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Posts for: August, 2017


What's the most fun thing about back-to-school time? For many of us, it's the shopping! Those cool backpacks and colorful sneakers put smiles on a lot of young faces. While you're out buying new school supplies and freshening up your kids' wardrobes, why not freshen up their oral health supplies as well?

For example, it might be time for a new toothbrush. The American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every three to four months, or more frequently if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do as good a job cleaning teeth. And with all of the cartoon characters and superheroes available on toothbrushes, picking one out can be just as fun as choosing a new lunchbox or notebook!

While you're at it, check your kids' supply of dental floss as well. If they've run out, they might not have told you. As important as flossing is, it's not every kids' idea of fun. If you're having trouble getting your kids to use a spool of floss, why not try a disposable little tool made just for flossing? Flossers are super-easy to use, and these, too, come in all kinds of fun shapes and colors.

Here's an important item for the school athletes in your house: a mouthguard. Sports-related dental injuries account for more than six hundred thousand emergency room visits each year. If your child wears braces, a mouthguard may be particularly important. So please contact us about a custom-made mouthguard for your child — or if you have any other questions about oral health and hygiene. And have a safe and healthy return to school!

By Corley Family Dental
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

What's more appealing than a beautiful smile? Research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry shows that people look good cosmetic dentistryand feel even better when they smile. However, if you reluctantly show your pearly whites because maybe they're not that pearly or perfect, then a consultation with Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley may help. They specialize in family dentistry, including treatments that change the bite, alignment and appearance of teeth and gums. Orthodontic services in Decatur, IL complete their repertoire. So learn here about your pathway to smile enhancement and a happier you at Corley Family Dental.

Get your oral health in order first

That's the first step in a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Corley Family Dental. Your dentist will inspect your mouth for decay, gum disease, proper bite and alignment, the condition of existing restorations and of course, oral cancer. With a healthy baseline established, your smile analysis continues with an honest discussion of how your smile can change aesthetically.

Smile aesthetics--yes, there is a subjective element to how your smile really looks and how you perceive it. You and Dr. Corley will consider your smile width, tooth color, the relationship of your upper lip to your teeth and more, devising a treatment plan tailored just for you. Much depends on the time and financial resources you wish to invest in your new look.

Offered services in Decatur

Here's what your plan could include:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Composite resin bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental contouring
  • Orthodontics

Teeth whitening at Corley Family Dental addresses stains from what many of us put in our mouths--coffee, black tea, blueberries, soy sauce and yes, tobacco (cigarettes and smokeless tobacco). The in-office process uses concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to bleach out stains, leaving them several shades lighter.

Composite resin bonding is a simple, quick treatment producing amazing results. The dentist employs a tooth-colored blend of acrylic and glass to reshape teeth flawed by hairline cracks, chips, pitting and odd shape. The material hardens well and lasts for many years.

Porcelain veneers cover the front of teeth with larger defects in structure and color. They are custom-made, tooth-shaped and bonded permanently in place, achieving an even and attractive appearance and adding a measure of durability, too.

Dental contouring is a gentle sanding procedure that shapes chipped corners and uneven tooth length. Dr. Corley often combines this service with others in a complete smile makeover as a wonderful finishing touch.

Orthodontics re-aligns crooked smiles and corrects various problems with dental bite. These days, conventional braces come in several configurations including lingual (tongue-side) and metal or ceramic braces bonded to the front side of teeth. Your dentist will help you choose the treatment type appropriate for the particulars of your case.

Sound interesting?

Then contact Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL for your consultation with one of our expert dentists. You're sure to be pleased with the results. Call today: (217) 330-6217.


What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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