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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!

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!


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