• The Dental Surgery Burnham

Why you don’t need metal braces to get straighter teeth

The thought of metal braces is enough to put a lot of adults off seeking teeth-straightening treatment. At The Dental Surgery Burnham we are well aware that traditional orthodontic appliances are viewed with scepticism by many adult patients, who think that having a mouth full of metal for two years or more is just as embarrassing – or even more so – than having misaligned teeth. That’s why we are pleased to offer some subtler alternatives.

Teeth straightening in adulthood is becoming increasingly popular. Whether you missed out on orthodontic treatment in your youth, or you had treatment only for your teeth to move back to their original position, you may feel like you are caught in a trap – wanting straighter teeth but having no desire to wear obvious metal braces.

At our Burnhamdental practice, we are keen to stress that there more than just aesthetic benefits to orthodontic treatment, and you are never too old to straighten your teeth. Straighter teeth are easier to clean, which helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay – with regular visits to the dentist and hygienist, of course.

Discreet orthodontics is a rapidly expanding area. It involves using either tooth-coloured braces or clear, removable aligners to gently move your teeth into a better position, without everybody knowing you are having treatment.

There are two discreet teeth-straightening options available at our Burnham practice: Six Month Smiles, and Invisalign. When you come for your initial consultation with a dentist, they will discuss the best treatment to suit your needs.

Six Month Smiles

These tooth-coloured braces work in an average of half a year because they focus primarily on the front teeth – those that show when you smile.


This system of clear, removable aligners can treat a wide range of orthodontic conditions. They fit over your teeth, and you can take them out to eat and clean.

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