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By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
May 22, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: invisalign   braces  

Invisalign offers unique benefits to teens and adults living in Huntsville, AL.

Has our Huntsville, AL, dentist, Dr. Brad Beasley recently talked to you or your teen about braces? Most of us aren’t born with perfectly straight teeth. Some develop gaps between their front teeth while others may come in slightly crooked. Of course, it’s never too late to get a straighter smile and with nearly invisible options like Invisalign, we are getting more of our teen and adult patients on board.

When you think about braces you probably think about those traditional metal braces; however, Invisalign and traditional braces are quite different. While they both can offer amazing results, here are the differences:

Invisalign is Nearly Invisible

Instead of applying metal brackets and wires to your teeth our Huntsville dentist will provide you with clear Invisalign aligners. These aligners are uniquely shaped to your teeth, so they provide a comfortable, perfect fit. Each aligner is made from a thin transparent thermoplastic, which is flexible and hugs your teeth while you wear them, making them nearly invisible. Just make sure to keep your aligners clean to prevent stains from forming!

You Can Eat What You Want

If you would rather not have to avoid certain foods or to follow the traditional braces diet, then Invisalign will allow you to eat just as you had been prior to braces. Since aligners are removable, you will definitely want to take them out prior to eating. While you don’t have to remove aligners if you are drinking water, you will want to remove them if you are drinking anything else such as coffee, tea, or juice, which could stain them.

Remove Invisalign When Necessary

The goal is to wear your aligners as much as possible and to only remove them when absolutely necessary; however, being able to remove them when you really need to can provide our teen and adult patients with peace of mind. While Invisalign won’t be visible in pictures, you may choose to pop them out before taking your senior photos or before your wedding pictures. Invisalign fits into your lifestyle, not the other way around.

With an office in Athens, AL, Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry is proud to provide comprehensive family dentistry to the Huntsville, AL, area. If you or your teen would like to learn more about Invisalign and how it could improve your smile, call us at (888) 860-5114.

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
December 18, 2019
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Tooth Replacement  

If your smile is suffering because of missing teeth, it’s time to take action and take your smile back! Thanks to amazing advances in dental technology and materials, you now have several options to replace your missing teeth and restore your smile. Dr. R. Brad Beasley at Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry in Athens, AL, and serving Huntsville, AL, offers a wide range of tooth replacement options to give you back your smile.

Consider these amazing ways to restore your smile:

  • Dental implants, which offer the look, feel, and function of natural teeth; dental implants are surrounded by bone, so they are completely stable and will never move around. The dental implant crown material resists staining, and reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel, so dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. You also brush and floss dental implants right along with your natural teeth, making it easy to keep your smile healthy.
  • Dental appliances, which include partial and full dentures; with dental appliances, you can replace multiple missing teeth or a full arch of teeth. Dental appliances offer a budget-friendly tooth replacement option that is convenient and removable. Maintenance is easy; you simply soak the appliances at night and brush them with a material designed to clean dental appliances. You can also select an immediate denture, which is placed right after tooth extraction, giving you immediate tooth replacement so you never go without your smile.
  • Dental bridgework, which replaces a single or multiple missing teeth; bridgework contains prosthetic teeth that fill in the space of your missing teeth. The adjacent teeth are crowned and then the bridge is cemented in place using the adjacent teeth for support. Dental bridgework is natural-looking and provides excellent tooth replacement.

To find out more about tooth replacement options and which option is best for you, talk with an expert. Call Dr. R. Brad Beasley at Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry in Athens, AL, and serving Huntsville, AL, today.

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
April 14, 2016
Category: Dental Health
Tags: fillings  

Having a cavity filled isn't what most people would look forward to, but it can be an essential part of dental care if decay has formed. composite fillings, beautifulFortunately, Dr. R. Brad Beasley, your dentist in Athens, AL, offers an option that makes fillings a little less unpleasant. At North Alabama Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we use a composite material - a tooth-colored mixture of plastic and glass - to blend fillings in with the rest of the teeth. Here's are some reasons why composite fillings are the material of choice for both dentists and patients alike:

Attractive

If you've had any metallic fillings in the past, you know they can be fairly noticeable, even on your back teeth. They can show through the translucent enamel, giving most or all of the tooth a darkened appearance. Sometimes the metal particles can even make their way under the gums or soft tissues, leaving a blue-gray "tattoo" that, while harmless, can easily be mistaken for a malignancy.

With composite fillings from your Athens cosmetic dentist, your restored teeth will look totally natural. That's because the composite material comes in a variety of colors that Dr. Beasley carefully matches to each of his patients' teeth, giving you a personalized treatment that will strengthen your smile and improve your appearance.

Durable

When "white" fillings were first introduced, many dentists were still choosing amalgam as the filling material of choice for teeth used frequently for chewing. The material used for composite fillings wasn't quite as strong as metal and could break down due to constant pressure. Over time, the dental industry has reworked the structure of composite fillings that make them equally as durable as metal fillings. At North Alabama Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry, you no longer have to choose between form and function when it comes to your fillings.

The next time you need a cavity filled, Dr. Beasley will be happy to use composite material to finish it off. Give us a call in Athens, AL if you have any further questions about composite fillings or any other cosmetic or general dentistry procedure!

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
October 28, 2015
Category: Dental Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants--they are today's state-of-the-art tooth replacement choice. While implants have become more popular and available over the past 30 years, some individuals remain wary of these artificial teeth. They prefer fixed bridgework or traditional dentures even though bridges compromise enamel on adjacent teeth, and even the best of dentures have problems with speech slurring, fit and Dental Implantscomfort.

In fact, many myths regarding dental implants circulate today. R. Brad Beasley DMD places dental implants in his cosmetic dentistry practice in Huntsville, AL, and the results are nothing less than spectacular. We wish to dispel some of the common misconceptions about dental implants and commend them to you for thoughtful consideration if you must replace one or more missing teeth.

Myth #1 My body might reject a dental implant. This is false. Comprised of a biocompatible titanium screw, titanium or alloy post and porcelain crown, a dental implant cannot produce an allergic reaction or initiate rejection the way a transplanted kidney or liver can. In fact, the jaw bone bonds exceptionally well to the titanium through an almost miraculous process called osseointegration. Osseointegration stabilizes the dental implant and actually strengthens the density of the bone. The Academy of Osseointegration reports that implant surgeries are successful more than 90 percent of the time and that more than 90 percent of implant devices remain in place for decades.

Myth #2 Dental implants are expensive. The rebuttal to this myth is yes and no. Yes, the implant procedure is actual surgery and therein incurs some additional costs. Also, the device itself is custom made. As such the upfront expense is higher than more traditional tooth replacement options. However, dental implants are usually a one-time fix. With faithful dental hygiene and follow-up by Dr. Beasley, implants can last a lifetime--unlike fixed bridgework or dentures which require replacement every 7 to 10 years. Those replacement costs add up.

Myth #3 I'm too old for dental implants. Dr. Beasley places implants in patients of all ages. In fact, implant-supported dentures help seniors enjoy stable eating, clear speech and a youthful facial appearance. Dr. Beasley recommends implants for people with good overall and oral health. Implants fare better when recipients quit a smoking habit. Gum disease or insufficient jawbone often postpone implant surgery until the dentist treats these conditions.

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Beasley's staff for an appointment. During a personal consultation at Dr. Beasley's family and implant dentistry office in Athens, AL, learn about the implant procedure, and find out if dental implants are right for you. Call (888) 860-5114.

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
July 08, 2015
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Loose Dentures  

Are your dentures constantly coming loose? Quality dentures from R. Brad Beasley, D.M.D at Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry in Huntsville should fit perfectly and never slide around. Unfortunately, if your denture are a few years old, a changing and shrinking Denturesjawline can leave your dentures prone to slipping and sliding. Here are four ways to fix it.

1. Use a Dental Adhesive

The easiest way to keep your dentures from coming loose is simply to visit your Huntsville drugstore for a quality denture adhesive. Denture adhesive is specially formulated to hold your dentures in place all throughout the day--all without making a mess or being noticeable.

2. Reline Your Dentures

If a dental adhesive isn't enough to keep your dentures in place and they are starting to feel uncomfortable, visiting Dr. Beasley to have your dentures relined can restore the proper fit once again. Without teeth or implants, your jaw can shrink or change shape over time. Eventually, your dentures will need to be adapted to accommodate this change. Relining does just that.

3. Purchase New Dentures

Dentures aren't meant to last forever—for example 5-7 years is the normal life for an implant retained denture. 7-10 years might be the normal life of a tissue borne denture because of usually eating a softer diet. Did you know that there are 2 main reasons to remake dentures? #1 – the teeth in the denture have worn or chipped or #2 – the denture is loose. However, denture patients must realize that the reason their denture is loose isn’t because it changed. The reason an older denture becomes loose is because there has been a loss of jaw bone. This bone loss occurs slowly but consistently each year of denture wear.

4. Get Dental Implants

If you want a truly secure fit that is guaranteed not to slip or slide and you want to be able to eat all the foods you enjoyed back when you had your natural teeth, implant-supported dentures are an excellent way to make this happen. Once dental implants are placed the slow but gradual loss of jaw bone stops!. Speak to Dr. Beasley at Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry to see if you might be a good candidate for dental implants or implant-supported dentures.

If your dentures don't fit securely, you don't have to just live with it or make do. Set up an appointment with Dr. Beasley at Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry in Huntsville to find out which loose denture treatment might work best for you.