Alternatives to metal braces for orthodontic treatment

Think “braces” and what do you picture? Most people still see the metal wire-and-bracket appliances worn by their peers at school. At The Dental Surgery in Burnham, we are pleased to offer some more discreet alternatives that are still just as effective as traditional brace systems at moving the teeth.

orthodonticsMany people come to our Burnham dental practice on a quest for straighter teeth, but fearing having to wear standard metal braces. This isn’t just a vanity issue; it’s worth remembering that straighter teeth are also healthier teeth, because they are easier to keep clean, with fewer gaps in which food particles and bacteria can get trapped. Straightening your teeth can significantly decrease your risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease.

We offer treatment with both cosmetic braces and clear aligners at our Burnham practice. The best option for you will depend on your individual circumstances, the type and amount of correction required. When you come in for a teeth straightening consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and will listen to what you want to achieve from treatment before recommending the best option to suit your needs.

The discreet orthodontic options available from our Burnham dental practice include:

Six Month Smiles

These cosmetic braces work so quickly because they focus on the front teeth – those on show when you smile. They comprise clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires, and they are more comfortable than traditional orthodontic appliances.


Invisalign clear aligners are an excellent alternative to braces in many cases. They are made from clear plastic and fit comfortably over your teeth, gently guiding them into an improved position. You will need to change your aligner every couple of weeks as your teeth start to move, and the exact number of aligners will depend on your individual circumstances.

Teeth whitening treatment options

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments around. At The Dental Surgery in Burnham, our cosmetic team offer a number of different options for patients interested in whitening treatment. Factors to take into consideration include the severity and type of staining.

teeth whiteningMost people dream of brighter, whiter teeth. There are a number of causes of tooth staining, from dietary factors (drinks such as red wine, tea, or coffee all cause surface staining), lifestyle choices such as smoking, and some medical conditions. Natural mineralisation and fluorosis both lead to deeper staining of the teeth.

Teeth whitening treatment, when carried out by a dental professional, is a safe, effective and reliable way to get rid of even deep-seated stains. It can be the perfect way to enjoy a mini smile makeover, boosting the appearance of your smile in time for a special occasion such as a wedding or family gathering.

If you are interested in teeth whitening treatment, we invite you to join us at our Burnham practice for a consultation.

A lot of surface staining can often be removed by a dental hygienist. Using specialist equipment and pastes, they are able to remove a great deal of everyday staining. Deeper staining such as that called by fluorosis requires teeth whitening treatment, however.

How teeth whitening works

Teeth whitening uses special dental bleaching gel to remove even deep stains from the teeth, safely and gently. At our Burnham dental practice we are proud to only use Enlighten whitening products. Enlighten is the only system that guarantees a B1 shade of whiteness – the lightest shade available in the UK – and involves a combination of home whitening with a final session here at the practice.

Enlighten also includes desensitising toothpaste and swabs, to minimise the chances of any sensitivity developing during treatment.

Tooth Whitening

Our teeth become stained for a variety of reasons. Drinks including red wine, coffee and tea can cause surface stains, whilst diseases such as fluorosis, natural mineralisation, and certain medicines including the antibiotic Tetracycline can cause deeper staining.

tooth whiteningWhatever the reasons, many people report that stained and discoloured teeth affect their self-confidence. At The Dental Surgery Burnham, we are pleased to offer teeth whitening treatment, which when carried out by a dentist is a safe, reliable and fast way to lighten the colour of your teeth and remove these everyday stains, leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile.

It’s important that you consult a dentist if you are interested in teeth whitening treatment. Whilst there are many products available on the internet and on the high street that claim to whiten teeth, these should always be avoided. In the best-case scenario, they simply won’t work, and you will have wasted both time and money. In the worst-case scenario, unlicensed products can actually damage your teeth, gums and mouth, and lead to an increase in sensitivity.

Products used in dental surgeries are subject to rigorous testing, and are proven to be both safe and efficient. It is unlikely products bought from the internet or the highs street will have undergone such extensive testing, so you can never be sure what you are putting in your mouth. Teeth whitening should also only be carried out on healthy teeth, to help avoid sensitivity if the whitening gel comes into contact with the softer dentine at the centre of a tooth. Your dentist can spot any problems such as cavities and treat these before starting whitening.

At The Dental Surgery Burnham we use home teeth whitening kits. Our chosen brand is Enlighten, which is the only whitening system to guarantee a B1 shade of whiteness.

You will still need to come into the practice for a check-up and to be fitted with teeth whitening trays. All you need to do is place a small amount of whitening gel in the trays and wear them overnight for about two weeks. At your final appointment we will apply a more concentrated form of gel to your teeth here in the practice, leaving you with a dazzling smile you will want to show off.

Getting a Whiter Smile is Easy and Affordable

When you meet someone new their smile is often the first thing you focus on, and for this reason it’s nice to keep your teeth looking the very best they can be. For many people this will mean having a whiter and healthier smile, and this is something that can be relatively easy to achieve with a little help from The Dental Surgery Burnham. There are quite a few different things you can do to help improve the look of your smile without needing to spend a lot of money.

Hygiene Appointments at The Dental Surgery Burnham

dentists in BuckinghamshireOne of the simplest is to book a hygiene appointment. This is something you should be doing regularly every six months or so or as often as recommended by your dentist in Buckinghamshire. There is a very good reason for this as it’s a vitally important part of a regular preventative dental care routine, and will help to keep your gums healthy and free from disease, but it will also help to keep your smile looking a little whiter.

The reason for this is that your hygienist will scrape away hardened calculus or tartar from your teeth. This consists of hardened plaque bacteria and is unhealthy for your gums as it increases the risk of becoming infected and inflamed. Calculus also looks quite yellow, so having it removed automatically helps to brighten up your smile. At the end of each hygiene appointment your teeth will be carefully polished, and this will at least remove some of the surface stains from your teeth, helping to make them sparkle. By the end of your appointment your mouth should feel amazingly clean and fresh, and you’ll be ready to smile at the world once more.

Teeth Whitening

Quite a few people might find this a sufficient, but others will be interested in brightening up their smile a little more through perhaps looking at having a tooth whitening appointment with Dr AmandeepDhaliwal or another of our dentists in Buckinghamshire. Teeth whitening is safe and effective when carried out under the supervision of a dental professional, as one of our dentists will ensure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for this treatment prior to whitening. The Dental Surgery Burnham uses a very gentle tooth whitening system utilising mouth trays that are worn for a specified amount of time each day, for one or two weeks. One of our dentists in Buckinghamshire will prescribe the correct strength of whitening gel. This consists of carbamide peroxide which is a more stable form of hydrogen peroxide and it oxidizes to gently lift the stains on your teeth, helping to restore them to their natural colour.

One of the great things about this treatment is that you’ll have the mouth trays to use again at a later date as they are custom made to fit your teeth. Teeth whitening will last for quite a few months or even years depending on your lifestyle, but eventually you’ll probably want to top up the results with an additional treatment. This is all perfectly safe provided you resist the temptation to overuse the products and follow our instructions precisely. Doing so will help ensure you end up with a lovely white smile and healthy teeth and gums.

New Year, New Smile

January is traditionally the time of year for making resolutions, lifestyle changes and improvements. For many people that may mean taking the opportunity to improve the appearance of their smile – what better way to start the new year than with a smile to be proud of?

cosmetic dentistryAt The Dental Surgery Burnham, our experienced cosmetic dental team have helped countless patients achieve their dream smile – and it may be easier than you thought. Cosmetic dentistry is the specialist area that deals with the aesthetic appearance of your smile. However, it is worth remembering that in many cases cosmetic treatments such as discreet teeth-straightening can also improve your oral health – as well as boosting your self-confidence.

Every patient’s needs are unique, so if you want to improve the appearance of your smile we invite you to join us at our Burnham dental practice for a smile makeover consultation. You may have a clear idea of the treatment you want – teeth whitening to boost your smile’s brightness, or porcelain veneers to quickly and easily give you a dazzling smile, for example – or you may be unhappy with your smile overall but unsure of the best treatments to improve it. Whichever applies to you, the cosmetic dental team here at The Dental Surgery Burnham can help.

You may benefit from one treatment, or from combining two or more from our extensive treatment menu. Among the cosmetic dental options we offer are:

Teeth whitening

The most popular treatment in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening uses special bleaching products to gently remove everyday stains from your teeth. We use the popular, effective and safe Enlighten teeth-whitening system to boost your smile in just two weeks.

Discreet teeth straightening

Many adults want straighter teeth without the obvious metal braces. We offer two options: Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces (which are tooth-coloured) and Invisalign clear aligners.


Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain placed over the front surfaces of the front teeth to improve their appearance and cover permanent discolouration, small chips and cracks.