Teeth Whitening

Something as simple as stains on your teeth can have a substantial impact on your confidence, social life, and self-image.

If you wish you had a smile you could show off, Dr. Nicholas Pournaras of Columbia Smiles may be able to help. How? First, put down the whitening toothpaste. 

We provide both at-home and in-office teeth whitening treatments to patients throughout Columbia and Cayce, SC, for dramatic results in as little as one appointment.

Over-the-Counter Whitening Products Just Don't Compare to Professional Whitening

Woman getting in-office teeth whitening procedure

While at-home whitening products like whitening strips and whitening toothpaste may seem cheap and easy, that's not exactly the case.

Over-the-counter teeth whitening tends to be less cost-effective than professional whitening because the diluted hydrogen peroxide formula simply isn't as powerful. As a result, whitening patients may notice lackluster changes, which can lead them to sink more money into toothpaste and other, less efficient methods of whitening.

Luckily, our American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) accredited dentist combines the right methods with the right formulas. If you still want the simplicity of at-home dental whitening, you can enjoy convenient care and superior dentistry results at the same time with at-home professional whitening directed by Dr. Nick.

Deciding Between Our Two Dentist-Directed Options

It's time to throw out the special toothpaste and strips. When you choose our Columbia dental office for your teeth whitening, you can select the type of dental treatment that best fits your unique teeth, level of enamel stains, and timeline. Until then, we'll leave you with a quick guide on each type and how it can improve your teeth.

At-Home Tooth Whitening Can Be a Good Fit for Patients Who:

Have Sensitive Teeth

This treatment consists of wearing a set of trays filled with a bleaching solution. Because the formula is more diluted than the solution used for in-office whitening, it's often easier on sensitive teeth.

Live Busy Lives

With at-home bleaching, you can fit a brighter smile into your schedule. It takes anywhere from one week to several weeks — longer than in-office visits. Still, because you can wear your trays at any time of the day, you won't have to worry about office appointments.

Want Dentist Supervision

Using at-home bleaching means peace of mind regarding results and support. If you ever have any questions or concerns, you can contact our Columbia-area dentist — an advantage that isn't possible with over-the-counter teeth whitening.

In-Office Tooth Whitening Can Be a Good Fit for Patients Who:

Want Fast Results

Getting ready for an event, a wedding, or professional photos? Thanks to the strong but safe hydrogen peroxide formula used for in-office bleaching, we can whiten even deep-set stains in a single appointment.

Prefer Simpler Treatment

Some patients don't want to worry about the stress of setting up trays and wearing them consistently. Luckily, when it comes to in-office teeth whitening, all you have to do is show up.

Desire Brighter Smiles

The powerful hydrogen peroxide formula used for in-office whitening has another benefit: more dramatic results. If your enamel has stubborn, dark stains, you may benefit from bleaching conducted by our Columbia, SC, dentist.

Need More Than Just Whitening?


Each patient's goals are different. For instance, some may want to whiten their teeth after Invisalign, while others may want comprehensive smile makeovers or porcelain veneers. As long as it is safe for you, AACD-accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Nick can combine different treatments. Plus, in select cases, he may be able to offer a discount when pairing procedures.

At Columbia Smiles Patients Can Have Full Confidence in Their Care


Grayce Gartman

Columbia, SC


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I wish I could give something higher than 5 stars! Everyone is so nice and you can tell they genuinely care. I’ve never looked so good in my life! I couldn’t be happier and I cannot recommend them enough! I’ll never go anywhere else but here! If you’re thinking about trying this place, do it! You won’t regret it!!!

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Ryan DuBose

Columbia, SC


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Dr. Nick, Mrs. Pournaras, and the entire Columbia Smiles staff are far and away the best team for dental work in the Midlands. I have been coming here close to a decade, and have never had anything short of an awesome experience every single visit. These folks go over and beyond in every single service they provide. Do yourself a favor and give Columbia Smiles a try. You will leave with a huge SMILE!

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Nick Pournaras, DMD

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Dr. Nick Pournaras, DMD and the team of dental professionals at Columbia Smiles in Columbia, SC, are dedicated to helping our community improve their oral health and rejuvenate their smiles. Dr. Pournaras is a member of a number of professional dental organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics
  • South Carolina Dental Association

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us at (803) 888-6504 today.

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