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What Happens Immediately after Removal of Braces?

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Braces are specifically designed to straighten teeth. Misaligned teeth (malocclusions) or overcrowding of teeth vastly impacts our appearance, affects how we eat and how we talk. Ill-fitting teeth can create tooth decay problems, like gum disease, cavities, empty spaces (interdental), and the loss of teeth.

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Is Alcohol-free, Sugar-free Breath Spray Okay to Use with [Invisalign]?

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Is Alcohol-free, Sugar-free Breath Spray Okay to Use with Invisalign?

Bad breath is a common complaint, and it can become an even bigger problem during orthodontic treatment. Whether you are undergoing treatment with braces or clear aligners, orthodontic appliances give bacteria more places to hide, which leads to more halitosis. Invisalign’s clear aligner design makes it easier to clean all those hard-to-reach places, but if you still have some lingering bad breath, you might be wondering: Is breath spray okay to use? Some breath sprays can be bad for your teeth during treatment, but in general, sugar-free, alcohol-free breath sprays are safe to use with Invisalign.


What Is The Problem With Sugar?

Check the ingredient list of any breath spray to make sure it has no sugar. Sugar might be a tasty treat for you, but it is also a favorite treat for those pesky oral bacteria, which use it for fuel. Once they consume sugar, they reproduce and leave a smelly byproduct, which results in not just more bad breath but also enamel-destroying acids.

Breath spray containing sugar can get trapped beneath your Invisalign aligners where saliva cannot rinse it away, and your teeth can be damaged faster than they would otherwise. Breath sprays that are sweetened with xylitol might be the best choice. Xylitol can actually combat oral bacteria.

What Is The Problem With Alcohol?

Alcohol is also a problem for teeth but for another reason. Saliva is a natural lubricant and contains mucins, which suspend oral bacteria so that they cannot hurt teeth. Alcohol dries the mouth, allowing bacteria to flourish. Breath sprays that contain alcohol might temporarily sweeten your breath, but that freshness will come at a price. You will end up with bad breath and more bacteria at the end of the day.

Where Can I Find Sugar-free, Alcohol-free Breath Sprays?

You can find sugar-free, alcohol-free breath sprays at mass merchandisers, pharmacies, drug stores and online. If you are unable to find a breath spray you like, ask our orthodontist for a recommendation.

What Are Some Breath Spray Alternatives?

There are plenty of ways to address chronic bad breath apart from sprays, including:

1. Staying well-hydrated

Drinking water frequently throughout the day helps keep your body hydrated and flushes the bacteria out of your mouth. It also helps you produce more saliva, which keeps the environment of your mouth healthy and balanced. You can drink water when your aligners are in, and you don’t have to brush after a drink like you would with a sugary beverage.

2. Brush frequently.

Brushing is so important during orthodontic treatment, and Invisalign makes it easy. Remove your aligners when you eat, and brush your teeth before putting your aligners back in. Brush to remove plaque, food particles and bacteria, and your breath should stay fresh all day long. Use a tongue cleaner or brush your tongue to remove even more bacteria.

3. Floss daily.

Toothbrush bristles are small, but they are not quite small enough to clean between your teeth. You need to floss every day to remove the debris that settles in these areas and prevent decay and bad breath. If you wear braces, use a floss threader or pick to clean around the brackets and wires more effectively.

4. Clean your aligners.

When you remove your aligners, clean them. You can use the cleaning kit that is made for them, or you can just brush and rinse them using lukewarm water. Never eat with them in your mouth, and only drink water when you are wearing them to keep them clean.

5. Find a good mouthwash.

Mouthwashes can help kill bacteria in your mouth and leave a minty fresh feeling much like breath sprays. Look for alcohol-free versions since, much like alcohol-containing breath sprays, mouthwashes with alcohol can dry your mouth and worsen bad breath. A mouthwash with fluoride or a non-alcohol antimicrobial ingredient can be a good alternative.

You can also suck on sugar-free, dye-free mints throughout the day. Mints can freshen your breath and help stimulate saliva flow, both of which can combat bad breath without affecting your orthodontic treatment.

How Can Orthodontics Prevent Bad Breath?

Chronic bad breath that persists even when dental hygiene is improved and breath sprays or mints are used can indicate that you need orthodontic treatment. Teeth that are improperly aligned, crowded or crooked can be tough to clean thoroughly, and this can lead to pockets of bacteria. Gums can become swollen, inflamed and irritated as the bite puts pressure on the jaw and periodontal tissues.

Our orthodontist can evaluate your child’s teeth and determine if treatment is necessary. Proper treatment with braces or aligners can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, eliminate bad breath and promote a lifetime of better dental health.

Schedule Your First Appointment At Childers Orthodontics Today

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatments for adults, teenagers, and children. Dr. Kyle Childers is an orthodontist who provides expert treatments for malocclusions of the teeth. Schedule an appointment with us to learn more about:

• Retainers – to keep teeth in place after treatment
• Aligners – Invisalign devices for adults and teenagers
• Braces – traditional or Damon system devices
• Expanders – for the lower or upper jaw

We make it easy to undergo orthodontic treatment by having several locations, including:

• Herrin – 618-997-1800
• Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
• Benton – 618-438-2815

We use the iTero scanner device to create the best fitting Invisalign aligners for your mouth, and our orthodontic team uses SureSmile archwires for braces. If you have a lower jaw that is too small for your permanent teeth, then make sure to contact us for an evaluation to learn more about lower jaw expansion. Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

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Seven Tips for Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

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An investment in your kid’s braces is an investment in their future. Not only are you helping physically correct an issue, but you’re also giving them a boost in self-esteem and confidence that will help them as they travel through life.

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Having an Overbite, What Treatment Can Be Recommended?

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What is an overbite? This type of orthodontic issue is one of the most common in the world. Many people struggle with an overbite. This misalignment can be aesthetically unattractive, even changing the appearance of one’s facial bone structure. In addition, an overbite can cause a great deal of serious dental issues if left untreated. Regardless of your age, there are several ways that overbites can be treated by an experienced orthodontist.

What Is an Overbite?

Also called a malocclusion, an overbite is diagnosed when upper teeth extend further than lower teeth by more than 30%. Many people mistake this for simple crooked teeth when in fact the jaw is not lining up correctly. In many cases, this condition is hereditary.

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Treatment Time for Damon System

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Treatment Time for Damon System

When braces were first invented back in 1728, they weren’t the most comfortable or subtle of treatments. In fact, the so-named “Father of Modern Orthodontics,” Pierre Fauchard, was famous for using forceps to move teeth where he wanted them to go – ouch!

Here at Childers Orthodontics, we are happy to report that today’s braces have come a very long way from those earliest of days. Today’s hardware is lightweight, streamlined, flexible and sometimes even near-invisible depending on placement and materials used!

The Damon System is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments offered today for all of these reasons and more.


What Is the Damon System?

The Damon System is a treatment that can be successfully used on patients of all ages. The modern, streamlined and sleek hardware make use of what is called “self-ligating” technology to reduce discomfort and shorten treatment times.

The term “self-ligating” means that the system is self-contained and requires no use of elastic bands or metal ties, both of which can cause abrasion and discomfort. The simple hardware consists of just two pieces: an archwire and brackets.

Each tooth gets its own individual bracket in either traditional metal or clear (these are nearly invisible!). The upper set of teeth gets one archwire and the lower set of teeth gets one archwire.

From here, the orthodontist makes small adjustments to ensure the teeth move into proper alignment in the shortest possible time period with the greatest possible comfort to the patient.

The Benefits of the Damon System

The Damon System has become popular over time as its benefits become more widely recognized.

These benefits are the same for all age patients but may be particularly appreciated in young patients, who often lack the patience to do the extra brushing and flossing and dietary/activity modifications required by traditional hardware.

Damon System benefits include (but are not limited to) these:

  • The choice of metal or clear hardware allows for image-sensitive patients to choose the least visible treatment system.
  • The system can treat mild or moderately severe malocclusions (misalignments) of teeth and bite.
  • The hardware is very easy to clean and maintain, with far less brushing and flossing than with traditional hardware.
  • Fewer orthodontist visits are required for adjustments and hardware repairs (on average, only half as many visits as for traditional treatment, which also saves on drive time and expense of treatment).
  • The overall treatment time tends to be shorter by as much as six months when compared to traditional orthodontic treatments.
  • Treatment is much less invasive on average, with less discomfort, fewer abrasions to soft mouth tissues and less risk of damage to hardware through everyday activities.
  • Often the need to extract teeth (for example, with issues of overcrowding) can be completely avoided with the Damon System.
  • There is zero risk of swallowing any of the hardware (elastic bands, O-rings, metal ties) because the Damon System has no external additional parts.
  • The result is the widest, healthiest and most balanced possible smile with exceptional tooth and jaw alignment.
  • The much lighter weight hardware is not only comfier, but places less pressure on teeth and helps to maintain optimal blood flow for fast treatment success.

Talking Treatment Times: How Fast is “Fast?”

It just stands to reason that any orthodontic patient will want to see the results of their treatment right away….and even yesterday, if possible!

After all, that is the whole reason orthodontia was invented: to give patients the chance to have the best oral health as well as a smile to be proud of and show off at every opportunity.

So how fast, exactly, is “fast?” With the Damon System, research has identified precisely how much faster this system can deliver treatment results than traditional (conventional) orthodontic treatment.

The average length of treatment time for conventional orthodontic treatment is 27.5 months, or two years and 3.5 months.

The average length of treatment time for Damon System treatment is 20.3 months, or one year and 8.3 months.

That is a difference of just over seven months! Here, it just makes sense why the Damon system, like the equally popular trailblazing Invisalign system of aligners, has become so popular and in demand among orthodontic patients.

That is seven months free from wearing orthodontic hardware, free from visiting the orthodontist for adjustments, free from wondering and waiting when you will finally have the perfect, beautiful smile you’ve been waiting to see!

Where to Start

If you want to learn more about the Damon System and find out if you are a good candidate, the first step is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Childers. Read on to find out how to do this!


Schedule an Appointment

In Illinois, you visit Childers Orthodontics to have an examination to determine if you need to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers his services to adults, teenagers and children in three locations that include:

Herrin – 618-997-1800
Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
Benton – 618-438-2815

After an evaluation of your mouth, our orthodontist can determine if you need to wear one of these types of devices:

Damon System – uses self-ligating brackets
Braces – made with traditional metal and wire brackets
Invisalign – aligners designed for teenagers or adults

Patients at Childers Orthodontics can also request the AcceleDent Aura system to reduce the amount of time required for their orthodontic treatment.  Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

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Does [Age Matter] When Getting Braces?

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Many adults are unhappy with their teeth. With age, teeth often become more crowded or crooked. In addition, some problems with bite and alignment become apparent when they begin to cause pain or tooth damage. Some adults did not grow up in families that could afford high-quality dentistry or orthodontia and thus are interested in straightening their teeth at a later age. Does age affect the success of braces? The answer is complicated. While there is an ideal age for orthodontic work, most adults can successfully straighten their teeth.

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How Can Widely Spaced Teeth Impact Your Overall Health



How Can Widely Spaced Teeth Impact Your Overall Health

When people first visit the orthodontist, their first thought is usually that they can’t wait to have a beautiful smile. Widely spaced teeth often lead to issues with self-esteem, and it is important to love what you see in the mirror. However, you should be aware that having large gaps between your teeth places you at risk for serious oral health conditions such as gum disease, and they can also be a symptom of other health problems. As you prep for your appointment, keep this information in mind about the impact of widely spaced teeth on your overall health.


Understand the Link Between Genetics and Your Teeth

If you’ve every noticed a parent and child having the same smile, then you recognize the role that genetics can play in teeth placement. It is very common for both parents and their children to need braces to correct problems such as a large gap between the two front teeth. While this is fairly benign, certain genetic disorders can also create large spaces between teeth. For example, acromegaly is a genetic disorder that involves a person’s body producing too much growth hormone. In addition to other issues, it causes the jaw and head to be larger than average. All of that extra room results in the teeth being set further apart.

Know Your Risk For Gum Disease and Decay

Having space between your teeth makes it easier to floss. However, spaces that are too large also become what orthodontists tend to call plaque traps. This is because food and debris have more space to collect. As they break down, they generate bacteria that contribute to gum disease. Once periodontal disease starts up, it requires a series of treatments to get your mouth back to a healthy state. If you show signs of early gum disease, then Invisalign is a great option for decreasing these gaps because it also makes it easier to brush and floss those gaps while they are closing.

Avoid Other Oral Health Issues

Gum disease and decay are scary enough, but those are just the most obvious problems you can face. Teeth with large spaces are also usually out of alignment, and misaligned teeth lead to long term wear and tear that places you at risk for jaw pain, cracked teeth or an inability to maintain restorations such as fillings. When you have gaps along with misalignment, you will likely be a good candidate for braces that correct both of these issues at once.

Encourage Better Overall Health

It is easy to forget that proper nutrition begins with your mouth. You must be able to chew your food properly to keep your digestive system working efficiently. When large gaps interfere with your eating abilities, malnutrition, digestive discomfort and pain are all possible issues that you can face. Periodontal disease has also been linked to serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease because the bacteria that accumulates deep within your gums eventually enters your bloodstream and creates a systemic infection. It is also important to avoid overlooking the toll that unsightly teeth can take on your mental health. Depression, anxiety and a loss of self-esteem are all mental health issues that can stem from unhappiness with your widely spaced teeth.

Find Out Your Options

The field of orthodontics is constantly evolving, and you can take advantage of having multiple options for safeguarding your health through orthodontic treatment. For example, Invisalign offers a discreet way to shift your teeth into proper alignment without detracting from your overall appearance. Many people prefer this treatment because the trays can be removed so that eating, playing sports and toothbrushing can all be done without any hindrances. Alternatively, traditional braces can be used for children and young teens who may not be as likely to wear their plastic aligners as required.

Call Our Orthodontist Today to Schedule Your First Appointment

At Childers Orthodontics in Benton, Ill., Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expert care for children, teenagers and adults. Our orthodontist provides these treatments to repair misaligned teeth:

• Damon System – passive self-ligating devices
• Braces – traditional wires and brackets or color-matching ceramic brackets
• Aligners – designed by Invisalign
• Retainers – designed for keeping teeth in correct positions
• SureSmile – customized arch wires
• Propel – alveolar perforations for faster bone formation

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

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What are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD’s)?

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What are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)?

The presence of crooked teeth is a big nuisance and can greatly affect your confidence in social situations. Previously, such teeth were fixed using high-pull headgear, elastics, bite blocks, and functional appliances. Serious cases of crooked teeth had to be fixed through surgery.

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Can I Wear Braces If I’m [Pregnant]?



Can I Wear Braces If I’m Pregnant?

A new and enhanced look will, of course, build your confidence and make you feel proud of your appearance while you are pregnant. There’s nothing that will make you feel more confident than having an engaging smile that draws people’s attention as you exchange greetings and have conversations with others. Sometimes you do need a bit of tooth straightening or other dental work to correct any other issues with your teeth. There’s no medical reason why you should put off your orthodontic brace treatment until after you’ve given birth to your baby.


Should You See Your Obstetrician Before Undergoing Orthodontic Work?

One of the first things you should do as you contemplate having dental work done is a very important but little known fact that you should first make an appointment with your obstetrician to learn whether there any risks involved in undergoing orthodontic dental work while you’re pregnant. With that issue out of the way, you will need to begin making a list of all medications you’re taking and hand it over to your orthodontist.

Why Is Your Medication List So Important?

Your orthodontist will use the medication list to learn whether any of the drugs you are taking will result in oral complicated issues later on. This dental specialist will be looking at your current history of medications to determine whether any of the medications have side-effects that could affect your planned orthodontic work.

You will not be given any medications in order to have orthodontic treatment. Your specialist will determine whether vitamins you are currently taking could actually cause a reduction in a tooth movement when your orthodontic therapy is in progress.

Can You Have Oral Surgery Or Anesthesia While Pregnant?

You will not be having surgery or needing anesthesia once you are slated for treatment. Yes, you may experience some discomfort in your gums and soft palate. That discomfort happens because of the metal wires in your devices. Your specialist will simply recommend an ointment to lessen any such discomfort.

How will braces effect your overall health while pregant?

While overall planning arrangements are being made for treating you, your specialist will also be gleaning information about your hormonal health that is useful before initiating your orthodontic treatment plan. Emphasis is placed on the importance of your hormonal health.

Will braces effect Hormonal Health During Pregnancy?

The status of your hormonal health focuses on whether your gums are healthy and free of gingivitis. Pregnancy automatically presents hormonal changes. Be sure to maintain a healthy dental status during the entire course of your pregnancy to avoid any buildup of plaque that can cause you to develop gingivitis of your gums, which is an inflammatory condition.

You can also develop the periodontal disease if you’re wearing a brace and have gingivitis disease because plaque collects on braces. There is a definite connection between gingivitis and gingival hyperplasia, and both are associated with hormonal changes.

Another plus for wearing brace devices while you are pregnant is that they will improve your diet. That’s so because you can now chew your food properly and eat a wide array of healthy diets.

Can Braces Help You To Maintain A Healthy Diet?

Your orthodontic braces make it easier for you to eat and digest vegetables, protein and fruits. You’ll now be consuming daily portions of these food items that you couldn’t chew properly in the past.


The device will help you to eat properly, and you will be transferring nutrients to your fetus that are the building blocks of life. You’ll be able to produce more breast milk too due to your consuming a well-balanced amount of high-protein foods that’s combined with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Can I Get Invisalign Aligners While Pregnant?

You might have to wear invisalign aligners while you are pregnant. Most pregnant women do have minor dental malocclusion issues, because their teeth do not mesh normally. If you have that condition, you will have to wear these aligners.

Don’t worry about wearing these devices though. They are made of soft plastic material that won’t cause you any discomfort. You’ll find that this type of aligner is easy to be maintained daily. How about weight gain during pregnancy that can change the size of your mouth?

Will Weight Gain Affect the Comfort Of Your Orthodontic Device?

You may gain excess weight during pregnancy, which results in changing the size of your mouth. A hygienist at your dental specialist’s office will be asked to create a new mold impression from your mouth and teeth.

Adjustments will also have to be made to the size of your Invisalign aligner devices to make sure that they are working correctly too. Be prepared to make frequent visits to your orthodontic facility to ensure that wires on your dental devices are correctly adjusted to reflect changes in your body weight.

Do Hormone Levels Cause Changes?

Pregnancy does cause changes in your hormone levels that bring about loose teeth, saliva increases and yes bad breath. So visit your orthodontic specialist’s office and keep going in for regular checkups throughout your pregnancy. If you’re fearful of undergoing dental image testing, technology offers dental facilities protective devices for your convenience. Those devices cover your abdominal area and keep you safe from radiation exposure.

Call Our Orthodontist Today to Schedule Your First Appointment

At Childers Orthodontics in Benton, Ill., Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expert care for children, teenagers and adults. Our orthodontist provides these treatments to repair misaligned teeth:

• Damon System – passive self-ligating devices
• Braces – traditional wires and brackets or color-matching ceramic brackets
• Aligners – designed by Invisalign
• Retainers – designed for keeping teeth in correct positions
• SureSmile – customized arch wires
• Propel – alveolar perforations for faster bone formation

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815