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Childers Orthodontics hosts annual July Patient Appreciation Party!


This Monday, Childers Orthodontics hosted our annual July Patient Appreciation Party at SI Bowl from 6:30-9:00pm. The event was a huge success, with over 650 attendees and ipad, ipod, and package giveaways! Kids loved having the bowling alley all to themselves and their friends. There was also a dance floor, photo booth, face painting, a slide, temporary tattoos, and many more activities. The photo booth was so much fun that even our office couldn’t resist cramming in to have a photo taken together!

Did you attend our Patient Appreciation Party? What was your favorite activity?
For the complete photo album and event details, visit our Facebook page! Thanks to everyone who helped make our event such a great time!

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Childers Orthodontics Safari Summer Vacation Contest!

Would you like to win a Safari Summer Vacation to Holiday World Splashin’ Safari? Dr. Childers and Team want to treat a lucky winner to tickets for 4 to Holiday World Splashin’ Safari as well as a $200 gift certificate to Big Splash Adventure Resort! To enter the contest you MUST be a patient at any of our three offices.

Contest details
To enter, visit our website and count the number of Holiday World symbols you can find. Then, either email your entry to braces1@midwest.net or mail your entry to:
Childers Orthodontics Contest Entry
201 West Washington St.
Benton, IL 62812

Requirements and regulations
Your entry MUST contain your full name, birth date, phone number and the # of times you found the Holiday World symbol. ONE entry per patient and all entries must be received in the office by Friday, July 16th. One winner will be drawn from all the correct entries and posted on our Facebook page by Friday, July 25th.

For more details, visit our Facebook page! Happy hunting!

-Kyle R. Childers, DMD, MS

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At Childers Orthodontics, easy access your account any day, any time


Did you know patients at our convenient Benton, Harrisburg and Herrin offices enjoy access to their account any time they wish through our Childers Orthodontics website? It’s true! You can look up your appointments with Dr. Kyle Childers and all of your account details at your convenience, all from the comfort of your own home! You can even receive appointment reminders through email or text messages!

You may sign up for this convenient service on our website by clicking on the “Patient Login” button at the top of our homepage. Please give us a call if you have any questions about getting started!

We hope you’re having a GREAT weekend!

Dr. Kyle Childers, your local Invisalign Premier Provider

We are proud to announce that Dr. Kyle Childers is an Invisalign Premier Provider, and with a complimentary consultation, can determine if Invisalign treatment is right for you.

You’re probably thinking: OK, so what makes an Invisalign Premier Provider so special?

Every doctor who wishes to offer Invisalign treatment must undergo training with the makers of Invisalign, and can then become a certified Invisalign provider. To reach Premier Provider status however, the doctor must complete many successful cases of Invisalign treatment each year. Dr. Childers has achieved this distinction through extensive experience using Invisalign, and works with many patients in Benton, Harrisburg and Herrin each year to create beautiful smiles.

If you’re considering Invisalign treatment, you can relax by knowing that you are in great hands at Childers Orthodontics! Give us a call to schedule your free consultation for Invisalign or Invisalign Teen! Enjoy the rest of Father’s Day weekend and we hope to hear from you soon!

Childers Orthodontics want to know: what’s on your reading list this summer?

With summer only a week away, some of our staff at Childers Orthodontics have been thinking a lot about the importance of reading. Sure it’s easier to go play ball or kick back and watch television when there’s no reading, homework or other activities, but reading during the summer remains a key step in your mind being prepared for classes in the fall. Reading is also vital when it comes to maintaining your skill level.

Out of ideas for great summer reads? Ask Dr. Childers and team for suggestions, and our helpful staff would be happy to provide a few suggestions. You may also ask a local librarian for some ideas or check out various summer reading lists that we came across last week.

Happy reading and have a GREAT upcoming week!

Ask Dr. Childers: what are cavities and how do we get them?

Dr. Kyle Childers knows that one word no patient of ours wants to hear when they visit their dentist or Childers Orthodontics is “cavity.” Oh, we know about those dreaded cavities! But what exactly is a cavity and how do people get one? A cavity is a hole that develops in a tooth when the tooth begins to decay. It’s important to get a cavity filled as soon as it’s detected so that it does not grow bigger.

So, what causes a cavity? A cavity is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that forms on the tooth as a result of germ and bacteria build-up. Plaque is acidic and as it clings to your teeth the acids eat away the outside of the tooth (also called the enamel) and a hole is formed.

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Share your summer plans with the Childers Orthodontics staff!


As the school year comes to a close for many kids, the days get longer and the temperatures begin climbing in our area, there’s no better way to beat the heat than jump into a pool or cool off in the shade. For some folks, summer brings a chance to get away from it all and escape every-day life, if only for a week or two. Yet for others, it means a season of relaxation and relief from homework and other duties.

What about you?

What are your plans for summer? Do you have any exciting plans for a summer vacation? Does your family have a vacation or family reunion planned? Are you headed to a sports camp? Please feel free to share your summer plans and experiences with us on our Facebook page as the summer rolls along!

SureSmile featured on CNN last week! From Dr. Childers

Does the thought of having traditional braces for 24 months or more get you down? Our team at Childers Orthodontics understand that one of the biggest concerns for orthodontic patients with braces is the length of their treatment.

But you’re in luck, because Dr. Kyle Childers specializes in SureSmile, high-tech robotic braces that have been revolutionizing the orthodontic industry. SureSmile, which combines digital 3-D imaging, has computer-aided treatment planning and customized archwires to straighten teeth about 40 percent faster than traditional braces. With conventional braces, Dr. Childers typically makes many adjustments to wires, and sometimes the teeth don’t move as planned, so more adjustments are needed. With SureSmile, the robotic wires are sent to Dr. Childers ready to go. SureSmile means fewer wires are involved, and that usually results in fewer visits.

Last week, CNN’s own Dr. Sanjay Gupta filed a report on SureSmile and profiled a Maryland teenager named Jessica Thompson, who wasn’t particularly thrilled about traditional braces. Jessica chose SureSmile as her treatment, and she is not alone – more and more people in Benton, Harrisburg and Herrin are choosing SureSmile as their treatment option.

To learn more about SureSmile treatment at Childers Orthodontics, we invite you to give us a call!

Connect with Childers Orthodontics on Facebook!


At Childers Orthodontics, we value the relationships we have developed with our patients and the Benton, Harrisburg and Herrin communities. Even if you only see us for your appointment every three- to four months, did you know that you can now connect with Dr. Childers and team on our Facebook page?

We invite you to “like” Childers Orthodontics on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ChildersBraces. We share office news and updates on our Fan Page, so check it out! By Liking our page, you will receive updates from our office automatically on Facebook!

See you online and have a great week,

– Dr. Childers and team

“Hey, Dr. Childers! What can you tell me about Invisalign® treatment?”

Part of what makes Invisalign “work” is that it’s customizable for pretty much anyone’s pearly whites. To find out if you are the right candidate for Invisalign treatment, the first thing Dr. Childers does is take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, Dr. Childers and our team look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look.

Next we use special software to map out the exact path your teeth will take from the beginning of your treatment to the end. Based on the results, a set of custom aligners are created just for your teeth. Throughout the course of treatment with Dr. Childers, you will be required to wear these clear, removable aligners one at a time; each one moving your teeth closer and closer to their final, perfectly aligned position. And since the aligners are virtually invisible, nobody around you will even know you are wearing braces!

Dr. Childers is a certified Invisalign provider, and has been named an Invisalign Elite Premier Provider, representing the top 1% of North American practitioners.

If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment at Childers and Team Orthodontics, please give us a call!