About Us

At Meares Dentistry, our goal is to treat you with care, consideration, and expertise. We build our practice on a foundation of positive and long-lasting patient relationships. Led by Dr. Austin Meares, Meares Dentistry aims to be a place that you and your family know and trust. We are committed to learning new techniques and advancements in dental technology so that you can be confident in your smile. We don’t just see patients, we see people. That’s why in everything we do, our focus is on you. Come visit us and experience personalized dentistry today. 

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Meet Your Dentist

Dr. Austin B. Meares is a native of Columbia, SC. He attended Wofford College, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1994. Upon receiving his degree, Dr. Meares worked in a dental lab for two years before venturing to the Medical University of South Carolina where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2000.

Wanting to gain all the experience and training available, he then attended the University of Mississippi residency program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry prior to beginning his private practice in 2001.

Dr. Meares has received accreditations from The Dawson Center for Occlusion, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Invisalign, CAD/CAM CEREC Comprehensive therapy, implant treatment, and laser therapy. In addition, he is attending continuing education courses to keep himself and his team up-to-date on all the latest technology dentistry has to offer.

Dr. Meares enjoys the comprehensive and technology aspects of dentistry and works closely with his patients to reach their individual needs and goals.

In his personal time, Dr. Meares is a dedicated father to his children, Archer and Avery. He is also a hunting enthusiast with special interests in archery, and fishing. On the weekends you can find him spending time with family, enjoying the outdoors no matter the season. 

Please visit Dr. Meares and experience personalized dentistry today.

Your smile is not only our job, but our end goal. If you’re looking for personalized dentistry, then you’ve come to the right place. Call our office today. We look forward to meeting you!

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Google Reviews

  • 5 star review  Great first experience! Everyone was wonderful!

    thumb Matthew Mazzilli
    October 26, 2021

    5 star review  Best dentist I've found in the Columbia area. Always a pleasant experience.

    thumb Phillip Gregory
    August 17, 2021

    5 star review  I am person that has always been scared of dentists, doctors etc. But this dentist office is the absolute best at everything they do. Alana was perfect!!!!! Dr Meares is great!!! The entire office staff is great!!! I would recommend them to anyone. They actually made me feel good and not afraid of getting a root canal tomorrow. Thank y’all so much

    thumb Clarence Bell
    August 16, 2021
  • 5 star review  I have horrible dental anxiety from so many bad experiences. A friend recommended Dr. Meares and I couldn’t be more glad that I came here. The staff is so friendly and they all genuinely care and don’t brush off my anxiety. Dr. Meares is wonderful and I’d recommend him to anyone!

    thumb Emilia DeMarco
    May 26, 2021

    5 star review  The team and Dr Meares are without a doubt some of the most caring people in the world! They always greet us with a smile when we walk through the door. Dr Meares is very detailed with his treatment, and explains it in terms everyone can understand! Even my young daughters love going to see him. Great family atmosphere, great dentist, we are patients for life.

    thumb Eric Stewart
    February 18, 2021

    5 star review  Dr. Meares is a true professional. His work is outstanding.

    thumb Laurence Glasser
    February 4, 2021
  • 5 star review  I love this dental office. Everyone there is so sweet and easy to work with. Dr. Meares is amazing at what he does and genuinely cares! I’ve had to deal with a lot of dental work in my life and this is by far my best experience. I would recommend them to anyone!

    thumb Molli Collins
    January 12, 2021

    5 star review  Dr. Meares and his office staff are incredible. All his assistants are so sweet and take the time to get to know their patients. He is extremely professional and I love his sense of humor! He has taken great care of me over the past year.

    thumb Kristen Roach
    December 10, 2020

    5 star review  It is sufficient to say Dr. Meares is the ultimate professional.

    thumb Larry Glasser
    December 8, 2020
  • 5 star review  Dr. Meares and his team are awesome! They have taken great care of me for over a year now with some dental procedures I needed to have done. Dr. Meares explained everything and gave me several options so I could make the decision that was best for me. Dr. Meares takes the time to listen to my concerns and I never feel like he is rushing me out the door. I am very pleased with the services provided by Dr. Meares and his entire team! Definitely recommend them!

    thumb Sheila Pierce
    December 4, 2020

    5 star review  Superior customer service. Contacted me the evening prior to set expectations. Work is excellent. Assures an understanding and involves the patient in the plan of care. EXCELLENT!

    thumb john ralyea
    April 24, 2020

    5 star review  As always a great job. Clean teeth.

    thumb Sara Walker
    February 5, 2020
  • 5 star review  Dr. Meares and his entire staff are great! Dr. Meares takes the time to explain everything and is a very caring dentist. You can really tell he cares about you as his patient. The entire staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Dr. Meares the best dentist I have ever been to and I recommend him 100%!

    thumb Sheila Pierce
    December 18, 2019

    5 star review  I had a emergency fix this Tuesday for my infected tooth. Not only did they fix it, but when I found out I was allergic to the medicine Dr. Meares called in a new one at 1 in the morning and kept calling to check on me. He truly does care about his patients, and I’m so glad that the new meds have me feeling back at 100.

    thumb Chase Hastings
    December 5, 2019

    5 star review  Alway a caring and friendly place to have dental care taken care of. Dr. Meares uses the latest technology in dental care. He is easy to take to about any concerns that you may have and willing to help with any issues you may have. Dental cleaning is always an good experience and they always want to know if you have any pain before, during and after the cleaning. Great place to have your dental needs taken care of!

    thumb John Hill
    August 29, 2019
  • 5 star review  Dr. Meares is awesome. He really cares about his patients comfort and understanding the procedures each step of the way. He is passionate about dentistry. All of the staff are great and very welcoming. His business is top notch!

    thumb Melanie Benik
    March 8, 2019

Meet Your Dental Team

Aleisha Pittman:

Aleisha is our resident insurance specialist and office manager. She pursued her Business Administration degree from Columbia College and has worked in insurance for 20 years, exclusively focusing on dental for the past 10 years. Aleisha is the most senior member of Dr. Meares’ team and is always available to help in whatever capacity needed. She was born and raised in the outskirts of Columbia, and resides in Elgin with her husband, Brian, three children, two dogs, and a cat. Her hobbies include singing, baking, and tending her house plants.

Kaitlyn Hinson:

Kaitlyn is Dr. Meares lead chairside assistant. She began her career as a dental assistant in 2011 and joined Dr. Meares’ team in 2019. Kaitlyn has a passion for making patients feel welcome and comfortable. Always striving to broaden her skillset, Kaitlyn holds several certifications including advance training in radiography, CEREC crown fabrication, nitrous oxide administration, and is currently working toward becoming a registered dental hygienist. Born and raised in Elgin, when Kaitlyn is not in the office, you can find her enjoying the great outdoors with her husband, Travis, and their dogs.

Shea Hinson:

Born and raised in the Lexington area, Shea is Dr. Meares’ lead hygienist. Shea has been in dentistry for 24 years. She obtained her degree in Health Science while working as a Certified Dental Assistant. She then continued to further her education by securing her hygiene degree, and has now been a Registered Dental Hygienist for 20 years. Not only is she passionate about teeth, but what truly drives her are the people behind them. Shea treats her patients as extended family, and she always provides the very best care to everyone in her chair. When she’s not working she enjoys spending time with her own family. She’s been married 21 years to her husband, Joey, and they have two beautiful children, Tyler and Emory, as well as two boxers.

Nicole Roberson:

Nicole joined our team in 2020 after graduating from the Carolina Career School for Office Administration and Dental Assisting in 2019. She has over 10 years of experience in client relations and service. As our scheduling coordinator and front office liaison, Nicole shines with a positive can-do attitude. Outside of work you can find her with family or soaking up sun and salty air on the coast of Beaufort. She resides in downtown Columbia with her partner Sturgis, three dogs, and two cats.