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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
July 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   orthodontics   braces  

A beautiful smile is a powerful fashion statement. However, if you have considered orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth, you mayinvisalign have felt put off by having to wear metal braces throughout your treatment. Luckily, you have other, less obvious options to achieve the smile you have always wanted. Find out about Invisalign and what it can do for your smile with Dr. Brad Beasley at Beasley Family and Implant Dentistry in Athens, AL, and serving Huntsville, AL.

I want Invisalign to straighten my smile. Now what? 
First, a consultation with your dentist ensures that Invisalign is the best treatment for you and your teeth. During this time, you can address any questions or concerns you have and your dentist will explain the Invisalign process. After confirming that Invisalign is right for you, your dentist takes a state-of-the-art 3D scan of your mouth to use as a basis for the design of Invisalign’s aligner trays. Over the course of several weeks, Invisalign’s dental laboratory designs and creates your aligner trays based on the 3D model. After their completion, the lab sends the trays back to your dentist. Then, after a quick rundown of inserting and removing your trays, you will begin treatment by wearing the first tray in the series for about two weeks before changing to the next tray.

How does Invisalign work? 
Invisalign uses the same principals as traditional braces by applying gentle but constant pressure to move the teeth. The trays, which often use small tooth-colored bumps called attachment, place pressure onto certain areas of the teeth to move them into their corrected positions. As you wear the trays, the teeth straighten into the results you want to see. Each tray, worn for about two weeks, is slightly different from the last.

Invisalign Treatments in Athens, and serving Huntsville
If you think you can benefit from Invisalign, you should consult with your dentist to be sure this is the right treatment for you. A good candidate for Invisalign should have a strong at-home oral care routine to keep their teeth healthy throughout treatment with misaligned teeth or bite issues like overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Beasley at Beasley Family and Implant Dentistry in Athens, AL, and serving Huntsville, AL. Call (888) 860-5114 to schedule your appointment today!

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
April 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   orthodontics   braces  

Would you like straighter teeth but aren't sure if Invisalign is a good choice for you? Dr. R. Brad Beasley of Beasley Family & Implant invisalignDentistry in Athens, AL and serving Huntsville, AL, discusses the orthodontic issues Invisalign treats and shares some information on this popular alternative to braces.

Invisalign is just as effective as traditional braces

Invisalign treats all of the same problems that metal, ceramic or lingual braces do. Although no wires are required, the clear brace system works as well as traditional braces if you have mild to moderate orthodontic problems. If your issues are severe, Dr. Beasley may recommend metal braces.
Invisalign is a good choice if you're concerned about:

  • Crowding: Invisalign gradually shifts your teeth to alleviate crowding by utilizing a series of clear, removable aligners. Eat set of aligners in the series is designed to accomplish a specific straightening goal and is worn for two weeks.
  • Too Much Space: Invisalign slowly closes gaps between your teeth that can affect your appearance and your bite.
  • Overbites and Underbites: Both of these common bite issues respond well to Invisalign treatment
  • Open Bites and Crossbites: Failing to treat open or crossbites can wear down the enamel on your teeth, increase stress on your jaw and facial muscles and make it difficult to chew. At the end of your Invisalign treatment, your teeth will fit together perfectly.

Invisalign is an easy care option

There are a lot of rules when you wear traditional braces. You'll need to buy special flossing tools and follow a strict after-meal flossing regimen to ensure that food doesn't stick to your wires. You'll also have to avoid any food that is hard or sticky and wear mouthguards made just for people who wear braces when you play sports.

Most people who choose Invisalign in the Huntsville area do so because they want to improve their smiles but don't want to call attention to the fact that they're undergoing orthodontic treatment. The brace system offers a few other important benefits. Without wires and brackets, there's nothing to trap food particles in your teeth. Every time you eat, you'll take out your aligners, put them in their case, then rinse them and reinsert them at the end of the meal. Oral hygiene is equally easy, since you'll also remove the aligners when you brush and floss.

Would you like to find out if Invisalign is a good option for you? Call Huntsville, AL, dentist, Dr. Beasley of Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry in Athens, AL and serving Huntsville, AL, to schedule an appointment.