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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
January 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
HowShawnMendesandMileyCyrusGotTheirStellarSmiles

The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.

"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")

Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)

Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).

Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.

Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.

What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
March 20, 2019
Category: Oral Health
BeatDentalPlaqueWhileWearingBraceswithTheseToolsandTips

Wearing braces will probably never make your list of Most Pleasurable Life Experiences: you'll have to avoid certain foods and habits, endure some occasional discomfort, and perhaps feel some embarrassment about your appearance. The good news, though, is that at worst, these are mostly no more than inconveniences and additionally they're well worth the straighter, more attractive smile you'll achieve.

But there's one downside to braces that can lead to something more serious. The braces hardware makes brushing and flossing more difficult—and that could increase your risk of dental disease.

The principal goal of oral hygiene is to remove dental plaque, a thin film of accumulated bacteria and food particles that can cause tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Without effective brushing and flossing, plaque can build up quickly and make the chances of having either of these two diseases more likely.

Not only does the braces hardware hinder your toothbrush's or floss's access to the parts of the teeth it covers, but it can also create "hiding places" for plaque build-up. Several studies have found that braces wearers on average have up to two to three times the plaque build-up of non-braces wearers.

There are ways, though, to make hygiene easier while wearing braces, particularly with flossing. Floss threaders or interproximal brushes can both be used to access between teeth while wearing braces. Another option is a water flosser or irrigator that sprays pressurized water between teeth (and beneath brackets and wires) to remove plaque. And braces wearers can get a prevention boost with topical fluoride applications or antibacterial mouth rinses to reduce disease-causing bacteria.

Besides taking a little extra time with brushing and flossing, you can also boost your mouth's health with good nutrition choices, less sugar consumption and keeping up regular dental visits. And, you should also see your dentist promptly if you notice any signs of tooth or gum problems—the sooner you have it checked and treated, the less damage any dental disease is likely to cause.

It's not easy keeping your teeth and gums plaque-free while wearing braces. But with a little extra time and effort, a few helpful tools and your dentist's support, you can maintain a healthy mouth during orthodontic treatment.

If you would like more information on best hygiene practices while wearing braces, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth during Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
September 01, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   braces  
BeVigilantwithDentalCareWhileWearingBraces

If you or a family member wears braces, you're used to visiting your orthodontist for adjustments and progress monitoring. But it's just as important that you continue regular visits with your family dentist, especially if you begin noticing abnormalities with your teeth and gums.

We need to be on alert for dental health because risks for disease increase during orthodontic treatment. Most oral infections arise from plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles on tooth surfaces. You avoid plaque buildup by brushing and flossing at least once a day and undergoing semi-annual office cleanings for any remaining plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits).

Braces, however, can complicate hygiene. It's harder to get into areas blocked by the brackets and wires with your brush or floss. This can quickly give rise to gingivitis, a form of periodontal (gum) disease characterized by gum swelling. If not treated, gum disease could eventually cause the gums to detach from the teeth and lead to bone and tooth loss.

The brackets and wires can also irritate the gums and cause them to swell or overgrow, a condition called hyperplasia. This further complicates proper hygiene, which then increases the risk for infection even more.

It takes more time and effort to brush and floss effectively while wearing braces. But it's necessary to prevent these problems. Interproximal brushes (which fit in the spaces between teeth) can help, as well as special floss threaders. You might also consider a water flosser, which use a high-pressured water spray to remove plaque between teeth.

And, don't neglect seeing us on a regular basis. If you notice gum swelling, redness or bleeding, contact us as soon as possible.

If the swelling is due to hyperplasia, treatment could wait until after the braces come off, as long as there doesn't appear to be any gum detachment from the teeth. If there is, though, you may need to see a periodontist (a gum specialist) for further evaluation. It may be necessary in advanced cases to remove the braces to treat the underlying gum condition.

It pays to keep a close eye on your teeth and gums while wearing braces. Catching problems before they become too serious will help ensure your new smile is just as healthy as it is attractive.

If you would like more information on dental care while undergoing orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gum Swelling during Orthodontics.”

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!