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Posts for: October, 2016

By Corley Family Dental
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontics   Braces  

How orthodontic treatment from your Decatur dentist can help you.

Orthodontic treatment is a great option if you want a straight smile, teeth that are easy to clean and increased self-confidence. For some bracespeople, orthodontics may be optional, done for cosmetic reasons. For others, orthodontics may be necessary to create better chewing and biting function and to realign your jaws. Your dentists at Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL, want to help you determine if you need orthodontic treatment.

You may want braces if you have cosmetic dental problems like these:

  • Crowded or overlapped teeth
  • Twisted or rotated teeth
  • Widely spaced or gapped teeth
  • Missing teeth

You may need orthodontic treatment if you have functional problems like these:

  • Overbite: your upper jaw extends too far over your lower jaw
  • Underbite: your lower jaw extends out in front of your upper jaw
  • Open bite: your bite does not close completely
  • Crossbite: your jaws cross each other when you bite
  • Overjet: your upper front teeth protrude outward when you bite

Orthodontic treatment in Decatur, IL, is helpful for both children and adults however, children ages 7 to 14 are the best candidates for braces because their facial structures are still growing.

If you do need or want orthodontic treatment, your dentists in Decatur offer a full range of orthodontic options to choose from:

  • Conventional metal brackets and wires, which are ultra-thin and strong.
  • Ceramic or plastic brackets and tooth-colored wires, which are more discreet.
  • Lingual brackets and wires, which are cemented to the tongue sides of teeth.

Orthodontic treatment is more comfortable than ever before and you can see results in a much shorter period of time. The bulky, ugly metal brackets and wires from the past have been replaced with discreet, beautiful braces guaranteed to make you smile.

You may or may not need orthodontic treatment, but your dentists in Decatur, IL, are ready to help you decide. Don’t settle for a less-than-beautiful smile. You can regain your self-esteem with modern, state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment. Don’t wait when it comes to your smile. Call your dentists at Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL. Find out how orthodontic treatment can help your smile and your life by calling today!


Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.

First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.

How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all  Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.

What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.

Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.”  If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.


Oral and facial clefts are among the most common and heartbreaking of birth defects. Clefts make feeding or even breathing difficult and can affect speech development.

But there's one other profound effect: an “abnormal” face caused by a cleft can have devastating consequences for a person's self-image and social relationships.

About 1 in 700 U.S. babies are born with some type of visible gap or “cleft.” It can occur in their upper lip, soft and hard palate, nose or occasionally extending to the cheek or eye region. We typically classify clefts as “unilateral” (affecting only one side of the face) or “bilateral” (affecting both sides).  We're not completely sure on the root causes, but research so far has uncovered links with the mother's possible exposure to toxic substances, nutrient or vitamin deficiencies, or infections during fetal development.

Taking steps during pregnancy to minimize these exposures is certainly helpful. But what can be done for children born with a cleft?

A great deal, thanks to the development of surgical repair techniques over the last century. The surgical approach relies on the fact that the tissues required to repair the cleft already exist. They're simply distorted by the cleft break.

Even so, the road to restoration is a long and arduous one. Lip repairs usually take place at 3-6 months of age; palate (roof of the mouth) clefts are undertaken at 6-12 months. As the child's jaw and mouth structure develops, further surgeries may be needed to match earlier repairs with development.

Cleft repairs also require a team of specialists including a maxillofacial (oral) surgeon, orthodontist and general dentist. The latter plays an important role during the process, ensuring the child maintains good dental health through prevention and treatment of disease and dental work for at risk teeth.

The road to a normal life is difficult — but well worth it. A repaired cleft vastly improves a child's health and well-being. Moreover, it restores to them something the rest of us might take for granted — a normal face and smile.

If you would like more information on cleft defects and how to treat them, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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