Braces with no metal – the secret way to straighten teeth

If the thought of wearing metal braces is putting you off straightening your teeth, why not get in touch with The Dental Surgery Burnham to discuss some subtler alternatives? Thanks to advances in modern orthodontics, tooth straightening no longer needs to involve an obvious metal appliance, and in some cases doesn’t have to mean wearing fixed braces at all.

metal-braces-burnhamAt our Burnham dental clinic we appreciate the need for fast and effective treatment to be coupled with discretion when it comes to adult orthodontics. Whilst metal braces remain popular with both children and teenagers, who often view them as a rite of passage and enjoy being able to customise them with coloured elastics, it’s not hard to see why such an obvious appliance is considered incompatible with modern adult life.

Burnham braces and aligners

We use both subtle fixed braces and clear, removable aligners to straighten adults’ teeth at our Burnham dental surgery. When you come in for a tooth straightening consultation your cosmetic dentist will carry out a thorough examination in order to determine the best course of treatment.

Your Burnham dentist may offer. . .

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are a very popular system of cosmetic braces, which focus specifically on the front six teeth (the so-called “social six”) in the upper or lower jaw. At our Burnham dental practice we have found that is often these teeth adults are primarily concerned about, because these are the teeth that make up your smile.

Not designed for major correction of issues affecting the bite, these tooth-coloured braces work in an average of six months – with some milder cases at our Burnham clinic being complete in just half that time. What’s more, with clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires, they are next to invisible in everyday life.

Invisalign

An alternative to fixed braces, treatment with Invisalign involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners, which gradually move your teeth to a better place. You change your aligner every fortnight as your teeth being to move, and you don’t need any special dental hygiene techniques because you simply remove the aligners to clean.

Oral health education

Oral health education is a vital part of keeping your mouth healthy. At The Dental Surgery Burnham, we offer the services of oral health educators, who can deliver bespoke care advice to patients of all ages, tailored to suit their individual needs.

oral-health-burnhamEverybody knows that regular visits to the dentist and hygienist are important to keeping teeth and gums in tip-top condition. However, where many people come unstuck is by having an inadequate home care routine. Our oral health educators provide individual advice designed to fit around your requirements and lifestyle, so that you can help us to keep your teeth and gums in the best condition possible.

From children to pensioners, patients of all ages will benefit from personal, customised advice. All information will be presented in an engaging and easy-to-understand, age-appropriate manner, and you will always be encouraged to ask questions if anything you want to know hasn’t been covered or your find some information unclear.

Every patient’s oral health needs will be different, but the advice your oral health educator may give you can include:

Tooth brushing

What is the best type of tooth brush to use for your individual needs? How long do you need to brush your teeth for, and what is the best technique? For children, we can suggest ways to make daily tooth brushing a fun activity that they are keen to partake in.

We will also look at the best type of toothpaste to suit your personal needs.

Flossing, interdental brushes and mouthwashes

Your oral health educator can advise on flossing techniques and using special devices such as interdental brushes to clean between your teeth, explaining why this is important. They can also recommend the best type of mouthwash to use, particularly if you have special requirements such as care after oral surgery.

Caring for braces, bridges and implants

If you have braces, bridges, dentures, dental implants or other restorations, these will require special care. Your oral health educator will teach you how to clean these effectively.

Diet

Your oral health educator will also explain the importance of a healthy diet, and what too much sugary or acidic food or drink can do to your teeth. This can be very beneficial for children, helping them to understand how best to take care of their teeth for life.

All you need to know about tooth whitening for safe and effective treatment

Tooth whitening should only ever be prescribed by a dentist. The Dental Surgery Burnham has carried out many successful whitening procedures, safely and gently whitening teeth to produce beautiful, long-lasting results.

teeth-whitening-burnhamMost people dream of having a dazzling bright, white smile, so it comes as no surprise that tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment not just in the UK, but in the world. It is an effective method of removing everyday stains such as those caused by:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Nicotine
  • Red wine
  • Medications such as antibiotics
  • Fluorosis
  • The natural ageing process

There are some types of permanent discolouration that tooth whitening won’t work on, and it also won’t affect restorations such as fillings, crowns, or bridges. Your Burnham cosmetic dentist will talk you through other options if they find that your teeth are permanently stained.

It’s not just a recommendation that you need to visit a dentist for tooth whitening treatment, nor a way of driving more people into dental practice. It is, in fact, the law. The General Dental Council takes a very dim view of unqualified providers of whitening treatment, such as that offered by some unscrupulous beauty salons, and will prosecute anyone found to be providing treatment illegally.

Unfortunately, it often takes someone experience serious damage to their teeth, gums, or mouth for these illegal practises to come to light. To avoid the risk of this being you, avoid such illegal providers, and come to The Dental Surgery Burnham for professional, safe tooth whitening instead.

The Dental Surgery Burnham has provided high-quality dental treatment for almost 40 years, and is a well-known and well-trusted practice. What’s more, we use the Enlighten system of tooth whitening, which is one of the most trusted systems in the world, and the only one that will guarantee you a B1 shade of whiteness at the end of treatment – the lightest shade available in the UK.

With the Enlighten tooth whitening system, you begin by applying whitening gel yourself at home using custom-made mouth trays. You then come for a final session with the dentist here at our Burnham clinic.

Straighter teeth without metal braces: subtle orthodontics for adults

Braces can be beneficial to patients of all ages, not just for aesthetic reasons but also to improve both dental and general health. The Dental Surgery Burnham understands the need for discretion when it comes to adult orthodontics, which is why we are proud to offer subtle alternatives to traditional metal braces.

teeth-straightening-burnhamIf you are interested in enjoying the benefits of tooth straightening treatment without the hassle of a mouth full of metal, we invite you to join us at The Dental Surgery Burnham for a free consultation. During this consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough clinical examination to work out the best course of treatment to suit your needs.

At our Burnham dental clinic we use both discreet braces and clear aligners to reposition adult teeth. Whichever option is deemed best for you, treatment will be subtler, quicker, and more comfortable than with traditional metal braces.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are a popular system of cosmetic braces that are used to improve the alignment of the “social six” front teeth – those that show when you smile. It is usually these teeth that patients to come to our Burnham dental practice are most concerned about.

Whilst Six Month Smiles are braces they comprise tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires and clear ceramic brackets. This means that they blend in exceptionally well with the natural colour of your teeth, and will be barely noticeable in day-to-day life.

Six months is the average treatment time, with some mild cases at our Burnham clinic complete in just half that time. An additional benefit of these braces is that they use lower forces than metal braces, meaning that your treatment will be much more comfortable.

Invisalign

Often referred to as “invisible braces”, Invisalign is a series of clear, removable aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth to guide them into a new position. They provide a huge boon for dental hygiene during treatment because there are no special cleaning techniques to learn – you just remove them to clean them and to brush your teeth as normal.

The number of aligners varies from case to case and will be determined at your consultation.

Tooth whitening: how to enjoy safe and successful treatment

Tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure there is. The Dental Surgery in Burnham offers professional tooth whitening treatment designed to remove common stains from the teeth both safely and quickly. If you are interested in lightening the colour of your teeth, the first thing you need to do is to book an appointment with a cosmetic dentist here at our Burnham clinic.

teeth-whitening-burnhamAt The Dental Surgery in Burnham we are proud to use only the Enlighten combination tooth whitening system, which is one of the most trusted whitening systems in the world. The Enlighten system is also the only one that guarantees a B1 shade of brightness at the end of treatment – that’s the lightest shade available in the UK.

Here’s how your Burnham tooth whitening procedure will work:

First, you will come in for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, who will assess the nature of your tooth staining.

Visible dental plaque is a common reason for tooth staining, and this must be addressed with a professional hygiene appointment to get rid of the unpleasant yellowish or brownish stains and also to reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Your hygienist will teach you how to improve your home hygiene routine.

Tooth whitening treatment works on stains caused by modern lifestyles – nicotine, coffee, red wine, for example – as well as those caused as a side-effect of some medicines such as antibiotics.

If your Burnham dentist decides you are a suitable candidate for treatment, you will be fitted with custom-made mouth trays and given gentle bleaching gel to use at home.

You put a small amount of gel in the trays and wear them overnight each night for two weeks. At the end of this process you come back to our Burnham clinic for a thorough professional tooth clean and a final application of tooth whitening gel by your cosmetic dentist.

Typically, results of treatment last at least six months, although lifestyle factors such as whether you smoke will come into play. However, your teeth will be unlikely to return to their original stained colour.

Tooth whitening – the fastest way to enhance your smile

Professional tooth whitening is one of the quickest ways to brighten up the appearance of your smile. At The Dental Surgery Burnham, we only use the Enlighten whitening system – one of the most popular and trusted tooth whitening systems in the world.

teeth-whiteningTooth whitening should only be carried out on the prescription of a dentist. Whilst a dental hygienist or hygiene therapist can provide the physical treatment, by law only a dentist may prescribe it. There are several reasons for this, but first and foremost is that this is the only way to ensure that your treatment is appropriate, effective, gentle, and safe.

As with any cosmetic procedure, tooth whitening should only be carried out on a healthy mouth. Your Burnham dentist will carry out a thorough health check before prescribing whitening treatment, and will deal with issues such as untreated decay or gum disease first.

There are some types of tooth discolouration that whitening won’t work on. It may surprise you to know that the most common reason for tooth discolouration in the UK is visible dental plaque. This causes problems for your health as well as the appearance of your teeth, because it leads to gum disease and tooth decay.

Should plaque be the main cause of your tooth discolouration, you will be referred to our Burnham hygienist, Nichola Pratt, for a professional tooth clean and advice on how to maintain efficient oral hygiene going forward.

Permanent discolouration, such as that caused by dental trauma, also won’t be affected by tooth whitening, and an alternative solution will have to be found. However, common stains such as those caused by tea, coffee, red wine, or smoking, are suitable for whitening.

Enlighten tooth whitening begins with a two-week period of home whitening, using custom-made mouth trays. After a fortnight you will come back into our Burnham clinic for a professional tooth clean followed by a 40-minute application of the gel by your dentist.

On average, whitening treatment from our Burnham clinic will last six months, as long as you maintain good hygiene. Your teeth are unlikely to return to their original stained colour.

All you need to know about tooth whitening treatment

Tooth whitening treatment is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the world. The Dental Surgery in Burnham offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options, and tooth whitening works well both as a standalone treatment and as a complement to other aesthetic treatments, such as discreet teeth straightening with Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces.

teeth-whitening-burnhamAlmost half of men and women in the UK are unhappy with the appearance of their smile, and it is tooth colour that causes the most consternation. Some 64% of people are unhappy with the current shade of their smile. Depending on the cause of the discolouration, tooth whitening can be the perfect solution.

Tooth whitening is a rapid and effective way of boosting the colour and brightness of your smile – as long as it is carried out by a dentist. Anyone else offering whitening treatment should be avoided, because legally only a dentist may prescribe the treatment. Whilst another suitably trained and qualified dental professional, such as a hygiene therapist, may carry out the physical act of treatment on a dentist’s prescription, beauty salons offering the treatment are doing so illegally, and can cause serious damage to your teeth and gums.

The tooth whitening treatment offered by The Dental Surgery in Burnham is legal, reliable, and safe. We us the popular Enlighten combination tooth whitening system at our Burnham clinic. The procedure will be carried out by an experienced cosmetic dentist.

Burnham tooth whitening

The first thing your clinician will do when you come in for a whitening consultation is to establish what has caused the staining of your teeth, because tooth discolouration has a number of causes.

Worryingly, the most common cause is visible plaque – 66% of us have it. Because plaque is very bad for your health as well as for your smile, an urgent appointment with the hygienist at our Burnham clinic is required.

Tooth whitening works on a number of common stains, including those caused by nicotine, tea, and coffee. The Enlighten system begins with a two-week course of home whitening, followed by a professional tooth clean and final application by your dentist.

Cosmetic and face consultations

At The Dental Surgery Burnham, we know that feeling good about your appearance means more than just having a beautiful smile. That’s why, alongside our extensive range of cosmetic dental treatments designed to give your smile a boost, we also offer facial aesthetics consultations with our fully-qualified practitioners.

dermal-fillers-burnhamAs we get older, unwanted lines and wrinkles are prone to appearing on our face, making us look much older than we feel. Once, plastic surgery was the only option to combat these premature signs of ageing, but these days things have changed. Facial aesthetics treatments use a range of non-surgical procedures to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the skin, making you look and feel up to ten years younger.

At The Dental Surgery Burnham, our facial aesthetics team offer treatment with botulinum type A toxin and with dermal filers. The benefit of having facial aesthetics treatments carried out by a dentist is that they have thorough knowledge of facial anatomy and structure, meaning they can deliver just the right amount of treatment in just the right location for a completely natural-looking result.

Botulinum type A toxin

Botulinum type A toxin is used to treat crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead lines and smoker’s lines, among other areas. It is commonly used around the forehead and lips. Botulinum type A toxin is made into a purified gel which is injected into the tiny facial muscles in the required area, blocking nerve impulses and forcing those muscles to relax, smoothing out lines and wrinkles. This is a painless injection that only takes a few minutes, with results taking a few days to fully develop. Whilst this is not a permanent treatment, results can last from three to six months, depending on which area is treated, before a repeat treatment is required.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are used to replace the natural hyaluronic acid in the skin that is lost as we age. Fillers plump up the skin and lessen the appearance of folds, lines and wrinkles. They can also be used for lip enhancement procedures, and for shaping neck and hand contours.

Local anaesthetic is used so you will feel no discomfort, and the results will be visible immediately. Depending on which areas are treated, results last between six and 12 months before you need to come back for repeat treatment.

Tooth whitening: A guide to professionally brightening your smile

Did you know that tooth whitening treatment is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the world? At The Dental Surgery in Burnham we offer professional tooth whitening with an experienced cosmetic dentist.

teeth-whitening-burnhamIf you are currently browsing for tooth whitening options, you need to know that consulting a dentist is a must. Whilst there are numerous products available from the internet and from high street shops that claim to whiten teeth, their reliability cannot be guaranteed, and neither can their trustworthiness.

The majority of these so called whitening products just won’t work, but some can actually be harmful to your teeth and gums, leaving you in need of extensive restorative dental treatment.

From a legal perspective, only dentists (or hygienists and suitably trained dental professionals on a dentist’s prescription) can carry out tooth whitening treatment. If anyone else offers you teeth whitening, not only should you avoid it, you should report it, too.

The Dental Surgery in Burnham has been providing high-quality dentistry to patients from Burnham and beyond for almost 30 years, and has built up an excellent reputation for quality treatment. We know our tooth whitening, too, and use only the Enlighten whitening system, which is one of the most trusted and reliable tooth whitening systems in the world.

Here’s how treatment works. . .

After first coming into our Burnham clinic for a consultation with our cosmetic dentist, to check whitening treatment is the most suitable option for your tooth staining and also to make sure you don’t have any underlying health complaints that need treating, you will be fitted for bespoke mouth trays.

You place a small amount of whitening gel in the trays and wear them overnight for a fortnight. At the end of this two week period you will come back to our Burnham clinic for a professional tooth cleaning, followed by a final 40-minute application of a more concentrated version of the whitening gel with your cosmetic dentist.

Results of Enlighten tooth whitening treatment look beautiful and natural, and will last for a long time with good oral hygiene practices.

Tooth whitening – the perfect solution to common stains

Tooth whitening treatment is the perfect way to quickly boost your smile, ideal if you want a rapid and effective smile makeover before a special occasion. The Dental Surgery Burnham offers whitening using the Enlighten combination tooth whitening system.

teeth-whitening-burnhamEnlighten is one of the most trusted and popular tooth whitening brands in the world. The Dental Surgery Burnham has been offering high-quality care to residents from Burnham and beyond for nigh-on 40 years and has, in that time, attained a strong reputation for excellent treatment. That is a winning combination when it comes to efficient tooth whitening.

The Enlighten combination tooth whitening system involves collaboration between yourself and your dentist. Your journey towards whiter teeth will begin with a cosmetic dentistry consultation here at our Burnham clinic. Your cosmetic dentist will assess the nature of your tooth staining to check that whitening is the best option.

It will probably come as something of a surprise to learn that the most common cause of stained teeth is visible dental plaque, with some 66% of UK adults suffering from visible plaque. This is a serious issue: plaque doesn’t just cause unsightly yellow or brown stains on the teeth, it is also a risk to your health, because it can lead to dental decay and gum disease – two leading causes of tooth loss.

If you staining is caused by plaque, a visit to the hygienist may be all that is needed to brighten your smile (and to prevent the same problem recurring). However, if you have stains caused by dietary or lifestyle factors (think coffee, red wine, or cigarettes) tooth whitening is an effective way to get rid of these stains.

You will start by carrying out treatment yourself at home, using custom-made tooth whitening trays and whitening gel. After two weeks you will come back to our Burnham clinic for an appointment with your dentist.

After first performing a thorough professional tooth clean, your Burnham cosmetic dentist will apply a concentrated version of the tooth whitening gel for 40 minutes. Subject to lifestyle factors, the results of this treatment could last for six months.