• The Dental Surgery Burnham

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.

Depending 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.


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.

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