What’s so great about self-ligating braces? Five things you need to know


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What’s so great about Self-Ligating Braces?

Parents of a certain age will no doubt remember the teen comedies of the 1980s. These movies typically included a character so wired up with orthodontic apparatus (elaborate metal braces, rubber bands, a mountain of headgear) that he or she looked like some sort of electrical machinery. In recent years, the technological advancements in braces have not only made this character a thing of the past, but if your child needs braces to fix crooked teeth, you no longer need to worry about him or her being called “brace face” with a “tin grin.”

5 things you need to know about Self-Ligating Braces

Traditional braces use a system of archwires, brackets, and rubber bands to straighten and realign crooked teeth. Self-ligating braces that Dr. Kyle Childers and our team at Childers Orthodontics provide, by contrast, use specialized clips to hold the archwires in place instead of rubber bands. But what makes self-ligating braces so good?

  1. Self-ligating braces make it easier to keep your teeth clean because there are no rubber bands. Rubber bands collect food particles, and this can lead to an increase in plaque and decay. Have you ever tried to brush for two minutes with a mouth full of rubber bands? It’s tricky. Self-ligating braces improve oral health.
  2. Self-ligating braces are smaller and less noticeable than conventional braces. Most kids are self-conscious about how they look (flashback to those 1980s comedies), so braces that are subtle and less conspicuous are a huge draw.
  3. Self-ligating braces are more comfortable than traditional braces. Less pressure and friction are placed on the tooth. These types of braces also need fewer alterations and adjustments, so chances are you will save money by making fewer appointments with our office.
  4. Self-ligating braces move crooked teeth into place more quickly than conventional braces. In other words, you’re going to wear self-ligating braces for a shorter amount of time than traditional braces.
  5. Orthodontic work can be expensive. Self-ligating braces, however, cost about the same amount of money as traditional braces.

Dr. Kyle Childers and our team are proud to offer self-ligating braces as an alternative to traditional metal braces with our viable financial plan. Ask our team if they are right for you by giving us a visit at our Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL office!


What’s so great about self-ligating braces? Five things you need to know

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What is Dentofacial Orthopedics?

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You may have noticed that we specialize in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. And while most people we talk to have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the Dentofacial Orthopedics part of the title. Today, Dr. Kyle Childers and our team thought we would explain the difference.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

While orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, Dentofacial Orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and facial development, which occurs for the most part during childhood, and is a reason why kids are often the best candidates for receiving Dentofacial Orthopedic Therapy. Dr. Kyle Childers will examine and monitor your child’s growth to determine when starting treatment will be most effective. If your child begins orthodontic treatment before his or her adult teeth have erupted, it is known as Phase-One treatment. During this phase, Dr. Kyle Childers will use treatments designed to correct your child’s jaw growth and make sure that the jaw bone is properly aligned before beginning the next phase of treatment, which usually involves placing braces to straighten your child’s teeth.
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Does my child need two-phase treatment?

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Two-phase orthodontic treatment involves two separate and distinct treatments. It allows your son or daughter to begin early treatment of bite and jaw problems, in order to reduce the dental issues he or she may experience later on.

Two-phase Orthodontic Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment with Dr. Kyle Childers can improve how well the second phase of the treatment works and helps to make room for permanent teeth. Overall, two-phase treatment helps to position the teeth and the jaw for an attractive profile. Our team at Childers Orthodontics recommends that you bring your child to our Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL office at the age of seven or eight, so that Dr. Kyle Childers can determine if early (Phase-One) treatment is necessary.

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