Dental Veneers

A popular and effective way to fix imperfections in your smile.

  • Misaligned or misshapen teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Chipped, cracked or damaged teeth

What is Dental Veneer?

Dental Veneers or sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates are wafer-thin layers of natural-looking porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve your appearance by changing your teeth’s colour, shape, size or length. Veneers are known to resolve several aesthetic dental problems, hence their increased popularity among individuals seeking to improve the appearance of their smile. With veneers, we at Rathgar Dental provide you with a solution for correcting the appearance of teeth that are chipped, discoloured, or slightly misaligned in just a few visits.

Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers are however known to resist stains better than their resin counterparts, and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Your dentist will be the one to recommend the best choice of veneer material for your teeth.

When to Use Dental Veneers.

Dental veneers are recommended to routinely fix:

  • Discoloured teeth either because of root canal treatment due to stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes, or the presence of large resin fillings that led to tooth discolouration.
  • Worn-down teeth.
  • Chipped or broken teeth.
  • Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth. For example, teeth that have craters or bulges in them.
  • Teeth with gaps between them to close the space between these teeth.

Dental Veneers: The Benefits.

Veneers offer the following renowned benefits:

  • Gum tissues are known to tolerate porcelain well.
  • They provide a natural tooth appearance.
  • Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant.
  • Veneers offer a more conservative approach to changing a tooth's colour and shape as they don't require the extensive shaping before the procedure that crowns do, yet they offer a stronger and more aesthetic alternative.
  • The colour of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.

Are you unhappy with the way your smile looks?

At Rathgar Dental, we strive to use only the best materials in the market to ensure that our patients receive the best care possible for such outstanding dental veneer benefits. Why not be part of our growing family and enjoy a whole lot of these benefits, as dental veneers are the ideal dental solution for your troubled stains, cracks, chips, gaps, slight misalignments, and/or various other cosmetic tooth-related issues!

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

Generally, dental veneers are known to last between 7 and 15 years, after which the veneers would need to be replaced.

Do Dental Veneers Require Special Care?

After placement, dental veneers do not require any special care. By following good oral hygiene practices including flossing, brushing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash as you typically would, is enough for dental veneer care.


After placement, dental veneers do not require any special care. By following good oral hygiene practices including flossing, brushing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash as you typically would, is enough for dental veneer care.

The Process of Teeth Whitening

Generally, for one to get a dental veneer, at least three trips to the dentist are paramount. One for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers. One tooth or several teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering procedure as described below.


Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

This is the first step, and it involves the dentist examining your teeth to make sure dental veneers are suitable for you and enlighten you on what the procedure will require as well as some of its limitations. X-rays are also taken, and impressions of your mouth and teeth made at this point if need be.



During preparation, your dentist will remove about ½ millimetre of enamel from the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Before trimming, a local anaesthetic to numb the area is applied. Next, your dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth, which is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer. A 2 to 4-week period is sufficient for the veneers to be ready. However, for very unsightly teeth, temporary dental veneers can be placed.



Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, it is temporarily placed on your tooth to examine its fit and colour by your dentist. The veneer is then repeatedly removed and trimmed to achieve the proper fit. The veneer colour can be adjusted as well using the shade of cement to be used.

Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished and etched-which roughens he tooth for a secure bonding process. a special cement is then applied to the veneer and the veneer placed on your tooth.
Once the veneer has been appropriately positioned on the tooth, a special light beam is then applied to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals within the cement, causing it to harden or curve very quickly.

Lastly, any excess cement is removed, and an evaluation of your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer is made. A follow-up visit after a couple of weeks is necessary, to examine how your gums are responding to the veneer and to examine the veneer's placement as well.

How much do Dental Veneers Cost?

Dental veneers prices vary depending on what part of the country you live in and on the extent of your procedure. Generally, veneers range in cost from 705 to 1,410 Irish pounds per tooth. The cost of veneers is not typically covered by insurance, thus to figure out an actual cost, check with your specific dental insurance.

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