Getting to Know the [Damon System]

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Getting to Know the Damon System

Technological advances are making it easier and less painful for millions of people to straighten out their smiles. Today, a visit to the orthodontist doesn’t always mean traditional braces. The advent of Invisalign technology and the Damon System makes it easier and less embarrassing to straighten our teeth than ever before. Now, we can finally get the kind of smile we can each portray with pride.

What Is The Damon System?

Damon devices are similar to traditional braces, but with some very important differences. Most noticeably, Damon devices are clear, which means they attract less negative attention while they’re being worn. Instead of metal, plastic brackets and wires connect to a sliding mechanism. Together, this system adjusts itself, as the positioning of the patient’s teeth straightens.
There are multiple benefits to this new type of system. First, they’re much more comfortable than traditional metal devices. Because there isn’t any metal involved, cutting of the gums and interior of the mouth is greatly reduced.

Additionally, the Damon device is much more effective. Teeth are realigned much faster through this method, cutting down the time that the patient is required to wear a corrective device. The use of the Damon mechanism also produces stronger teeth, where traditional methods of tooth correction resulted in weaker, fragile teeth. This means less chipping and cracking of individual teeth are involved.

How does it work?

Memory wire attaches the actual Invisalign brace to a sliding bracket. As the teeth realign over time, the bracket tightens the brace, keeping everything firm and closely bonded. The system applies less force on the teeth than traditional methods. Very often, metal devices required multiple tightenings, as well as frequent tooth extractions and palatal expanders.

The Benefits Of The Damon System

The value of the Damon system is evident in it’s use of transparent brackets and less discomfort for the patient, but there’s still more value found in these devices. For one thing, the faster treatment time is significant. Damon patients finished their treatments 7.2 months sooner than those patients utilizing more traditional methods of tooth correction.

Also, Damon patients required fewer follow up visits with their orthodontist. In cases of traditional metal retainers, patients often have to make frequent return visits to the orthodontist’s office for adjustments and realignments. Damon devices, on the other hand, adjust themselves, requiring only the occasional tweaking.


The greater comfort has been measured in recent studies with patients reporting 60% less discomfort than that experienced by those wearing traditional devices. Going along with the greater level of comfort, there’s also less friction between the teeth. This means there’s also less erosion of the tooth enamel and less deterioration of the teeth in general.

The Damon system also eliminates those crevices where plaque and bacteria tend to populate. This means there’s less tooth decay and a lower relapse risk, once the device has been removed.

The Technology Behind Damon Devices

The technology involved in self-ligating devices is at the heart of this revolutionary new treatment. The brackets are specifically designed to hold the wires out and slightly apart from the teeth, so the pressure one would normally expect is eliminated. Even the phantom discomfort experienced after traditional devices have been removed won’t be experienced by Damon patients.

The memory wires are marvels of modern technology in themselves. These special wires are flexible, before being inserted into the patient’s mouth. Once installed and connected to the rest of the device, the memory wires are heated up by the patient’s body temperature. As the material warms, it attempts to straighten into its normal shape. This action is what pulls the rest of the device, forcing the teeth to realign in the process.

The lighter materials and decreased pressure against the teeth also makes tooth care easier. Where metal brackets pressed harshly against the teeth and made brushing problematic, Damon devices are designed to make tooth care easier. The lack if elastic bands makes it easier to brush and floss more normally. In most cases, the patient can care for his or her teeth just as they normally would, if they weren’t wearing any corrective device at all.

There are two Damon systems in use. Depending on the patient’s situation, the device can be adjusted to serve as either active or passive resistance. The passive system uses smaller wires. This creates less friction and gives the teeth a little more mobility, letting them adjust themselves with less control. Active resistance utilizes a thicker, tenser wire and maintains a stricter control over how the teeth are realigned. This stronger level of control is used with patients in need of a more severe treatment, where they may have a prominent overbite or missing teeth that have forced the rest out of alignment.

The advent of this new technology makes it easier and more comfortable to get the smile of our dreams. No one should go through life fearing to share the warmth of a smile, because their teeth are a source of embarrassment. This is more true today with so many remarkable options than it was just a decade ago.

Damon devices can be applied to anyone, regardless of age. If you’re ready to experience this new technology for yourself or for your children, consult with our orthodontists at your earliest convenience. By taking this first step, you can find out what your best options are for having a set of teeth you will be proud to display.

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

[Damon System] versus Traditional Braces

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Because orthodontic technology has been expanding over the years, it’s normal for you to have a variety of choices for your treatment. Two choices that you may want to decide between are traditional brackets and Damon brackets. The Damon System is one of the newest forms of corrective devices, and there are several advantages to it. The following is some information about the Damon system in relation to the traditional system. You can use it to make an honest decision when you are ready to start your treatment.

About the Damon System

The Damon bracket system of teeth correction was created by a dentist named Dwight Damon. His goal was to create a system that focused on patient comfort. Having the client’s comfort in mind, Damon came up with a technology that is known as the sliding-door technology. Today, thousands of specialists have taken training and offer their patients treatment with the Damon system. They are an excellent alternative to traditional brackets for clients who are concerned about their comfort but don’t want to go the Invisalign route. Many other benefits exist to this system, as well.

What Makes the Damon System Unique?

The Damon system differs from traditional braces in several ways. One of the main ways that it differs from the Damon system is that it uses self-ligating brackets. The brackets on the Damon system do not need the o-rings on them. They have a little gate that holds the wire and allows it to move or slide. The technology allows the brackets to tighten themselves. The result is that patients have fewer visits to the orthodontist for tightening.

Another benefit of this system is the treatment time. Treatment time can be significantly shorter with this system than with traditional brackets. Some specialists and patients have reported seeing a six-month decrease in the treatment time.

Are You Qualified for the Damon System?

If you qualify for traditional brackets, you will most likely qualify for the Damon brackets. To be sure, you must schedule an appointment with an orthodontic specialist who will perform an examination to see how your teeth are aligned. Treatment methods depend on the condition of your teeth and the complexity of the procedure. Some patients have to have some of their teeth pulled. Some patients have situations that can only be resolved with the sturdiest form of treatment. You’ll have to go in for a full examination to find out where you fall into the teeth repair process. The orthodontist will let you know if you need traditional brackets, Invisalign, the Damon system or something else.

The Process of Getting Damon Brackets

The process of getting any type of brackets starts with the consultation. You will have X-rays and a full examination to see what the issue is. You will then talk to the orthodontist to see if the Damon system is, indeed, the right system for you. If it is the right system for you, you will have to get fitted for the braces, which may take two appointments. You have to have some spacers put in between your teeth. Next, the specialist will put brackets and wires on your teeth. If you need to have some teeth pulled out make room for movement, then you will take care of that before the other parts of the treatment commence. Teeth pulling necessity is common in people who have severe crowding issues. You’ll find out if you need teeth pulled during your consultation or your examination.

Cost of Damon Brackets

The cost of Damon brackets varies depending on the depths of your issue and the payment method that you choose. If you use insurance, then you will only have to pay a portion of the costs. Discount plans will offer you a certain percentage off of the treatment. In relation to traditional brackets, the Damon brackets are about the same. You can receive a discount on he braces if you can pay the entire bill in full. If you cannot pay the entire bill in full, you can apply for inexpensive in-house financing that you can pay in easy-to-handle payments during the course of your treatment.

You can go the route of a third-party provider, as well. It’s up to you the way you would like to handle paying for your treatment, but just know that you have plenty of amazing options. You’ll get the task done one way or the other.

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 Causes Abnormal Jaw Pains and How to Treat It

LAST UPDATED: OCTOBER 31, 2017

What Causes Abnormal Jaw Pains and How to Treat It

When jaw pain strikes, it is often difficult to perform basic actions such as chewing and speaking comfortably. Although pain from other areas of your body can be referred to the jaw, this type of pain is usually associated with either your temporomandibular joint or the muscles and tendons that surround it. Since this joint is one of the most complicated ones in your body, it is important to have even the slightest or briefest bit of pain assessed by your orthodontist. While there are many things that could be contributing to your discomfort, the following list includes some of the most common issues that your orthodontist may find during your exam along with possible treatment options for finding relief.

FAQ

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

This disorder simply involves a malfunction within the joint that may be caused by muscle tension, a structural abnormality, misaligned bite or crooked teeth. If this is the cause of your pain, you may sometimes hear a slight clicking or popping noise when you open and close your mouth. It is also possible for your jaw to lock into place at times, and chewing hard or sticky foods can increase your symptoms. Headaches may accompany the jaw pain in TMJ sufferers. Although the symptoms of TMJ can range from mild to severe, it is important to note that they tend to worsen as a person ages. For those whose TMJ is related to misaligned teeth, braces may be recommended to move them into the proper place. You may also be given self-care instructions such as using hot and cool compresses to ease inflammation caused by TMJ.

Tooth Grinding

Bruxism, or tooth grinding, is another common cause of jaw pain. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of what they are doing in their sleep so you or your child may have no idea that this is causing your pain. If this goes on too long, you can experience long-term damage to your mouth and teeth such as broken or worn down teeth. Tooth grinding is a behavior that can increase during times of stress, or it could be your body’s response to accommodate for the discomfort created by misaligned teeth. Your orthodontic team will assess your mouth to determine if you might be a candidate for treatment such as Invisalign that helps to realign your teeth so that you will be less likely to grind them at night.

Arthritis

People tend to think of arthritis happening in the knees or hands, but it can also occur in the temporomandibular joint. When it does, the teeth can become misaligned due to the swelling. This further increases the severity of the pain. Preventing arthritis can be done by making sure that crooked teeth are treated with braces early in life so that behaviors that contribute to wear and tear on the joint are decreased. In severe cases, medications may be prescribed to reduce joint swelling and slow down the progression of the condition.

Stress

There are times when patients run to their orthodontic office only to discover that their jaw pain is related to stress. This is because habits such as clenching and tooth grinding tend to occur during stressful times in a person’s life. Stress-related jaw pain can often mimic dental problems because it causes shooting pains through the jaw and cheek area. Headaches may be present, and you may notice that your jaw hurts more with movement. When stress is related to your physical appearance, treatments such as Invisalign can give you more confidence. Alternatively, your orthodontist can show you relaxation exercises for your jaw and body that relieve the tension that contributes to the pain.


Jaw pain can come on suddenly and strong, or it may gradually appear. Yet, uncovering the underlying cause is essential for helping you get back to enjoying the simple things in life like eating again.

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

How Much Does [Invisalign Express Cost] for Only Upper Teeth?

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Invisalign is an orthodontic type of treatment that involves straightening and alignment of teeth. Instead of using the usual kind of braces that are made of metal, this aligning involves wearing clear plastic aligners that are custom made. These aligners are designed to help shift your teeth into the proper position.

Invisalign express refers to a shorter duration orthodontic treatment. It is done where the overcrowding is mild and is recommended for people who used to wear braces. Here is a look at advantages of this type of dental care then discuss its cost for upper teeth only.

Benefits of Orthodontic Care

The aligners can easily be removed when you want to eat or brush your teeth. This promotes oral hygiene compared to using the traditional wires, which could only be removed by a specialist after lengthy periods.

Since the plastic aligners are custom made, you will not experience any discomfort or pain. It only targets specific teeth; hence the force exerted to each tooth is controlled and does not affect the rest.

Unlike metal braces, express aligners are invisible and leave a more natural appearance on your teeth. They, therefore, do not affect your social life or hinder any fashion trends.

The general purpose of express aligners is to align teeth. The result is a much better smile and regular bite. These two help to boost your confidence, especially in public settings.

Alignment Cost of Upper Teeth

An orthodontist normally uses modern technology when custom making aligners for their clients. It is common knowledge that the better the technology used in any field, the more expensive the process or procedure is. This particular fact has resulted in many people shying away from orthodontic care. Others decide only to have their lower or upper teeth fixed due to the fear of the cost they will incur. It is, however, advisable, to first consult a specialist before making such a decision. There are cases where fixing the upper or lower teeth only will result in a worse alignment problem. A specialist will, therefore, perform a full exam then advice you accordingly.

The cost of teeth alignment depends on some factors. These include:

Location of a specialist’s office – A specialist based in the city center is likely to charge more than those whose offices are located on the outskirts of a city or in a rural setting. Office spaces in cities cost a lot more because such places are characterized by high human populations and competition for rental spaces is also tough. An orthodontist, in such a case, considers the price of their services, salaries for their employees, and rent for the office space. Such factors may seem minor, but they have to be considered before settling on a particular fee.

Specialist’s experience – The more experienced an orthodontic specialist is, the high the amount of money they are likely to charge. Having done the job for quite a significant period implies that they know exactly what they are doing. It, therefore, means that their patients are guaranteed of getting the best results with zero or minimal errors. Specialists who are experienced can also give excellent advice compared to those who are new in the field of orthodontic care.

The degree of alignment problem – Teeth alignment problems vary from one person to the other. Someone with a mild problem cannot be charged the same with one whose teeth alignment is very crooked. A specialist will first conduct an exam to determine just how much work your upper teeth will require then advise you accordingly.

The number of aligner trays it will require – If the number of upper teeth that need to be aligned is high, it means the patient will require more aligner trays. Specialists tend to charge per number of trays to avoid making their clients feel like they are being overcharged. People who only need a few upper teeth to be aligned will, therefore, be charged much less.

There are some sites that advertise such services, and the amount they charge may be much less than what is considered normal. It is tempting to gravitate toward such sites, but you should ask yourself if the price is considered to be standard.

Orthodontists understand the services they offer are expensive and, therefore, provide their clients with payment options.

Insurance – Some insurance companies cover part of the cost of their members’ medical fee while some cover the whole amount. It is crucial to check whether your specialist accepts your particular insurance payment before getting any services. Medical insurance cover makes these services affordable.

Payment plans – If medical insurance is not an option for you, it is possible to come up with a payment plan. Many specialists offer their clients a variety of options to select from. It allows patients to choose a method that is most suitable for their individual cases.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Finding 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.

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 Orthodontics Can 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

How Is [Invisalign] Different from Traditional Braces?

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LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

How Is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?

When the Invisalign system of aligners first became available in 2000, it opened up new possibilities for patients to achieve the straightest, healthiest smile with less impact to their daily life during treatment. Before that time, the only option for patients with crooked teeth or bite issues was traditional metal hardware.

Today, the aligner system has become one of the most popular choices for orthodontic care nationwide. In particular, professional adults and teens tend to favor aligners because they are less visible to colleagues and peers. However, traditional orthodontic treatment also continues to be a popular choice, and offers some types of benefits no other system can yet provide.

FAQ

What are braces?

The word “braces” today includes a range of treatment options that include traditional metal hardware, but also expands to offer behind-the-teeth (sub-lingual) options, invisible clear or ceramic hardware and customized alignment-based systems such as SureSmile® and the self-ligating Damon System®.

The hardware used for this type of orthodontic treatment typically includes brackets, arch wires, O-rings, spacers, rubber bands, headgear and/or other orthodontic helps as needed. Some teeth straightening and bite adjustment systems require the use of more hardware while others require less. The typical course of treatment is 18 to 24 months, with periodic adjustment appointments as needed to ensure teeth are moving into proper alignment at the desired pace. But for some of the newest systems, treatment results can be accelerated by as much as 50 percent.

What are aligners?

The aligner system is an alternate route an orthodontist can offer patients for achieving a healthy, straight smile. With the aligner system, there are some key treatment differences that patients usually notice right away:

  • The aligners are fully non-invasive and fully removable, so they can be taken out to eat, floss, brush and for sports matches or special events as needed.
  • The aligners are quite easy to care for and difficult to damage.
  • The aligners are nearly invisible to peers and colleagues, since they are made of a clear material that resides almost entirely behind the teeth.
  • The aligners typically require fewer adjustment visits and a much briefer period of mild (if any) discomfort after each visit.
  • The aligners come with no real restrictions on eating or drinking.
  • The aligners tend to be more comfortable overall since they do not abrade the inside tissues of the mouth at all.
  • Treatment with aligners is typically shorter than traditional orthodontist treatment.

What is the difference between invisalign and traditional braces?

The choice between traditional orthodontia and aligners is often one of individual patient needs and preferences. Sometimes one system or the other makes it easier and faster to achieve tooth and jaw goals, which your orthodontist can tell you during your initial treatment consultation.

Traditional treatment is better for more complex alignment needs.
Aligners are a good choice for relatively simple alignment issues, but traditional hardware can be more effective for more complex jaw and teeth movement issues that need to be resolved during treatment. For some patients, only traditional orthodontia can resolve all of their treatment needs without resorting to surgery.

Which is less visable?

Teens in particular often favor treatment with aligners over traditional hardware. This is not only because they are less visible and less time-consuming (in terms of adjustment visits and daily care) but also because there are no restrictions in eating and drinking or high impact sports events. Also, they can be removed for special events like prom, homecoming, and graduation.

Which is easier to care for?

The hardware required for traditional orthodontia looks robust, but can actually be quite sensitive to damage, especially if the patient eats very chewy or hard foods. Plus, flossing and brushing can take extra time and require special flossing tools. With aligners, there is no extra time required for flossing and brushing and aligner care is as simple as dunking the aligners into a special cleaning solution every day.

Which costs more?

For some families, traditional orthodontia can be a lower cost treatment option than aligners, but often those costs even out when you add in the number and cost of adjustment visits, which are more frequent with traditional treatment.

Both treatment types often require maintenance retainers.
Whether the patient is a teen or an adult, the teeth will continue to move throughout your lifetime, and especially during the young adult years. So regardless of the type of treatment, use of a retainer is often advised on a temporary or permanent basis to safeguard the results of treatment.

Which requires more self-discipline?

Traditional hardware is not removable, which means there is no possibility of taking it off for any reason. Aligners, on the other hand, can be removed at any time but must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day for the best results. So a patient who chooses aligners for treatment must be self-disciplined enough to leave the aligners in place for the required amount of time daily. As well, since traditional hardware can’t be removed, it can’t be lost, which can be an issue with busy teens!

 

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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Do Braces Make the [Roots] of Your Teeth Shorter?

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Root shortening, or the literal shortening of the roots of the teeth, is commonly caused by a process called “root resorption” in which the root structure of the teeth breaks down or gets destroyed and experiences subsequent loss. Orthodontic treatment is a known cause of root shortening, so it’s natural to wonder whether or not braces cause root resorption.

Braces: How They Work

To understand the affect that orthodontic appliances have on the roots of teeth, it’s helpful to understand first how they work. Braces exert pressure on the teeth, creating small clamps around each individual tooth. When this occurs, the force exerted on the teeth triggers an immune response that leads the body to create certain enzymes. These enzymes produce inflammation that can make bones dissolve and reform. This produces a hardening of the bone on one side and a softening on the other, thereby allowing the teeth to move over time. All this is the normal and expected functioning of orthodontic appliances.

How This Affects Roots

According to research, when the teeth move, small alterations can occur that affect the length and shape of the roots of those teeth, 98% of which can’t even be observed by the eye. In the other 2% of cases, when the change is observable to the eye, it’s still a natural consequence from using the orthodontic appliances, but it indicates that those particular patients are more prone to root resorption. In either case, orthodontically induced inflammatory root resorption (OIIRR), as the condition has been termed, is a real and legitimate potential consequence of using orthodontic appliances and should be taken into consideration when deciding how to proceed with one’s orthodontic care.

Other Root Resorption Risk Factors

Genetics plays a role in the potential for root shortening as well. Root resorption can be passed down through a family’s genes. Therefore, if another member of your family has experienced root shortening from using dental appliances, or has been diagnosed with root resorption by an orthodontist, then you should notify your orthodontist right away, as you may genetically be more susceptible to root resorption happening to you too.

Is It Any Different With Invisalign Aligners?

Over the past several years, a great deal of research has been conducted into whether Invisalign pose any greater or lesser risk of root resorption over traditional orthodontic appliances. A landmark research study on this exact question was published by Dr. Robert L. Boyd, DDS, in the June 2009 issue of “Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry” called “Periodontal and Restorative Considerations with Clear Aligner Treatment to Establish a More Favorable Restorative Environment

Examining numerous case studies and clinical trials, Boyd discovered that clear aligners were associated with significantly improved periodontal health throughout treatment with minimal incidences of periodontal breakdowns, like root resorption, compared to standard fixed appliances. He found only one reported case of root resorption using clear aligners as compared with numerous incidents of root resorption occurring in patients with traditional fixed aligners. While increased occurrences of bone resorption, at a rate of about 1 millimeter per millimeter of tooth movement, is attributed to using traditional orthodontic appliances, Invisaligns apply much less torque in order to achieve tooth movement. This creates less mobility in the tooth, which in turn creates less potential for an enzyme reaction and subsequent inflammation.

Another study called “Root resorption during orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®: a radiometric study” reported in “Progress in Orthodontics” in May of 2017  found that, indeed, Invisalign aligners do present a risk of root resorption, however that degree of risk is quite similar to that of using orthodontic light forces, the average root resorption found being less than 10% of the root’s original length. This validates the earlier research finding that Invisaligns pose less risk of root resorption than traditional orthodontic appliances.

A Caveat: Gentler Isn’t Always Sufficient

It is worth noting, however, that it is precisely the gentler nature of clear aligners which makes the less prone to causing root shortening that also makes them potentially less effective for many orthodontic uses. Clear aligners are best for small, slow and gradual tooth movement without any other interfering orthodontic indications. For example, in cases where teeth have been removed and spaces between teeth must be closed, such a great degree of movement is necessary that even if clear aligners are used, the possibility of some measure of root resorption can’t be avoided.

That is why many orthodontists choose to use the two types of aligners in sequence, using standard fixed aligners to produce larger movements and clear aligners for slighter, tipping movements.

Can Root Shortening Be Treated or Prevented?

While root resorption and root shortening can be mitigated, it’s difficult to prevent without foregoing orthodontic treatment altogether. Certainly, using Invisaligns whenever possible can reduce the risk of root shortening. It has also been found that root resorption tends to occur more when teeth are moved either too slowly or too quickly.

Beyond that, having orthodontist take regular x-rays of your mouth can help you both to stay on top of your periodontal status and catch any root resorption early on. From there, treatment methods involve ameliorating the problem, slowing and hopefully stopping the root resorption from occurring. However, any root shortening that has occurred before resorption is halted cannot be reversed.

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

Do Braces Make the Roots of Your Teeth Shorter?

 

Can [Orthodontic Expanders] Be Used On the Lower Teeth To Avoid Extractions?

Orthodontic ExpandersCan Orthodontic Expanders Be Used On the Lower Teeth To Avoid Extractions?

Visit an Orthodontic Office To Learn How To Avoid Extractions Of Your Teeth

When you have crooked or poorly spaced teeth, it is essential to visit an orthodontist for treatment. The most common time to seek orthodontic treatment is during childhood or adolescence because your bones are softer, making it easier to repair major problems. Having teeth that are packed in the lower part of your mouth is an issue that requires repair to prevent overlapping teeth as you age. It is also difficult to remove food particles from teeth that are too close together. If your teeth continue to shift in the lower jaw, then it can cause pain along with damage to the dental enamel.

When Is Extracting Your Teeth Appropriate?

Fortunately, it is possible to fix this orthodontic issue without extracting your permanent teeth. If your primary teeth are the problem, then when you have a tooth bud underneath the gums, removing one or more primary teeth is acceptable. Occasionally, an individual will have supernumerary teeth that aren’t normal, so you may need to have these extracted. However, if you want to avoid having normal permanent teeth removed from your mouth, then you should learn if changing the size of your lower jaw with an orthodontic expander is possible.

Undergo a Complete Examination With Medical Images

Most orthodontic expanders are used in the upper part of the mouth to expand the palate, but it is also possible to expand the lower jaw. To determine if an orthodontic expander is suitable for a patient, she will need a thorough examination with medical images to analyze her facial structure. The goal of an expander on the bottom portion of the mouth is to shift the teeth to make more space for permanent teeth. If a patient has teeth that are in the wrong positions, then the orthodontic expander will move the teeth into an upright position. In order to have the best results from this orthodontic appliance, a patient must have a healthy mouth that has enough bone to support the roots of the teeth.

How Do Patients Cope With Lower Jaw Expansion?

A lower jaw orthodontic expander is similar to the types used for the upper jaw, and your orthodontist will create a removable device with built-in expansion screws. In addition to having a lower jaw orthodontic expander, a patient may also need to wear braces or Invisalign aligners. When a patient has a lower jaw expander on her teeth, it will apply significant pressure on her teeth and bones. This can lead to headaches or pain in the ears and nose. The patient will also salivate more because there is an unusual item in the mouth, but eventually, this problem stops. During the adjustment period of wearing a lower jaw expander, it is essential for a patient to consume soft but nutritious foods.

You Must Maintain Your Oral Hygiene While Wearing a Lower Jaw Expander

A lower jaw orthodontic expander can collect a lot of food debris, so you must brush your teeth carefully to prevent halitosis, gingivitis or cavities. It is also important to floss the teeth to remove additional debris, but you may need to use specialized devices for this process. Using an oral irrigator that emits pressurized water can also remove food debris to prevent a layer of plaque on the teeth. You may only need to wear a lower jaw orthodontic expander for a few weeks, but most patients need to wear the devices for four to six months.

What Is The Herbst Appliance?

The Herbst appliance is the most common type of lower jaw orthodontic expander, and it is attached to a patient’s molars that are located toward the back of the mouth. This orthodontic appliance can correct a bad bite by helping the lower jaw develop into a forward position, but it also can repair the spaces between tightly packed teeth. A patient might have a fixed or removable lower jaw orthodontic expander.

Why Is Lower Jaw Expansion a Better Orthodontic Process?

While extracting teeth is a fast process, when permanent teeth are removed from the mouth it can have ramifications in the future. Having a lower jaw orthodontic expander applied to the teeth can require visiting an orthodontic office several times, and you must have the patience to endure problems such as discomfort or excess salivation. However, if you want to keep your permanent teeth, then using a lower jaw orthodontic expander is the best solution.

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

Can Orthodontic Expanders Be Used On the Lower Teeth To Avoid Extractions?

Are Traditional Braces Cheaper than Invisalign?

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LAST UPDATED: AUGUST 29, 2017

Are Traditional Braces Cheaper than Invisalign?

Making a decision on whether to use braces, which are the more traditional treatment option or Invisalign, which are the modern equivalent, depends on several factors. Foremost is the effectiveness of your preference, and second is how much it will cost you. Regardless of the price, your choice should get the job done. Ultimately, your intention is to fix the problem once and for all.

FAQ

What do I need to know about braces?

Both remedies are meant not only to straighten teeth but also to improve your smile and enhance your overall dental health. The modern option was first put to use in 2000, and therefore does not have as much history in comparison to the older version.

The traditional remedy features metal brackets meant to be glued to your teeth and fastened together using tiny wires and rubber bands. Nowadays, you can achieve discretion by getting brackets that match the color of your enamel. You can also vary the colors to match your fashion preference.

In contrast, the modern option is invisible in design and made from plastic that is BPA-free, smooth, and comfortable. This treatment aligns your teeth by subtly and gently moving them into position. By using X-rays, impressions, and pictures, your orthodontist will configure aligner trays by creating precise 3-D images of your teeth.

 

What are the pros and cons of Braces?

Apart from being irremovable, traditional braces are usually of a silver colored metal. However, you can always pay extra for optional colors. It takes about two years of continual use to get results with this traditional option. Maintenance requires regular brushing of the brackets and wires, even though a water pick might be helpful. You will probably need ongoing positioner or retainer following treatment, mostly at night, and monthly follow-up visits. This type of treatment has the following pros and cons:

Pros

  • It is comparatively more effective when it comes to correcting some complex issues
  • Requires less self-discipline for desirable results since omission is not a possibility
  • Besides standard brushing and flossing, this option does not require additional cleaning

Cons

  • You might experience some discomfort, pain, or sores, often due to movement of the brackets or teeth
  • This option might result in some tooth discoloration or breakage
  • You might find it difficult to eat sticky, hard foods

As a form of correctional treatment, this particular option is not ideal for patients who actively participate in rough contact sports on a regular basis.

What are the pros and cons of Invisalign?

Apart from being removable, this advanced mode of treatment is mostly made of clear vinyl. While it generally takes about 6-18 months of treatment at least 22-24 hours a day to get the desired results with this option. Proper maintenance and cleaning involves brushing and rinsing the entire system in clean lukewarm water. Patients also need to change the aligner trays every two weeks. You will probably need ongoing positioner or retainer following treatment, mostly at night, and follow-up visits every 4-6 weeks. This option has the following pros and cons:

Pros

  • It is clear and invisible, which is beneficial since it ensures your smile won’t be affected in a negative manner.
  • It is removable and therefore more convenient than its traditional equivalent
  • Patients do not experience problems with food getting caught
  • Patients do not experience any difficulties when it comes to eating
  • It lacks the discomfort associated with wires

Cons

  • Patients could experience some discomfort from tooth movement
  • You will have to remove it before you can eat or drink anything other than water
  • Patients have to brush after every meal to avoid staining


The choice between which of the two is most effective to straighten teeth is not easy. Nonetheless, if you or your child is the kind that is extremely self-conscious, the modern invisible remedy is certainly a more appealing option. A plus for it is that it is removable, so you can still be able to brush, eat, drink or floss naturally. But if you consider always having to remove it before you eat or drink as inconveniencing or uncomfortable, then this may not be the best option for you. Additionally, it is worth noting that it should only be put back once you have brushed your teeth after every meal.

It is not easy to distinguish which of the two options is more effective, especially because Invisalign is still relatively new and not much is known about its performance. Nonetheless, in contrast to the older version, the effectiveness of using the removable option entirely depends on the user’s commitment to ensuring they are worn continually.

More distinctively, the modern version is certainly not an option when you need to fix your back teeth, rotate teeth, or move them vertically. It is hence important that you first consult an experienced orthodontist before making a decision.

Other than your smile, you should not take your overall oral health lightly. If you need to decide which among the two treatment options is best suited for you or your child, you should consult an experienced orthodontist. You can always request a free consultation to learn some more about dentistry and whether it might be the solution for you or your child. As professionals, we strive to provide high-quality services aimed at ensuring every patient gets the desired results.

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

Why Teenage Patients Have More [TMJ] Problems in the Springtime

bracesWhy Teenage Patients Have More TMJ Problems in the Springtime

Most people associate springtime with blooming flowers, the first glimpses of sunshine after months of gloomy darkness, and beach vacations south of the border. But for those of use in the orthodontic business, springtime is also the time of year when TMJ is at its all-time high. It’s when we’re most accustomed to seeing parents accompanying teenagers complaining of jaw pain into our offices.

Why does this happen? What is TMJ? And why does it seem to reach epidemic proportions during the spring? Here’s what your orthodontist wants you to know.

What is TMJ?

The abbreviation TMJ stands for temporal mandibular joint disorder, and it describes a whole network of problems affecting the patient’s jaw, specifically the muscles involved in chewing, swallowing, and speech. It commonly presents with sudden pain, clicking or popping of the jaw, and difficulty opening the jaw. In more severe cases, the jaw can even lock while opening or closing and cause secondary problems like headache pain and dizziness.

TMJ has no single known cause, but it can be exacerbated by a wide range of problems including facial trauma, whiplash, teeth-grinding or clenching, and stress. The condition can be intermittent or chronic. The majority of sufferers of chronic TMJ are young women who have other chronic pain problems.

Why is TMJ More Common in Spring?

As we mentioned above, TMJ is frequently brought on by stress, and springtime is an especially stressful time in the lives of most teenagers. Older teens are facing graduation and preparing to depart home for college. Other teens are attempting to secure summer jobs before the school year ends. The majority of teens have final exams to think about, as well as other adolescent milestones like prom.

Even high-achieving students can be prone to the stress associated with TMJ. For that reason, parental support is essential. An exam is also strongly recommended to ensure that your teen’s pain is stress-related and not due to a jaw or bite problem that must be corrected with braces, Invisalign, or another course of orthodontic treatment.

What Can I Do to Help My Teen with TMJ?

Stress is a fact of life that everyone must deal with, and that can make resolving the pain of TMJ a unique challenge. Parents are frequently powerless to relieve the stress in their kids’ lives, especially when it concerns school, but they can help their children to better manage their stress levels.

After receiving a proper diagnosis to ensure that TMJ pain isn’t related to another underlying condition, parents can work with children and orthodontists to find a combination of therapies to facilitate pain relief.

Some of the most commonly recommended remedies for TMJ pain are:

  • Applying a hot pack to the affected area to relieve muscle tension
  • Performing self-massage by gently rubbing the affected area to encourage clenched muscles to relax
  • Working with teens on being mindful of when they’re clenching their jaws or grinding their teeth
  • Using relaxation techniques including yoga and meditation to help calm the nervous system and relieve stress

 

Having teens fitted with a custom mouth guard to help prevent clenching and grinding during sleep
If your teen has exceptional difficulty managing stress, a visit with a licensed therapist or another mental health professional may prove useful

Keep in mind that TMJ treatment isn’t just about pain relief. While you may be able to alleviate the symptoms, it’s equally important to address the underlying stress that caused it in the first place. Otherwise, you can expect it to recur again and again.

My Child Has Braces. Will This Affect How We Treat Their TMJ?

If your child has metal brackets or clear aligners like Invisalign, some suggested therapies for TMJ (such as wearing a nighttime mouth guard) may not be practical for them. In that case, we suggest exploring some of the other solutions recommended above. Your orthodontist can work with you to help you decide which pain-relief strategies are best for you and your child.

Keep in mind that TMJ rarely disappears for good. If your child is prone to experiencing jaw tension in times of stress, you can expect the TMJ to recur anytime he or she is facing adversity. With this awareness and an arsenal of pain-relief techniques at your disposal, you can help equip your child to win the fight against TMJ no matter when it pops up.

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 archwires
• 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

Why Teenage Patients Have More TMJ Problems in the Springtime