Six Month Smiles

At The Dental Surgery Burnham, braces are an area we specialise in. We can offer an array of choices for your braces needs.

One of our most popular choices is our Six Month Smiles. This treatment does what the name suggests and provides you with a more attractive smile in just six months. If you have crooked or wonky front teeth, this could be the option for you.

six-month-smilesMost adults are concerned about the appearance of the most obvious teeth. These are called the ‘social six’. This is the key to why the Six Month Smiles works so quickly, as it works on purely these six teeth.

Six Month Smiles fixed braces, Burnham are probably the most well-known short-term cosmetic braces system in the world. This reputation is deserved,because this system is as fast as they say it is, and it gets amazing and predictable results.

Six Month Smiles braces, Burnham have helped revolutionise the opinion of traditional braces, offering a new way to improve your smile. Due to the short treatment time this is a nifty treatment for busy people. Some patients even say Six Month Smiles are more comfortable than traditional ‘train-track’ style braces because they use less force to get the desired effect.

Invisalign braces

Invisalign braces, Burnham have become a popular choice in our surgery. They provide an innovative and flexible way to align your teeth using clear aligners. This flexibility in your treatment is achieved by being able to remove your brace when you desire. This could be for a special occasion or briefly for your oral hygiene regime.

Invisalign braces are comfortable and virtually invisible to the naked eye. Hardly anyone will notice you are having the treatment.

Each aligner is tailor-made perfectly for your mouth, providing a custom-made experience to ensure you get the result you require. The changes to your smile can begin very quickly with Invisalign, so you know it won’t be long before you can show off your new smile.

How much will it cost?

Our Six Month Smiles treatment starts from just £2,500 for a single arch and £3,000 for both arches. Our Invisalign clear braces range from £2,000 to £3,500.

Mouth cancer screening

Cases of mouth cancer are rising, and this condition has a worrying proportion of deaths per number of cases when compared with other forms of cancer, such as cervical or breast cancer or skin melanoma. A major factor in this figure is late diagnosis.

Mouth-cancer-screeningApproximately 2,700 people die from mouth cancer in the UK every year. That’s why, at The Dental Surgery Burnham, we provide mouth cancer screening as standard for all patients during your regular dental check-up. Your dentist is in a prime position to spot early symptoms – even those that you yourself may not have noticed yet.

Mouth cancer, also referred to as oral cancer, can develop anywhere in the soft tissues of the mouth. Common sites include the tongue, lips, and gums, while tumours can also appear in the tonsils, the salivary glands, and the pharynx.

Common symptoms of mouth cancer

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should contact your doctor or dentist immediately, even if you are not due to have a check-up in the near future. Remember that early detection is vital to beating mouth cancer, as it is with any type of cancer, and the sooner it is spotted the better your chances of making a good recovery are.

  • Red or white patches in the mouth or on the tongue
  • Persistent ulcers that do not heal
  • A lump (painful or painless)
  • Persistent pain in the mouth
  • Teeth that become loose for no apparent reason
  • Pain/difficulty when swallowing
  • Swollen lymph glands in the neck
  • Changes to your voice
  • Difficulty moving your jaw

If you notice any of these or anything else unusual, contact your dentist immediately. During a mouth cancer check, your dentist will carefully examine the soft tissues of your mouth. They will use a special handheld scanning device to examine any lumps or lesions that they discover, and if anything suspicious is found they will immediately refer you to a hospital consultant for further investigation. Quick treatment saves lives, so if you notice anything unusual with your mouth or have any areas of concern, please contact us today for a mouth cancer check-up.

Straighter teeth, faster, with braces in Burnham

We all want to know that when we smile we are brightening someone’s day, not causing them to gaze in consternation at a jumble of crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth.

When we are talking and smiling, the teeth that people tend to see the most of are the front six on the upper and lower jaw. The four incisors and two canine teeth on each jaw are collectively known as the ‘social six’, and it is these dozen teeth that, in terms of aesthetics anyway, cause us the most angst.

braces-in-burnhamThe good news is that these teeth can also be the simplest to correct and arrange into the straight lines we wish they’d grown into in the first place. At the Dental Surgery Burnham, we offer two systems of braces that can help fix your social sixes, and fix them fast.

Take a look at Six Month Smiles braces in Burnham. This system of fixed braces is probably the best-known short-term cosmetic braces system in the world. Fixed braces are known for their effectiveness, but what usually takes the time with these braces is that they adjust the bite by moving the molars at the back of the mouth, and these move much more slowly. Six Month Smiles braces in Burnham are still fixed to the teeth, but they focus only on moving the front six teeth, which move faster than the back ones. Also, the wires are made of tooth-coloured nickel titanium, and the brackets that fix them to the teeth are made of tooth-coloured ceramic. So not only are these braces in Burnham fast workers (typically between four and eight months), but they are much less noticeable than the traditional metal train-track braces. These braces in Burnham are also reported by wearers as being more comfortable to wear because the forces needed to move the front teeth only are so much less than for the back teeth.

Six Month Smiles braces in Burnham are not suitable for correcting major orthodontic issues, so you will need to come to us here at The Dental Surgery to make sure you are an appropriate candidate for this system of treatment. Contact us on 01628 664614 for a free initial consultation.

Is the end nigh for red wine drinkers?

Do you enjoy a glass of red wine? (or two) is it showing in your teeth, turning them a nice purple colour? Fear not, teeth whitening in Burnham is the answer. According to winespectator.com regular wine drinkers often have stained teeth, due to the high amount of pigment contained in the wine. Some grapes used to make red wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Petit Sirah have more pigment than others, hence tend to stain your tongue more. In addition, the PH of your saliva affects wine staining too; if you’ve eaten recently, or had a drink of water, your teeth and tongue will be less purple than if you hadn’t. Fascinating stuff eh? Burnham teeth whitening can remove these stains and reverse the effects of numerous glasses (or bottles) of wine.

teeth-whitening-in-burnhamWhite teeth for red wine lovers? Surely not!?

You read correctly my fellow wine consumers! The Dental Surgery Burnham holds the answer to such first world problems, with teeth whitening in Burnham. The clinic offers a teeth whitening procedure called the Enlighten system. After an initial patient assessment, the patient will apply a whitening gel to a mouth tray each night for two weeks. Once the self whitening two-week process is over, the patient returns to the practice and receives a thorough teeth cleaning and a forty minute intensive gel application. It’s that simple! Teeth whitening in Burnham can whiten your teeth up to 16 shades lighter, depending on eating, drinking and smoking habits, the results can last up to 6 months. Burnham teeth whitening is completely safe. In fact the whitening treatment can help by preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Sometimes patients may need more than just tooth whitening to be confident with their smile, The Dental Surgery Burnham offers a Six Month Smiles treatment which straightens teeth using tooth coloured braces for discreetness. Once the 6 months arecomplete the patient will then have any small repairs made to their teeth, and a final whitening procedure will totally transform their smile.

Get teeth whitening in Burnham and ensure that the only remaining effect of red wine, is a hangover.

Lift your smile to its brightest degree in Burnham

In Burnham, braces are modern and invisible, meaning you do not have to feel self-conscious or embarrassed as you go through the treatment for having your teeth realigned.

six-month-smile-bracesAt The Dental Surgery in Burnham, we all believe the patient comes first. So when you come to us for braces, you can expect that we will want to get to know you and that we will listen when you tell us what you want. No one likes pain, even us, so we will do our utmost to make sure that your braces treatment is as comfortable and pain-free as it can be. Not only that but you will find that our braces technology is as modern as any you may find in a bit city, because we continually refresh our knowledge and our technology.

Braces no longer need be the embarrassing metal chains clamped all across your mouth. Here at Burnham, braces technology is almost invisible, and we offer two systems to make sure that you can opt for the one that best suits your lifestyle and your dental issues.

Six Month Smiles braces treatment are almost invisible tooth-coloured wire fixed onto clear brackets on your teeth only take between four and nine months to work their magic on your mouth. That’s up to 18 months quicker than traditional braces. And, because the braces are almost invisible, you can smile as much as you wish, knowing that your braces will not be the first thing anyone sees about you. Six Month Smiles braces use gentle pressure to move both root and tooth at the same time, which is why the braces process is so much quicker.

If you prefer to be able to remove your braces for special occasions, then we also offer in Burnham braces that aren’t braces at all, but special transparent re-aligners from Invisalign. These are a series of custom-made transparent trays that fit over your teeth, which gradually and gently shift your teeth into their new position. The trays are made from smooth, comfortable BPA-free plastic that will not irritate your gums and cheeks. You wear each tray for about two weeks before popping in the next one. Treatment takes about one year for adults.

Brighter, whiter teeth in Burnham

In Burnham, teeth whitening is considered a very important treatment at The Dental Surgery Burnham.

Tooth discolouration is a common problem for people who have had poor dental hygiene, or it could be caused by food staining (tea, coffee and smoking are common culprits), fluoride exposure, dental trauma, antibiotics and aging.

teeth-whiteningHaving badly discoloured teeth can greatly affect a person’s confidence, causing them to cover their mouths and smile less. Many people are turning to teeth whitening to improve their smile and confidence, but in Burnham, teeth whitening is a procedure that is best followed under the guidance of a professional.

Teeth whitening is wrongly thought of as something you can do at home with a kit bought at the chemists.

At The Dental Surgery Burnham, teeth whitening is carried out using a system called Enlighten, which guarantees a final white shade called B1, which is the brightest, whitest shade it is possible to achieve with a teeth whitening system.

Good quality, long-lasting teeth whitening can take time. Once the patient has received an initial consultation to assess the condition of their teeth, we supply the patient with a teeth whitening gel for apply for two weeks. The patient then returns to our practice for a comprehensive cleaning and an application of a concentrated version of the teeth whitening gel, which stays on the teeth for 40 minutes. The teeth whitening procedure will produce results which can last for six months, depending of the lifestyle and eating habits of the patient. However, it is unlikely that the original stained colour will return.

Whether it is teeth whitening or some other dental work you require, you can rest assured that everyone at The Dental Surgery Burnham is committed to giving you the best dental experience possible. We are here to listen to your needs, and guide you through your dental treatments, while working hard to maintain standards of professionalism, often attending the same courses and events to ensure that our knowledge is up to date. Our commitment to training and overall standards is reflected in the fact that the NHS recognises us as an Advanced Training Practice.

Solutions to missing teeth

As dentists, we would always recommend replacing your missing teeth. As well as the obvious aesthetic concerns that make many patients with missing teeth shy about smiling in public, there are also health considerations to take into account.

replace-missing-teethYour remaining teeth are likely to move into any gaps, becoming crooked and more difficult to clean in the process, which increases your chances of plaque and tartar build-up, tooth decay and gum disease, and ultimately further tooth loss. Additional strain is also put on your remaining teeth when you bite and chew. If you have lost several or all of your teeth your diet is likely to be affected, with many people limited to a soft food or liquid diet, which is bad for your overall health as it is difficult to get adequate nutrition.

It is common in patients who have lost most or all of the teeth from one jaw to experience bone loss, as the jaw bone slowly starts to resorb or shrink back without the tooth roots in place. This can lead to a prematurely aged appearance in the face as the skin around the jowls starts to sag.

At The Dental Surgery Burnham, our skilled team of dentists offer a number of tooth replacement options. The best one in your individual case will depend on your needs, wants and circumstances. Here is what we can do. . .

Bridges

Standard bridges replace one or two adjacent missing teeth. They comprise a false tooth or teeth to replace the missing ones, plus crowns or wings that are attached to surrounding teeth for support. Your surrounding teeth need to be healthy and strong for this procedure to work. Bridges can also sometimes be secured to dental implants.

Dentures

Dentures can replace several or all missing teeth in one jaw. A full set of dentures replaces a whole jaw of teeth while a partial set replaces several teeth. Standard dentures fit over the gums snuggly and are removable for cleaning. It is also possible to stabilise dentures using dental implants, which helps to prevent the problem of bone resorbtion.

Dental implants

Dental implants are the only permanent way to replace your missing teeth. They are small titanium screws that are put directly in your jaw bone, where they act as replacement tooth roots. They integrate with the bone, preventing bone loss, and can support new teeth in the form of crowns, bridges or dentures, restoring your smile and full functionality.

How to get a straighter smile with braces in Burnham

Not many people know that adults as well as children are now commonly wearing braces. Part of the secret is due to the fact that there are so many discrete braces options available to choose from, so you may not even notice a close friend or family member is undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces in Burnham.

braces-in-burnhamAt Burnham we offer a full range of braces treatments including Invisalign, Six Month Smiles and the more traditional metal braces.

The Dental Surgery Burnham – Braces, how do they straighten my teeth?

Braces use a clever technique which uses the teeth’s own pressure to realign other teeth into a straighter position and fixing crooked or misaligned teeth. This is usually done with metal braces in childhood or as a teenager, however many adults require orthodontic treatment also. To find out if you are amongst them or if you feel that you are and want to enquire about suitability for braces in Burnham, you can contract us. To make an appointment simply pop in, fill in a form on our website, email us or call us direct where a member of our reception team will be happy to talk you through your options and arrange an initial consultation with you about your teeth and the orthodontic treatments that may suit you.

What happens next?

After you have made the decision to get braces you will be given information about the range of braces that we offer at the practice. Two of our most popular braces treatments are Invisalign and Six Month Smiles.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a clear aligner system that uses clear coloured tray-like aligners that are tailor-made from a cast of your teeth. They use pressure in the same way as traditional braces but are instead made from a clear coloured plastic, and as such, are more discreet than traditional braces. The aligners can be taken out and are swapped out at regular intervals during your treatment.

What is Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles, as the name suggests, is a quick way to straighten teeth. These titanium-nickel aligners are also discreet and very popular with patients looking for braces in Burnham.

Can I get braces in Burnham?

The answer is yes! There are so many braces solution available at our practice, The Dental Surgery Burnham. Since 1977 we have offered a range of dental services to patients locally including the latest orthodontic treatments and straight teeth solutions.

braces-in-burnhamThe first thing to do is come see us at the Dental Surgery Burnham. Braces are considered by some people to be a big life decision. Our experienced team can discuss your options with you as well as recommend a solution that fits around you, your lifestyle and your smile goals, so that you can move forwards with confidence, having all the facts in hand.

Who can get braces in Burnham?

At the Dental Surgery Burnham, Braces are not just for children and teenagers. Many adults also opt to have a course of treatment for straighter teeth. Anybody who is interested in braces should come and visit the practice where we will give you a warm welcome. We also listen carefully to you and your needs and expectations, so that we can get to know each other from the very start. Our reception team will be able to give you a range of information about the braces that we offer at our practice.

Many adults also believe that braces mean traditional wire-track braces. The truth is that there are a diverse number of options available to anybody considering undertaking orthodontic treatment today.

As well as clear aligners (braces that are made of a clear material which can be removed for eating and cleaning) there are also lingual braces. Lingual braces are wire braces that are hidden by being placed on the inside of the teeth rather than on the outside. The braces are bonded to the teeth in exactly the same way as normal wire braces; however, even friends and family may not notice that the braces are there. That is the main benefit of having lingual braces.

There are also still traditional braces, but even this option can be given a modern twist. The brackets, the part of the brace that is placed directly onto the front of the teeth, can now be made out of a tooth-coloured material, further disguising your braces.

Proud to present: Invisalign in Burnham!

At the Dental Surgery Burnham, Invisalign is one of our favorite treatments that we offer to patients. This is because it is one of the most discreet and comfortable systems available for patients looking to improve their smile with the help of braces. Not only is it more comfortable, but also it is near invisible, meaning that a patient can opt for straight teeth without having unnecessary attention drawn to their mouth whilst taking the treatment.

invisalign-in-BurnhamDid you know why braces are called braces?

Original braces were an iron brace, worn in the roof of the mouth to “brace” the teeth against the device and against each other, and use this force to move the teeth into a straighter position. The same concept is still used today, but with a much more comfortable device. Invisalign braces are made from state of the art materials and use force to gradually move teeth into the desired position.

What does the treatment look like?

At the Dental Surgery Burnham, Invisalign treatment is easy! At your initial session the dentist will take a mould of your teeth and use this to create your first aligner. Your aligner should be renewed at regular intervals so further trips to see your dentist are necessary in order to create the next set of clear braces to progress your treatment.

By the end of the treatment (which can take anywhere between 4 months and upwards of 2 years) the clear aligners will have moulded your teeth into the desired shape, giving you a renewed sense of confidence and a newfound love of smiling.

Invisalign in Burnham has a distinct advantage over traditional wire or lingual braces: that the clear aligners can be taken out when needed! The benefits of this are twofold. Firstly, the aligners can be cleaned and maintained much more easily. Secondly if for any reason you need to avoid your braces being seen at all, you can take them out for this time. However, the braces themselves are designed to be as near to invisible as possible, meaning that you can confidently leave them in 99% of the time.