Opening Times

Mon 8.00 - 16.30
Tue 8.00 - 19.15
Wed 8.00 - 18.00
Thurs 8.00 - 16.30
Fri 8.00 - 16.00

About our Team

“I have had many dentists over the years, including one who was the personal dentist of an ex-Prime Minister, and Celia is the best of all of them by a large margin”

Dentist in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

Established in the 1980s, Nothing but the tooth  Dental Practice, Sutton Coldfield, provides high quality private dental health care to patients of all ages.

The reception and comfortable patient lounge has current newspapers and magazines and free WiFi, and you can relax with a hot or cold drink before or after your appointment. Our treatment rooms are clean and comfortable and have recently passed a thorough inspection by the Care Quality Commission with flying colours. We welcome patients with disabilities. We know that visits to the dentist can be nerve wracking but we have many years experience of putting patients at their ease, and you will be surprised at how you will be able to overcome your fears, just as so many of our patients have already.

We are easily reached by public transport, just 50 yards from Chester Road railway station in Sutton Coldfield and a very short walk from local bus services. You can park on our forecourt or on the road outside if you come by car.

Our Promise

We will always strive to

  • offer our best service to all regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or faith.
  • listen to and respect your concerns
  • discuss all treatment options with you, including costs
  • provide the best and most suitable care possible
  • offer you a painless experience
  • see you on time
  • Keep our training and skills up to date
  • Refer you to a specialist when appropriate
  • Seek and act on feedback to improve our service
  • Keep our equipment well maintained and our emergency equipment and training (including a cardiac defibrillator) up to date
  • Maintain the highest standards of infection control

In return, please may we ask that you

  • treat all other patients, staff and visitors with respect
  • arrive on time for your appointment
  • let us know if you’re going to be more than 5 minutes late
  • avoid smoking or eating just before your appointment
  • give as much notice as possible if you have to cancel your appointment.
  • give us accurate information when completing forms or answering questions, and inform us if your contact details change.
  • respect our work by following advice and completing work that has been undertaken.
  • pay your bill on time
  • if you are happy with our service, tell your friends
  • if you are unhappy with our service, or you have a suggestion how we could improve, tell us!


Principal Dentist & Clinical Director: Celia Burns

CeliaMy first love isn’t teeth; it’s people. That’s why I love being a dentist. It’s the best feeling in the world to be able to help an anxious patient, who has possibly avoided going to the dentist for many years, build their trust in me, and I get a real thrill from helping someone achieve the confidence in their smile that they want.

It’s also great fun hearing about their daughter’s wedding, their new teacher, their dog’s operation and their fun run success – whilst trying not to ask them about it when I have a mirror and two cotton rolls in their mouth, of course.

I enjoy most aspects of dentistry, and was proud to receive the BDA medal and the Periodontology prize when I qualified in 1987. Since then I have always strived to improve and update my knowledge, and I have particularly enjoyed improving my cosmetic skills so that I can now provide patients with invisible braces and full smile makeovers.  I am a full member of the  British Academy of Cosmetic Dentists

I am not very good at sitting still, apart from when reading a book (I can recommend “The Woman In White” by Wilkie Collins for a gripping Victorian thriller).

My Border Terrier, Pepper insists on taking me for walks in spite of my attempts to train him not to pull on the lead, while my three cats do their best to hinder my attempts to keep the garden looking good.

If you ever need it, my GDC number is Celia Burns BDS (Bristol, UK) 62649

RachelAssociate Dentist: Rachel Wood

I’m Rachel, and I qualified from the University of Bristol in 2004.
I then travelled in Europe and Asia, whilst working as a dentist. This gave me a very diverse experience of clinical practice and the opportunity to practise dentistry in some very arduous conditions. I completed my vocational training pathway and was subsequently awarded both the Membership of General Dental Practitioners (2007) and Membership of Joint Dental Faculties (2008).

After my years abroad I was ready to relocate to general dental practice. To further my clinical skills and expertise I have undertaken further training in aesthetic and restorative dentistry. I have a holistic approach to dental health, ensuring I provide dental care that is tailored to patients’ needs and wishes.

My areas of interest include minimally invasive dentistry and aesthetics dentistry which has enabled me to give many patients smiles that they are delighted with and previously thought not possible.

I am a keen sports woman and cook. I have a passion for skiing, sailing and any other water sports but it is my twin girls who generally keep me rather fit!

Rachel’s GDC number is 83462


AmyTherapist: Amy Todd

I am very excited to be a part of the dental team at NBTT. I qualified from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Dental Hygiene and Therapy and have had a varied dental career thus far, working with the Armed Forces as well as with Specialist Departments both in private practice and the Birmingham Dental Hospital. I have had a great deal of experience dealing with both children and extremely anxious patients and love being able to provide a good dental experience for every patient. As a Dental Therapist I can provide a huge range of treatments, including hygiene therapy for gum disease, fillings, local anaesthetics, tooth whitening, as well as helping children by placing sealants and fluoride treatments to help prevent decay, and if necessary extracting or root filling baby teeth . I will be working very closely with Celia in order to provide the best dental care possible for all our patients.

I admit to having a very peculiar accent which most people struggle to place as it is constantly changing. This comes from being born and raised in Canada and living all over Europe. I have lived in Norway, Northern Ireland, Germany as well as England! I have now made Birmingham my home but I enjoy exploring Britain. I enjoy walking in the countryside as well as exploring British cities, castles and palaces. I love travelling, and going on safari in Kenya was likely the most breathtaking experience yet!

My GDC registration number is 178759

RachelClinical Manager and Treatment Coordinator: Rachel Carr

Hi, I’m Rachel, a qualified dental nurse with many years’ experience. As the clinical manager, I am in charge of making sure the practice clinics run efficiently, in a clean, safe environment for all our patients, visitors and staff. As Treatment Coordinator, I am the go to person for patients to find out more about us before they come for their first appointment, and also to explain their treatment plans, our finance options, and anything else that they need assistance to understand.

I take great pride in working with extremely nervous patients as I understand their fears – I have myself had a dental phobia in the past, so I know how they feel. I am passionate about providing you with relaxed and gentle dental care, and I work mainly in the treatment rooms assisting our clinicians in providing this.

I love talking to people and find that seeing patients for their six monthly healthy mouth assessments is more like meeting up with old friends.

I plan to add to my skills with further training in oral health education and radiography over the next two years, which will let me spend even more time caring directly for the patients who make this job so enjoyable.

When I am not immersed in dental care, I love to travel and in the past I was lucky enough to spend six months living in and exploring Japan. I also enjoy spending time cooking and baking for my friends and work colleagues. I love keeping fit and I spend much of my free time attending body pump classes working off all those cakes!

GDC number 201132

AliceDental Nurse: Alice Hughes

Hi, I’m Alice! I have been dental nursing for a while now, and I particularly enjoy working with patients to help them improve their overall health by improving their teeth and gums. This doesn’t stop me enjoying life outside the practice – I have two dogs, so they keep me fit, and when I get the chance I love going to Cornwall as there is so much space down there for them (and me!) to enjoy themselves.

GDC number 246515




CaraDental Nurse: Cara Gibson

Unlike my daughter, who has been adamant she’s going to be a teacher since the moment she could speak, I’ve always been unsure which way my career path would take me… but here I am and I love being a dental nurse.

I love helping people and often get messages from friends and family asking for dental advice, which I relish as dentistry is a topic I know lots about. The only time most of us are taught about our oral health is when we come to the dentist, so I am a firm advocate of coming for regular checks. This is why I am so glad to be a part of the NBTT team, where patient care is paramount.

I am a real chatterbox, so I’ll be the nurse who is trying to talk to you about your holiday whilst the dentist is about to start a healthy mouth assessment.

Outside of work, when I’m not fulfilling my ‘mom’ duties, you may often see me with my head in a book- the gorier the better!!

Now is the part where I tell you I like to go for long walks in the park at the weekend. Well,  I’m sorry to inform you –  I don’t!  I think I should invest in a dog that can walk me daily to counteract my love of all things sweet!!!

I’m really looking forward to starting a radiography qualification, which will allow me to be able to take x-rays within the dental practice. I look forward to meeting all NBTT’s old and new patients and hopefully taking some of your dental x-rays in the future.

GDC number 197361

Receptionist: Debbie Parry

I’m Debbie and I’m very happy to be working here at Nothing But The Tooth as a Dental Receptionist. I have previously worked at a couple of doctors’ surgeries as a medical receptionist and administrator so this is a new role, but one I’m very excited about.

I love meeting new people and getting to know new faces. I totally understand that some of our patients will come in feeling very anxious and nervous so I want to be the first person to help you feel relaxed and put you at ease.

A lot of patients wonder where I come from as I have a very mixed accent. Until I was 16 I lived near Newcastle and used to have a very strong Geordie accent, then for the next 15 years I lived in Nottinghamshire, not far from Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest.

I never imagined that I would move and settle in Birmingham, but in 2010 I fell in love and had to marry my Birmingham man! It did take a couple of years to settle but I think of Birmingham as my home now.

I have a cute little Lhasa Apso dog called Tilly or ‘Tilly Teddy’ as we call her; she looks just like a cute little Ewok. On weekends you can often find us taking a walk in Sutton Park and after that there’s nothing I like better than to curl up on a comfy sofa to watch a good old period drama.

I love socialising with friends and holidaying in beautiful places in Britain with my husband.

Administrative Assistant: Tanya Shand

My name is pronounced differently depending on where you originate from so I answer to TAN-ya, TARN-ya or just T and also my husband’s nickname from his youth, Shandy!I am a Northern lass born in Hull. I have moved up and down the country so therefore my ‘Hully Gully’ accent is no longer.

I have always worked within the public eye with my professions starting many moons ago as a dental nurse/receptionist ‘up North’ and then mainly concentrating on retail management, hospitality and catering management.

I love meeting people so to sit in an office on my own would be my worst nightmare, I am a social butterfly!

I have many interests including visiting places of interest. My family and I are members of the National Trust. I am also fascinated by Astrology and how star signs relate to our personality and traits. I love to cook and entertain and my original German recipe of Goulash is always a winner! I am an avid reader and autobiographies are my favourite. I also have an interest in Hypnotherapy and would love to take this further (doing research into the subject at the moment) so watch this space….

Look into my eyes, not around the eyes, into my eyes….1….2….3 you’re under. Rolling on the floor laughing

The small print

We are registered dental professionals with the General Dental Council.
Registration numbers and contact details are as follows:

  • Celia Burns BDS (Bristol, UK) 62649
  • Amy Todd 178759
  • Rachel Carr 201132
  • Rachel Wood BDS (Bristol, UK) 83462
  • Alice Hughes 246515
  • Cara Gibson 197361

General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8DQ
0845 222 4141