Sparkle up after braces

If you are thinking that your appearance needs brightening up, then you might want to consider having tooth whitening in Burnham at The Dental Surgery Burnham. This is a non-invasive way to add a sparkle to your looks.

At The Dental Surgery Burnham, tooth whitening is often used as an add-on treatment, a sort of finishing touch of sparkle to celebrate months of hard work getting your teeth straightened with treatments such as Invisalign clear aligners and Six Month Smiles discreet bracket and wire braces.

Tooth Whitening in BurnhamThroughout the world, tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment. Tooth whitening cannot fail to make your smile more appealing. The other great thing about this treatment is that it doesn’t cost the earth, and it doesn’t require making irreversible changes to your teeth.

It’s a wonderful feeling to walk out of the clinic with the clear and invisible braces finally off and beautifully white teeth. We love watching the big, fat smiles on our patients’ faces as they walk out of the door. Whiter teeth allow their new alignment to be seen at its very best.

In Burnham, tooth whitening happens in two stages. We use the Enlighten tooth whitening system – the only tooth whitening system to give people a B1 (the brightest shade of white) smile.

Stage one

You come to us and we make you some bespoke tooth trays that the whitening gel goes into. Bespoke trays that snugly fit your teeth make sure the gel comes into good contact with them, and doesn’t leak out into your mouth. You whiten your teeth at home for a few hours every day over the course of a couple of weeks.

Stage two

Back at The Dental Surgery Burnham, we give your teeth a thorough clean before covering them in a more concentrated whitening gel. This power whitening session takes about 40 minutes. When it is over, you will have a gleaming smile showcasing a set of beautifully straight and beautifully white teeth.

Our friendly team would love to show you how we can give you a great smile with tooth whitening in Burnham, so why not call us for an appointment?

Whiter makes you feel brighter

When you have a great-looking, healthy smile, your self-confidence can go through the roof and life gets a whole lot easier. In Burnham, teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. At The Dental Surgery Burnham, many of our patients find that this treatment is an easy and effective way to enhance their smiles without the need for having treatments that will alter their teeth permanently.

What causes tooth discolouration?

Teeth Whitening in BurnhamOur teeth become discoloured over time, and this is caused by many different things. Staining tends to be caused by drinking a lot of tea, coffee or other dark drinks, by tobacco and also by highly pigmented fruits such as blueberries. Certain antibiotics can also affect them, and frankly, just getting old can make teeth lose their brightness. Years of brushing starts to erode the enamel, showing the yellow dentin below. Not taking care of them with regular brushing and hygienist visits can exacerbate their discolouration.

However, the discolouration came about, if your teeth are badly stained, you may be so self-conscious about them that you have lost your confidence. Maybe you hold a hand over your mouth when you smile, or you supress your smile.

How we do teeth whitening in Burnham

Here, at The Dental Surgery Burnham, teeth whitening is carried out using the Enlighten system. This system guarantees a final B1 shade of white, the brightest, whitest shade teeth whitening can achieve.

Here’s how it works:

You come for an initial consultation to discuss your teeth whitening in Burnham, so that we can assess the condition of your teeth. Then, we take impressions of your teeth and use them to make whitening gel trays that fit perfectly over your teeth, to ensure maximum contact with the gel and your teeth.

You take home your whitening kit, and over the next two weeks, wear the gel-filled trays for a few hours each day.

Then you come back to us for a 40-minute power whitening session, and we finish off the treatment with a concentrated gel.

After that, you are good to go. Your new teeth will stay white for up to six months, providing you take care of them.

Easy ways to straighter teeth

Having straight teeth not only looks good, it also is much better for your oral health. This is because straight teeth are much easier to keep clean; there are fewer nooks and crannies for food to hide away and rot in, and fewer hard-to-reach places for plaque to build up in. This means fewer infections, and less decay or gum disease. And that means you stand a good chance of hanging onto your natural teeth for your entire life, just as Nature intended.

This is all great stuff, yet if you are an adult reading this, you may well be thinking something along the lines of ‘Well, if only that applied to me, but it’s far too late. I am too old to have my teeth moved’.

Invisalign in BurnhamThe good news is that you are not too old, and you never will be. Your teeth can be moved in your jawbone, no matter what your age is. All it takes is sustained pressure, and your jawbone removes bone cells on one side of it and builds it up on the other side to relieve that pressure.

That’s the biology of teeth, but what about the aesthetics of braces? Not many adults want to suffer the lack of dignity that comes from wearing brackets and wires iconic of those awkward early teenage years.

Discreet solutions

You don’t have to deal with the train track look at the Dental Surgery Burnham, in Burnham. In fact, you can wear a device that is as good as invisible once it is in place over your teeth. This is the incredible transparent plastic aligner system from Invisalign. Aligners look like mouth guards, but much thinner. They are designed to push the teeth into alignment rather than pull them.

Instead of wearing one fixed brace where the wires are progressively tightened to move the teeth, you wear a series of 12–48 aligners, each one for about two weeks, that gently nudge the teeth along in tiny increments until they line up perfectly.

The aligners are removable for eating and cleaning, and so are much more convenient, as long as you wear them for at least 20 hours a day so they can do their work on schedule.

Where there’s a gap, there’s a solution

Nowadays people have quite a choice when it comes to find solutions to missing teeth. It’s not like 20 years ago, when all there was to choose from was dentures or bridges. These two solutions remain, but at the Dental Surgery Burnham, in Burnham, they have been joined by another important solution: the dental implant.

Dental Implants in BurnhamDentures

These are replacement teeth on a plate. You can get full dentures, which replace all the teeth on either the upper or lower jaw. Or you can get partial dentures, which replace just some of them. Dentures are removable, and, generally speaking, you take them out a night to clean them, and soak them in a glass of water to give your gums a rest. Your gums hold the dentures in place, through suction. The dentures are fitted tightly to the gums so they do not wobble around. This is harder on the lower jaw because the tongue can dislodge them. Dentures are either made of acrylic or injection moulded plastic with porcelain crowns. They can become looser over time as the gums and jawbone shrink when there are no longer any teeth in them. Dentures usually need to be replaced every 5–10 years.

Bridges

Bridges are used to replace either one or a few missing teeth. They are called bridges because the teeth are fixed to a plate which is fixed between the two teeth adjacent to the gap. If this is on the upper jaw, then the bridge is suspended. The bridge is fixed in place and cannot be removed for cleaning. This means it doesn’t wobble around either, like dentures can. The downside of bridges is that having one means losing two decent, healthy teeth to become the buttresses at either end of the bridge. These are ground down to have the bridge fixed to them. Bridges need to be replaced about 7–10 years.

Dental implants

These replace the whole tooth, root and crown, via the insertion of titanium posts into the jawbone. These mesh with the jawbone and should last for the rest of your life. Initially, implants are more expensive than bridges and dentures, but they can work out to be comparable in price over time.

Weighing up the costs and benefits of dental implants

Losing teeth is an expensive business. While people might choose to ignore replacing the odd lost tooth, lose more than one or two and it gets progressively harder to chew, bite, and look respectable. Then comes a choice: what kind of replacement teeth to invest in. If money were no object, most people would not hesitate to choose dental implants. But money is an object for most of us these days, and dental implants are expensive. So, are they worth it? Let’s take a look at what dental implants in Burnham from the Dental Surgery Burnham can offer you.

Dental Implants in BurnhamThe stability of natural teeth

Dental implants replace the root of the tooth with titanium posts that mesh with the jawbone. This give a chewing base that can withstand multidirectional forces of up to 97kg or 200lbs. You can eat whatever you like with dental implants, from crunchy apples and gooey toffee to chewy meats, without fear that your teeth are not going to be able to cope.

A strong, healthy youthful jawbone

Dental implants keep the jawbone strong by transmitting the vibrations from biting and chewing into the bone. These are signals that the jawbone is still in use and the bone cells renew themselves. Without roots, either natural or artificial, the jawbone receives no signals and quickly starts to resorb, diverting the calcium from the jawbone to elsewhere. The jawbone shrinks to create the pointy-chinned, sunken-faced look of premature old age. Denture wearers find that their dentures become loose and it gets harder to speak, eat, and laugh without them wobbling around.

Hassle-free hygiene and maintenance

Once the implants have healed into place and the crowns are attached, all you need to do to take care of them is to brush and floss diligently. The porcelain crowns won’t decay, but you do have to be careful about gum disease, which can attack the bone and make your implants come loose.

No replacing the replacements

After the initial cost of having the implants, there is no more to pay. Once the implants are in place, they should last you for the rest of your life.

Not actually braces

If you want straighter teeth, but aren’t all that struck on the idea of having to wear brackets and wires all over your teeth for a year or more, then at The Dental Surgery Burnham, we have a great alternative.

When you come to us for braces in Burnham, we can offer you a way of straightening teeth that uses what are known as aligners. These work in a very different way from braces. In Burnham, aligners are a true product of the digital age because they are created using CGI programming and 3D printing.

Braces in BurnhamHow do aligners from Invisalign work?

Firstly, you come to us for a consultation, and we use a digital scanner to measure the inside of your mouth with pin-point accuracy. Those measurements are fed into a computer-generated imaging programme to create an animation of your teeth moving from their current wonky placements into perfect alignment. It’s like your own movie.

If you decide to go for Invisalign braces in Burnham, we then send all this information off to the Invisalign factory in the USA, where, they 3D print a series of aligners. These are clear rigid plastic devices that snap on over your teeth rather like a bite guard. However, at 0.3 millimetres in thickness, once they are in place, no one can see them.

Each aligner nudges your teeth one step along the route they need to travel to reach alignment. They do this by being ever so slightly ill-fitting and the pressure from this pushes the teeth to move.

The aligners are removable, so you can continue to eat and drink whatever you want. However, you must wear them for at least 20 hours a day for your treatment to stay on schedule. Discipline is key to the success of this treatment. You may even lose some weight, as it’s much harder to fit in lots of snacks with this treatment as you have to clean your teeth thoroughly each time you eat.

You will receive somewhere between 12-48 aligners and will wear each one for about two weeks before moving onto the next in the series. The average treatment time is about a year.

Restore your brightness

Your teeth can become gradually discoloured as you age. This is often due to a combination of factors that may include poor dental hygiene, fluoride exposure, and staining from fizzy drinks, coffee, or smoking. If you’ve noticed your teeth are yellow or brown when you look in the mirror or browse through photos of social events in Burnham, teeth whitening could be the treatment you need. It will make your smile brighter in a simple, speedy process, most of which is carried out in your home, avoiding unnecessary visits to the dental practice. Afterwards, your teeth will look healthier, and you might enjoy a boost in your overall self-confidence.

Teeth Whitening in BurnhamA straightforward procedure

At The Dental Surgery Burnham, our friendly team will assess your teeth and talk to you about how you’d like them to look. With many decades of experience, we’re able to tailor our treatments to suit your needs. We deliver teeth whitening in Burnham using the Enlighten system, a popular method which guarantees your teeth will be a B1 shade after treatment. This is the brightest shade of white available for tooth whitening.

After your assessment, you’ll be given a customised mould to wear over your teeth. Snugly fitted to your particular shape, you’ll wear this mould at home every night for two weeks. As you sleep, the active whitening ingredient will get to work on the enamel surface of your teeth, breaking down the stains to reveal the whiteness underneath.

When you return to our practice, your experience of teeth whitening in Burnham will end with a comprehensive dental cleaning and the application of a special gel, leaving your mouth feeling fresher and looking brighter.

Lasting advantages

Your new smile will enhance your overall appearance. You won’t feel the urge to hide your teeth during hilarious moments or party photos. With better-looking teeth, you might feel more confident and carefree when socialising or having meetings at work. For dental patients in Burnham, teeth whitening can be a simple treatment that changes their life. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about what this treatment can do for you.

Straighter, healthier teeth

For dental patients in Burnham, braces are a method of improving the way the teeth function, while enhancing their aesthetic appeal. When your teeth are straighter, they will be easier to keep clean, so it’ll be easier to maintain the good standard of oral hygiene that will prevent future problems such as tooth decay.

Discreet treatment

Modern realignment appliances can often be surprisingly discreet. Made of transparent or tooth-coloured materials, they can help you to achieve a great-looking smile without drawing too much attention to your mouth while treatment is in progress. At social events or business meetings in Burnham, braces can go unnoticed by all but the most attentive observers.

Braces in BurnhamReasons for choosing braces in Burnham

Some people have protruding front teeth that cause feelings of self-consciousness when they smile or laugh. For others, dental crowding makes their mouth feel awkward and difficult to keep clean. At The Dental Surgery Burnham, our friendly team has a range of experience with all sorts of realignment issues, and your treatment will be personalised to provide the results that suit you best.

Different options

Braces work by applying gentle pressure to the teeth, to move them into new positions. The time it takes to achieve a good result will vary, depending on the complexity of your situation, but once your teeth are in their correct places, you’ll enjoy the oral health benefits and aesthetic enhancements for many years to come.

There are several contemporary methods of tooth realignment. Your dental team will have detailed discussions with you about how you want your teeth to be repositioned, and offer the most appropriate treatment for your needs. This might be braces attached to the front of the teeth, like Six Month Smiles, which are made of low-visibility materials and worn for a relatively short amount of time. Or it could be an alignment system like Invisalign. In this treatment, a series of clear plastic aligners is produced according to your needs. You’ll wear one of these aligners for around two weeks, before moving on to the next one. They can be removed during meal times and when you brush your teeth.

Contact us today to find out more about getting your braces in Burnham.

Why pearly whites?

Have you ever wondered why we call our teeth pearly whites? Maybe you haven’t, but these are things that we sit around pondering at the Dental Surgery Burnham, where we think about teeth all the time so you don’t have to.

We have come to the conclusion that it’s because teeth and pearls have similar light reflecting qualities that are created because both are made in layers. An oyster covers that piece of sand one layer at a time, and that is also how our teeth are made. They are a layer of enamel, over a layer of dentine, over a central core of pulp. Just like pearls, the whiteness of our pearly whites varies from person to person. Some are pearly creams, some are almost pearly yellows. Some are even pearly greys, but we hope not to find any pearly blacks.

Teeth Whitening in BurnhamFading shades

We lose the pearliness of our whites as we age. This can be because the teeth get stained by various dark foods and drinks, such as tea, coffee, red wine, and blueberries. However, it can also be because years of brushing, biting, and chewing wear thin the enamel and the yellower dentin below starts to show through.

Getting back that shine

Whether your pearly whites have lost their sheen through age or others means, or you were simply born with less than white teeth, teeth whitening in Burnham at the Dental Surgery Burnham can give you back the whiteness again. In fact, you can even choose your shade. What you are after is a shade of white that gives a message that you have strong, healthy teeth, and not that you have just had your teeth whitened. So, unless there is a good reason, we suggest you steer clear of the whitest of whites. You never see a brilliant white pearl, so don’t make this mistake with your teeth.

Also, if you are thinking of having teeth whitening as part of a combination of treatments, or you think you may have some kind of artificial tooth or covering fitted in the near future, you need to be aware that the whitening gel can’t change their colour. Veneers, crowns, inlays, and onlays will all stay the same shade of white that was originally chosen.

Don’t grin and bear your wonky smile

In the 21st century, there really is no need to go through life with misalignment in your mouth that make you miserable. Wonky teeth can make people self-conscious and reluctant to smile. They are also harder to keep clean and can lead to all sorts of expensive treatments later in life as they succumb to decay or gum disease, caused by a build-up of plaque in hard to clean crevices. Losing your teeth means losing the ability to eat properly, more loss of self-confidence, and having to invest in dentures, fixed bridges or dental implants.

It is always better to hang on to your own teeth for as long as possible, which is why at the Dental Surgery Burnham, orthodontics is an important part of our work.

Orthodontics in BurnhamWhat is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the name for the branch of dentistry that deals with misaligned teeth and making sure the jaws bite together properly. Moving the jaws to align properly is best done before your child reaches their late teens, when the jawbone hardens. Before then it is still malleable and that is why you see so many young teenagers wearing braces.

Although jaws need to be treated early in life, this isn’t the case for misaligned teeth. Teeth can be moved within the jawbone no matter how old you are. It is never too late to get your teeth straightened. All it takes is sustained pressure on the tooth for about 72 hours and the jawbone responds by dissolving the bone in front of the direction of the pressure and building it up again behind it.

Traditionally this is done by pulling the teeth with wires strung between angled brackets fixed to the teeth. However, since the advent of 3D printing, it can now also been done by pushing the teeth using slightly mis-fitting rigid plastic aligners that look like mouth guards. When the pressure wears off with traditional braces, the dentist tightens the wires. With aligners, a new one is used. So patients get a series of aligners and wear each one for about 2 weeks. The aligners are very thin, about 0.3 millimetres, and almost disappear once they are snapped on over the teeth. They are also removable for eating and cleaning.