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By O'NEILL FAMILY DENTISTRY
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.

By Dr. Kris O'Neill
June 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
SpiceUpYourTeeth

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

Cosmetic Dentistry SmileHow your cosmetic dentist in Columbia, South Carolina, can give you a great smile

Are you happy about your smile, or could it use a little improvement? You may think you are stuck with the smile nature gave you, but that’s not true! With the help of cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Kris M. O’Neill in Columbia, SC, you can finally obtain the smile you deserve!

Consider just a few of the many cosmetic dentistry procedures designed to create a great smile:

 

Professional Teeth Whitening

With the help of this treatment, you can brighten your dull, aging smile by up to 8 shades whiter with results that can last up to 5 years! You can’t always count on unreliable over-the-counter whitening products, but you can count on professional teeth whitening to be the safe, effective way to get a brilliant smile. From her Columbia office, Dr. O’Neill offers convenient take-home whitening kits that allow you to brighten your teeth at home.

 

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers hide both minor and major aesthetic issues like cracks, fracture lines, chips, tooth wear, and other bothersome problems, all while giving you a perfectly beautiful smile that is still uniquely yours. Porcelain reflects light and repels stains, so your veneers will look natural and stay beautiful for years.

 

Invisalign

Straighten your smile more quickly, easily, and comfortably than you have ever thought possible! Unlike other, longer, orthodontic options, this treatment only takes between 9 and 15 months to complete. It’s also the most discreet form of orthodontics because the system uses clear plastic trays which are virtually invisible to people around you.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures can improve your smile and give you the great look that you deserve! You just have to get started by calling Dr. Kris M. O’Neill in Columbia, South Carolina. Give yourself the gift of a great smile by calling Dr. O’Neill today!

Cosmetic Dentistry SmileWhen a smile lacks functionality and beauty, it's more than noticeable: it devastates the patient's confidence and oral health. If you're missing teeth or have one marred by decay, injury or infection, you can smile again with crowns and bridges from your dentist in Columbia, SC, Dr. Kristina O'Neill. Her restorative treatment plans include crowns and bridgework that are very lifelike.

What is a crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped jacket of high-quality porcelain. A crown extends the life of a failing tooth.

Dentists such as Dr. O'Neill work hard to preserve as many natural teeth as possible with precise preventive and restorative dental treatments such as crowns, fillings, cleanings, examinations, and more. Extractions are a last resort because they impact appearance, bone structure, gum tissues and the strength and position of remaining teeth.

What is a bridge?

Bridgework consists of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) attached to natural teeth with dental crowns. Your dentist removes some enamel from the supporting, or abutment, teeth in order to accommodate the crowns. Both pontics and crowns are well-shaped and colored to blend in with the balance of your smile.

Caring for crowns and bridges

The American Academy of Prosthodontics states that crowns and bridgework last five to seven years or more when patients practice good oral hygiene at home and see their dentists semi-annually for examinations and cleanings. Dr. O-Neill carefully assesses restorations and tooth replacements, such as crowns and bridges, She advises patients avoid staining dietary choices (coffee and tea) and chewing on hard foods or non-foods such as fingernails or pencil tops.

Chew well, look great

You can restore your smile with crowns and bridges from Dr. Kristina O'Neill and her team. Contact the office today, and come see us for an individualized consultation. Phone (803) 988-1070.