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!

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Orthodontic Fact #2 A brace is one type of dental appliance that an orthodontist can use

bracesOrthodontic Fact #2 A brace is one type of dental appliance that an orthodontist can use depending on the patient’s needs. Other appliances may be suggested to treat a specific jaw or mouth deformity.

Most people assume orthodontists only deal with braces to help correct teeth that are crooked or crowded. Every individual aspires to have and achieve a healthy smile which is not only attractive but also beautiful. This has led to people making appointments to orthodontist with the aim of correcting what might be the problem. It is important to note that not every person will require these appliances to help rectify the issue. Many patients come to learn about dental appliances when they are receiving an orthodontic treatment.

Numerous dental instruments can be used to correct the mouth or jaw issue present to the patient. Braces include a variety of appliances that can be used to straighten a patient’s teeth or assist with a misaligned bite. Majorly made of metal, the braces are bonded to a patient’s teeth with the help of wires that area connected to the metal brackets. In some instances, Invisalign might be used as an alternative for patients who require minor teeth straightening. Other dental appliances that can be utilized apart from Invisalign include;

  • Palatal Expander: This device is commonly used to separate the bone located in the upper part of a patient’s mouth. The bone is separated to help create more space in the upper jaw.
  • Spacers: These are little plastic rings that are commonly placed at the back of a patient’s teeth. The sole purpose of using these plastic rings is to create more room between the teeth.
  • Quad Helix:This is a device used to help in widening the patient’s jaw for those who have a problem with crowded teeth. The device is commonly placed on a patient’s back teeth using bands.

You should not allow your mouth or jaw problem affect your life. Visit our Orthodontist today and let us check you and resolve the issue. Receiving an orthodontics treatment should not be an issue for you with us around.

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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How Can Widely Spaced Teeth Impact Your Overall Health

How Can Widely Spaced Teeth Impact Your Overall Health? When people first visit the orthodontist, their first thought is usually that they can’t wait to have a beautiful smile. Widely spaced teeth often lead to issues with self-esteem, and it is important to love what you see in the mirror. However, you should be aware that having large gaps between your teeth places you at risk for serious oral health conditions such as gum disease, and they can also be a symptom of other health problems. As you prep for your appointment, keep this information in mind about the impact of widely spaced teeth on your overall health. In this post, we’ll tell you all about widely spaced teeth and how to correct it. Let’s get started.

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Orthodontic Fact #3 – Here’s a Fun Fact: All Orthodontists are Dentists

bracesOrthodontic Fact #3 – Here’s a Fun Fact: All Orthodontists are Dentists, But Only 5 Percent of Dentists are Orthodontics. Confusing, Isn’t It?

You know what dentists do and are probably familiar with the work of orthodontists. However, you may not realize that while every orthodontist is a dentist, not every dentist is an orthodontist. Both are professionals who are dedicated to your dental health, but orthodontists are specifically concerned with the alignment of teeth, especially in children.

Understanding the Principles of Orthodontics

Not everyone has naturally straight teeth, with so-called malocclusions often developing at the end of childhood. Fortunately, orthodontists can correct most of these problems with braces. Orthodontic care is primarily concerned with these issues:

  • Straightening teeth
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Correcting bite problems
  • Aligning the mouth and lips

The Importance of Straight Teeth

Straight teeth are an important part of a person’s facial appearance. Additionally, teeth that are poorly aligned can be difficult to clean, which can increase a person’s susceptibility to dental disorders. Teeth that are not straight can also affect the digestive process and can even cause speech difficulties. Although orthodontic devices are normally worn by children, they can also benefit adults who want to look their best.

The Different Types of Orthodontic Devices

Many tools are available to orthodontists for the purpose of straightening teeth. Traditional wire braces are commonly used and have a record of success in accomplishing this goal. The Damon system is effective on those with serious malocclusions. The Invisalign system employs clear plastic aligners that can be removed for eating and brushing and are ideal for those who are uncomfortable with conventional braces.

Considering Orthodontic Treatment

Possessing training beyond that of a dentist, an orthodontist is uniquely qualified to determine whether you or your child needs braces. If you are considering such treatment, schedule an appointment with Childers Orthodontics at 618-438-2815.

Dr. Childers wants to know: What do you love about our office?

From your very first visit to the office of Dr. Kyle Childers, our team strives to provide superior treatment in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. With convenient orthodontic offices in Benton, Harrisburg and Herrin, Illinois, Dr. Childers and our talented staff work hard to build healthy and beautiful smiles for our patients. Every patient is unique and we work with you to build a one-of-a-kind treatment plan that is guaranteed to make you smile!

This afternoon, we thought we’d ask you, our wonderful patients: Have you been especially impressed by Dr. Childers? Did our team go out of their way to make your day? Are you in love with your smile?

Whether you’ve just come in for a consultation or your family has been visiting our office for years, we’d love to hear your feedback. Or, you can tell us by posting on our Facebook page or by giving us a call!

Ask Dr. Childers: Who benefits from braces?

Dr. Childers will tell you that braces aren’t just for pre-adolescents and teenagers anymore! Anyone, at any age, can benefit from orthodontic treatment at Childers Orthodontics, whether it’s correcting a problem not treated in your younger years, or catching a problem early.

To ensure the best overall treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, recommends that children receive an orthodontic consultation as early as age seven. If a problem is evident, our staff knows that taking action early can spare a lot of treatment and expense down the road.

If you never received orthodontic treatment when you were young, don’t worry! You’re never too old for a beautiful smile. To us, every patient is unique and we work with you to build a one-of-a-kind treatment plan that is guaranteed to make you smile! Set up an appointment for a consultation and find out how orthodontics will transform your smile, as well as your life!

“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!

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!

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!

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 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