May 5, 2016 When you meet someone new, what’s the first thing they notice about you? According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 94 percent of people say they are likely to notice a person’s smile over their eyes, figure or height. Conversely, a third of respondents said bad teeth overshadow the rest of a person’s appearance. And when it comes to making friends, 71 percent said people with a nice smile do so more easily. As we enter the season for weddings, graduation parties, proms, vacations and general fun, make sure your number one accessory is primed and ready, with a little help from your cosmetic dentist. Upgrade your smile with dental crowns or porcelain veneers Summer is an increasingly popular time for patients to consider their cosmetic dentistry options. In addition to our professional teeth whitening, which can be completed in an hour, and dental tooth bonding, our Sparks porcelain veneers and dental crowns services are two of our most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are self-conscious about chipped, broken, worn down, crooked, misaligned, gapped or irregularly shaped teeth, porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers can completely change the look of your smile. Our digital imaging program allows you to see your smile makeover before we even get started on your dental crowns or dental veneers process. Together we will choose the shape, color and style of dental crowns or dental veneers that suit you best and fit in naturally with the rest of your teeth. Our team of Elite porcelain veneers and crown specialists even mimic the translucence of your natural enamel. What’s the difference between crowns and veneers? A dental crown essentially covers the entire surface of the tooth, while a dental veneer covers the front and biting edges. Dental veneers are thinner and more delicate than dental crowns. They are a more conservative choice and ideal if the teeth just need cosmetic improvement. Because dental crowns are used to rebuild and strengthen badly broken or decayed teeth, they are stronger and more durable than porcelain veneers. Dental crowns are best for teeth that are exposed to heavy chewing or biting forces, especially for tooth clenchers and grinders. Dental veneers are best for teeth where the forces on them are relatively light. However, we can custom make a mouthguard to protect your dental veneers. Placing a dental crown requires we remove more of the original tooth, while a porcelain veneer may require little to no trimming of the tooth. Dental veneers are best when moderate tooth color changes are desired, while dental crowns are best for major change. Dental crowns can create significant tooth shape changes, while porcelain veneers are best for minor change. If you’re ready to dazzle this summer, give Caffaratti Dental Group a call today at 775-358-1555. We will help you determine which of our Sparks cosmetic dentistry procedures will best allow you to reach your goals.