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

Composite Bonding

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

Teeth Whitening

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

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.

Our general dental services include the following services:

FAQS

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. Currently these charges are:

  • Band 1 (£22.70):
    • Emergency appointments to get you out of pain;
    • Check-up (examination and diagnosis including x-rays as well as a simple scale and polish where clinically indicated)
  • Band 2 (£62.10):
    • Fillings, periodontal treatments, root canal treatments, extractions and other care;
    • Covers everything listed in band 1
  • Band 3 (£269.30):
    • Complex dental treatment involving construction of laboratory-made appliances such as dentures, crowns and splints;
    • Covers everything listed in bands 1 and 2

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.

If you are unhappy with your dental treatment, the first thing to do is always approach the Sharrow dental practice manager with your concerns. This can either be done by telephone or letter.  Explain your concerns and what you would like the ideal solution to be. In most cases we will be able to solve the problem together with your dentist.

Contact details for the practice manager:

Email: sharrow.dentalsurgery@nhs.net

Address:          Practice Manager,

Sharrow Dental Practice,

Moulsham Street,

Chelmsford,

Essex.

CM2 0JG

If you are still not happy, you might need to seek a second opinion from another dentist for which they may make a charge.

There are advice numbers for complaints in the UK: telephone 03000 683 000 or for private complaints call 0208 253 0800.

In severe cases where you feel the dentist has been negligent the General Dental Council, the dentist’s regulatory body may accept a complaint. They can be contacted through www.gdc-uk.org or by calling 0207 167 6000.

If you have difficulty with stairs, please let our staff know when you book your appointment. We will try to make sure you are seen in a ground floor surgery that is more accessible.

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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