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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.

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.

By Dr. Kris O'Neill
August 21, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Do you ever wish that you had a perfect Hollywood smile? If so, you need to learn about porcelain veneers, a popular cosmetic treatment that is able to eliminate a number of aesthetic dental flaws, including discolorations, minor gaps, and physical defects. Here at Dr. Kris O’Neill's dental office in Columbia, SC, we provide veneers to give patients' outstanding smiles that they are proud to show off—read on to learn more!

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin laminates, typically made of porcelain, that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain is the perfect material for dental veneers because it is strong, long-lasting, and light-reflective (a quality that allows the restorations to blend naturally into your smile).

What kind of dental problems are treated with veneers?

Dental veneers are one of the most versatile dental treatments available today because they can hide a number of aesthetic issues with your teeth, including:

  • Blotches and discolorations from genetics or medications
  • Broken tooth structure from trauma or decay
  • Yellowing and dullness from aging or lifestyle habits
  • Cracked or fractured teeth from trauma or an accident
  • Tooth wear, erosion, and abrasion from lifestyle habits or aging

In some cases, veneers can even hide small gaps or spaces between your teeth, making your smile appear straighter.

What benefits can I expect from veneers?

When you choose dental veneers, you choose a conservative treatment, for little-to-no tooth surface is removed during treatment—just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers. In addition to conserving tooth structure, veneers also provide:

  • Natural beauty, because porcelain veneers look just like your natural teeth, only better!
  • Long-lasting results, because porcelain resists stains, so your new veneers will stay beautiful for years
  • Quick treatment, because you can have a completely new smile in as little as 2 to 3 appointments

Interested? Contact us

To find out more about the veneer process and how the treatment can help your smile, call Dr. Kris O’Neill in Columbia, SC. Dial (803) 988-1070 today and get started on your new spectacular smile!