Meet Our Doctors

Cosmetic Dentist Columbia

Maintaining the health of your teeth is an important part of preserving your overall health and appearance. That’s why it’s important to choose a professional dentist who you can trust for all of your dental needs.

 

Dr. Nick Pournaras

Dr. Nick PournarasDr. Nick Pournaras, D.M.D., is a passionate, dedicated, and extremely personable cosmetic dentist, serving patients throughout Columbia, South Carolina. Through his great enthusiasm for dentistry and unique approach to patient care, he makes the quest for a beautiful smile both successful and fun. If you are searching for a dentist who can care for all of your dental needs, while providing a personal and welcoming experience, contact Columbia Smiles today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pournaras.

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Dr. Pournaras pursued his dental studies at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Deeply committed to continuing education, Dr. Pournaras constantly enhances his knowledge by participating in courses throughout the country. Even as a practicing cosmetic dentist, he takes an active role in continuing education, helping him stay abreast of the latest advances in the dental field.

Aside from his own education, Dr. Pournaras enjoys teaching others. He has lectured at local schools, providing young people with information about a career in dentistry. Dr. Pournaras is privileged to work with master ceramist Wayne Payne, located in Southern California. Their collaboration over the years has produced a genuine friendship and a passion for cosmetics that is evident and unique in each and every case. Together they have partnered over the years and have created thousands of new smiles for our patients.

Dr. Pournaras is a native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He currently resides in Columbia with his wife, Kelli, and their two daughters Zoe and Rea.

One of the Top Cosmetic Dentists in America

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry - Accredited MemberDr. Pournaras is among an elite group of cosmetic dentists who have Accredited Membership status by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Not all AACD members receive accreditation. In fact, only four percent of AACD members have been granted this honor, and only six in South Carolina. Those few who have met the board's exacting criteria for technical and artistic excellence are granted AACD member accreditation. Dr. Pournaras reached this elite status through a dedication to continuing education and the commitment to produce exceptional dentistry.

Dr Nick is also an honorary member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon society, a fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the South Carolina Dental Association. He is also involved in the Greater Columbia Dental Association and other local study clubs and dental organizations.

Dr. Max Frawley

Dr. Max FrawleyDr. Max Frawley completed his undergraduate education in 2008 at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He went on to complete his predoctoral dental education at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, graduating with his Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) in 2013. Before entering the private sector, he moved to Greenville, NC, where he completed a one year AEGD residency (Advanced Education in General Dentistry) at East Carolina University. With the constantly changing techniques in the dental profession, Dr. Max understands the importance of staying current with his treatment for patients by staying active in continuing education.

Dr. Max is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the South Carolina Dental Association (SCDA), and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Max is also a participatory member in the Columbia Implant Association and the Greater Columbia Dental Association, local study clubs that meet to educate local dentists on modern advances in the dental profession.

Dr. Max takes a unique approach in building rapport with his patients. Whether it is a simple filling or more complex treatment, he holds the patients’ education in high regard; using visual representation and simple metaphors to help the patients better understand the necessary treatment. Dr. Max shares a passion for cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Nick, but also takes great pride in restoring his patients’ overall health with careful diagnosis and specifically indicated treatments. Together, with Dr. Nick’s experience and skilled techniques, the doctors have assembled a team with great customer service, personability, and excellent patient care that is difficult to match.

Dr. Max was born and raised in Lexington, South Carolina, where he currently resides with his beautiful wife, Natalie, and their unborn daughter, who will be making her grand debut in February 2016. Dr. Max is an avid USC Gamecocks sports fan and despite Dr. Nick’s close affiliation to the Georgia Bulldogs, maintains a healthy working relationship.

Learn More about Our Practice

The Columbia Smiles dental team is made up of professional, knowledgeable individuals who are invested in producing remarkable results for patients. Dr. Nick Pournaras is a skilled cosmetic dentist who is proud to provide superior care to all of his patients. Contact our Columbia office today to learn more about our dental practice.