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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.

By DR. KRIS O'NEILL
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry   veneers  

Porcelain VeneersThese porcelain restorations could give you the smile makeover you’ve been looking for.

Do you feel embarrassed to smile in public because your smile just isn’t up to par? Do you wish that you had a smile that made you feel confident rather than self-conscious? If this sounds like something you are currently experiencing, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Columbia, SC, cosmetic dentist Dr. Kris O’Neill is here to tell you how dental veneers could improve your current situation.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are very thin, tooth-colored shells made from medical-grade porcelain. These restorations are designed to cover the entire front surface of one or more teeth to improve the overall look of your smile. Many celebrities have turned to veneers to get that ideal smile and now you can, too.

What can veneers do for your smile?

Veneers are amazingly versatile cosmetic restorations that are able to hide imperfections in your smile so all people see is a beautiful set of teeth. You could be a great candidate for veneers if you are looking to hide:

  • Cracks and chips
  • Uneven or worn teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor crowding and overlapping
  • Misshapen teeth

Veneers become the new outer surface of your tooth, providing you with a whiter and more even smile. In fact, in some cases, veneers can even make your smile straighter without needing braces.

How do I get dental veneers?

The first thing that will need to happen is for our Columbia, SC, dentist to examine your smile to make sure that your teeth are healthy enough for veneers and that your treatment goals align with what veneers can offer you (if veneers aren’t the right option, don’t worry. We offer many cosmetic options to help you achieve the results you want).

Once we determine that veneers are right for you, we will next have to prep your teeth to receive your new restorations. Tooth preparation is minimal when it comes to getting veneers; however, it’s important to note that it will require us to shave off a small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth, which isn’t reversible.

Once teeth are prepped we will take measurements of your mouth to send to a dental lab so they can create your very own set of veneers. When the lab has sent back your veneers you will come in so that we can check the look and fit before permanently bonding them to the front of your teeth.

If you are interested in getting dental veneers or cosmetic dentistry in Columbia, SC, and want to find out whether you are an ideal candidate for this restoration, it’s the perfect time to call Dr. O’Neill’s office to schedule a consultation with us. Getting a beautiful smile has never been easier thanks to veneers.

By Dr. Kris O'Neill
January 18, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
BaseballsFranciscoLindorShinesasMrSmile

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”