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Family DentistryDoes your child suck their thumb? Perhaps they aren't losing their teeth as soon as the rest of their classmates. Maybe you've noticed a speech impediment forming as their permanent teeth come in. Though it may seem too soon to consider corrective dentistry, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that parents take their children to a dental professional for an orthodontic checkup by age 7. Here are some reasons why your Decatur orthodontist wants to evaluate your child's teeth as soon as possible:

Still growing

A child's bones and facial structure are still taking shape, meaning that alignment problems in the jaw and teeth are easier to correct. As people age, their bones become more rigid, which makes their bite more difficult to adjust through traditional methods. This makes children and teenagers between the ages of 7 and 14 the best candidates for the first phase of orthodontia, which involves rerouting the growth pattern of the emerging adult teeth. Even though at this point, adult teeth are still coming in, the crowding and irregular formation that necessitates treatment can be anticipated by a trained professional.

Intervention means prevention

Identifying and fixing orthodontic issues early in life will likely mean fewer problems in the future. Poor habits can be modified, appearance can be improved, and more invasive dental procedures can be avoided later in life.

Saving money

As mentioned before, the processes for realigning teeth for adults is much more complicated and extensive than that of younger people. When the teeth are fixed into place and the skull has finished growing, the dental appliances used for children will have little or no effect. More invasive and long-term - and therefore more expensive - procedures are typically used for adults with alignment problems.

Call Corley Family Dental Today!

Each orthodontic case is unique, so discussing your options with Drs. Natalie and Chad Corley, your child's Decatur-based dentists, to devise a plan is essential.

Are you a patient of Corley Family Dental? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!


In a perfect world, your braces would stay intact throughout the time you wear them, never having a bracket break or a wire become uncomfortably loose. However, accidents do happen and parts of your braces can unexpectedly break, often in times  Braceswhen our Decatur orthodontics office may not be open.

If possible, always call our office if the following occur:

  •  broken bracket
  •  broken wire
  •  loose band
  •  loose bracket
  •  wires poking out/sticking your gums

We can either direct you to come to our office right away or offer suggestions as to a fix.

However, if you experience an after-hours change to your braces, there are some steps you can take to minimize the “ouch” factor and keep your braces as intact as possible. If you have a broken bracket, the first step is to move the bracket back into position if it is still attached. Try using a cotton swab to gently move the bracket back into position - don’t use anything sharp in case it could damage your gums.

When you first got your braces, we provided you with some orthodontic wax - now is the ideal time to use it. Apply some wax underneath the bracket to temporarily attach the bracket in place until you can get to our office. If your bracket is completely loose, however, use a cotton swab to remove it and store it in a safe place to bring in to our Decatur orthodontics office. We will re-attach it when you come in.

If you have a loose band or a band that has fallen off entirely, do not attempt to re-attach the band. Bring it with you to our office, and we will re-attach it.

Protruding or too-long wires can be painful, not to mention annoying. Resist the urge to cut the wire yourself or have someone else do it for you. Instead, bend the wire away from your gum tissue if possible. You can also cover it with dental wax to protect your gums. If you do have a sore on your mouth, rinsing with warm (not hot) salt water can minimize pain and reduce your infection risk.

We are happy to assist you with any other braces questions -- please call our Decatur orthodontics office at (217) 330-6217.




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