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What Are Retainers?

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When the time comes for your kids to shed off their braces, it’s exciting to see their new set of better-aligned teeth. However, it’s also time to think about the next step to complete the process: retainers.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of wearing retainers? Are retainers really expensive? What should you expect after the retainers are fitted? All these are natural questions that most parents have. This article will detail everything you need to know about retainers. Read more

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What Is the Difference between Traditional Expanders and Clear Aligners?

In the past few decades, orthodontists have made a lot of progress in their field. New technology like clear aligners provides alternatives for those who do not want typical braces. If you are trying to decide which is better traditional expander or clear aligner, you need to know the difference between the two options. Both traditional expanders and clear aligners can help to create a straighter smile and a more functional bite, but they are not the same type of orthodontic equipment. Here are answers to all the questions you probably have about the difference between aligners and traditional braces. Read more

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What Are Mail Order Orthodontics and Why They Fall Short?

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Mail order braces are a relatively new type of orthodontic treatment that is available online. Many companies offer these braces to people who have problems such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, gaps, and other issues. Many people try these products because of their seemingly affordable prices and their ability to have them mailed to their home. However, these braces fall short in several areas. It’s always best to see an orthodontist up close and in the office. Here’s a little bit more information about the mail order orthodontics. Take your time reading the information so that you will know what choice to make when it comes to getting braces at home.
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What Makes Invisalign Unique [Among Others?]

UPDATED 28 – 07 – 18

What makes Invisalign unique among others? Cinderella probably didn’t have to worry about getting her teeth straightened – she had a fairy godmother. For the rest of us, however, braces from the orthodontist are still the only available option. These days, thanks to advances in orthodontic and dental science, options abound metal brackets, ceramic brackets, brackets with wires, brackets with rubber bands, decorative additions in different colors and shapes.

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Are Braces for Adults Worth the Trouble?

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When you think of braces, you probably picture a kid or teen wearing metal appliances and going to school. It’s often thought that after you’re out of your teens, the thought of getting braces is absurd and shouldn’t be considered.

Thankfully, there is a growing trend of individuals who are choosing to get braces well into their adult years. If you’ve ever wondered, “Is it still worth it to have braces as an adult?”, you’ll want to consider all of the benefits that will come from working with an orthodontist and having this work done.

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Is Alcohol-free, Sugar-free Breath Spray Okay to Use with [Invisalign]?

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LAST UPDATED: MAY 29, 2018

Is Alcohol-free, Sugar-free Breath Spray Okay to Use with Invisalign?

Bad breath is a common complaint, and it can become an even bigger problem during orthodontic treatment. Whether you are undergoing treatment with braces or clear aligners, orthodontic appliances give bacteria more places to hide, which leads to more halitosis. Invisalign’s clear aligner design makes it easier to clean all those hard-to-reach places, but if you still have some lingering bad breath, you might be wondering: Is breath spray okay to use? Some breath sprays can be bad for your teeth during treatment, but in general, sugar-free, alcohol-free breath sprays are safe to use with Invisalign.

FAQ

What Is The Problem With Sugar?

Check the ingredient list of any breath spray to make sure it has no sugar. Sugar might be a tasty treat for you, but it is also a favorite treat for those pesky oral bacteria, which use it for fuel. Once they consume sugar, they reproduce and leave a smelly byproduct, which results in not just more bad breath but also enamel-destroying acids.

Breath spray containing sugar can get trapped beneath your Invisalign aligners where saliva cannot rinse it away, and your teeth can be damaged faster than they would otherwise. Breath sprays that are sweetened with xylitol might be the best choice. Xylitol can actually combat oral bacteria.

What Is The Problem With Alcohol?

Alcohol is also a problem for teeth but for another reason. Saliva is a natural lubricant and contains mucins, which suspend oral bacteria so that they cannot hurt teeth. Alcohol dries the mouth, allowing bacteria to flourish. Breath sprays that contain alcohol might temporarily sweeten your breath, but that freshness will come at a price. You will end up with bad breath and more bacteria at the end of the day.

Where Can I Find Sugar-free, Alcohol-free Breath Sprays?

You can find sugar-free, alcohol-free breath sprays at mass merchandisers, pharmacies, drug stores and online. If you are unable to find a breath spray you like, ask our orthodontist for a recommendation.

What Are Some Breath Spray Alternatives?

There are plenty of ways to address chronic bad breath apart from sprays, including:

1. Staying well-hydrated

Drinking water frequently throughout the day helps keep your body hydrated and flushes the bacteria out of your mouth. It also helps you produce more saliva, which keeps the environment of your mouth healthy and balanced. You can drink water when your aligners are in, and you don’t have to brush after a drink like you would with a sugary beverage.

2. Brush frequently.

Brushing is so important during orthodontic treatment, and Invisalign makes it easy. Remove your aligners when you eat, and brush your teeth before putting your aligners back in. Brush to remove plaque, food particles and bacteria, and your breath should stay fresh all day long. Use a tongue cleaner or brush your tongue to remove even more bacteria.

3. Floss daily.

Toothbrush bristles are small, but they are not quite small enough to clean between your teeth. You need to floss every day to remove the debris that settles in these areas and prevent decay and bad breath. If you wear braces, use a floss threader or pick to clean around the brackets and wires more effectively.

4. Clean your aligners.

When you remove your aligners, clean them. You can use the cleaning kit that is made for them, or you can just brush and rinse them using lukewarm water. Never eat with them in your mouth, and only drink water when you are wearing them to keep them clean.

5. Find a good mouthwash.

Mouthwashes can help kill bacteria in your mouth and leave a minty fresh feeling much like breath sprays. Look for alcohol-free versions since, much like alcohol-containing breath sprays, mouthwashes with alcohol can dry your mouth and worsen bad breath. A mouthwash with fluoride or a non-alcohol antimicrobial ingredient can be a good alternative.

You can also suck on sugar-free, dye-free mints throughout the day. Mints can freshen your breath and help stimulate saliva flow, both of which can combat bad breath without affecting your orthodontic treatment.

How Can Orthodontics Prevent Bad Breath?

Chronic bad breath that persists even when dental hygiene is improved and breath sprays or mints are used can indicate that you need orthodontic treatment. Teeth that are improperly aligned, crowded or crooked can be tough to clean thoroughly, and this can lead to pockets of bacteria. Gums can become swollen, inflamed and irritated as the bite puts pressure on the jaw and periodontal tissues.

Our orthodontist can evaluate your child’s teeth and determine if treatment is necessary. Proper treatment with braces or aligners can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, eliminate bad breath and promote a lifetime of better dental health.

Schedule Your First Appointment At Childers Orthodontics Today

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatments for adults, teenagers, and children. Dr. Kyle Childers is an orthodontist who provides expert treatments for malocclusions of the teeth. Schedule an appointment with us to learn more about:

• Retainers – to keep teeth in place after treatment
• Aligners – Invisalign devices for adults and teenagers
• Braces – traditional or Damon system devices
• Expanders – for the lower or upper jaw

We make it easy to undergo orthodontic treatment by having several locations, including:

• Herrin – 618-997-1800
• Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
• Benton – 618-438-2815

We use the iTero scanner device to create the best fitting Invisalign aligners for your mouth, and our orthodontic team uses SureSmile archwires for braces. If you have a lower jaw that is too small for your permanent teeth, then make sure to contact us for an evaluation to learn more about lower jaw expansion. Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

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How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

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LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 30, 2018

How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

When the Invisalign system of aligners first became available, you could almost hear the collective sigh of relief from teens and adults everywhere. Finally, there was an alternative to traditional metal braces that was unobtrusive, effective and flexible!

For image-sensitive, active teens, in particular, the aligners proved to be an answer to frustrated parents’ and terrified teens’ prayers. The near-invisible (hence the treatment name) aligner system can accommodate removal for special events, including prom, homecoming, yearbook photos and graduation. Plus, they are very thin and comfy to wear.

The aligners also require zero dietary modifications and teens involved in sport don’t need to take any unusual precautions to continue playing. Today, research proves that use of the aligner system can support straight, white teeth and enhanced self-confidence, which is what this post will discuss.

People all over the world are talking about this.

FAQ

How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?

Aligners have been proven to straighten and correct teeth just as well (and sometimes better) than other treatment options. However, there is one caveat here, and that is the importance of selecting an orthodontic practitioner who is very experienced in customizing the aligners to each patient’s individual needs.

While each orthodontic professional has to start somewhere, it is to the patient’s ultimate advantage to select an orthodontist who has several years’ worth of expertise
with designing and customizing the aligner sets so as to best and most rapidly achieve the patient’s appearance and oral health goals.

Maintaining excellent oral health is also much easier with the aligners system than with more traditional orthodontic treatment. Since the aligners can be removed for meals and snacks, there is no risk of food buildup or staining on the aligners themselves.

As well, since the aligners can and should be removed and cleaned at the same time that the patient is brushing and flossing their teeth, the overall time spent on these daily routines is reduced, which tends to make busy patients very happy indeed!

How Does Invisalign Boost Self-Confidence?

It is hard to feel self-confident with a crooked smile. As well, self-confidence flows less freely when you are in pain, which frequently occurs with traditional braces due to the hardware required to achieve optimal results. Plus, since food matter tends to get stuck in braces more easily, it can be embarrassing to walk around not knowing this matter is there for all to see.

But with aligners, they have not only been proven to provide more comfort and a better fit than other options, but they are nearly invisible so no one needs to know you are being treated by an orthodontist other than you!

One particularly neat aspect of wearing the aligners is that, since they are see-through, it is easy to actually see the teeth moving into place during the treatment process. The entire experience of patience plus perseverance can offer a much-needed boost in self-efficacy to the wearer (as well as a beautiful straight smile as a final reward!).

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

In addition to excelling at creating a beautiful straight, white smile, the aligner system offers some other powerful perks that patients and parents both love.

For starters, the treatment time generally ranges from nine to 15 months, which is up to 50 percent faster than more traditional orthodontic treatment options.

Because overall treatment time is shorter and there are no delicate mechanisms that can detach and need fixing on an emergency basis, the overall treatment cost is also often lower than for more traditional orthodontic treatments.

As well, treatment costs tend to decrease because there are fewer overall in-office adjustment visits required, either for emergency repairs or for routine adjustments. This is because the patient is given several sets of progressive aligners each time they come in, along with complete instructions for how and when to move from one set of aligners to the next set in the series.

Busy parents also appreciate the compliance indicators built into Teen aligners (these are initially blue and fade to clear the more the teen wears their aligners). No more nagging is always a good thing!

Best of all, the aligner system comes with negotiation built-in. A teen who wants to take out their aligners for a special event (or an adult who desires the same) can do so, as long as daily wear remains faithful otherwise.

About Childers Orthodontics

Dr. Kyle Childers is the founder and Chief Smile Officer of Childers Orthodontics. He is also a board-certified orthodontist and a Diplomate of the ABO (American Board of Orthodontics), a distinction just one-quarter of orthodontists in the nation currently hold. He is also recognized as one of the top 1% of Invisalign providers in North America.

When you choose Childers Orthodontics for your orthodontic care needs, you are choosing a cutting-edge AOA-C (Academy of Orthodontic Assistant-Certified) Gold team with true old-fashioned customer care. Dr. Childers and his team take your comfort during treatment very seriously indeed, as these unsolicited client testimonials will attest.

Learn More At Childers Orthodontics

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, our orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need treatment with Damon System braces or Invisalign aligners. Children, teenagers, and adults can have an examination to learn more about straightening their teeth. We offer appointments at these locations:

• Herrin – 618-997-1800
• Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
• Benton – 618-997-1800

You can have your orthodontic devices created with robotic SureSmile equipment to have the best treatment possible for your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers iTero arch wires, AcceleDent Aura devices and Propel procedures to reduce the amount of time required for wearing orthodontic devices.

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 28, 2017

A smile is one of the first things people will notice about you, and one of the most memorable. If your smile isn’t all that you want it to be, due to crooked or misaligned teeth, a traditional brace may be the first solution to pop into your head. However, they are very noticeable. Adults as well as children or adolescents may find them to be too glaringly obvious and might become self-conscious while wearing them.

FAQ

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

If you’re worried about needing and want an unobtrusive way to straighten your teeth, there is a solution. Clear solutions, such as Invisalign, can help you get the straight, dazzling smile you want while preventing future problems that may be caused by misaligned teeth or an uneven bite.

How can you know if this is the correct solution for you or your child? Keep reading for all the facts about this incredible technology, including how it works and whether it’s right for you!

What is Invisalign?

These clear braces gradually straighten teeth with a series of plastic aligners. They’re just about invisible and are custom made to fit your teeth, so no one can even tell that they’re there. You switch to a new set every two weeks or so and they move your teeth almost imperceptibly.

Unlike traditional teeth straighteners that are highly noticeable and can sometimes be painful, these are actually fairly comfortable and there are no wires or brackets that can snap and cause injuries in your mouth. Because of this lack of wires, you can also eat and drink just about whatever you want, and brush and floss as you regularly would. Unfortunately, you can’t choose fun colors of rubber bands, but that is kind of the point of being invisible!

How Does Invisalign Work?

They are a custom pair of shoes. They’re made to fit you, and only you for maximum comfort and efficacy. Your teeth are wholly unique and unlike anyone else’s, so shouldn’t your tooth alignment be, as well? As we stated before, Invisalign straightens your teeth over a period of time using a series of clear plastic aligners. Because your orthodontist will have them specially made from a mold of your teeth, they are actually quite comfortable and many people tend to forget they are even wearing them!

Every two weeks, you swap out your current aligner for the next one. It gently nudges your teeth into their proper places while you go about your day for the most part unhindered. One of the most unique and convenient parts of this technology is the ability to eat and drink whatever you want without fear of breaking a bracket or getting bits of food stuck in a wire.

Because they are removable, you can brush and floss your teeth as you would regularly, without having to take extra care or use any special tools. Of course, you will want to keep up a good standard of oral hygiene. They may be a barrier between your teeth and the food you eat, but they aren’t a force field!

Is Invisalign Right For You?

If you’re interested in using them to straighten your teeth and improve your smile or bite, the first step is to talk to your orthodontist. They can help you make that decision based on the severity of your situation and your personal feelings.

However, if you are worried about being self-conscious when wearing braces, or your child wants to have their teeth straightened without calling too much attention to it, they might just be perfect.

One reason a lot of people choose them is that they travel a lot or work irregular hours and may not have the time or space required to properly clean their teeth while wearing traditional tooth straighteners. Others simply like the idea of discreetly improving the way their teeth are aligned.

Then there are those who are very sensitive to oral pressure or pain. Unlike other methods, these are very gentle on the teeth, and because you switch out the aligners every two weeks, the straightening process is almost imperceptible. You won’t feel the same discomfort you would when you go in to have your brackets and wires tightened.

There are a great many reasons why people would choose Invisalign over traditional braces. If you feel like you or your child may benefit from them, don’t hesitate to talk to your orthodontist about your options. They can help guide you through the more technical details of the process, as well as provide you with success stories from people who have already been there.

Schedule an Appointment

In Illinois, you visit Childers Orthodontics to have an examination to determine if you need to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers his services to adults, teenagers and children in three locations that include:

Herrin – 618-997-1800
Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
Benton – 618-438-2815

After an evaluation of your mouth, our orthodontist can determine if you need to wear one of these types of devices:

Damon System – uses self-ligating brackets
Braces – made with traditional metal and wire brackets
Invisalign – aligners designed for teenagers or adults

Patients at Childers Orthodontics can also request the AcceleDent Aura system to reduce the amount of time required for their orthodontic treatment.  Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

How Much Does [Invisalign Express Cost] for Only Upper Teeth?

Invisalign Clear Aligners - Types of BracesHow Much Does Invisalign Express Cost for Only Upper Teeth?

Invisalign is an orthodontic type of treatment that involves straightening and alignment of teeth. Instead of using the usual kind of braces that are made of metal, this aligning involves wearing clear plastic aligners that are custom made. These aligners are designed to help shift your teeth into the proper position.

Invisalign express refers to a shorter duration orthodontic treatment. It is done where the overcrowding is mild and is recommended for people who used to wear braces. Here is a look at advantages of this type of dental care then discuss its cost for upper teeth only.

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Benefits of Orthodontic Care

The aligners can easily be removed when you want to eat or brush your teeth. This promotes oral hygiene compared to using the traditional wires, which could only be removed by a specialist after lengthy periods.

Since the plastic aligners are custom made, you will not experience any discomfort or pain. It only targets specific teeth; hence the force exerted to each tooth is controlled and does not affect the rest.

Unlike metal braces, express aligners are invisible and leave a more natural appearance on your teeth. They, therefore, do not affect your social life or hinder any fashion trends.

The general purpose of express aligners is to align teeth. The result is a much better smile and regular bite. These two help to boost your confidence, especially in public settings.

Alignment Cost of Upper Teeth

An orthodontist normally uses modern technology when custom making aligners for their clients. It is common knowledge that the better the technology used in any field, the more expensive the process or procedure is. This particular fact has resulted in many people shying away from orthodontic care. Others decide only to have their lower or upper teeth fixed due to the fear of the cost they will incur. It is, however, advisable, to first consult a specialist before making such a decision. There are cases where fixing the upper or lower teeth only will result in a worse alignment problem. A specialist will, therefore, perform a full exam then advice you accordingly.

The cost of teeth alignment depends on some factors. These include:

Location of a specialist’s office – A specialist based in the city center is likely to charge more than those whose offices are located on the outskirts of a city or in a rural setting. Office spaces in cities cost a lot more because such places are characterized by high human populations and competition for rental spaces is also tough. An orthodontist, in such a case, considers the price of their services, salaries for their employees, and rent for the office space. Such factors may seem minor, but they have to be considered before settling on a particular fee.

Specialist’s experience – The more experienced an orthodontic specialist is, the high the amount of money they are likely to charge. Having done the job for quite a significant period implies that they know exactly what they are doing. It, therefore, means that their patients are guaranteed of getting the best results with zero or minimal errors. Specialists who are experienced can also give excellent advice compared to those who are new in the field of orthodontic care.

The degree of alignment problem – Teeth alignment problems vary from one person to the other. Someone with a mild problem cannot be charged the same with one whose teeth alignment is very crooked. A specialist will first conduct an exam to determine just how much work your upper teeth will require then advise you accordingly.

The number of aligner trays it will require – If the number of upper teeth that need to be aligned is high, it means the patient will require more aligner trays. Specialists tend to charge per number of trays to avoid making their clients feel like they are being overcharged. People who only need a few upper teeth to be aligned will, therefore, be charged much less.

There are some sites that advertise such services, and the amount they charge may be much less than what is considered normal. It is tempting to gravitate toward such sites, but you should ask yourself if the price is considered to be standard.

Orthodontists understand the services they offer are expensive and, therefore, provide their clients with payment options.

Insurance – Some insurance companies cover part of the cost of their members’ medical fee while some cover the whole amount. It is crucial to check whether your specialist accepts your particular insurance payment before getting any services. Medical insurance cover makes these services affordable.

Payment plans – If medical insurance is not an option for you, it is possible to come up with a payment plan. Many specialists offer their clients a variety of options to select from. It allows patients to choose a method that is most suitable for their individual cases.

Schedule Your First Appointment At Childers Orthodontics Today

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatments for adults, teenagers, and children. Dr. Kyle Childers is an orthodontist who provides expert treatments for malocclusions of the teeth. Schedule an appointment with us to learn more about:

• Retainers – to keep teeth in place after treatment
• Aligners – Invisalign devices for adults and teenagers
• Braces – traditional or Damon system devices
• Expanders – for the lower or upper jaw

We make it easy to undergo orthodontic treatment by having several locations, including:

• Herrin – 618-997-1800
• Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
• Benton – 618-438-2815

We use the iTero scanner device to create the best fitting Invisalign aligners for your mouth, and our orthodontic team uses SureSmile archwires for braces. If you have a lower jaw that is too small for your permanent teeth, then make sure to contact us for an evaluation to learn more about lower jaw expansion. Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

How Is [Invisalign] Different from Traditional Braces?

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LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

How Is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?

When the Invisalign system of aligners first became available in 2000, it opened up new possibilities for patients to achieve the straightest, healthiest smile with less impact to their daily life during treatment. Before that time, the only option for patients with crooked teeth or bite issues was traditional metal hardware.

Today, the aligner system has become one of the most popular choices for orthodontic care nationwide. In particular, professional adults and teens tend to favor aligners because they are less visible to colleagues and peers. However, traditional orthodontic treatment also continues to be a popular choice, and offers some types of benefits no other system can yet provide.

FAQ

What are braces?

The word “braces” today includes a range of treatment options that include traditional metal hardware, but also expands to offer behind-the-teeth (sub-lingual) options, invisible clear or ceramic hardware and customized alignment-based systems such as SureSmile® and the self-ligating Damon System®.

The hardware used for this type of orthodontic treatment typically includes brackets, arch wires, O-rings, spacers, rubber bands, headgear and/or other orthodontic helps as needed. Some teeth straightening and bite adjustment systems require the use of more hardware while others require less. The typical course of treatment is 18 to 24 months, with periodic adjustment appointments as needed to ensure teeth are moving into proper alignment at the desired pace. But for some of the newest systems, treatment results can be accelerated by as much as 50 percent.

What are aligners?

The aligner system is an alternate route an orthodontist can offer patients for achieving a healthy, straight smile. With the aligner system, there are some key treatment differences that patients usually notice right away:

  • The aligners are fully non-invasive and fully removable, so they can be taken out to eat, floss, brush and for sports matches or special events as needed.
  • The aligners are quite easy to care for and difficult to damage.
  • The aligners are nearly invisible to peers and colleagues, since they are made of a clear material that resides almost entirely behind the teeth.
  • The aligners typically require fewer adjustment visits and a much briefer period of mild (if any) discomfort after each visit.
  • The aligners come with no real restrictions on eating or drinking.
  • The aligners tend to be more comfortable overall since they do not abrade the inside tissues of the mouth at all.
  • Treatment with aligners is typically shorter than traditional orthodontist treatment.

What is the difference between invisalign and traditional braces?

The choice between traditional orthodontia and aligners is often one of individual patient needs and preferences. Sometimes one system or the other makes it easier and faster to achieve tooth and jaw goals, which your orthodontist can tell you during your initial treatment consultation.

Traditional treatment is better for more complex alignment needs.
Aligners are a good choice for relatively simple alignment issues, but traditional hardware can be more effective for more complex jaw and teeth movement issues that need to be resolved during treatment. For some patients, only traditional orthodontia can resolve all of their treatment needs without resorting to surgery.

Which is less visable?

Teens in particular often favor treatment with aligners over traditional hardware. This is not only because they are less visible and less time-consuming (in terms of adjustment visits and daily care) but also because there are no restrictions in eating and drinking or high impact sports events. Also, they can be removed for special events like prom, homecoming, and graduation.

Which is easier to care for?

The hardware required for traditional orthodontia looks robust, but can actually be quite sensitive to damage, especially if the patient eats very chewy or hard foods. Plus, flossing and brushing can take extra time and require special flossing tools. With aligners, there is no extra time required for flossing and brushing and aligner care is as simple as dunking the aligners into a special cleaning solution every day.

Which costs more?

For some families, traditional orthodontia can be a lower cost treatment option than aligners, but often those costs even out when you add in the number and cost of adjustment visits, which are more frequent with traditional treatment.

Both treatment types often require maintenance retainers.
Whether the patient is a teen or an adult, the teeth will continue to move throughout your lifetime, and especially during the young adult years. So regardless of the type of treatment, use of a retainer is often advised on a temporary or permanent basis to safeguard the results of treatment.

Which requires more self-discipline?

Traditional hardware is not removable, which means there is no possibility of taking it off for any reason. Aligners, on the other hand, can be removed at any time but must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day for the best results. So a patient who chooses aligners for treatment must be self-disciplined enough to leave the aligners in place for the required amount of time daily. As well, since traditional hardware can’t be removed, it can’t be lost, which can be an issue with busy teens!

 

Schedule an Appointment

In Illinois, you visit Childers Orthodontics to have an examination to determine if you need to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers his services to adults, teenagers and children in three locations that include:

Herrin – 618-997-1800
Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
Benton – 618-438-2815

After an evaluation of your mouth, our orthodontist can determine if you need to wear one of these types of devices:

Damon System – uses self-ligating brackets
Braces – made with traditional metal and wire brackets
Invisalign – aligners designed for teenagers or adults

Patients at Childers Orthodontics can also request the AcceleDent Aura system to reduce the amount of time required for their orthodontic treatment.  Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

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