will also remove any additional areas of decay that may have built up around the filling, before shaping and preparing the cavity to receive a new white filling.

Whilst they are called “white” fillings, it is more accurate to describe them as “tooth-coloured” fillings, because your dentist will select a shade of filling material that closely matches the natural colour of your tooth, so that the filling will blend in seamlessly in your mouth and will not be obvious when you smile.

For larger cavities, your dentist may recommend an onlay or inlay, which are also made of tooth-coloured material and are a kind of half-step between a filling and a crown, to give additional strength to a weakened tooth.