• The Dental Surgery Burnham

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.

Many 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.

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