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Orthodontic treatment uses braces or dental appliances to correct misaligned teeth. However, with diverse options, choosing the right one for you can seem like a daunting task. Under the expert guidance of your dentists, Dr. Chad Corley and Dr. Natalie Corley of Corley Family Dental, you can make an informed decision about orthodontics in Decatur, IL.

Traditional Metal Braces

When you think of orthodontics in Decatur, IL, your mind probably drifts to traditional metal braces. They're as popular as they're effective at correcting tooth misalignment. From mild to severe cases, metal braces have been the first choice for years.

However, their striking metal appearance draws attention. If you'd prefer a discreet option for correcting your teeth, consider discussing the other options on this guide with your dentists, Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces look a lot like metal braces but are made of ceramic instead. The ceramic panels are tooth-colored and less visible than that of traditional metal braces.

Hence, ceramic braces might be for you if you prefer to fix your teeth without drawing lots of attention. It's worth noting that ceramic braces aren't quite as durable as traditional metal braces. You'll also need to give special attention to your oral hygiene because ceramic braces are prone to staining.

Lingual Braces

Traditional metal braces are bonded to the front of your teeth making them visible to all. Your dentist at Corley Family Dental could fit your braces on the surface of your teeth adjacent to your tongue, hiding them from view. Therefore it's another discreet option worth considering.


When it comes to discreet orthodontics, Invisalign clear aligners are gaining momentum. They're easy to use and you can take them off to clean your teeth. However, if you want to get the best results with your clear orthodontics in Decatur, IL, you'll need to meet the minimum required wear time set by your dentist.

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is also essential. Bacterial and food debris caught behind your clear aligners can contribute to tooth decay.

Your dentists, Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley of Corley Family Dental can guide you on the right orthodontics for you in Decatur, IL. Call (217) 330-6217 to schedule your consultation today.


Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments about his smile.

Lonnie has a noticeable diastema—that is, a gap between his two front teeth; this condition is commonly seen in children, but is less common in adults. There are plenty of celebrities who aren’t bothered by the excess space between their front teeth, such as Michael Strahan, Lauren Hutton and Vanessa Paradis. However, there are also many people who choose to close the gap for cosmetic or functional reasons.

Unfortunately, Lonnie had been on the receiving end of unkind comments about the appearance of his smile. But instead of getting angry, the young actor posted a thoughtful reply via Instagram video, in which he said: “I could get my gap fixed. Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though?”

Lonnie is raising an important point: Making fun of how someone looks shows a terrible lack of compassion. Besides, each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and getting it “fixed” is a matter of personal choice. It’s true that in most circumstances, if the gap between the front teeth doesn’t shrink as you age and you decide you want to close it, orthodontic appliances like braces can do the job. Sometimes, a too-big gap can make it more difficult to eat and to pronounce some words. In other situations, it’s simply a question of aesthetics—some like it; others would prefer to live without it.

There’s a flip side to this issue as well. When teeth need to be replaced, many people opt to have their smile restored just the way it was, rather than in some “ideal” manner. That could mean that their dentures are specially fabricated with a space between the front teeth, or the crowns of their dental implants are spaced farther apart than they normally would be. For these folks, the “imperfection” is so much a part of their unique identity that changing it just seems wrong.

So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright. If you’re unsatisfied, ask us how we could help make it better. And if you need tooth replacement, be sure to talk to us about all of your options—teeth that are regular and “Hollywood white;” teeth that are natural-looking, with minor variations in color and spacing; and teeth that look just like the smile you’ve always had.

Because when it comes to your smile, we couldn’t agree more with what Lonnie Chaviz said at the end of his video: “Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”

If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Natalie Corley, D.D.S.
January 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontics  

More adults than ever before are experiencing smile makeovers from orthodontics. Braces, retainers, and other devices are worn by four orthodonticsmillion people in the United States, and over a million of those people are adults. If you're wondering about how orthodontics could help improve your smile, you've come to the right place. Your dentists in Decatur, IL, Dr. Chad Corley and Dr. Natalie Corley, have offered some information about the benefits of orthodontics for adults in this post.

Which conditions can be fixed by braces?

Whether your teeth are spaced far apart or crowded together, an orthodontic regimen from your Decatur dentist could be exactly what you need to improve your appearance and your dental health! Many people are under the impression that by the time they reach adulthood, they're stuck with a crooked smile. While it's true that adolescence is the optimal time to start wearing orthodontics, there are many ways that Dr. Chad and Dr. Corley and their team can realign your teeth into the smile you've always dreamed of!

Why are braces important?

Braces from your Decatur family dentist don't just align your teeth into an impressively straight smile, although that's certainly a selling point! In an orthodontics industry survey, nearly 60 percent of the respondents said that people with straight teeth are perceived as being successful and happy. Making a great first impression is beneficial, but did you know that braces also help improve the health of your teeth? Crooked teeth that are spaced apart or overlapped can create nooks and crannies that are difficult to brush and floss properly. This can lead to tooth decay or gum disease that can go unnoticed until it's advanced. Cleaning aligned teeth, however, is much easier on both you and your dentist.

To learn more about orthodontics, contact Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL to schedule a consultation today!


If you’ve ever looked at younger photos of yourself, you’re sure to notice differences with your present appearance. Of course, your basic features might appear much the same. But maybe your lips seemed a little thicker back then, or your nose a bit less prominent.

This is because your facial features don’t stop growing when you reach adulthood—they continue to change throughout your life. For example, lips reach their maximum thickness by around age 14 for girls or age 16 for boys; they’ll remain at that level of thickness for a few years before gradually thinning throughout adulthood. The nose will also continue to grow, becoming more prominent especially as changes in the lower part of the face can make the chin appear shorter.

Although each of us ages at different rates and in different ways, these general physical trends are somewhat predictable. That’s why we can use the knowledge of how our facial physiology changes with age to fine tune orthodontic or other cosmetic dental treatments. The most optimum approach is to consider treatment in the early stages of bite development during childhood or early adolescence.

This means we’re doing more than correcting a patient’s current bite: we’re also taking into account how tooth movement now might affect the jaw and facial structures later in life. By incorporating our understanding of age-related changes into our treatment we might be able to provide some hedge against the effects of aging.

This approach starts with early comprehensive dental care, preferably before a child’s first birthday, and an orthodontic evaluation at around age 6 to assess bite development. It may also be necessary to initiate interceptive treatment at an early age to lessen or even eliminate a growing bite problem to help ease the extent of future treatment. And if a bite requires correction, early evaluation can help create a timetable for effective treatment in later years.

Taking this approach can correct problems now affecting both dental health and appearance. But by acknowledging the aging process in our treatments, we can build the foundation for a beautiful smile well into the future.

If you would like more information on keeping an attractive smile throughout your life, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


Orthodontics relies on certain mechanics in the mouth to move teeth to better positions. As the specialty has advanced, we've become ever more precise in moving teeth with braces, the “workhorse” of orthodontics, and other specialized appliances and techniques.

But although cooperating effectively with the mouth's natural ability for tooth movement is crucial for success, there's another aspect to consider if that success will be long-term: the growth and development of oral and facial structure. And not just development during childhood and adolescence: indeed, facial structure continues to change throughout a lifetime, including the senior years. Research has shown that although the rate of growth slows over time, it doesn't stop even for someone 80 years or older.

Our emerging understanding in this area has had an important impact on how and when we perform orthodontic treatment. As we develop a treatment strategy for an individual patient we consider not only the immediate outcome of a treatment, but also how it may change their facial appearance in the future. By taking continuing facial growth into consideration, we're more likely to achieve a new smile appearance that remains attractive later in life.

A key factor is to be sure we're initiating treatments at appropriate ages. We may detect developing bite problems as early as age 6, which might prompt preventive treatment at that time to diminish or even eliminate the problem. But it may also be prudent to wait on full-scale orthodontic treatment until late childhood or puberty. Furthermore, some form of orthodontic treatment might need to continue into early adulthood to ensure the most optimal outcome.

By taking a longer view of the treatment process, we're better able to work within the natural growth and development taking place now and in the future. As a result, a person is more likely to enjoy an attractive and youthful appearance even in their later years.

If you would like more information on aging factors for cosmetic enhancement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Aging Makes Beauty Timeless.”

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