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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.”


There are a few things you need to do — and not do — while wearing braces: avoid hard or sticky foods, for example, or wear protection during sports to avoid injury. There's one important thing, though, that should be at the top of your list — extra attention to daily brushing and flossing.

The fact is your risk for developing tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease increases during orthodontic treatment. This is because the braces make it more difficult to reach a number of locations around teeth with a toothbrush or floss. Bacterial plaque, the source for these dental diseases, can subsequently build up in these areas.

Teen-aged orthodontic patients are even more susceptible to dental disease than adults. Because their permanent teeth are relatively young they have less resistance to decay than adults with more mature teeth. Hormonal changes during puberty also contribute to greater gum disease vulnerability.

There are some things you can do while wearing braces to avoid these problems. Be sure you're eating a nutritious diet and avoid sugary snacks or acidic foods and beverages (especially sports or energy drinks).  This will deprive bacteria of one of their favorite food sources, and the minerals in healthy food will contribute to strong enamel.

More importantly, take your time and thoroughly brush and floss all tooth surfaces (above and below the braces wire). To help you do this more efficiently, consider using a specialized toothbrush designed to maneuver around the braces. You might also try a floss threader or a water irrigator to remove plaque between teeth. The latter device uses a pressurized water spray rather than floss to loosen and wash away plaque between teeth.

Even with these efforts, there's still a chance of infection. So, if you notice swollen, red or bleeding gums, or any other problems with your teeth, visit us as soon as possible for an examination. The sooner we detect and treat dental disease while you're wearing braces, the less the impact on your future smile.

If you would like more information on taking care of teeth while wearing braces, 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 “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Corley Family Dentistry
January 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontics   Braces  

Wondering whether braces are what you need to improve the way your smile looks?

It’s unique to have a smile that is perfectly straight. There are so many people that deal with malocclusions and misalignments that could orthodonticseasily be fixed just by wearing braces. And better yet, there is no age cap on when you can get orthodontic treatment. Our Decatur, IL, dentists Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley offer a variety of different orthodontic options to fit your needs. Learn more about the issues we can correct and the different types of braces available.

While you may not be able to determine whether you need braces or not just by looking at your teeth, a quick consultation with our Decatur, IL, general dentist is all you will need to get a proper assessment. If you have crooked teeth, gaps between teeth or overlapping teeth, then getting braces is often recommended for fixing these issues.

Other issues to consider are your bite and the alignment of your jaws. Bite down all the way and what do you see? Are the front teeth not lined up properly with the bottom teeth? Do your top teeth protrude more than the bottom teeth? Are the top teeth resting behind the bottom teeth? All of these issues can be addressed with orthodontic treatment.

Of course, these are only some of the obvious signs that you could benefit from orthodontic treatment. There are other issues that you may not be able to determine from first glance but we can certainly pinpoint it during your next dental visit. It’s usually a good idea to have a child evaluated by our orthodontic experts in Decatur, IL, by the age of seven, but anyone—no matter what their age—can seek an orthodontic evaluation. We offer a variety of different orthodontic systems to straighten your teeth and give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you are ready to get braces in Decatur, IL to correct your smile, then turn to the smile experts who know how to fix your issues. Call Corley Family Dental today to find out more about which orthodontic system is right for your treatment goals.

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