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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 and Cayce, 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.

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.

Veneers conceal chips and cracks. The veneer is shaped to fit the tooth and placed on the front surface.

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 offices in Columbia and Cayce:

Columbia: (803) 463-3879

Cayce: (803) 794-5430


"Highest quality of care."


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Dr Nick is such a great dentist. Not only is he highly skilled in general dentistry, but he does such a great job with cosmetic work! He takes pride in his work and truly cares about his patients. You cannot go wrong by coming to this office for your dental care.

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I had the best experience at Columbia Smiles over the last 3 months. After an unfortunate accident, Dr Nick and his team we’re able to fit me in immediately and provide me with the highest quality of care. They were kind, caring and extremely professional. I would highly recommend them. Thanks so much to all the team at Columbia Smiles!

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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.

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 or Cayce offices 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. Our Cayce office is close to West Columbia, Oak Grove, and Springdale.

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) 463-3879

Cayce: (803) 794-5430

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

"So impressed with this dentist"


Kim Allen


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The people at Columbia Smiles are so awesome, I wasn’t nervous or scared at all! Dr. Nick, Sandra and Kim explained everything as they were doing it and made sure I was as comfortable as possible. Valerie is great at explaining plans and treatment options in a way that was easy for me to decide what I wanted to do. They ROCK!

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Logan Ingram


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So impressed with this dentist. The staff is so friendly and genuinely wants to hear about how you are doing. They are all unbelievably easy to talk to and prioritize your comfort. This is a perfect example of a dentist's office environment that makes you want to go see them more than every 6 months! 

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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.

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.

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Tabitha Gaskin


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Dr Nick and staff are wonderful very friendly professional service .i had received a cleaning service braces and now have a wonderful smile i love to smile now thanks very much and will tell everyone to go to this office for dental care

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Cox Lindsay


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Absolutely the best dental practice that I have ever been to. The staff is so on top of things with great attitudes. Dr. Nick is a ball of energy and makes you feel right at home.

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Columbia Smiles Nick Pournaras, DMD

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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