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What’s the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

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Orthodontists and Dentists

Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw while Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, and the straightness of teeth. One important difference is that all orthodontists like Dr. Kyle Childers are dentists, but not all dentists are licensed orthodontists. Read more

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Feeling Confident at Your Orthodontic Consultation

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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. Read more

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Braces-Friendly Recipe: Breakfast

Braces-Friendly Recipe: Breakfast

Kids can be picky eaters. How many times have you seen your child try to hide the peas under a mound of mashed potatoes?

Braces-Friendly Recipes for Breakfast

At Childers Orthodontics, Dr. Kyle Childers and our team understand how hard it can be to get your child to eat the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables. The task of providing fun, nutritious meals becomes even more challenging if he or she wears braces. It’s an age-old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. These five braces-friendly recipes are not only nutritious, but they will have little Jimmy flashing his “tin grin” when he sits down at the kitchen table in the morning. Read more

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Is Invisalign Teen® right for my child?

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Straightening your teeth with traditional braces used to be something of a public affair. While traditional teeth-straightening methods yielded high-quality results, it was also essentially impossible to wear them undetected as you went about your day. The visibility of braces could be especially troubling to teens in the high-stress environment of high school and even during the early years of college.
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Dr. Kyle Childers Was Recently Recognized by Invisalign® for Top 100 Case!

Preferred Invisalign Provider - Dr. Kyle Childers

Be sure to read this feature on him, or you can read it in the paper!

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!

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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.

Damon® Smile Braces

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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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