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How Does Invisalign Work?

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What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

If you have been thinking about getting either Invisalign or traditional braces to improve the function and appearance of your teeth, you’re not alone as these two options are the most common orthodontic treatments for misaligned teeth. According to a report published by USA Today, over 5 million people have used Invisalign clear aligners to improve their smiles since the orthodontic devices were created in 1997. In this article, we take a look at the benefit of Invisalign braces over traditional braces and why they are so popular.

What Are Invisalign Braces?

Before going over how Invisalign braces work, let’s get a better understanding of what these orthodontic devices are. Invisalign braces are thermoplastic aligners that are designed to move teeth into an optimal position to improve not only their appearance but also function. They are best suited for those who have an overbite, gapped, or crowded teeth as they can resolve these problems relatively quickly. In most cases, patients will see significant improvements within 12 to 18 months. Because Invisalign braces are transparent, most patients feel less insecure about wearing them, which increases the likelihood of patient compliance. They can also be removed, enabling patients to enjoy their favourite meals without the threat of damaging their orthodontic appliance, unlike traditional braces. Read more…

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What Kind of Training do Pediatric Orthodontists do?

When it comes to the care of your child, it is essential to find a professional who can confidently handle any and all obstacles. After all, we want the best for our children. Finding a professional for their teeth is no exception. Going to the dentist can be a scary process for young children. Many kids suffer from tooth problems such straightness and replacement but who do you take them to? Some would say the dentist, but that is incorrect. When it comes to these matters, your child should see what is called a pediatric orthodontist. In this article, we will take a closer look at the differences between the two, what kind of training they require, and how to be a good pediatric orthodontist.

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I Want a Perfect Smile When My Braces Come Off!

Having a beautiful smile can be difficult to achieve without the help of orthodontic work. Orthodontists work to enhance and straighten your smile, making you feel more confident about the way that you look.

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For some people, it is an absolute necessity that they go for orthodontic treatment because their current tooth alignment is causing problems with eating, speaking, and drinking. However, after removing braces, many people are unsure of how to retain their gorgeous smiles for life so that they do not have to go back for additional orthodontic work and procedures. Knowing how to maintain a beautiful smile after orthodontic treatment is essential to your self-esteem and confidence. Read more…

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Famous People with Braces

While famous people may look flawless on the covers of magazines, most have put a lot of work into their appearance and have even gone through their own awkward stages. It isn’t just time in the gym that counts, either.

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To get those brilliant smiles on the red carpet, some of the biggest names in Hollywood wore braces to straighten their smile. Here are some of the best examples of celebrity braces, including celebrity adults with braces.

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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 Is an Orthodontist?

dentist orthodontist looking at somethingAre Dentists and Orthodontists the Same?

Dentists and orthodontists are trained physicians that are in related fields but serve very different purposes. Dentists take care of the general health of the teeth, gums, and mouth. Orthodontists are dentists that go further and receive special training in the alignment, positioning, and placement of teeth and jaws and if necessary, can correct any serious issues with any of those problems. How do I know if I need to see an orthodontist? Generally, the dentist will refer a patient to the orthodontist and then throughout the treatment plan, the two will work closely together. If the dentist notices problems with the positioning and placement of the teeth that could cause potential health problems, he will make the recommendation that orthodontic treatment is in order.

What are the duties of an orthodontist? The field of orthodontia is a field of dentistry that specializes in diagnosing and treating teeth that are not positioned correctly or are out of alignment. Orthodontists also treat problems with the positioning of the jaws. Orthodontists receive a great deal of specialized training beyond dentistry in order to prevent and treat these issues. A good analogy is a general doctor who goes beyond and receives additional training to become a specialist.
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What happens if I have an [orthodontic emergency] while I’m on vacation?

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LAST UPDATED: DECEMBER 26, 2017

At Childers Orthodontics, there are a few things we want to remind you of when you’re on vacation so that a day with friends and family won’t be spent dealing with an orthodontic emergency.

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“I Have a Tickle in my Brain and it Keeps Making the Corners in my Mouth Point Towards the Heavens”

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“I Have a Tickle in my Brain and it Keeps Making the Corners in my Mouth Point Towards the Heavens”

It’s common knowledge that smiles are infectious. Smiles resulting from pure joy make the entire face feel ecstatic. However, conditions exist that cause many people to feel self-conscious about their appearance when they smile. For instance, uneven teeth, gaps, and overbites can all put a damper on expressions of joy. Fortunately, an experienced orthodontist can fit you with braces that will leave you with a smile worth beaming about.

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Damon® Smile Braces

Damon Smile Braces

For most patients, traditional braces are far from ideal. They are often very uncomfortable for the patient because the ties that connect wires to the teeth prevent them from moving. Ties are used to create a heavy force, but the force cuts off the blood supply between the root of the tooth and the bone surrounding it. Teeth can’t move until the blood flow is restored.

Damon® Smile Braces aims to guide teeth gently and continuously and reduce the use of force. Patients have reported that the entire experience of wearing braces is a lot more comfortable. Proud to offer Damon Smile to patients, Dr. Kyle Childers can help you better understand if it’s right for you.

How Damon Smile Works

Unlike traditional treatment with braces, Damon Smile doesn’t require the removal of teeth or the use of palatal expanders. The system uses unique self-ligating braces, in which a specialized clip with a “door” replaces elastics or other ties. The “door” guides the archwire, and allows the teeth to move gently into the proper position. Because of the increased flexibility of the self-ligating brace, it exerts less pressure on individual teeth, and this means you won’t have to get adjustments as frequently.
Another advantage is the fact that the gentler, low-friction force means you won’t experience the long-term discomfort from intense pressure on your teeth, or the tight wires that are so common with traditional braces. Because there are no ties, Damon braces are also much easier to clean.

Three Components of Damon Smile

There are three components of Damon Smile that create faster results, require fewer appointments, and cause less discomfort for patients.

  1. Because Damon Smile doesn’t use metal or plastic ties, there is no need to tighten the wire on the braces.
  2. Lightweight shape-memory wires allow teeth the freedom to move faster, without the need for as many adjustments as occur with traditional braces.
  3. Damon Smile realigns teeth and enhances facial appearance without extracting teeth or using rapid palatal expanders. The slide mechanism of Damon braces facilitates faster, more comfortable repositioning of your teeth.

Damon Smile technology can offer you the option of braces that require fewer adjustments, with less pressure on the teeth and the entire mouth. Book an appointment with Dr. Kyle Childers to determine whether Damon Smile is the best option for you or your child.

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Dr. Kyle Childers Was Recently Recognized by Invisalign® for Top 100 Case!

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Dr. Childers has been recognized as being the best of the best by Invisalign!

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Dr. Kyle Childers, a local orthodontist, Invisalign® Elite Preferred Provider, and designated Invisalign Teen Provider, has been recognized by Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign, as having patients selected as the top 100 best cases among orthodontists across North America.  The top 100 cases were selected based on clinical complexity and an efficiency of treatment for the patient and the quality of the final results.  From the thousands of cases submitted for consideration, the Top 100 were chosen by a panel of experienced Invisalign Orthodontists from across North America, as well as members of Align Technology’s Clinical Advisory Board.  The recognition is given each year to orthodontists who achieve and demonstrate an extraordinary level of expertise with the Invisalign treatment and are able to showcase great clinical results with very complex cases.

Dr. Childers is well-respected in the field of dental health.  He is an outstanding practitioner who provides his patients with unparalleled care and the latest treatments in orthodontics.  Align Technology congratulates Dr. Kyle Childers and his entire team for their commitment to continuing education and excellence in clinical skill!

Dr. Childers has consistently been on the leading edge of the newest proven technologies in the orthodontic field. He was among the first to use lasers and provide SureSmile® treatment, and he is especially proud to be the first in Southern Illinois to offer 3-dimensional teeth imaging technology via the iTero scanner for Invisalign® patients.

Dr. Childers was born and raised in Marion, Il.  He and his wife, Deidre, reside in Marion with their four children, Mason, Kate, Alec, and Tessa.

Dr. Kyle Childers Was Recently Recognized by Invisalign® for Top 100 Case!