• The Dental Surgery Burnham

If you think braces mean metal, think again

Hear the word “braces” and what springs to mind? Metal train-tracks? At The Dental Surgery Burnham we are eager to point out that while fixed metal appliances remain popular with teenagers, who enjoy the ability to customise their devices, for example in the colours of their favourite football team, there are a number of more discreet options available for adults in need of orthodontic treatment.

Burnhambraces and aligners

The Dental Surgery Burnham offers two options for anyone interested in discreet teeth straightening: tooth-coloured braces, and clear aligners. Whichever option you find best suits your needs, we think you’ll agree that treatment is far more subtle than with traditional metal appliances. In many cases, it is quicker, too.

If you would like straighter teeth without the constraints and hassle of metal braces, come to our Burnhamdental practice for a consultation. Your dentist will examine your teeth and your bite – how your jaws meet – before recommending the best course of treatment.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are fixed braces with some major differences. They comprise clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires, so they will blend in with the natural colour of your teeth. These devices use lower forces than traditional orthodontic appliances, and they work in an average of six months because they concentrate on the teeth that show when you smile.


Sometimes called “invisible braces”, Invisalign is in fact a series of removable clear aligners that are custom-made to fit over your teeth, gently guiding them into a new position in two-week increments.

Invisalign aligners can be used to correct a wider range of orthodontic issues than Six Month Smiles, and they have little to no impact on your lifestyle, because you can take them out for short periods to eat and drink, to brush your teeth, and to clean.

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