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!

Feeling Confident at Your Orthodontic Consultation

first orthodontic consultation

Your First Orthodontic Consultation

When you first start thinking about going to the orthodontist, it is normal to feel apprehensive. What will your orthodontic experience bring? Whether you have been advised by a dentist or chosen to seek out orthodontic care from Dr. Kyle Childers on your own, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your initial orthodontic consultation at Childers Orthodontics.

One of the best ways to prepare for an orthodontic consultation is to understand your options. With so many choices available today, orthodontic care is a lot more versatile than in the past. You can start preparing now by seeking out and understanding those options. With a few specific things in mind, you can be totally confident and be prepared for your consultation.

Questions to Ask During the Consultation

As you consider orthodontic care, it is likely that a few questions may naturally arise. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you might have. Our orthodontic team is here to help. Here are just a few examples of questions you may want to ask at your consultation.

  • Is there an estimated length of time that I will likely require braces?
  • How much should I expect to pay for my treatment? What are the payment options?
  • Does getting braces hurt? Is there anything I can do to prevent or minimize pain?
  • Is it likely that I will be wearing extra appliances in addition to braces to correct my overbite or other problems?
  • Are there specific foods I will need to avoid when I get braces?
  • Will braces prevent me from playing my favorite sport or musical instrument?
  • How can I keep my teeth clean with braces?
  • How often will I be expected to come in for check-ups and other appointments?

Once your consultation is over, you don’t have to feel like your options are exhausted. If questions arise after the consultation, don’t be afraid to ask. Our orthodontic team will be here to help throughout the entire process.

Confidence throughout the Process

With answers to your questions, and an orthodontic team on your side, you can be confident about any necessary orthodontic treatments. From the initial consultation to the day your braces come off, your orthodontic treatment at Childers Orthodontics can be a smooth and simple process. The moment you see that beautiful smile, you’ll know it was all worth it.

We love bringing nothing but the most amazing smiles to our patients!

Feeling Confident at Your Orthodontic Consultation

Year-End Insurance Reminder

Now that October is upon us, Dr. Kyle Childers and our team at Childers Orthodontics wanted to send you a friendly reminder to schedule your orthodontic appointment prior to the end of the year to take full advantage of any flex spend, health savings, or insurance benefits that you may have.

The end of the year is always a busy time so make your appointment now so you don’t lose your available benefits! Give us a call today!

How Long After My Braces Come Off Should I Wear My Retainers?


Braces are an investment in your smile. When your teeth reach the desired straightness, you’ll have a beautiful smile, but it’s important to keep it that way! You can accomplish this with a retainer provided by Childers Orthodontics.

How Long Should I Wear My Retainer?

A retainer is a small, custom-fit device that reinforces the new position of your teeth after your braces are removed. But for many patients, especially the youngest ones, wearing a retainer may seem like an annoyance. So exactly how long after your braces come off should you wear your retainer?

Graduation of Wear Time

When we remove your braces, Dr. Kyle Childers will evaluate the condition of the bone structure surrounding your teeth and determine how well it is adjusting to the new position of your teeth. For the first few months, we may require you to wear your retainer both day and night, except during meal times and for brushing and flossing.

As the bone and gum tissues adjust to your new smile, we may determine that you need to wear your retainer only at night. After about one year of wearing the retainer every night, you may be able to take a couple of nights off each week.

However, we do not recommend ever stopping permanently. To best secure the position of the teeth, especially through future extractions and oral health changes, wearing your retainer a few nights a week will be necessary for many years.


If you are concerned about your appearance when you wear a retainer, there are many that can be worn discreetly. You could choose a clear plastic one that is less obvious during the months immediately following the removal of your braces. When you change to night wear only, clear wire retainers are available for minimal visibility as well.

Another option is a lingual retainer. It is placed on the back sides of your teeth so no one will ever know it is there! Lingual retainers are also permanent, so there’s no risk of losing them.

Remember, wearing your retainer is an investment in your smile. If you fail to wear it consistently, the tissues that support your teeth will be unsupported, and you may begin to experience noticeable shifting. You’ve worked hard to get that beautiful smile — your retainer will let you keep it! Remember to call our Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL office if you have any questions about your retainer!

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What is early intervention?

Wobbly tooth

Early Intervention

Many developing orthodontic problems can be intercepted and corrected if diagnosed and treated at an early age. Dr. Kyle Childers and our team at Childers Orthodontics recommend children have their first orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven, or younger if the front four permanent teeth have replaced the baby teeth. Early treatment, also known as interceptive treatment or Phase I treatment, provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Early intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later.

When does your child need early intervention?

If your child is showing these signs, it may be time to think about early orthodontic treatment:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth (your child should typically start losing teeth around age five or six, and will have all their permanent teeth in around age 12 to 13)
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sucking his or her thumb
  • Speech impediment
  • Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other)
  • Crowded front teeth
  • Teeth that don’t come together in a normal manner or even at all

Early intervention will greatly reduce the severity of your child’s case, and therefore reduce the length of treatment time and cost for a second phase of treatment when all of his or her permanent teeth have erupted. An evaluation at our Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL office will determine if your child’s dental and skeletal growth is proceeding properly or if interceptive treatment is needed. Many times, a more severe problem can be corrected using sophisticated removable appliances instead of traditional orthodontic treatment.

To schedule a consultation for your child to visit with Dr. Kyle Childers, please give us a call! We will provide your child with an initial exam, and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child’s smile.

What is early intervention?

Stay Cool with a Braces-Friendly Summer Treat!

Summer is here! Kids and adults alike will now be spending more time outside being active and enjoying the hotter temperatures. What’s better on a hot summer day than a delicious treat that will cool you down after doing something active in the summer sun? Luckily, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have just the thing, Watermelon Sorbet! You can find the complete recipe below:

Watermelon Sorbet

• ¾ cup water
• ¼ cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon lime juice
• 2 to 3 cups watermelon, diced, no seeds or rind
In a small saucepan, heat the water, sugar, and lime juice on medium high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Chill this “syrup” at least 20 minutes. In the meantime, place the watermelon chunks in a food processor or blender and liquefy them. Add the chilled syrup to the watermelon puree and blend. Freeze sorbet in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately.

Happy Summer!