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While it would be wonderful to have perfectly straight teeth unfortunately, most people just aren’t that lucky. From overcrowding to dental gaps to crooked teeth, there are several reasons you may not have that ideal smile. However, orthodontics has been successfully improving smiles of all ages. If you’ve been contemplating how braces could help you, here is what to expect if you decide to get orthodontics in Decatur:

The Consultation

When you come in for your initial consultation, your Decatur orthodontist will examine your teeth and also perform X-rays so we can figure out what dental problems we are working to fix with braces. Depending on what you’re looking to have corrected, we may recommend traditional braces, clear braces or Invisalign. If you have any questions about wearing braces, now is the perfect time to get your questions answered.
For those getting Invisalign, we will also take impressions of your smile to send to a lab for fabrication.

Getting Your Braces

The process of getting your braces will be different depending on the type of orthodontic treatment you are getting. For those with traditional braces, we will glue each bracket onto your teeth. This process might seem a bit long, but it won’t hurt.
For those getting Invisalign, we will have you put on the first set of clear aligners in your treatment series to see that everything fits properly and feels comfortable.

The Treatment Process

Again, the treatment process will be different depending on the type of braces you opt for; however, patients typically come back every eight to ten weeks for adjustments. This means adjusting and changing out the dental wires, as well as the bracket bands. Adjustments can make mouths a bit sore. If you experience any discomfort, opt for a softer diet filled with applesauce and soups the day of your appointment.
You will also need to keep up with your beautiful smile and not let hygiene fall by the wayside. Even though you are wearing braces, you still need to make sure that your smile remains clean. A Water Pik can be great for removing food and other debris from hard-to-reach spots. Those with Invisalign will not have any dietary or oral care restrictions since these aligners can be removed.

Call Corley Family Dental Today!

Everyone’s treatment process is a bit different, so if you have any questions feel free to always call your Decatur dentist right away. If you think orthodontics could give you the straighter smile you crave, then set up a consultation with Corley Family Dental to discuss which braces are right for you and your dental needs.
Are you a patient of Corley Family Dental? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!

By Corley Family Dental
December 03, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Porcelain VeneersDental veneers are a great solution for when whitening and other methods prove to be ineffective at restoring or creating the beautiful smile you've always wanted. Dental veneers are thin shells custom made to cover the front of you natural teeth. They are made out of tooth-colored materials to improve the appearance of your teeth. Porcelain veneers have proved to be more effective than resin veneers at resisting stains and reproducing special qualities in the appearance of natural teeth. However, composite resin veneers can be made in one day at your dentist and do not cost as much as porcelain veneers.

Veneers can improve the following situations:

  • Discoloration of the tooth - this can happen due to stains, a root canal, excessive flouride use, or stains from tetracycline or other drugs.
  • Teeth that have become worn down
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Gaps in between teeth that are visible while smiling
  • Uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped teeth
The process for getting a dental veneer normally includes three visits to the dentist. The first visit is for consultation and diagnosis. It is important to clearly identify and explain to your dentist what effect you are looking to achieve. A smile analysis is normally the initial step to determine the most effective methods to attain the appearance you wish for. You might also ask to try a diagnostic mock-up so that you can see what effect the porcelain veneers might have on your smile.
The second visit includes preparing your teeth for the veneer. Your dentist will need to remove less than a millimeter of enamel from the surface of the tooth. This procedure is to ensure that the veneer molds to your original teeth to maintain natural tooth function while creating a better appearance. Your dentist then will make an impression of your tooth and send this model out to a dental laboratory to create your custom porcelain veneer. As mentioned earlier, composite resin veneers can be made in one visit to your dentist and do not require a dental laboratory. After 1 to 2 weeks your dentist should have your new custom veneer and be ready to proceed with the next procedure.
The last step to obtaining a new, rejuvenated smile with dental veneers is to bond them to your teeth. Before the dentist applies the cement to your tooth, the veneer must be temporarily placed to ensure a proper fitting and color. If the veneer does not fit as well as your dentist thinks it should, he or she may trim the veneer for a proper fit. Color of the veneer can also be adjusted by the shade of cement that the dentist chooses to use. After a proper fit has been reached, your tooth will be cleaned and prepped to allow for a proper bond to the veneer. After the veneer is applied to the tooth with a special cement, your dentist will apply a special light to harden the cement. After this your bite will be assessed and any excess cement with be removed.

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By Corley Family Dental
December 01, 2014
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Braces   invisalign  

If you’re dealing with bite problems or crooked teeth, orthodontic treatment could solve these dental problems for good.

What do you think a straight smile says about someone? Do you think it makes them seem more confident, more attractive, or even more successful at work? If you found yourself agreeing with this reasoning, you aren’t the only one. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that those with flawed smiles were seen as less attractive (37 percent) and less confident (25 percent) than their perfect-teeth counterparts. One study also found that 74 percent of people believe an unattractive smile can hurt someone’s chance for professional success. If you’re tired of gapping, overcrowding or crooked teeth, then it’s time to consider getting orthodontics in Decatur.

Orthodontics has come a long way, and there are many options out there to cater to your lifestyle:

Traditional Metal Braces

Conventional braces have been around for a while because they are effective. Any patient looking to get a straighter smile can be a good candidate for traditional braces. Luckily, the metal used in this treatment option has become more advanced over the years, so we can offer more lightweight and comfortable options for our patients.

Plastic Bracket Braces

This still offers the same effective results as traditional braces; however, it’s a little subtler. Since the brackets are made from clear plastic they are less noticeable than metal braces. Patients will still wear these braces for about two years, just like traditional metal orthodontics.

Lingual Braces

The metal or plastic brackets are actually cemented to the back of the teeth instead of the front, allowing patients to straighten their teeth without anyone knowing. Since lingual braces are hidden, they are often a bit more expensive than traditional braces. Also, lingual braces aren’t suitable for patients with serious bite problems or small teeth.


Invisalign offers a virtually clear way to straighten teeth. This series of clear, removable aligners boast comfort, efficiency and discreetness. Patients have no dietary restrictions, as the braces can be removed, and brushing and flossing isn’t affected.

To find out which orthodontic option is right for you, call our office today to schedule a consultation. Let’s get you a straighter smile this season.

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