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Ask Dr. Childers: What can my child expect during their first consultation?

When you first come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Childers will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess your oral health. This will better enable us to determine the best treatment method for you.

Your orthodontic evaluation will consist of an oral and facial examination to assess your oral health. Dr. Childers will have you take intraoral and facial photographs as well as panoramic and cephalometric X-rays to help determine the proper orthodontic treatment method. Then, an impression of your teeth and bite will be taken to construct a model of your mouth. This will help Dr. Childers when examining your diagnostic records.

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Patient Appreciation Party 2010

Just wanted to give a great big THANK YOU to all the patients, friends and parents that made our annual Patient Appreciation Party the biggest and best yet! It was so exciting to give out prizes to all of the winners as well as spending time with all of you. The appreciation shown by all who attended and their parents was so heartfelt and amazing! My team and I enjoy having fun every year with our patients. We have so much fun that my family comes along to help. This year even my Mother-in law joined in the fun!
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Patient question: What should I expect during treatment with Dr. Childers?

Our team at Childers Orthodontics knows that it can sometimes be scary to visit the orthodontist, especially when you’re unsure of what to expect. That’s why our office put together a short video of one of our patients discussing her experience with Dr. Childers and our team. Enjoy!

– Your friends at Childers Orthodontics

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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 [email protected] 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


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!