At Sharrow Dental we offer a wide range of professional cosmetic dentistry services to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Based in Chelmsford, Essex, our modern and welcoming practice ensures that our patients can receive the cosmetic dental treatments they need, all under one roof and in the care of the dentists they trust.

Cosmetic Dentistry Services

A person’s teeth can have a significant impact on their confidence and their lives. Naturally, when people meet or talk face to face, we are often drawn to two things – the eyes and mouth, and for those who are self-conscious about their teeth, smiling or talking to people can be something they dread or even avoid. This can affect people’s ability to be confident at work, meet new people or communicate in an effective way.

Cosmetic dentistry is about so much more than just improving the appearance of teeth, it is about giving patients the confidence they need and a smile that will have them grinning from ear to ear!

We offer a variety of affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures to help improve the colour, shape and layout of the teeth from whitening, veneers and composite bonding to crowns and bridges.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments, teeth whitening, is the ideal solution for patients who want to improve the colour of their teeth for a brighter, whiter smile.

Discolouration can happen for a number of reasons from lifestyle choices to genetics and age. There are two types of tooth discolouration called extrinsic and intrinsic which usually call for different treatments.

  • Intrinsic discolouration occurs when the dentin, which is the inner part of the tooth turns yellow or darkens in colour. This can be resolved with teeth whitening treatments such as bleaching.
  • Extrinsic discolouration is a type of staining on the enamel or outer layer of the teeth, caused by things such as tea and coffee, smoking and red wine. This is often best treated with professional cleaning and hygienist treatments in conjunction with whitening where required.

At Sharrow Dental, our teeth whitening treatment is a type of bleaching which is extremely effective and helps to whiten, reduce staining and improve decolouration for a sparkling smile. We use custom fit trays that can be worn at home for convenient, easy to achieve results that take around 10-14 applications and can last as long as 3 years if maintained properly.

Composite Bonding

Composite bonding is a minimally invasive treatment that helps to improve the appearance of the teeth through the use of carefully moulded resin – ideal for teeth with cracks, chips or discolouration. Our expert dentists use this tooth coloured composite material to change the shape or length of teeth, contour, close gaps and improve discoloration for fast, effective, natural results that our patients love!

Some of the many benefits of composite bonding include;

  • Results can be achieved in just a single appointment.
  • Minimally invasive and in most cases requires no aesthetic, injections or drilling – unless it is being used to treat a filling.
  • Fully modifiable and reversible so that it can be adjusted and stripped back if required at any point.
  • Suitable for patients of all ages.
  • A cheaper alternative to crowns and veneers.

Crowns and Bridges

For our patients with weakened, damaged or missing teeth we are able to offer long lasting, effective treatment in the form of crowns and bridges which not only help to improve the appearance of the teeth but helps to restore function and overall oral health.

  • Dental Crowns

These are used in a number of ways to help permanently cover damaged, discoloured and weak teeth for which some of the tooth remains and not all of it has to be removed. They can also be effectively combined with other treatments to help provide a long term solution for complex dental issues.

Typically made from porcelain, plastic, ceramic or metal alloys, a crown can be used to artificially restore the remaining part of the damaged tooth, giving it a protective ‘cap’ which reinforces and aesthetically improves the tooth.

  • Dental Bridge

For patients with one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge can be used to ‘bridge the gap’. There are different types of bridges available and the type that is used will depend on the individual patient and their teeth.

The most common bridge treatment involves a false tooth, secured into place with the help of two dental crowns which anchor the new tooth to the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap.


Veneers are ultra-thin, layers of porcelain or composite that are custom made and bonded to the front surface of the original tooth or teeth using a special adhesive.

They can be used to:

  • Cover imperfect teeth
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Mask discoloured teeth
  • Lengthen teeth

Veneers can be used to treat just one single tooth or several teeth at once, providing patients with a natural, healthy looking smile. Having veneers is often irreversible because the treatment can require a small amount of the outer layer of the tooth to be shaved down, so you need to be absolutely sure before undergoing the treatment.

Cosmetic Dentists Essex

At Sharrow Dental our aim is to listen to our patients concerns about the appearance of their teeth and to present them with the treatment options available and the information they need to make an informed decision about which treatment plan is best for them.

If you would like to discuss any of our cosmetic dental services in more detail then please do not hesitate to contact us and one of our friendly staff will be happy to arrange a consultation for you.

Our general dental services include the following services:


Why are my gums bleeding?

Gums bleed when they are irritated and inflamed which is not considered normal or healthy. This is due to plaque (a soft film of bacteria) being left on the teeth which causes inflammation called gingivitis and if not addressed can develop into gum disease. Over time, if not cleaned off through daily brushing and interdental cleaning, the plaque can turn into a hard deposit called tartar or calculus that will require professional scaling by your dentist or hygienist to remove it.

It is important even if your gums bleed they are still brushed to keep the mouth clean otherwise the bacteria build up in the mouth will make gum inflammation worse. After a few days of thorough cleaning, your gums should stop bleeding. If this does not happen you will need to ask the advice of your dental team, as you may need professional cleaning.

A good oral care regime should be able to prevent your gums from bleeding if done correctly. We would always suggest that you have regular examinations at your dentist. This can help diagnose and treat anything unusual in your mouth so you get the correct care and advice.

You may have to use a softer brush whilst the gums are inflamed until they become healthier. It is also important to clean in between teeth daily using interdental brushes or floss.

Smoking can cover up a gum problem as it restricts the blood flow to the mouth. If you have recently given up smoking this could allow the gums to get a better circulation and therefore start to bleed.

In the UK, dentistry is one of the few National Health Service (NHS) services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care. This means that there are now three standard charges for the NHS for dental treatment. This will help to make the NHS system easier and more accessible for patients.

There is one charge for a course of treatment under the NHS, the cost will vary depending on what dental treatment you require. For information on these charges visit our NHS Dental Charges Page.

Please note that this information has been taken from the Department of Health and the information is provided as a guideline only. Your dentist will assess your individual needs to see if you fit the criteria for the above treatments.

Liv Rutland

Chelmsford, Essex

Sorry it has taken me this long to write a review but I just want to thank Ian so much for my teeth. I had a brace put on and I was quite nervous throughout the whole procedure as I don’t feel totally comfortable whenever I go to the dentist, however Ian was always so professional and confident that I knew I was in safe hands. He is also very honest so you know what result you can achieve and what you can’t which I think is really important. I am so pleased with my teeth now the brace is off and I would 100% recommend!! thank you Ian & Sharrow.

Emini Jaggan

Chelmsford, Essex

Sharrow has been very warm and welcoming – good services all round. Mr Clough has been very meticulous in his treatment – very patient. Taking his time with everything he has done. I have recommended several people to his clinic and I hope they take my advice. Happy and comfortable with the service and my mouth is back to normal! So far so good! Thank you

Roger Watling

Chelmsford, Essex

Truly great dentist, it’s no accident that my family, my daughter’s husband and now his family now go there. Having had bad experiences in my early life , I’m so glad I found them and can only deduce that they only take on dentist who are a. fantastic at their job, b. very empathetic to those who have had bad experiences.

Abbie Crabtree

Chelmsford, Essex

I’m a very nervous patient. I’m absolutely petrified of dentists but this one I feel so comfortable at. They are absolutely amazing with me and I’d recommend to anyone who’s also nervous this is the surgery for you. Everyone is so lovely and welcoming. Thank you so much sharrows. 10/10 x

Bernie Dawson

Chelmsford, Essex

Absolutely wonderful service!

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