Inspiring Wellness, One Smile at A Time

Are You Considering a Crown or Veneer and Wondering What It Might Look Like On You?

At Inspire Dental Wellness we have the latest technology and offer our patients a Smile Simulation to give you an idea of what your Crown or Veneer may look like in your smile.  We can even simulate what whitening may do for you!  If you’re interested, Contact our office today and let us know that you’d like a Smile Simulation at your appointment! 

To see a full-smile makeover simulation head on over to our Smile Makeovers page!

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Are Crowns and Veneers the Same?

There is a difference between Crowns and Veneers but they both help our patients transform their smiles into their dream smiles.  

Veneers are one of the fastest and most dramatic ways to improve your smile.  They are thin layers of porcelain applied to the front of your teeth to enhance your smile.  You can get veneers put on just a few teeth that appear when you smile.

Crowns are also helping our patients improve their smile and they are similar to veneers except that they cover the entire tooth. Crowns might also be known as a “cap.”  In addition to helping you get your dream smile, crowns also strengthen & protect the tooth.  

If you’d like to get into further detail on the differences between crowns and veneers then head on over to our blog post by where we take a deeper dive – just click here!

Can I Whiten My Crowns or Can I Whiten My Veneers?

The whitening gels we use to whiten teeth only work on your natural teeth. Crowns and Veneers are made out of porcelain and cannot be whitened, just as fillings and bonding used in dentistry to restore a cavity cannot be whitened. 

If you would like your crowns or veneers to match the shade of your natural teeth then you will have to replace the crowns or veneers. 

At Inspire Dental Wellness we carefully and meticulously match any crown or veneer to your shade of teeth and give you options on shades that help you feel the best.  If you are ever considering whitening then we would advise you to do this before you do any crowns or veneers so that we can match the porcelain to your new tooth shade.

Porcelain Crowns

A crown (or cap) is a covering that covers the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens a tooth that is broken/fractured, has severe decay, has a large fractured filling, or had Root Canal Therapy. Crowns also change esthetics that cannot be restored with a filling or other types of restorations. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crowns) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are made to match your current teeth or change your teeth’s appearance depending on your needs. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

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Crowns by Dr. Erica Zolnierczyk


Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, strong porcelain that are custom made by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth, change the color of your teeth and give you your most perfect smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Veneers are the preferred method for creating a uniform, bright, beautiful smile. Veneers can correct: misshapen teeth or teeth with size discrepancies, severely discolored or stained teeth, unwanted spaces, and chipped teeth.

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Veneers by Dr. Erica Zolnierczyk

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Dr. Erica stays on the cutting edge of Cosmetic Dentistry by taking advanced courses in cosmetic dentistry that focuses on esthetics and functionality.  Contact us today if you’d like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Erica.

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