We are delighted to offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services in Chelmsford to help you feel comfortable with your smile, whether that be through teeth whitening, composite bonding or veneers. Our practice offers a range of cosmetic dental procedures to improve your smile in effective, painless and affordable treatments.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Chelmsford
When people talk, we are usually drawn to look at two things: their eyes and their mouth. Your smile and your teeth are an important part of the first impression you will give to people and it can have a significant impact on your self-confidence and the way that you greet and communicate with people if you are confident in your smile.
There are many ways to improve the appearance of your teeth and not all of these will cost you the earth.
One of the commonest complaints from our patients is that they feel that their teeth are too dark in colour or have become stained over time. There are a variety of ways to whiten teeth and brighten your smile. Each case is different, and the most appropriate treatment will depend upon a variety of factors such as lifestyle, diet, shade and appearance of the teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services Available with Sharrow Dental
The smile enhancements that you might like to discuss with your dentist include:
– Whitening toothpaste to remove staining
– Professional scale and polish with one of our hygienists
– Professional tooth whitening to lighten the internal pigments within teeth
– Internal bleaching for traumatised or root canal treated teeth
– Composite bonding, veneers and crowns are a more invasive definitive solution to change the colour, shade and shape of your teeth
Improvements in the properties and appearance of tooth-coloured composite resin materials has meant that we are able to offer reversible and minimally invasive ways to change the shape, contour and colour of your teeth. Composite bonding or edge bonding can be used to make the teeth appear more uniform, lengthen teeth and close gaps where orthodontics is not considered appropriate by the dentist or the patient. Full composite veneers can be used to change the colour and shape of the teeth.
In combination with orthodontics and tooth whitening, composite bonding to contour teeth is an extremely useful tool to be able to offer a true ‘smile makeover’ for our patients using the concepts of ‘Align, Bleach and Bond’.
The Benefits of Composite Bonding
- Minimally invasive, usually no injections or drilling required which is a relief to most patients
- Most cases can be accomplished in a single appointment
- Cheaper than traditional lab made restorations such as crowns and veneers
- Reversible and modifiable – the composite can always be stripped back or customised to your preference
- Suitable for patients of all ages
Using carbamide peroxide gel in a custom fabricated tray is the traditional tried and tested way to lighten the internal pigments of teeth, thereby improving their appearance without altering any tooth structure.
We create your own personal tray to fit your mouth comfortably which can be worn overnight or in an approved one-hour session. Results can be seen after 10 – 14 applications and the tray can be reused as often as desired. As with the other treatments mentioned above, this will only affect natural teeth, other options will need to be considered to whiten veneer, crown and composite restorations.
Crown and Bridge
If a tooth is badly decayed or fractured but not all of the tooth has to be removed, then a crown may be the best option for you.
A crown is essentially a tooth with a hollowed bottom, and is made of plastic, ceramic or metal alloys. It is placed over the remaining part of your tooth, and an adhesive is used to fix it in place. This crown will be made to look exactly how your tooth should look, making it almost unnoticeable.
If a tooth is missing, and the adjacent teeth either side need to be crowned, then a bridge might be the best option for a tooth. Bridges need to be looked after thoroughly as the area under the bridge is more likely to get food stuck under it.
Veneers are thin custom-made covers which are fixed to the front surface of your tooth, which can be made of either porcelain or composite. They can be used to:
- Cover imperfect teeth
- Cover gaps between teeth
- Mask discoloured teeth
- Lengthen teeth
Fitting veneers may require minimal tooth preparation, which would only affect the outer layer of the tooth. The veneer is then stuck on the surface of the tooth with a special adhesive.
Having veneers is normally an irreversible treatment because a small amount of the outer layer of your tooth is removed, so you need to be absolutely sure before undergoing the treatment.
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.
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
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.
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
Absolutely wonderful service!