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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 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!

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.



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!

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
July 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.