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By Dr. Kris O'Neill
February 15, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Wondering if dental veneers could give you the smile you’ve always wanted?



Many people are turning to dental veneers to achieve smiles that look like they are meant for the Hollywood screen. After all, many actors and celebrities have dental veneers to thank for their perfect set of pearly whites, and now you can too. Before turning to our Columbia, SC, dentist Dr. Kris O’Neill to get dental veneers, you may be wondering if this cosmetic treatment is right for you. Here are the top three reasons people have said “yes” to dental veneers,


They can strengthen your teeth

Teeth can weaken over the years, especially if you used to be a notorious teeth grinder. If so, dental veneers can offer an additional layer of support for your teeth. Veneers are made from medical-grade porcelain, which is incredibly durable and resilient. These porcelain shells can provide a little added armor for your smile to protect against weakness or fracturing.


They can brighten your smile

If you have severe internal stains caused by trauma to a tooth or fluoride then you know that teeth whitening can’t treat these kinds of stains; however, you shouldn’t have to deal with a smile that’s discolored. Dental veneers offer our patients an amazing alternative to achieving a whiter smile. No matter what kind of stains you are dealing with, veneers can easily hide them and brighten your smile.


They are an alternative to braces

We know that many of our older patients bulk at the idea of having to wear braces but still want to hide gaps between teeth or minor crowding. If this is the case for you, we can help craft a straighter smile with veneers. Since dental veneers cover the entire front surface of your teeth, our Columbia, SC, cosmetic dentist can easily make them large enough to hide gaps or to make teeth appear straighter without ever needing to wear braces.


If you think you’re ready to take the plunge to get dental veneers here in Columbia, SC, Dr. O’Neill, and her team would be honored to craft your dream smile. Call O’Neill Family Dentistry today at (803) 988-1070 to schedule a no-risk consultation.

December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Here are the unique advantages of Invisalign treatment.

Trying to decide between Invisalign and regular braces? Our Columbia, SC, dentist Dr. Kris O’Neill understands that there are a lot of things to think about before choosing the right orthodontic treatment to suit your needs. Here’s the skinny on the cool, unique benefits that Invisalign can offer our older teen and adult patients,

A Completely Clear Treatment

Instead of bonding metal brackets and wires to the front of your teeth, our Columbia, SC, family dentist will give you a set of thermoplastic aligners. These aligners look similar to whitening trays, except that they are custom designed to fit firmly around your teeth to help move teeth into place. No metal, no visible braces. Just a completely clear system that makes you feel more confident.

Removable Aligners

Another reason people choose to get Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. While you will still need to wear your aligners as often as 20-22 hours each day, you do have more freedom with Invisalign than other treatment options. This also means that you don’t have to restrict your diet or avoid certain foods for fear that you might damage braces. Simply take your aligners out prior to mealtimes.

Easy Dental Care

Having to floss and brush around most braces can feel rather daunting and time-consuming. The good news is that with Invisalign, your normal oral care routine doesn’t have to change. Simply remove your aligners prior to brushing and flossing and then get to work keeping your teeth and gums clean. Just don’t forget to also keep your aligners clean too. Here are some additional tips to keep your aligners clean and stain-free.

Fewer Dental Visits

We know that the idea of coming back and forth to our office probably doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun, but we need to make sure that your treatment is going smoothly and progressing. Of course, you won’t need to come into the office for checkups nearly as much when you have Invisalign. In fact, most patients can go up to 5-6 weeks without needing to come into our office. We know you have a busy schedule. Luckily, Invisalign fits right in.

If you’re intrigued by Invisalign and want to find out if you’re a good candidate for treatment then schedule an orthodontic evaluation with our Columbia, SC, dentist in O’Neill Family Dentistry today at (803) 988-1070.

September 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crown   Crowns  

Dental crowns are one of the most versatile cosmetic restorations your Columbia, SC, dentist, Dr. Kris O'Neill offers. Whether you're concerned about the appearance of a tooth or worried about damage, crowns offer an excellent solution. Just contact O'Neill Family Dentistry today.

How do dental crowns work?

Dental crowns are hollow inside, allowing them to completely cover the visible parts of your teeth. Before you receive a crown, your Columbia, SC, dentist reduces the size of your tooth. She then uses digital imaging techniques to make an impression of your mouth. The impression helps her design a new crown that looks and feels perfectly at home in your mouth. After making a few tweaks to the fit of the crown, she attaches it to your tooth with dental cement.

Thanks to same-day CEREC crowns, you'll only need one appointment and won't have to wear temporary crowns. Your new crown is made in the Columbia dental office while you wait. The in-office milling machine creates your crown from a block of ceramic or resin in an hour or less.

Could a dental crown help my smile?

A dental crown can be a good choice if you have an unattractive tooth. The crowns completely conceal discolorations caused by tetracycline, large metal fillings, or other issues. If your smile isn't quite uniform due to oddly shaped teeth, crowns may be the answer to your problems. The restorations improve the appearance of pointed, twisted, or crooked teeth, enhancing the symmetry of your smile. Has grinding your teeth at night caused a few of your teeth to become too short? Crowns will restore its natural height.

Brittle, cracked, or weak teeth are more likely to fracture, causing serious damage to your smile. Crowns strengthen fragile teeth and absorb the strong biting forces generated when you chew. The restorations are often used to protect teeth after a root canal or large filling.

If your tooth has already fractured, a crown will:

  • Restore its normal appearance
  • Make chewing easier
  • Prevent the jagged edges of the teeth from cutting your mouth, lips, or tongue
  • End your pain by covering the broken ends of teeth

Enhance your smile with dental crowns! Call your dentist in Columbia, SC, Dr. O'Neill of O'Neill Family Dentistry at (803) 988-1070 to schedule your appointment.

September 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Dr. Kris O'Neill of O'Neill Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC, provides her patients with a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve your smile. The treatment options are simple and reliable for most people, but here's a closer look as to what some of those services are and what they entail.

Veneers are custom-made porcelain shells. They are tooth-colored designed to cement, or adhere, to the front surface of teeth to improve your smile. Veneers change the color, shape, size, or length of teeth. The prosthetic device is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that may require local anesthesia to alleviate discomfort. Your Columbia cosmetic dentistry office provides veneers to help conceal chips, cracks, minor gaps, and discoloration.

Invisalign is a functional and cosmetic dentistry treatment that straightens teeth discreetly. It's a great option for older teens and young adults who have minor issues, like slightly crooked or gapped teeth. Your dentist makes a sequence of custom-made aligner trays using special software called CAD/CAM. Every two weeks you exchange the tray with the next one in the sequence to continue applying gentle pressure on teeth until teeth move to their corrected position.

Teeth whitening uses bleaching trays to remove stains and discoloration of teeth surfaces. The trays are used at home when your Columbia cosmetic dentist provides at-home kits that you can use at your convenience. 

Other cosmetic dentistry treatments include crowns (caps), fillings, dentures, and bridges.

Do you need a consultation?

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, speak to Dr. Kris O'Neill at O'Neill Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC, by calling (803) 988-1070 today!

By O'Neill Family Dentistry
July 08, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist have the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.Teeth Whitening in Columbia, SC

Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.

Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. You dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.

What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.

How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.

Contact Your Dentist

You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.

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