How to get a great Smile FAQ + I have dental insurance. Will it pay for my new smile?Most dental insurance has very low total benefits per year, which may offset the cost for regular checkups, but probably won’t pay toward cosmetic services. Insurance is a business; thus, your carrier will often contract to pay for the least expensive option instead of the best solution for your particular needs or desires. Many dentists and prosthodontist like Dr. Liddle will work to maximize your benefits, and may have suggestions for alternative methods of financing so you can obtain the treatment of choice. + My mom is losing some teeth due to oral cancer. Is there some type of replacement she can get?She should see a a prosthodontist like Dr. Liddle for consultation. Some patients have to wait a period of time before dentures can be fitted to avoid these concerns. Details of the cancer treatment are important and may guide the timeline and treatment approach. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist with three years of additional training in the restoration and replacement of teeth, including complex cases. + 20 years ago, I got top back partials (6 teeth) & bottom back partials (4 teeth). 10 years ago, I got 8 top & 8 bottom veneers, but lost the smile as you can't see any top teeth when smiling.There are many options to improve the appearance of your smile. To find the right solution for your mouth, you may want to seek the care of Dr. Liddle, a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth. + How does a prosthodontist fix broken, discolored, or misshapen teeth?There are several options to replace teeth such as crowns/caps, teeth whitening, and veneers. + What are some options for replacing missing teeth?From implants to permanent bridges, you have several options to replace missing teeth and blend them with your natural teeth. Using advanced materials and tooth-color matching techniques, your prosthodontist can recommend the appropriate method for optimal function and esthetics. + What is an option for replacing a defective filling?Unsightly fillings can be replaced by a tooth-colored material bonded to the tooth. Instead of using the more traditional cement, this bonding process may actually improve the strength and beauty of the tooth. + What are veneers?Veneers may be an option is you are not happy with the spaces, color or shape of your teeth. Following a slight preparation of the outermost surface of your teeth, a prosthodontist bonds a thin layer of porcelain permanently to the front of your teeth. Veneers may be used to correct minor flaws of individual teeth, but often are used on multiple teeth to create a uniform smile. + What can be done to brighten my smile?Tooth whitening lightens discolored enamel and dentin. Studies have shown that proper use of dentist-monitored, whitening systems can enhance your smile. Almost anyone can benefit. After a thorough examination and diagnosis by Dr. Liddle a prosthodontist can determine if you are a good candidate for home whitening. + What is a crown?When a tooth exhibits moderate to severe destruction such as a large filling with recurrent decay or extensive wear, a crown also known as a protective cap, gives you the strength, beauty, translucency, and feel of a natural tooth. Made from a variety of materials, your prosthodontist can help determine the correct crown for your mouth.