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By Natalie Corley, D.D.S.
November 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental fillings are one of the most commonly used dental restorations to improve the health of a tooth.fillings

You just found out during your last routine cleaning that you have a cavity. While this discovery can be frustrating, know that most people will deal with a cavity at some point during their lifetime. Luckily, it’s easy enough to treat the problem and restore the tooth thanks to cosmetic fillings from our Decatur, IL, cosmetic dentists Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley.

What are cosmetic fillings?

Our Decatur, IL, dentists pride themselves on providing realistic, tooth-colored restorations. No one should be able to tell that you have fillings and our porcelain cosmetic fillings ensure that your cavities are kept secret to those around you. This material is even matched to the rest of your tooth so that it blends right in.

How are cosmetic fillings placed?

First and foremost, we need to remove the cavity so that it doesn’t continue to damage more of the tooth. Once we have completely removed the cavity we need to rebuild the tooth. First, we will match the shade of the cosmetic resin to your tooth. Then we will apply the resin in layers. This resin is moldable so that we can easily shape and contour it to the tooth for a natural look. Not only will the tooth be cosmetically restored but the filling will also strengthen the tooth, as well. Once the filling is shaped over the tooth it is hardened into place with a dental laser.

Do you have questions about getting cosmetic fillings? Need to schedule your next routine checkup? Then don’t hesitate to call Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL, to get the dental care your smile needs to stay healthy.

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.

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!

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.

Call Corley Family Dental Today!

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