Smile Quotes - Childers Orthodontics - Benton IL

It takes 17 muscles to smile and forty-three to frown.

Smile Quotes

It takes 17 muscles to smile and forty-three to frown

Every day when you wake up, you have two options. You can choose to take a positive approach to whatever comes your way, or you can tackle the world with a negative attitude. That’s the difference between wearing a smile and a frown, and, as you’ll learn, smiling is good for you.

Frowning Takes More Effort

Not only do smile quotes teach you about the difference in effort that smiles and frowns take, but it also often takes more energy to feel angry and upset. Instead of just naturally reacting to the stimuli in the environment around you, smiling means that you are saying that you’re going to take the time to think about how happy the world makes you feel. When you allow yourself to smile, that means you’ve decided to embrace that positive outlook on life.

Your Natural Disposition

Human beings weren’t created to be miserable; they were created to embrace life, love and nurture. Even if you initially had some qualms about going for orthodontic treatment in Benton, you can now begin to understand how this process is to return your teeth to the state that they should be in. Not only can you offer up a smile at your own natural beauty, but you can also revel in the delights of nature that surround you.

Helping Others

When you withdraw into yourself and do not take the time to help others, you’re not putting forth the effort that humanity needs. Even people who are extremely busy can engage in the simple task of smiling. Think about the times when another person’s smile has made you feel better; you can act in the same way for another individual, and all it takes are those 17 muscles.

Smiling isn’t a lot of work, but it has the ability to make a tremendous impact on your life and the lives of those around you. So book an appointment at Childers Orthodontics for the smile of your life.

It takes 17 muscles to smile and forty-three to frown.

The Childers Team: More About Michelle!

More About Michelle

Michelle goes by the title of Treatment Coordinator and Public Relations Coordinator at Childers Orthodontics. She adds vibrancy in our office with her fun and loving personality. Find out why we love Michelle so much!

  1. I was born in West Frankfort and lived there until I moved to Herrin in 1991.
  2. I had so much dark and curly hair when I was born that I looked like a monkey. (Seriously- it was long!)
  3. I grew up next door to my grandparents and loved it!  I love cooking my grandma’s recipes because it reminds me of our time in her kitchen.
  4. I had a pony tail that I could sit on until 4th grade.  Last year, I found that ponytail of hair preserved at my dad’s house and donated it to “Locks of Love” through my son’s 4th-grade class event.
  5. In high school, I had brown, curly and HUGE 80’s hair and a round face.
  6. I have received the “most changed” award at every one of our class reunions.
  7. I have been in a local sorority, Beta Omicron- Beta Sigma Phi, since 1994.
  8. I graduated from SIUC in 1994.
  9. I married my husband in 2002.
  10. I have two children.  My daughter is eight years older than my son.
  11. My daughter is starting college this year.  I am going to miss our walks and watching TV together!
  12. I love criminal investigation shows, love stories, comedies (but not slap-stick) and vampires.
  13. I have one sibling, a brother.  He is nine years younger than me and lives in Alabama.
  14. My dad’s side of the family also lives in Alabama.
  15. My favorite type of food is Mexican.
  16. Lime green and orange are my favorite colors.
  17. I prefer drinks made with “Sweet-n-Low” or saccharin, probably because I grew up drinking saccharin tea.
  18. I love to read and it would be impossible for me to pick my favorite book.
  19. I love to watch movies.
  20. My favorite movie and word is Serendipity.
  21. I do not love sports, but I do enjoy watching my son play sports.
  22. My newest favorite quote is, “Many people wait their entire life to meet their favorite athlete, I raised mine!”
  23. I love all types of music, but rock music from the 80s is probably some of my favorite!
  24. Some of my favorite concerts have been Kiss, Matchbox 20, and Keith Urban.
  25. I have a Yorkie-Poo named, Brownie, and he is my very first pet!


The Childers Team: More About Michelle!

Patient Party 2015 by Childers Orthodontics


Patient Appreciation Party Winners

Congratulations to our Winners:
Gavin A., Elizabeth K., Tyann L., Blake P., Andrew K., Harper S., Arryn O., Andrew C., Eve H., Brokklyn T., Walter G., Logan C., Noah S., Abigail V., Elijah N., Madi M., Makane C., Emily B., Paige G., Savannah H., Logan O., Jennifer S., Emmalee F., Lucy P., Katie M.

Patient News

Our patient Isabella Wilson just won the 2014 Illinois Jr. Snow Angel pageant. She is also the 2015 Miss Southern Illinois Princess. She gets to attend the Miss Illinois pageant in Marion where she will be crowned as Miss Illinois Princess. Way to go Isabella!!!!

Jacqueline McSpadden is a member of the Goreville FFA. They were selected as a national finalist (1 of 10 schools in the U.S.) to be named the 2014 Model of Excellence. They placed 2nd!!

Our patient, Jaelin King made Trico Freshman homecoming attendant. Homecoming will be December 13th………CONGRATS JAELIN!!!!! 

A BIG congrats to our patient Bailey Thompson for making cheerleader for the Zeigler Royalton Tornadoes!!!!!!!

Congratulations to Desta French on her engagement!!

Celebrating 10 years of Childers Orthodontics

Heather B 10yr trip to Ocho Rois Jamaica 2013(1)

Heather and her husband, Louie went to Ocho Rois, Jamaica in honor of her 10 years at Childers Orthodontics.

onica, Tim and Tymber at Disneyworld

Donica, her husband Tim, and daughter Tymber recently went to Disney World in honor of her 10 years at Childers Orthodontics.

Visit our Facebook Page for more pictures!!

Patient Party 2015 by Childers Orthodontics

The Childers Team: Learn 25 Fun Facts about Heidi!

Another one of our friendly Childers Team, Heidi works as a lab technician and Social Media Coordinator at Childers Orthodontics. Ler’s get to know Heidi more personally.

25 Fun Facts about Heidi!

  1. My favorite color is purple.
  2. I love to waterfowl hunt and deer hunt. Anything outdoors.
  3. I love to cook. (I think it would be fun to own a restaurant.)
  4. I am expecting my first child.
  5. I love farming with my husband (It’s very relaxing).
  6. I have 3 labs.
  7. I am a kid at heart. I love watching cartoons and Disney movies. My favorite is Little Mermaid.
  8. I always have to sleep with a TV or light on.
  9. I love Audrey Hepburn movies.
  10. I am terrified of frogs!!!
  11. I love mowing the yard.
  12. I have 2 nieces and 1 nephew. (I have another niece or nephew on the way.) They call me the “Fun Aunt”.
  13. I enjoy giving back to others and doing community work.
  14. I have 1 sister and 2 brothers.
  15. I am a coal miner’s daughter.
  16. I love to sing. My dream is to become a country singer one day. I have recorded 2 CDs.
  17. My favorite flower is purple roses.
  18. I still have my glow worm and snuggles bear from when I was a little girl.
  19. Dolly Parton is my favorite singer. (I got to see her at the Fox in St Louis)
  20. Fall and Christmas are my favorite times of the year.
  21. I love watching movies with my husband. (I just can never seem to stay awake for more than ten minutes into the movie).
  22. My dream is to go to Australia and New Zealand.
  23. My sister cut my hair into a mullet right before school pictures (yes there is proof).
  24. I always laid on the porch swing while it stormed and fell asleep listening to it rain.
  25. My Mom and Dad have always been a huge inspiration in my life. No matter what, they are always there for us.

The Childers Team: Learn 25 Fun Facts about Heidi!

Childers Team: 25 Fun Facts About Brooke!

25 Fun Facts About Brooke!

Brooke is our very own Certified Orthodontist Assistant at Childers Orthodontics. She began as a patient and loved the place so much that she became an Orthodontist herself and joined the Childers Team in 2012. Get to know her well.

  1. My favorite colors are pink and orange.
  2. I have lived in Eldorado my whole life, Go Eagles!
  3. I live with my best friend since sophomore year, Sarah.
  4. I was a cheerleader 6th-12th grade.
  5. I attend Crossroads Bible Church.
  6. My mom and dad are my heroes.
  7. I have one sister and a brother- in- law.
  8. I am very outgoing.
  9. I love to go shopping, which is why I also work at Perfectly Posh.
  10. I love TV series.  I watched all of “Breaking Bad” in about a week.
  11. I am currently addicted to “Dexter”.
  12. Watching my dad walk my sister down the aisle is the most precious memory I have.
  13. I’ve never been a big reader, but I do love books by Joyce Meyer.
  14. I very rarely can make it through a movie without falling asleep.
  15. I’m a hopeless romantic.
  16. My first name is Ashley, I go by my middle name Brooke since my family all have names that start with a “BR”.
  17. I am terrified of all bugs.
  18. I love going to the gym, but I don’t think I will ever give up eating junk food.
  19. Summer is my favorite season.  I can’t handle the cold.
  20. I’m allergic to practically everything outside.
  21. I don’t have a favorite sports team.  I was always obligated to like whoever my dad told me to like.
  22. Someday I want to get married and have lots of kids.
  23. My very first job was at McDonald’s.  It was a blast!
  24. I love to listen to music.
  25. I waste way too much gas “riding around”.

Childers Team: 25 Fun Facts About Brooke!

The Childers Team: Staff Spotlight on… Sherry!

Fun Facts about Sherry

Sherry, a Registered Dental Hygienist, is another one of our loved Childers team member at Childers Orthodontist. Get to know her as we know her.

  1. I was named after a horse….Sharon’s Highland Rose, the pride of Sharon’s Farms, which shows quarter horses.  That’s what happens when you are the first granddaughter born.
  2. My favorite color is Olive Green
  3. LOVE Oriental food….any kind …except not too fond of Sushi
  4. Favorite nostalgic food…my Mom’s Chicken and Dumplings.  I am a pretty darn good cook but I can NOT make Chicken and Dumplings very well
  5. I love to read, mysteries are my favorite
  6. Elton John is my favorite lifetime singer, wish I could sing like Whitney
  7. Favorite actor has to be Patrick Swayze…how can you not love Dirty Dancing?
  8. I keep busy singing and playing handbells in our church choir
  9. Our summers used to be full of swim.  Both of our boys were big swimmers and swimming took up almost our entire summers.  Now we keep track of our boys as they grow into remarkable young men.  Our oldest is in grad school at U of I in the Geology Dept. and our youngest is in the nursing program at SIU-E
  10. We have a 12 year old Bichon Frise (kind of looks like a Poodle).   She is almost completely blind and is spoiled ROTTEN (especially by the males in the family)
  11. My husband and I have been married 28 years.  We met in our aerobics class long, long ago
  12. Gotta’ love those Cardinals
  13. I was born and raised in St. Louis, except for 1 1/2 years in Miami, Florida.  It was the last of my Jr. year and Sr.  year in High School.  I was NOT a happy camper moving at that time but it was the best thing that ever happened to me.  I even got to be in the Orange Bowl Parade and the halftime show…great experiences and memories
  14. When I finally retire from the dental field I would love to be a “baby holder and cuddler” at the hospital
  15. My ancestors were from Ireland and changed the name from O’Slattery to just Slattery when they came to the US
  16. The first concert I went to was Cat Stevens.  I also saw one of Elvis’ very last concerts
  17. I always said I didn’t really care when a baby was born…wanted them healthy.  BUT, I preferred no December babies.  Guess when our boys were both born?  Yep, December
  18. My husband and I saw the movie Amadeus for our first date.
  19. My most memorable childhood event…our one and only family vacation in Colorado, driving all the way back to St Louis with a huge boulder in the floorboard of the back seat that my mother HAD to have for landscaping.  I had my feet on top of that stupid rock the entire time!
  20. Growing up (and still to this day) playing games…board games, card games, yard games
  21. I wanted to be a Special Ed teacher but there were not any teaching jobs.  Dental Hygiene was my second option.
  22. If I listen too closely to the words of many songs while singing them I will always cry.  They make fun of me in choir………….anything patriotic does the same thing.
  23. I have the longest arms EVER (just like my Daddy!)
  24. Not too much of a sweets eater but LOVE crunchy and salty!

The Childers Team: Staff Spotlight on… Sherry!

October is National Orthodontic Health Month

October is National Orthodontic Health Month

What does the month of October mean to you?

For people in the northern hemisphere, October is when the weather starts to get a little chilly; heavy jackets might come out of storage and the summer clothing gets packed away. You might start making plans for the upcoming holidays or start looking at the beautiful and changing autumn scenery. October means something a little different to our team at Childers Orthodontics because October is National Orthodontic Health Month. During October, orthodontic clinics all over the country work together to promote their services and inform the community about the important work we do.

National Orthodontic Health Month is an awareness campaign created cooperatively by orthodontists and other dental health professionals. During this month, we make a special effort to promote dental health and orthodontic health in particular. This is a great time to get your questions answered by dental professionals in your community and to learn more about exactly what an orthodontist can do for you and your family. Events held in connection with National Orthodontic Health Month are also an opportunity for us orthodontists to come out and meet community members. If you have never been to an orthodontist before, you might not know what to expect. Meeting one of us in person before your checkup is a great way to find out what kind of person you’ll be seeing during your appointment.

Meet Dr. Kyle Childers

Meeting Dr. Kyle Childers in a relaxed “meet and greet” atmosphere can be especially helpful for any young orthodontic patients in your family. Kids of all ages–and their parents–often feel anxious about going to the dentist. Getting to know the person you have an appointment with can make the experience a lot less stressful for everyone. We don’t want anyone to avoid seeing a dental professional for regular checkups just because they don’t know who we are. Just meeting and talking with the orthodontist you’ll be seeing may be enough to make you feel more comfortable about your upcoming appointment.

Dental health is something that affects everyone; healthy teeth and gums contribute to a healthy smile and a lifetime of comfort and well-being. Orthodontists are just one of the various dental practitioners you could visit at some point in your life, so taking a little time to learn who we are and what we do is certain to be a helpful experience.

Book an appointment with Dr. Kyle today! We look forward to seeing you and your family this October at our Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL location.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

Braces Friendly Recipe: Dinner


05 05 13_Cinco de Mayo Mexican Lasagna_0008Wearing braces during your treatment at Childers Orthodontics presents some unique challenges in the types of food you can safely eat. The wrong items can be difficult to remove from between your teeth and the appliance. Other foods may even break or loosen your braces.

Braces Friendly Recipe: Dinner Lasagna

Lasagna is a great dinner choice because it provides you with several food groups in one easy dish.


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground hamburger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 pound diced tomatoes — canned is fine
  • 12 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 package of dry spaghetti sauce mix for seasoning
  • 10 oz. box dry lasagna
  • 3 cups ricotta or cottage cheese or 1 1/2 cups each mixed
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pound sliced or shredded Mozzarella cheese


Brown and drain your hamburger meat. Dice the garlic and simmer the hamburger, garlic, basil, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and powdered sauce mix for 1/2 hour.

Cook the lasagna noodles as directed on the package and drain.

Beat the eggs and combine them with your ricotta or cottage cheese.

Layer ½ of the noodles in a 13 x 9 pan. Spread 1/2 of your cottage cheese mix on top of the noodles, then layer 1/2 of the mozzarella on top. Finish this layer with 1/2 of your hamburger mix. Repeat the layering with the other half of your ingredients. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.


You can enjoy ribs and chicken wings as long as you cut the meat from the bone before you eat. The same rule applies to Turkey legs. Do not gnaw on bones, because this may damage your braces.

Vegetables and Fruits

You still need to include fruits and vegetables in your daily meals. Skip corn on the bob, whole apples, and raw carrots. Broccoli is soft but particles can become stuck in your braces, so be sure to brush and floss after your meal.


Avoid caramel, taffy, and hard candies for dessert. Pudding and ice cream are fine, but low-sugar versions are best.

Remember that your mouth will be sore after adjustments with Dr. Kyle Childers. Stick to softer foods until the sensitivity is reduced. Please do not hesitate to ask our team for recipe and meal ideas. We will be happy to take the time to explain which foods items are the best choices and why.

If you have any questions about these recipes, or if you have any questions about eating with braces, please give us a call at our Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL office!


Braces Friendly Recipe: Dinner

Does my child need two-phase treatment?

two-phase treatment children

Two-phase orthodontic treatment involves two separate and distinct treatments. It allows your son or daughter to begin early treatment of bite and jaw problems, in order to reduce the dental issues he or she may experience later on.

Two-phase Orthodontic Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment with Dr. Kyle Childers can improve how well the second phase of the treatment works and helps to make room for permanent teeth. Overall, two-phase treatment helps to position the teeth and the jaw for an attractive profile. Our team at Childers Orthodontics recommends that you bring your child to our Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL office at the age of seven or eight, so that Dr. Kyle Childers can determine if early (Phase-One) treatment is necessary.


Phase-One orthodontic treatment is known as an early treatment. It begins shortly after your child’s first orthodontic examination, usually around age eight or nine. The main goal of Phase-One orthodontic treatment is to help make room for permanent teeth, which reduces crooked teeth as a result of overcrowding. It treats the jaw and bite growth; and issues like crossbite or underbite. This can reduce the need for your child to undergo extractions.


Phase-Two orthodontic treatment is when braces are placed on the upper and/or lower teeth. The purpose is not just to correct spaces or misaligned teeth, but also to correct overbite or underbite concerns. Phase-Two usually begins around age 11 or 12, and the braces are worn for an average of two to three years, depending on your child’s unique needs. Some children have fewer issues and wear braces for little more than a year while others need them for up to four years.

Signs your child needs two-phase orthodontic treatment

If your child exhibits the following signs, he or she may be a good candidate for two-phase orthodontic treatment:

  • Losing baby teeth early, before five years of age
  • Problems with biting or chewing
  • Sucking the thumb after age five
  • Evidence of a crossbite, where the teeth don’t come together when opening or closing of the mouth
  • Teeth are crowded at age seven or eight
  • Protruding teeth on the top or bottom

Not all children need to have early treatment but if your child shows any of these signs, bring your child for an evaluation at Childers Orthodontics.


Does my child need two-phase treatment?

What is a water pick. Do I need one?

Water Picks

Water picks sometimes called “oral irrigators,” make an excellent addition to your regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. They are especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and those patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces. Water picks use powerful tiny bursts of water to dislodge food scraps, bacteria, and other debris nestled in the crevices of your mouth. Children undergoing orthodontic treatment may find using a water pick is beneficial if their toothbrush bristles tend to get caught on their wires or brackets.

When you use a water pick, you’re not only dislodging any particles or debris and bacteria you might have missed when brushing, you are also gently massaging the gums. This helps to promote blood flow in the gums and keeps them healthy. While water picks are an excellent addition to your daily fight against Gingivitis and other periodontal diseases, they are incapable of fully removing plaque, which is why Dr. Kyle Childers and our team at Childers Orthodontics want to remind you to keep brushing and flossing every day.

If you have sensitive teeth or gums and find it uncomfortable to floss daily, water picks are a good alternative to reduce discomfort, while effectively cleaning between teeth. Diabetics sometimes prefer water picks to flossing because they don’t cause bleeding of the gums, which can be a problem with floss. If you have a permanent bridge, crowns, or other dental restoration, you may find that a water pick helps you keep the area around the restorations clean.

So how do you choose the right water pick?

Water picks are available for home or portable use. The home versions tend to be larger and use standard electrical outlets while portable models use batteries. Aside from the size difference, they work in the same manner, both using pulsating water streams. A more crucial difference between water picks is the ability to adjust the pressure. Most home models will let you choose from several pressure settings, depending on how sensitive your teeth and gums are. Most portable models have only one pressure setting. If you want to use mouthwash or a dental rinse in your water pick, check the label first; some models suggest using water only.

Please give us a call or visit us at our Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL office if you have any questions about water picks

What is a water pick. Do I need one?