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By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments about his smile.

Lonnie has a noticeable diastema—that is, a gap between his two front teeth; this condition is commonly seen in children, but is less common in adults. There are plenty of celebrities who aren’t bothered by the excess space between their front teeth, such as Michael Strahan, Lauren Hutton and Vanessa Paradis. However, there are also many people who choose to close the gap for cosmetic or functional reasons.

Unfortunately, Lonnie had been on the receiving end of unkind comments about the appearance of his smile. But instead of getting angry, the young actor posted a thoughtful reply via Instagram video, in which he said: “I could get my gap fixed. Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though?”

Lonnie is raising an important point: Making fun of how someone looks shows a terrible lack of compassion. Besides, each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and getting it “fixed” is a matter of personal choice. It’s true that in most circumstances, if the gap between the front teeth doesn’t shrink as you age and you decide you want to close it, orthodontic appliances like braces can do the job. Sometimes, a too-big gap can make it more difficult to eat and to pronounce some words. In other situations, it’s simply a question of aesthetics—some like it; others would prefer to live without it.

There’s a flip side to this issue as well. When teeth need to be replaced, many people opt to have their smile restored just the way it was, rather than in some “ideal” manner. That could mean that their dentures are specially fabricated with a space between the front teeth, or the crowns of their dental implants are spaced farther apart than they normally would be. For these folks, the “imperfection” is so much a part of their unique identity that changing it just seems wrong.

So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright. If you’re unsatisfied, ask us how we could help make it better. And if you need tooth replacement, be sure to talk to us about all of your options—teeth that are regular and “Hollywood white;” teeth that are natural-looking, with minor variations in color and spacing; and teeth that look just like the smile you’ve always had.

Because when it comes to your smile, we couldn’t agree more with what Lonnie Chaviz said at the end of his video: “Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”

If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Magic of 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!

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.

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
December 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

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