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I Don’t Have Any Dental Problem: Should I Still Visit and Orthodontist?

orthodontist visitI Don’t Have Any Dental Problem: Should I Still Visit and Orthodontist?

Orthodontic treatment for past generations used to be reserved for the those with significant dental problems or families in higher socio-economic brackets. However, access to quality orthodontic treatment has greatly expanded since the mid-twentieth century. Now, more children are being fitted with braces than ever before. Not only kids but adults of all ages are seeking orthodontist consultations to improve the way the function and appearance of their teeth. The need for orthodontic treatment does not always become evident visually, especially at a young age. Sometimes, dental problems can emerge or become visible in adulthood. Situations can occur, such as a sports injury or tooth development issue, that may raise the need for orthodontia.

Here are three reasons to consider an orthodontic consultation, even if you do not have immediate concerns about the condition of your teeth.

Convenience.

It used to be that being fitted with metal brackets and wires for dental adjustments was painful, time-consuming, and unattractive. That has all changed in recent years. Although a certain amount of discomfort can be expected during initial stages of treatment, most patients adjust very well as they get used to wearing the metals, and later, the rubber bands, that will gently but firmly move their teeth into the desired order. People don’t need to expect months of excruciating pain. Millions of people who wear braces comfortably can attest to the fact that the treatment proceeds smoothly after placement of the hardware. The time required for treatment may involve a period of months for many wearers. People at any age often find their teeth are moved to where they should be at an amazingly rapid pace. Aftercare may include wearing retainers for a period of time, but again, most patients adapt very readily to retainers and often hardly remember they are in place due to the comfortable fit now available. The feeling of being unsightly during treatment is also unnecessary and largely imaginary. With the advent of orthodontic devices like Invisalign, observers often are unaware of the treatment in place because the braces are almost invisible. Some types can be removed at certain times, such as meal time or special occasions. Appearance is not greatly impacted during treatment. Afterward, the patient’s confidence will soar with the beautiful new smile resulting from treatment.

Cost.

The cost of dental orthodontia has become more affordable for many families. Some health insurance programs pay for part of the treatment. Orthodontia health care loans are widely available for those who want to make monthly payments over a period of time. Other payment options include personal savings and credit cards. Almost no one has to go without treatment due to cost. Over the long term, treatment pays for itself in helping patients to obtain a healthy dental structure with problems addressed, which may reduce dental and orthodontic treatment bills in the future.

Benefits.

Most patients will agree enthusiastically that the benefits of orthodontia work are priceless. Newfound confidence in personal appearance and in gaining a lovely smile cannot be overestimated. We have all seen people who try to hide their mouth when smiling, and orthodontia can solve that problem for patients of all ages. Another benefit is more effective nutrition. Healthy eating requires balanced meals that include vegetables and nuts, which can be hard to chew if teeth are missing, tipped, or twisted. Orderly dental structures, both upper and lower, help to ensure healthy chewing and eating, which can help to ensure more effective digestion. Successful orthodontic treatment also keeps teeth in healthier positions, which can prevent bacterial buildup that leads to plaque as well as cavities and gum disease. Avoiding these problems may help to keep teeth healthy as we get older, reducing the need for extractions, fillings, and replacement through bridges, crowns, or implants. Finally, healthy teeth without gaps or bite distortions can facilitate communication and verbal articulation for some people. Orthodontic examinations may reveal teeth below the gum surface that have not yet erupted, or malformations in the bite or jaw that should be corrected, preventing worse problems later.


For a thorough analysis of your teeth that can be seen as well as the unseen structures and issues that may play a role in your dental health, consult an orthodontist for a thorough examination. Hopefully, your teeth will be as healthy as they seem at this time, and no treatment will be needed. But if a problem is found, it can be treated early to minimize complications so that your teeth can look their best and continue to effectively meet your eating and speaking needs.

Contact Childers Orthodontic

At Childers Orthodontics, we have multiple offices where you can have an examination from our orthodontist. Dr. Kyle R. Childers accepts appointments at these facilities in Illinois:

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

Our patients are able to have customized orthodontic treatments with devices that include:

• Invisalign – clear aligners that you can remove from your mouth
• Braces – traditional metal, color-matching ceramic or Damon System
• Retainers – used after regular orthodontic treatment ends

To straighten your teeth faster, we can also perform a Propel procedure to stimulate your alveolar bones.

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

I Don’t Have Any Dental Problem: Should I Still Visit and Orthodontist?

Childers Orthodontics

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

My Orthodontist Rocks

Childers Orthodontics – The Smiles We’re Achieving – Your Orthodontic Journey

 

Join Dr. Kyle Childers, the team at Childers Orthodontics and our amazing patients on a journey back to the classic 80’s with this fun music video “The Smiles We’re Achieving”.

Want to sing along? No problem! Here are the song lyrics:

The Smiles We’re Achieving – Your Orthodontic Journey

Just a small town girl’
A braces smile and hair that’s curled
She hops into the car for her special day

A Johnston City boy
Born and raised in Illinois
He’s leaving school today to go somewhere cool

They walked into the clinic room
Knowing braces would be off soon
For a smile they will share with friends
That lasts on, and on, and on

Patients sitting
In our nice reception room
Their teeth are going to feel tighttttt
But they, know that
It will be worth it soon
They will have a healthy Biteeeeee

Placing braces to get that grill
Bending wires gives me a thrill
Straightening teeth is just my vice
Just one more smile…….

Some like Invisalign
Because it’s clear
You’re lucky cause we do both here
Oh the fun here never ends it goes on, and on, and on

Patients leaving
Happy with their brand-new smiles
Knowing, Childers did it right
They wear retainers
To keep their teeth from moving
It’s what they’ll do every nighttttttt

Don’t stop believing
Your teeth will be straight
Excellence is the reason oh, oh, oh, ohhhhhhh

The care you’re receiving
Will be the best you ever had
From beginning to leaving oh, oh, ohhhhhhhh

The smiles we’re achieving
Are beautiful to have
Change yours this season oh, oh, ohhhhhhhhh

My Orthodontist Rocks

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Every plain wall deserves a piece of work, so why not cover it with a smile? – Shawn Lukas

wearing bracesEvery plain wall deserves a piece of work, so why not cover it with a smile? – Shawn Lukas

Look Better In Your Photographs With Orthodontic Treatment

The designer Shawn Lukas believes that a plain wall requires artwork, so you can place a photograph of you smiling on a wall to make it beautiful. If you look at older photographs from the past, then you will notice that people didn’t smile. This is because many individuals had unattractive smiles with crooked or poorly spaced teeth. However, you can visit an orthodontist to repair your ugly smile in order to have gorgeous photographs. The best time to begin orthodontic treatment is during childhood, but you can also wear braces or Invisalign aligners when you are an adult.

Modern Orthodontic Examinations Are Fast and Easy

Undergoing an orthodontic examination is simple because an orthodontist will have modern medical imaging equipment to take X-rays of your teeth and facial bones. Within minutes, you will know what type of orthodontic treatment is required for you or your child’s teeth. Most individuals only need to wear aligners because they have mild malocclusions that are repairable in one year. If you are an adult, then wearing aligners is possible, and you can remove the devices to perform oral hygiene. All children and some teenagers or adults must wear braces instead to fix major misalignments of their teeth.

Contact Childers Orthodontic To Have an Artistic Smile

At Childers Orthodontics, we have multiple offices where you can have an examination from our orthodontist. Dr. Kyle R. Childers accepts appointments at these facilities in Illinois:

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

Our patients are able to have customized orthodontic treatments with devices that include:

• Invisalign – clear aligners that you can remove from your mouth
• Braces – traditional metal, color-matching ceramic or Damon System
• Retainers – used after regular orthodontic treatment ends

To straighten your teeth faster, we can also perform a Propel procedure to stimulate your alveolar bones.

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Every plain wall deserves a piece of work, so why not cover it with a smile? – Shawn Lukas

Childers Orthodontics

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

What Happens After Invisalign Treatment Is Completed?

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LAST UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2017

What Happens After Invisalign Treatment Is Completed?

Completing your Invisalign treatment is an occasion to smile about. For the next several weeks, you will be busy flashing your newly straightened teeth at everyone you meet while you relish in your newfound confidence. While it is important to take pride in this special occasion, it is also essential to remain vigilant with your orthodontic treatment to preserve those perfect results. Now that you have worn your last set of braces, you will graduate to the retainment phase of your treatment. Use this guide to know what to expect along with the best strategies to implement to keep that beautiful smile.

FAQ

Understand Why Teeth Shift

For many people, it comes as a surprise to discover that teeth continuously move throughout life. As a child, your teeth will move to accommodate changes such as new molars and a larger jaw line, but the shifting does not stop when you reach adulthood. Teeth are held into the jawbone with ligaments that allow for some stretching, and it is this ability to move that made it possible for your orthodontic treatment to work. Over time, teeth may attempt to move back to their original alignment due to the body’s natural instinct to return things to their natural state. They may also shift if you lose a tooth or are prone to harmful habits such as nighttime grinding.

Recognize the Importance of Wearing a Retainer

Now that you understand how and why teeth shift, you can understand the importance of following your treatment plan regarding how often to wear your retainer. Your new retainer will hold your teeth into their proper alignment so that your body has more time to recognize their placement as the new normal. At first, you may have to wear your retainer the majority of the day, yet you will eventually be able to wean the hours of wearing it down to only at night. While some people are able to eventually stop wearing their retainer, be aware that most people must continue to wear one throughout their life or else risk having their teeth shift out of place.

Find the Right Type of Retainer

There are several different options for retaining your alignment that your orthodontist will consider for your treatment plan. A fixed retainer is best if you or your child find that keeping up with your retainer’s maintenance does not fit into your lifestyle. This type of retainer is bonded to your teeth so that it does not require removal. In some instances, the wires can be placed one the back of your teeth so that they are less noticeable. However, this is less aesthetically pleasing than the removable version because the retainer may still be seen when you open your mouth wide. Some people also find fixed retainers harder to clean since they require you to work around the wire when flossing.

A removable retainer is the type of appliance that most people are familiar with, and it resembles a tray that is similar to your Invisalign ones. These retainers can be removed for eating and contact sports. You will also remove it so that you can brush and floss your teeth properly. However, you will also need to clean your retainer as recommended to keep it in top condition. Since the retainer is removable, there is also a small risk that it could be lost or broken during the times it is not being worn. Learning how to store it properly when it is not in your mouth minimizes that risk, though. When choosing a retainer, your orthodontic care team will assess your compliance with prior treatment along with your current lifestyle and oral health to determine which one will work the best for your personal circumstances.

Attend Maintenance Appointments

It is often said that beginning orthodontic treatment is like discovering a new family. Over the past several months or years, you have seen your orthodontic team often enough that you know about their kids’ hobbies and golf strategy. Those visits may be less frequent now, but you will still need to attend your follow up appointments regularly to watch for minor changes that signify a need for changes to your treatment plan. Sometimes, teeth shift slightly after the braces are removed. When this happens, you may need to have your retainer altered to fit your new alignment. If your teeth shift significantly due to a lost tooth or other cause, then it may be necessary to place a bonded retainer in your mouth. Due the amount of things that can cause your teeth to shift, your bite and alignment will need to be watched carefully over the next several months. Later, you will be able to reduce your maintenance appointments down to less frequent checkups once your teeth have settled down.

Care For Your New Retainer

Look at your new retainer as the defense system that protects your beautiful smile from the hazards it encounters every day. Simply eating and sleeping could damage your alignment, so be sure to wear it as often as it is required. In addition to wearing your retainer, you will need to implement additional strategies to your daily routine that will keep it in the best condition. You will be given an information sheet explaining how to care for your retainer, but as a general rule, you will need to do the following:

  • Only remove your retainer from your mouth when necessary or as prescribed.
  • Always store your retainer in its case when it is not in your mouth.
  • Do not wrap your retainer in a napkin while eating.
  • Do not wash your retainer in the dishwasher.
  • Never leave your retainer in a hot car or near another heated appliance such as a hair straightener.
  • Clean your retainer by brushing it thoroughly between meals, and soak it in the prescribed solution at night.
  • If you use vinegar for soaking, do not allow it to sit for longer than five minutes because it will destroy the plastic.
  • Schedule an appointment right away if your retainer is lost or broken.

Practice Proper Oral Hygiene

Gum disease or missing teeth are two of the biggest reasons why people lose their preferred teeth alignment. Make sure to do your best to keep your teeth and gums in healthy condition by following a proper oral hygiene routine. Ask your treatment team to show you how to brush and floss your teeth properly. Now that your teeth are in alignment, it should be easier to floss between the spaces without it catching, and your toothbrush will be better able to reach all of those critical surfaces. In addition to your orthodontic appointments, schedule regular exams and cleanings to stay on top of preventing cavities and gum disease. If you experience a problem with one of your teeth, then contact your orthodontist as soon as possible to find out if your retainer will need to be adjusted.

Learn to Manage Bad Habits

While you can’t help your body’s natural tendency to allow your teeth to shift, you can avoid known behaviors that contribute to misalignment. Avoid chewing on hard objects such as pens, and never try to open things with your mouth. Nighttime grinding is another habit that may be a little harder to control, but it will wear down your retainer over time and cause your teeth to shift. Controlling night grinding may require you to implement the following strategies:

  • Repair missing or worn down teeth, but remember to have your retainer checked after receiving major dental treatment.
  • Learn relaxation strategies for managing stress such as taking a warm bath in the evening.
  • Avoid beverages such as alcohol or coffee that increase muscular tension.
  • Be aware of daytime clenching so that you can practice relaxing your jaw.

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

What Happens After Invisalign Treatment Is Completed?

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The Smiles We’re Achieving – Childers Orthodontics Music Video Preview

Get Ready to Rock a New Look on a Journey of a Lifetime

Since 1990, we have been known for providing our patients in Southern Illinois with exceptional orthodontic care, in an environment that is friendly, professional, fun, and comfortable!

So in the name of fun, join us on a journey back to the classic 80’s with a preview of our first music video featuring Dr. Kyle Childers in “The Smiles We’re Achieving”.

Ready to Rock with Childers Orthodontics

Childers Orthodontics
201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812

For more information, visit our office:

Childers Orthodontics
201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812

The Smiles We’re Achieving – Childers Orthodontics Music Video Preview

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Smile – It’s the second best thing you can do with your lips.

should i get invisalignSmile – It’s the second best thing you can do with your lips.

Improve Your Smile With Orthodontic Treatment

Many people believe that smiling is the second best thing that you can do with your lips, but if you have wide gaps between your teeth, then you probably avoid smiling at anyone. Fortunately, there are fantastic ways to repair your misaligned teeth, and you can learn more about braces or Invisalign aligners by visiting an orthodontist. For minor malocclusions, you can wear clear plastic aligners if you are an adult or teenager. Children always require brackets and wires to fix their misaligned teeth, but there are color-matching and lingual devices available. Depending on your malocclusions, you must wear orthodontic devices for six months to four years.

Orthodontic Treatment Prevents Additional Health Problems

This may seem like a long time, but repairing your teeth can prevent numerous health problems in the future. Poorly aligned teeth can lead to breathing or speech problems, and some individuals will grind their teeth at night, leading to severe headaches. Having your teeth straightened is not about being vain because you need a strong biting surface to consume a healthy diet of lean protein and vegetables. If your teeth are in proper alignment, then you are less likely to have bad breath or gingivitis because it is easier to brush and floss your teeth to remove food debris.

Schedule an Appointment With Our Friendly Orthodontist

Dr. Kyle R. Childers is a knowledgeable orthodontist who offers services in Benton, Ill. Adults, teenagers, and children can receive treatment with these devices:

• Braces – ceramic, lingual and metal
• Aligners – designed with Invisalign software
• Retainers – to keep teeth in proper positions
• SureSmile – customized archwires

At Childers Orthodontics, our customers will have their aligners fitted using an iTero scanner. We can also provide an Acceldent Aura device. Our patients can schedule an appointment at one of these locations:

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

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Smile – It’s the second best thing you can do with your lips.

Childers Orthodontics

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

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How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

invisalign straighten teethHow Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

When the Invisalign system of aligners first became available, you could almost hear the collective sigh of relief from teens and adults everywhere. Finally, there was an alternative to traditional metal braces that was unobtrusive, effective and flexible!

For image-sensitive, active teens, in particular, the aligners proved to be an answer to frustrated parents’ and terrified teens’ prayers. The near-invisible (hence the treatment name) aligner system can accommodate removal for special events, including prom, homecoming, yearbook photos and graduation. Plus, they are very thin and comfy to wear.

The aligners also require zero dietary modifications and teens involved in sport don’t need to take any unusual precautions to continue playing. Today, research proves that use of the aligner system can support straight, white teeth and enhanced self-confidence, which is what this post will discuss.

Straightens Teeth

Aligners have been proven to straighten and correct teeth just as well (and sometimes better) than other treatment options. However, there is one caveat here, and that is the importance of selecting an orthodontic practitioner who is very experienced in customizing the aligners to each patient’s individual needs.

While each orthodontic professional has to start somewhere, it is to the patient’s ultimate advantage to select an orthodontist who has several years’ worth of expertise
with designing and customizing the aligner sets so as to best and most rapidly achieve the patient’s appearance and oral health goals.

Maintaining excellent oral health is also much easier with the aligners system than with more traditional orthodontic treatment. Since the aligners can be removed for meals and snacks, there is no risk of food buildup or staining on the aligners themselves.

As well, since the aligners can and should be removed and cleaned at the same time that the patient is brushing and flossing their teeth, the overall time spent on these daily routines is reduced, which tends to make busy patients very happy indeed!

Boosts Self-Confidence

It is hard to feel self-confident with a crooked smile. As well, self-confidence flows less freely when you are in pain, which frequently occurs with traditional braces due to the hardware required to achieve optimal results. Plus, since food matter tends to get stuck in braces more easily, it can be embarrassing to walk around not knowing this matter is there for all to see.

But with aligners, they have not only been proven to provide more comfort and a better fit than other options, but they are nearly invisible so no one needs to know you are being treated by an orthodontist other than you!

One particularly neat aspect of wearing the aligners is that, since they are see-through, it is easy to actually see the teeth moving into place during the treatment process. The entire experience of patience plus perseverance can offer a much-needed boost in self-efficacy to the wearer (as well as a beautiful straight smile as a final reward!).

Other Powerful Perks

In addition to excelling at creating a beautiful straight, white smile, the aligner system offers some other powerful perks that patients and parents both love.

For starters, the treatment time generally ranges from nine to 15 months, which is up to 50 percent faster than more traditional orthodontic treatment options.

Because overall treatment time is shorter and there are no delicate mechanisms that can detach and need fixing on an emergency basis, the overall treatment cost is also often lower than for more traditional orthodontic treatments.

As well, treatment costs tend to decrease because there are fewer overall in-office adjustment visits required, either for emergency repairs or for routine adjustments. This is because the patient is given several sets of progressive aligners each time they come in, along with complete instructions for how and when to move from one set of aligners to the next set in the series.

Busy parents also appreciate the compliance indicators built into Teen aligners (these are initially blue and fade to clear the more the teen wears their aligners). No more nagging is always a good thing!

Best of all, the aligner system comes with negotiation built-in. A teen who wants to take out their aligners for a special event (or an adult who desires the same) can do so, as long as daily wear remains faithful otherwise.

About Childers Orthodontics

Dr. Kyle Childers is the founder and Chief Smile Officer of Childers Orthodontics. He is also a board-certified orthodontist and a Diplomate of the ABO (American Board of Orthodontics), a distinction just one-quarter of orthodontists in the nation currently hold. He is also recognized as one of the top 1% of Invisalign providers in North America.

When you choose Childers Orthodontics for your orthodontic care needs, you are choosing a cutting-edge AOA-C (Academy of Orthodontic Assistant-Certified) Gold team with true old-fashioned customer care. Dr. Childers and his team take your comfort during treatment very seriously indeed, as these unsolicited client testimonials will attest.

Learn More At Childers Orthodontics

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, our orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need treatment with Damon System braces or Invisalign aligners. Children, teenagers, and adults can have an examination to learn more about straightening their teeth. We offer appointments at these locations:

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

You can have your orthodontic devices created with robotic SureSmile equipment to have the best treatment possible for your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers iTero arch wires, AcceleDent Aura devices and Propel procedures to reduce the amount of time required for wearing orthodontic devices.

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

Childers Orthodontics

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

A genuine smile comes from the heart, but a healthy smile needs good dental care – Wayne Chirisa

get a great smileA genuine smile comes from the heart, but a healthy smile needs good dental care – Wayne Chirisa

Wayne Chirisa once said “A genuine smile comes from the heart, but a healthy smile needs good dental care.” Like most children, your child is probably always looking for something to smile about. They’re probably already brightening the world with the smile from their heart. Unfortunately, the beautiful smile from your child’s heart doesn’t always match the smile on their face. By contacting our skilled orthodontist as Childers Orthodontics, we can change your child’s life.

A gorgeous, healthy smile will work wonders for your child’s confidence. It can even add years onto their life and save them expensive bills in the future. At Childers Orthodontics we can help the smile from your child’s heart match the smile they’re your face. By considering braces or Invisalign at our practice, you’ll give your child the opportunity to keep smiling for the rest of their life. Their future friendships will start with a smile not only from their heart but from their face as well.

It’s very important to strive towards good dental health while your child is still young. Decisions you make today to give them a healthy smile will still impact their life many years in the future. Choosing braces or Invisalign for your child is something they will always thank you for. Our orthodontist will examine your child and determine exactly what they need to keep smiling a happy, healthy smile for the rest of their life.

By choosing to work with Childers Orthodontics, you’re giving your child the opportunity to match the smile in their heart to the healthy smile on their face. Call us today to set up a consultation with our highly skilled orthodontist. Our friendly office staff will be happy to assist you in setting up your appointment. Your child’s health and confidence are worth any price.

Learn More At Childers Orthodontics

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, our orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need treatment with Damon System braces or Invisalign aligners. Children, teenagers, and adults can have an examination to learn more about straightening their teeth. We offer appointments at these locations:

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

You can have your orthodontic devices created with robotic SureSmile equipment to have the best treatment possible for your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers iTero arch wires, AcceleDent Aura devices and Propel procedures to reduce the amount of time required for wearing orthodontic devices.

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

A genuine smile comes from the heart, but a healthy smile needs good dental care – Wayne Chirisa

Childers Orthodontics

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

Orthodontic Fact #11: Ancient Greeks Tied Intestines Around Teeth to Straighten Them

greeksOrthodontic Fact #11: Ancient Greeks Tied Intestines Around Teeth to Straighten Them

The world of Orthodontics has come a long way over the past few decades, and nowadays braces and newer methods like Invisalign are generally the preferred options for straightening teeth. However, modern orthodontics only stretches back to the early 18th century, meaning people with crooked teeth weren’t always as lucky as we are today. Furthermore, while the methods used by an 18th or 19th-century orthodontist were still incredibly crude compared to those used by orthodontists today, they are still technological marvels compared to the method once used by ancient Greeks.

Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greece is often considered the birthplace of Western civilization, and in many ways, the Greeks were far ahead of their time. Therefore, it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn they that also took tooth care fairly seriously. Although toothbrushes weren’t yet invented, most Greeks still meticulously picked their teeth clean with toothpicks. As well, they were one of the first civilizations to draw the link between too much sugar and tooth decay.

However, in terms of orthodontics, the ancient Greeks were still quite limited in their tools. Nonetheless, this didn’t stop them from at least trying to straighten crooked teeth, and around the year 1,000 B.C., some would-be Greek orthodontist got the idea to wind a string around the teeth in order to fix dental deformities. Typically known as catgut, this string was actually made of animal intestines, usually from a sheep or goat. In some cases, metal strips were also included to essentially create a very crude form of braces.

For some people, especially teenagers, the thought of having to get braces is one that gives them nightmares. However, thanks to Invisalign and other modern orthodontic methods, correcting dental issues has never been easier. All you need to remember is that at least you were lucky enough to be born in modern times with Invisalign and don’t have to have animal intestines tied around your teeth to correct them.

Learn More At Childers Orthodontics

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, our orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need treatment with Damon System braces or Invisalign aligners. Children, teenagers, and adults can have an examination to learn more about straightening their teeth. We offer appointments at these locations:

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

You can have your orthodontic devices created with robotic SureSmile equipment to have the best treatment possible for your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers iTero arch wires, AcceleDent Aura devices and Propel procedures to reduce the amount of time required for wearing orthodontic devices.

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Orthodontic Fact #11: Ancient Greeks Tied Intestines Around Teeth to Straighten Them

Childers Orthodontics

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

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If You Don’t Want Traditional Metal Braces, What Are The Other Options?

orthdontistIf You Don’t Want Traditional Metal Braces, What Are The Other Options?

There was a time quite recently in history when traditional metal braces were the only orthodontic treatment option for correcting crooked or misaligned teeth. Because of this, every person who wanted a straighter smile had one choice and only one choice.

Times have changed! Today, there are plenty of options to achieve any oral health goal you have: straighter teeth, better bite alignment, optimal spacing between teeth and between the upper and lower jaws, elimination of jaw pain and better overall oral health. In this post, learn about alternative teeth straightening options that have plenty to recommend them for both adults and teens!

Invisalign

Clear, removable aligners that are near-invisible to others, easy to put in and take out, comfy to wear and require no dietary or activity restrictions – what is there not to love? Since Invisalign was introduced nationwide in 2000, it has developed a loyal and enthusiastic ever-growing fan base amongst orthodontists and patients alike.

Teens love it because their smile straightens rapidly and no one is the wiser. Adults love it because it can save them time, money and the awkwardness of heading off to work with a full set of metal in their mouth. The aligners system makes oral care a breeze since brushing and flossing can be done while the aligners are being cleaned in their own special case. They can be removed for special events like the annual holiday dinner at the boss’s house or senior prom. Best of all, there are fewer trips to the orthodontist’s office, since aligners can be pre-configured and distributed, and won’t break or tear in between visits.

SureSmile

SureSmile is a unique type of modern copper-based hardware that can be exactingly customized to each patient’s needs. With one seamless arch-wire that fits through the metal brackets, precise pressure can be applied to each tooth to deliver faster, better results in less time and at a lower cost. Patients report less discomfort due to the less invasive hardware used to achieve the desired treatment outcomes.

The Damon System

The Damon System of self-ligating hardware comes in metal and clear. These light, cutting-edge brackets require no accessories such as rubber bands or elastic o-rings to achieve proper pressure on a per tooth basis. They are light in weight (yet very strong), unobtrusive in appearance (especially in Damon clear) and free from the irritating friction of metal-on-tissue that causes some patients to experience ongoing uncomfortable abrasion to sensitive oral tissues.

Best of all, the Damon System hardware is a great choice for patients of all ages (adults, children, teens) and can drastically reduce the overall amount of time you spend in the orthodontist waiting room or in the patient examination chair.

For any patient who is not a good candidate for clear aligners, Damon clear often becomes the natural alternative choice. The Damon clear hardware is translucent, so while it is mounted at the front and center of the teeth, it is difficult to see unless someone is standing very close and looking specifically for them! The clear hardware can be virtually undetectable for professional photos and special event photos, and best of all it may reduce treatment times by up to 60 percent. The Damon system and Damon Clear system are popular with patients and orthodontists alike for these and many other reasons.

Propel Orthodontic Acceleration

Propel Orthodontics is an outgrowth of the newer field or “orthodontic acceleration.” The goal of this developing field is to speed up treatment results by 50 percent or greater by involving the entire mouth and jaw in the treatment process.

The Propel device is used to stimulate the bone in the jaw surrounding each tooth. This very mildly invasive stimulation (it requires no incisions but only some pressure to each pertinent point along the jaw bone) can be successfully integrated into the orthodontic treatment plan for an estimated 80 percent of patients.

Adult patients in particular often add Propel Acceleration to their treatment plan because of the reliable and fast results it can provide. When treatment time is cut in half, that also means less time stuck in traffic, fewer office visits and lower overall treatment costs. It is no wonder Propel has been a hit since it was first introduced!

Learn More At Childers Orthodontics

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, our orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need treatment with Damon System braces or Invisalign aligners. Children, teenagers, and adults can have an examination to learn more about straightening their teeth. We offer appointments at these locations:

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

You can have your orthodontic devices created with robotic SureSmile equipment to have the best treatment possible for your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers iTero arch wires, AcceleDent Aura devices and Propel procedures to reduce the amount of time required for wearing orthodontic devices.

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

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Childers Orthodontics

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