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If your teeth are cosmetically flawed, the simple act of smiling can be embarrassing.

Veneers placed at Columbia Smiles in Columbia, SC, can hide cosmetic imperfections like chips, cracks, stains, and gaps.

Learn how Dr. Nick Pournaras and his team can use veneers to give you the confidence of a stunning smile.

Ready to Achieve the Smile of Your Dreams?

A beautiful smile is just as important as a healthy smile, and we are dedicated to helping patients achieve their cosmetic goals. If you have cosmetic issues that leave you hiding your grin, contact us today to find out if veneers can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We have an office in Columbia to best serve you.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin that are placed over the front of a tooth to cover imperfections. Dr. Nick offers traditional porcelain veneers as well as minimal-prep veneers to patients of our Columbia-area dental practice.

It's important to understand that veneers do not actually repair dental flaws. However, they are an excellent dentistry option for patients who have healthy teeth but who wish simply to conceal cosmetic imperfections. In just two visits to our inviting office, patients can completely transform their smiles.

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What Problems Can Dental Veneers Address?

Veneers are a versatile solution that can fix many cosmetic flaws with one treatment. Dental veneers can improve the appearance of teeth that are:







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Beautiful, healthy-looking teeth can upgrade your appearance and boost your confidence. There's no need to live with an imperfect smile: Dental veneers placed by Columbia Smiles can create the smile of your dreams in just two visits.

We’re committed to helping each of our patients feel good about their smile. If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers or other cosmetic dentistry options like whitening treatments or resin bonding, please contact Columbia Smiles today. You can send us a message or by calling our office in Columbia

Columbia: (803) 888-6504

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David Lehmann

Columbia, SC


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There'll are very friendly, Dr. NICK is knowledgeable and a great dentist. The entire experience has been enjoyable , especially for a Dentist visit.

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Doris Hill

Columbia, SC


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I Love This Dental Group! They are the Best and truly care for all of their patients!!! Highly Recommend!!!

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Dr. Pournaras is the official dentist of North Carolina and South Carolina for Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. 

A Closer Look at Porcelain Veneers

We Work With a Master Ceramist  To Create Natural-Looking Veneers 

Columbia Smiles works with a master ceramist to provide life-like veneers that match the appearance of your natural tooth.

Payne Dental Lab, Inc. is a state-of-the-art dental laboratory based in San Clemente, California. Founded by Wayne Payne in 1977, the lab custom fabricates our veneers from durable materials like porcelain. Although thin, our dental veneers are incredibly sturdy and an effective cosmetic dentistry option to conceal dental flaws.

Thanks to advanced technology like 3D computer imaging and intraoral cameras at our Columbia, SC, office, Dr. Nick can take detailed images of your teeth so that the lab can customize your veneers.

"I enjoy going to the dentist when it’s Columbia Smiles!"


Dale Angstadt

Columbia, SC


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It sounds crazy, but I enjoy going to the dentist when it’s Columbia Smiles! I feel like family because the staff tries hard to make you feel like that! Dr. “Nick” is not only a ‘dental artist’ but a good friend; we catch up while he, and his consummately professional staff, work their magic in my mouth! I would go nowhere else, and have not, for a couple of decades! Columbia Smiles is the jam!

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Columbia Smiles is such a pleasant experience. The staff is so kind and helpful. A special shout out to Pam. She is so comforting to those who deal with anxiety when sitting in the dental chair. A true friend indeed. Dr. Nick is the best. He truly wants the best treatment for you to walk out with a beautiful smile. So glad I found them.

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Porcelain Veneer Treatment Is Easy

As with all of his dental procedures, Dr. Nick strives to make the placement of porcelain veneers as convenient and comfortable as possible. Patients seeking an especially brilliant smile may want to consider whitening treatment prior to veneer placement.

Dr. Nick is able to adjust each veneer with exceptional precision, creating a natural, beautiful smile for each patient.
Dr. Nick is able to adjust each veneer with exceptional precision, creating a natural, beautiful smile for each patient.
Treatment usually takes two appointments. The first visit to our Columbia office begins with a consultation and thorough oral examination to determine if dental veneers are the best treatment option for your goals.
If you and Dr. Nick decide veneers are right for your smile, treatment will start with your dentist removing a thin layer of dental enamel from each tooth receiving a veneer. This will allow your veneers to sit flush with your natural teeth and blend in with your smile.
Dr. Nick will next take a detailed impression of your teeth and use computer technology to create an accurate picture of the area. These impressions are sent to our off-site partner lab. Dr. Nick has partnered with master ceramist Dr. Wayne Payne, who custom-creates outstanding, beautiful restorations for our practice.
Dr. Nick will place temporary veneers to protect your natural teeth while your custom veneers are being crafted.
After your custom veneers have been created, Dr. Nick will call you in for a second appointment. Dr. Nick will remove your temporary veneers and check the fit and appearance of each custom-made porcelain shell. As a skilled cosmetic dentist, he is able to adjust each veneer with exceptional precision, creating a natural, beautiful smile for you.
Once you and Dr. Nick are satisfied with the appearance of your new veneers, Dr. Nick will bond them to your teeth. Your stunning new smile will be ready to show off!

Columbia Smiles Has Two Offices For Your Convenience 

Our central Columbia office is close to museums, parks, and the University of South Carolina. 

No matter which office you visit for your veneers, Dr. Nick will use the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques to give you a more radiant smile. Dr. Nick achieved Accredited Membership status by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is only one of six members in South Carolina to achieve this honor.

Dr. Sejal Naik also provides dentistry treatments at our offices, including restoration of dental implants and basic dentistry.

Contact our practice today to see if you're a good candidate for veneers or call us at:

Columbia: (803) 888-6504

Columbia Smiles' two office locations
Columbia Smiles has two convenient office locations in South Carolina to serve patients in Richland and Lexington counties.

"You will leave with a huge SMILE!"


Jacklyn Jenkins

Columbia, SC


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I had an appointment today. Beginning to end was excellence! I was greeted by name on entrance. I was taken to the back at my appointment time. A review was done of what I was to expect for dental work requested. The process could start at my expected date. I was asked if there were any questions I had. I was pleased to say the least. Dr Nick and his staff treat you as if they are sitting where you are. Two thumbs up.,You all are a 5 star office!!!

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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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What Are ​Minimal-Prep Veneers?


Columbia Smiles offers our patients both traditional porcelain veneers and minimal-prep veneers. Like traditional veneers, minimal-prep veneers are placed over the front of a tooth to hide cosmetic imperfections. However, minimal-prep veneers are even thinner than traditional veneers and can be placed without removing any tooth enamel. This means treatment is both quicker and reversible. Contact our practice to learn if minimal-prep veneers are a good option for your smile goals.

How Much Do Dental Veneers Cost?

The cost of dental veneers is unique to each patient and can vary depending on your individual needs and the number of teeth receiving veneers. As with other cosmetic dentistry treatments, veneers are not covered by insurance. To help keep treatment accessible to all our patients, we accept CareCredit® financing, which breaks payments into manageable monthly installments.

If you are interested in learning more about what porcelain veneers can do for you, contact Columbia Smiles today. We proudly serve patients throughout South Carolina.

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How To Get the Most From Your Veneers

Porcelain veneers can brighten your smile, uplifting your appearance. To make the most out of your veneers from our Columbia dental office, we recommend you:

Good Oral Hygiene 

Patients should brush and floss at least twice a day to prevent plaque buildup and cavities. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste will avoid damage to your veneers. 

Don't Smoke

Smoking and tobacco products will stain your teeth and increase your risk of gum disease. If you're a smoker, you should quit before seeking veneers. 

Regular Checkups

To keep your smile looking its brightest, you should attend regular cleanings every six months. During these visits, Dr. Nick can examine your veneers and let you know if they need to be replaced.

If You're Not a Candidate For Veneers Consider These Alternatives

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Dental Bonding

Using tooth-colored resin, our dentists can lengthen teeth, alter their shape, or close gaps between teeth. The entire process can be completed in just one hour-long appointment.

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Teeth Whitening

Our in-office whitening treatment and take-home teeth whitening kits can noticeably brighten your smile more effectively than over-the-counter bleaching products.

Frequently Asked Questions About Veneers

Q. Does veneer placement hurt?

A. No. The great thing about veneers is that they are virtually painless. Only a small amount of enamel is removed for traditional veneers. If you have sensitive teeth, Dr. Pournaras can administer a local anesthetic to ensure you are completely comfortable during treatment. However, most patients do not experience discomfort during veneer placement. 

Q. Are veneers permanent?

A. Because traditional veneers require that the doctor remove some enamel, they are considered permanent and you will always need a restoration on the treated tooth. However, it is important to remember that the porcelain will wear over time and will eventually need to be replaced. If you maintain good oral hygiene, brush and floss regularly, and follow other instructions for proper care, your veneers can last for up to 15 years or more. 

Q. Is there a limit to how many veneers I can get?

A. As long as your teeth are healthy and have sufficient enamel, they can be treated. However, keep in mind that veneers are designed for front teeth. If you have molars that are damaged, dental crowns are often a great option to restore both the appearance and function of those teeth. 

Q. I have oral health issues and have been told I don't qualify for veneers. Can you help?

A. Yes! We offer a wide range of treatment options to help you achieve a healthy foundation in order to qualify for veneers. Our practice areas include general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. Get the care you need at one of our convenient location in Columbia, SC. 

Q. Can you replace old or worn veneers?

A. Yes. During your consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and determine if a veneer replacement or alternative is best for you. 

Q. Why doesn't dental insurance typically cover veneers?

A. Porcelain veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure. Most dental insurance plans and providers will not cover these types of treatments. If your concerns impact your oral health and function, other treatments may be a viable option and may be covered under your dental insurance plan. 

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Columbia, SC


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The absolute best dentist office I’ve ever visited. Such a nice staff and comforting atmosphere. Would recommend to all my family and friends.

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Alexander Ali

Columbia, SC


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Everyone in the office is Royalty! An amazing team! Service is Top Tier! Thank you!

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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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