Smiles Dental Care to open offices in Letterkenny in January 2011

One hundred new jobs are being created with the expansion of the Smiles dental care clinic.

With an investment injection of three million euro it's opening ten new premises around the country, including one in Donegal.

Smiles Dental, a privately owned provider of dental care plans, has announced a €3m expansion which will create 100 new jobs and see ten new clinics opening up around the country next year.

Smiles Dental was established in 2005 and now has a nationwide network of 13 clinics. It treated 100,000 dental patients last year. It offers all forms of dental treatment, from check-ups to cleaning, filling, whitening, orthodontics and cosmetic procedures. It employs 60 fully qualified dentists and 100 nurses and other staff.

The company's chief executive Emmet O'Neill says that Smiles Dental's expansion - and the economies of scale it allows - means that it can compete very effectively on price.

The first of its new offices will open for business in Letterkenny in January.