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It really is amazing how such a small amount of material can make such a massive difference to your smile. Read on for the complete lowdown on how veneers work.

We tend to live in a very disposable society, and various possessions we own that start to work less than perfectly are often destined for the dump or the recycling centre. This applies to everything from worn furniture to an iPod that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the latest models.

But what happens when one of those ‘possessions’ is a tooth? What happens when a tooth begins to show its age, or becomes severely discoloured, or is suffering from some form of structural damage? Are you prepared to wave goodbye to it in the same cavalier fashion as you used with your old iPod?

For most of us, the answer is a resounding no, and we’ll go to almost any length to preserve the tooth – but with a caveat of getting it back to its full range of functionality and its same sparkling appearance from way back.

Thankfully, your dentist can help you in this regard – simply by using one of the most basic yet effective treatments in his toolbox – the dental veneer.

What is a veneer?

It’s quite easy to explain the principle of a veneer. It's a very thin layer material that your dentist places over the damaged or discoloured tooth. But don't be fooled by the fat that the veneer is very thin – it also happens to be very strong and very reliable, so you can subject it to all the same tribulations that you reserve for your normal teeth – like biting into an apple or chewing a steak, for example.

Not alone is the veneer itself very tough, but the adhesive your dentist uses to keep it in place is also super-robust. He uses a special sort of dental cement, and when this has fully set, we can promise you that your veneer is going absolutely nowhere.

Even better, it's impossible to tell the difference between a normal tooth and one that has had a veneer attached. So unless you choose to share the fact that you're wearing one, your family, friends and colleagues will be none the wiser.

Hold on to your smile.

The veneer is an important part of your dentist’s armoury for two reasons. First of all, it can be used to repair physical damage to your teeth, But also, it's a hugely popular and effective treatment for dealing with cosmetic damage.

This form of cosmetic damage could be discolouration, for example, which may occur simply as part of the ageing process. Alternatively, it might be due to excessive drinking of tea or red wine, both of which are notorious for staining your teeth in the long run.

And yes – you’ve guessed it – one of the biggest culprits for stains is the demon nicotine. Smoking is hugely harmful for your general health, but it can also cause oral cancer, and will definitely impair your smile eventually due to those nasty brown stains that it causes.

Is it an expensive form of treatment?

You may be wondering how much are veneers. If so, we think you’ll be very pleasantly surprised when you find out what they cost. And bar in mind that you can choose to spread the cost over three, six or nine months – thanks to our 0% Dental Finance Plan.

Veneers cost from as little as €300 at MyDental Dublin, assuming that it’s a composite veneer and that it’s fitted on your first visit. We think you’ll agree that this is a very small price to pay for a gleaming smile?

An ethical form of treatment.

For veneers or any of the other treatments here at MyDental, we fully adhere t0 the formal code of practice of the Irish Dental Council – you can check it out right here - http://www.dentalcouncil.ie/g_dentalethics.php