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Posts for: April, 2015

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
April 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral health   oral hygiene   tooth decay   x-rays  

Because our main goal is to help you maintain optimal oral health, we use the latest proven technologies, techniques, and treatments to ensure we achieve them. One tool, radiographs or x-ray pictures, has been around for a long time with an inordinate amount of scientific research backing up both its safety and value. Here's a brief summary of why.

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation just like natural daylight, except that they can easily penetrate soft bodily tissues, such as skin and muscles, without causing any harm if used properly. And as you may have guessed, we use them to examine what we can't see with the naked eye. For example, they enable us to see inside tooth structure, bones, and joints of the jaws. This ability makes x-rays a critical tool that we rely upon to monitor your oral health.

How often you need x-rays really depends upon your individual health needs and often is different from family member to family member given their age and oral health. During adolescence, we may need to take x-rays more often, so we can closely monitor the development of the teeth and jaw to check for normal growth and abnormalities, which can be corrected with early diagnosis. We may also need to use x-rays to diagnose trauma if you or any family member has experienced injury or disease. This will enable us to ensure the correct treatment is given and, in fact, is working and that there are no other related concerns.

Today's ultra-sensitive technology uses extremely low dosage x-rays and ensures early diagnosis and monitoring of your oral and dental health in safety and with confidence.

Learn more about the safety of x-rays by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “X-ray Frequency And Safety.” If you need to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

By Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry
April 17, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: DURAthin Veneers  

Give your smile a complete makeover without changing your natural smile underneath.

Do you want to get a straighter, whiter, healthier smile without going through invasive cosmetic tooth preparations? Well, now you can. Your Huntsville, AL cosmetic dentist is happy to offer DURAthin veneers to improve the look and health of your smile without needing any tooth preparation beforehand.

What are DURAthin veneers?

DURAthin veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are created to go over the front of your teeth to hide dental imperfections. They can hide everything from stains and chips to overlapping and gapping smiles.

What makes DURAthin veneers different from other dental veneers?

Traditionally, dental veneers have required tooth preparation before the veneers could be applied. This means that some of the tooth’s natural enamel has needed to be removed, making the procedure irreversible. However, with DURAthin veneers you can still keep your natural smile while just improving upon it with these thinner veneers.

What does getting DURAthin veneers entail?

The procedure is completely non-invasive and painless since no tooth enamel is being removed. We will first choose a set of veneers that offer a naturally radiant look that still matches the rest of your smile. Then we will apply special resin between the veneers and your natural teeth and then use a laser to harden the resin permanently.

Can DURAthin veneers be removed?

Since your original tooth structure is still completely intact, DURAthin veneers can easily be removed without any damage to your smile.

Does your smile desperately need a makeover? If so, then it’s time to find out whether DURAthin veneers are right for your smile. Contact your Huntsville, AL dentist today at Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry to schedule a cosmetic consultation.

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
April 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?