Teeth whitening: the perfect way to boost your smile before a special occasion

Combination teeth whitening provides the most effective long-term solution to tooth staining. At The Dental Surgery Burnham we only use the Enlighten combination teeth whitening system, which is the only one to guarantee a B1 shade of whiteness at the end of treatment – the lightest tooth shade available in the UK.

Burnham teeth whitening consultations

teeth-whitening-burnhamA recent study showed that 48% of the adult population of the UK were unhappy with the way that their smile looked, and that the colour of their teeth was the biggest complaint (at 64%). However, the same survey also showed that 66% of adults have visible dental plaque, which is the most common cause of tooth staining and is also completely avoidable.

When you come to The Dental Surgery in Burnham for a teeth whitening consultation, the first thing your cosmetic dentist will do is to establish the nature of your tooth staining. Plaque is easily avoided with a combination of a good home brushing and flossing routine, plus regular visits to the dentist and hygienist.

If plaque is found to be the main cause of your tooth discolouration, your dentist will refer you to a hygienist at our Burnham clinic. In addition to a full scale and polish, your hygienist will be able to advise you on how to improve your home cleaning routine to help prevent the problem happening again.

Should you have issues with tooth alignment that affect how easy it is to clean some areas of your teeth, you may benefit from treatment with discreet braces. We use the popular Six Month Smiles system at our Burnham practice.

Teeth whitening is effective on many common tooth stains. After your oral health check, your dentist will fit you with teeth whitening trays and provide you with dental bleaching gel. You carry out treatment at home for a fortnight, before coming in for a final session at our Burnham clinic.

Your dentist will first perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth, before applying a final 40-minute application of teeth whitening gel here in the comfort of our Burnham practice.

Using tooth whitening to brighten up your smile

Tooth whitening treatment is an excellent way to brighten up your smile. At The Dental Surgery Burnham we have found it can be the perfect way to treat yourself before a special occasion, because it takes just two weeks to complete. If tooth discolouration is getting you down, we invite you to join us for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist to learn more about how tooth whitening can get you smiling again.

teeth-whitening-burnhamAt our Burnham dental clinic, we have carried out extensive research into whitening systems, and have found that the Enlighten combination tooth whitening treatment is the most reliable and effective way to lighten the colour of your teeth. As well as being gentle, to help prevent the temporary side-effect of sensitivity that some people can experience during whitening, Enlighten is the only system that guarantees a B1 shade of whiteness on completion, which is the lightest colour available in the UK.

In a recent survey carried out by the Oral Health Foundation, 64% of UK adults were found to be dissatisfied with the colour of their teeth. In many cases, tooth whitening offers the perfect solution.

Burnham tooth whitening treatment

When you come into our Burnham dental practice for a tooth whitening consultation, your cosmetic dentist will examine you to assess the nature of your tooth staining. The most common cause of discoloured teeth is inadequate dental hygiene; 66% of the population have visible dental plaque, which causes unsightly brown staining.

A hygiene appointment can get rid of all traces of plaque, and can also help you to improve your home cleaning routine to prevent the problem recurring. But even patients with good oral hygiene can experience staining, caused by lifestyle factors such as diet and smoking, as well as through fluoride exposure, dental trauma, and as a side-effect of some medicines, particularly some antibiotics.

Tooth whitening is a safe and effective way to remove everyday stains. You begin by carrying out treatment at home using custom-made whitening trays for a fortnight. Then you come for a final tooth whitening session and professional clean with your dentist here at our Burnham practice.

Straighter teeth in six months

Six Month Smiles is a thoroughly modern system of cosmetic braces, designed to correct aesthetic issues with your front teeth in a fraction of the time of standard orthodontic treatment.

six-month-smilesDentists and orthodontists agree that in many cases braces remain the most reliable and predictable way to straighten teeth, giving your orthodontist maximum control over each tooth’s movement. However, at The Dental Surgery in Burnham, we appreciate that traditional metal braces do not always sit well with the pace of modern adult lifestyles.

Six Month Smiles take the principles of traditional braces and modify them for the 21st Century, using new discreet materials and improved techniques to deliver subtle orthodontic treatment in an average of just six months.

These braces comprise tooth-coloured nickel titanium wires and ceramic brackets, so they blend in well with your teeth and are not glaringly obvious the way that metal braces can be. Six Month Smiles work so quickly because they focus only on the front six to eight teeth – those that are on display when you smile. Because they also use milder forces than traditional braces, many patients also report that Six Month Smiles treatment is a lot more comfortable.

Six Month Smiles are not designed to fix major orthodontic problems. If you are interested in this treatment, your first step should be to book a free consultation with one of our certified practitioners here at our Burnham practice.

If your cases is suitable for treatment with Six Month Smiles, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, which will be sent to the laboratory for your braces to be made. When they are ready you will be called back to the practice and your braces will be bonded to your teeth. You will need to visit us every four to five weeks so we can check your progress and make any necessary adjustments.

At the end of treatment a bonded retainer will be fitted to the back of your teeth (so it is out of sight) to stop them moving back to their old position. You may want to complete your smile makeover with a course of teeth whitening treatment, before showing off your dazzling new smile.

Cosmetic braces: the subtler option for straightening adult teeth

Cosmetic braces enable a dentist to straighten your teeth subtly and quickly. At The Dental Surgery Burnham we use the popular Six Month Smiles cosmetic brace system, which is designed for mild to moderate correction of issues affecting the front teeth – in an average time of just half a year.

cosmetic-braces-burnhamWhen adults contact our Burnham dental practice for teeth straightening treatment, the majority of them are concerned about issues that affect the teeth in their smile line – sometimes referred to as the “social six” teeth. Cosmetic braces such as Six Month Smiles are ideal for this type of correction, and can be used to treat issues including crowded, twisted, misaligned or gappy teeth.

If you require more extensive tooth movement but don’t want to wear metal braces, we also offer treatment with Invisalign clear aligners at our Burnham dental practice. Unlike traditional metal appliance, which use brackets and wires and are attached to your teeth for the duration of treatment, Invisalign comprises a series of clear, removable aligners that fit tightly but comfortably over the teeth to move them into a better position.

Treatment times with Invisalign vary, dependent on both the type and amount of correction that is needed. However, unlike fixed braces there is no need to adopt any additional dental hygiene techniques during treatment, because you can take your aligner out to brush your teeth and to clean. You can also pop them out for short periods to eat and drink, and because they are invisible to the untrained eye they will have minimal impact on your lifestyle. You change your aligner every two weeks as your teeth move.

Finding the best teeth straightening solution

When you come to The Dental Surgery Burnham for an orthodontic consultation, your dentist will conduct a thorough clinical examination to determine the best type of treatment.

With Six Month Smiles, your tooth-coloured cosmetic braces will be fitted to your teeth and you will need to come into our Burnham clinic every four-five weeks to check your treatment progress and adjust your brace as necessary.

In the case of Invisalign, you will need periodic checks during treatment.

Give your smile a tooth whitening makeover this summer

Tooth whitening is an excellent way to brighten up your smile by removing common stains from the teeth. The Dental Surgery Burnham uses the Enlighten tooth whitening systems, one of the most trusted and popular in the world. It is also the only system that guarantees a B1 shade of whiteness, which is the lightest shade available in the UK.

teeth-whitening-burnhamHow teeth become stained

There are numerous causes of tooth staining, but the most common is poor dental hygiene. When plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on the surfaces of the teeth, the result is an unpleasant brown staining.

Your dentist or hygienist can remove plaque and tartar with a professional tooth clean. The hygienist will also furnish you with customised advice to improve your home cleaning regime, to help prevent the problem from happening again.

For a complete brightness boost, however, tooth whitening is the perfect solution. Even those who consider themselves to have a good oral care routine may find that their teeth become stained through a range of dietary factors, including tea and coffee, lifestyle choices such as smoking, through some medications and as part of the ageing process.

In all of these cases, tooth whitening can help.

Burnham tooth whitening

When you come to our Burnham clinic for a tooth whitening consultation, your dentist will assess the nature of your teeth staining. Whitening works in most situations, although permanently discoloured teeth and dental restorations such as crowns or white fillings won’t be altered by whitening.

If you have a permanently discoloured tooth, another cosmetic option from our Burnham clinic will be more beneficial – porcelain veneers are a popular choice.

The Enlighten tooth whitening system we use at our Burnham practice is a combination system. Your dentist will first fit you with custom-made mouth trays, which you use with bleaching gel at home for two weeks.

At the end of the fortnight you will come back for a final power whitening session here at our Burnham clinic. Your dentist will apply a more concentrated form of the gel to your teeth and all you will need to do is sit back and relax.

Teeth whitening: the quickest way to a brighter smile

So long as it’s carried out by a dentist, teeth whitening is a safe and effective method of brightening your smile. The Dental Surgery Burnham is proud to use only the Enlighten teeth whitening system, one of the most popular brands in the world, and the only one that guarantees a B1 shade of whiteness – the lightest shade available in the UK.

teeth-whitening-burnhamCommon reasons for stained teeth

If you have poor oral hygiene, your teeth are likely to discoloured and stained by brown deposits of plaque. Improving your home brushing routine and visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly will help in these circumstances.

However, even those with good oral hygiene find their teeth get stained by a number of lifestyle factors. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of teeth staining, as well as having many other detrimental effects on the body. The Dental Surgery Burnham offers a smoking cessation service, designed to help and support you to cut down and eventually quit, with quickly noticeable benefits for dental and general health.

Other common culprits for teeth staining include dietary factors (such as tea or coffee), some medicines, medicated mouthwashes, and medical conditions. Professional teeth whitening with a dentist is an excellent way to get rid of such common stains, leaving your teeth many shades brighter.

Burnham teeth whitening

At The Dental Surgery Burnham, we use the Enlighten teeth whitening system. Your journey begins with a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, who will check your oral health (conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay need to be treated before teeth whitening is started) and assess the nature of tooth staining.

Teeth whitening doesn’t work on restorations such as veneers, crowns, or bridges, nor when a tooth is permanently discoloured. In this latter situation, another cosmetic procedure such as veneers would be a better option.

You will be fitted with custom-made whitening trays and given Enlighten whitening gel. After two weeks of wearing the trays at home overnight, you will come back to our Burnham practice for a final appointment with your dentist, who will thoroughly clean your teeth and apply a concentrated gel.

Tooth whitening treatment: the perfect summer smile booster

Tooth whitening can be the perfect way to boost your smile in time for your summer holidays. At The Dental Surgery Burnham we use the popular Enlighten tooth whitening system, which is the only system to guarantee a B1 shade of whiteness when treatment is complete – the lightest shade available in the UK.

teeth-whitening-burnhamIf you are interested in tooth whitening treatment, why not call in to our Burnham dental practice for a consultation?

Why we need tooth whitening treatment

Everybody wants a beautiful set of pearly white teeth, but as with anything else a bright, white smile requires work.

There are numerous causes of tooth discolouration. Poor dental hygiene is one; if you don’t visit your dentist and hygienist regularly, and you have an inadequate home care routine, plaque and tartar are going to build up on your teeth, causing brown discolouration.

Regular professional cleaning by your hygienist is an effective way to get rid of plaque and tartar discolouration. The hygienist can also teach you how to improve your oral home care.

Even if you do have good dental hygiene practices, dietary factors (such as coffee or red wine) can cause surface stains on the teeth, as can lifestyle factors such as smoking. Sometime, medicines and medicated mouth washes can stain the teeth as a side effect. This is where tooth whitening comes into play.

Tooth whitening treatment involves the use of gentle dental bleaching gel to remove common stains such as those mentioned above from the teeth. The Enlighten system we use at The Dental Surgery Burnham is a combination whitening system. This means that part of the treatment takes place at home, and part of it in the surgery.

Whitening treatment should always be prescribed by a dentist, so you will need to come into our Burnham practice for a consultation prior to starting treatment.

Your practitioner will fit your with custom-made whitening trays and provide you with gel to use at home for a fortnight. At the end of this two week period you will come back to our Burnham clinic for a professional tooth clean and a 40-minute application of more concentrated gel.

How discreet braces and aligners can subtly straighten your teeth

If you think that braces have to be made from metal, think again. At The Dental Surgery Burnham we appreciate that traditional fixed metal appliances, often crudely described as “train-tracks”, are not particularly compatible with a professional adult lifestyle. That’s why we are pleased to offer some far more subtle options for treatment.

discreet-bracesDepending on your individual circumstances and needs, teeth straightening treatment need not involve fixed braces at all. Read on to discover your discreet teeth straightening options in Burnham. . .

Burnham braces and aligners: your choices

We offer treatment with cosmetic braces and clear aligners at our Burnham dental practice. Both have their advantages and are suited to different types of orthodontic correction.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are based on traditional orthodontic principles, which have been modernised for the 21st Century. They still comprise wires and brackets, but the brackets are made out of clear ceramic and the wires from tooth-coloured nickel-titanium. This means that they blend in with the natural colour of your teeth, making them much more discreet than metal braces.

Primarily designed for cosmetic correction, Six Month Smiles braces work – as the name suggests – in an average of just six months. Treatment is complete so quickly because they focus on the front six to eight teeth – those that show when you smile.

Some cases take just half the average time to complete, and most people finish their course of treatment within nine months.

At the end of treatment you will need to wear a retainer. At our Burnham dental practice we use bonded retainers, hidden away on the back of your teeth.

Invisalign

Sometimes called “invisible braces”, Invisalign treatment involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually adjust the position of your teeth.

Invisalign can be used to correct a wider range of issues than cosmetic braces, and treatment times will depend on the type and amount of correction you need. Most cases take between nine and 18 months, and you will have to come into our Burnham dental practice every couple of months so your dentist can check your progress.

Replace old crowns and veneers

Dental crowns are a type of restoration used to fit over a weakened tooth to improve its strength or appearance. They may be used after root canal treatment or on teeth that have very large cavities, and can be made from a number of different materials including metal and porcelain.

dental crownVeneers are cosmetic restorations used to improve the aesthetic appearance of the front teeth. They are thin shells of porcelain that are fitted over the front surfaces of the teeth to cover minor problems with spacing, alignment, discolouration and tooth length, as well as small chips and cracks. A single veneer can cover a permanently discoloured tooth when teeth whitening is not an option, whilst a full set (sometimes called a smile makeover) and improve the overall appearance of your smile.

Both crowns and veneers are designed to last for a long time. However, in some cases you will need or want to have your crowns or veneers replaced, which is why we offer a crown and veneer replacement service at The Dental Surgery Burnham. Your old restorations may have become damaged, or you may have had an old metal crown that you would like replaced with a tooth-coloured alternative. Whatever the reason, if you want to replace your old veneers or crowns, please come in for a consultation at our Burnham dental practice.

Here’s how it works. . .

Veneers

Your dentist will remove your old veneers and will measure you up for new ones, by taking impressions of your teeth. A temporary veneer may be fitted whilst your new set is being made. The dentist will closely match your veneers to the natural colour of your teeth, so they will look beautiful and realistic.

Veneers require minimal preparation of your teeth, so the structure of each tooth will remain intact. Once your new veneers are ready you will be called back to our Burnham practice to have them fitted. Your dentist will check that you are entirely happy with the fit, feel, and appearance of your veneers before they are attached to your teeth with a strong dental bonding agent, giving you a beautiful, restored smile.

Crowns

If you have an old, worn crown, a metal crown that you don’t like the look of, or large metal fillings, a replacement crown could be the best solution. Your dentist will remove your old crown or filling and will check for any additional tooth decay, before taking impressions of your tooth for your new crown to be made. If you chose a tooth-coloured crown, it will be closely matched to the natural shade of your teeth. A temporary filling will be placed between appointments, and when your new crown is ready, your dentist will carefully fit it, giving your tooth renewed strength as well as improving its appearance.

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.

Invisalign

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.