[Damon System] versus Traditional Braces

damon systemDamon System Versus Traditional Braces

Because orthodontic technology has been expanding over the years, it’s normal for you to have a variety of choices for your treatment. Two choices that you may want to decide between are traditional brackets and Damon brackets. The Damon System is one of the newest forms of corrective devices, and there are several advantages to it. The following is some information about the Damon system in relation to the traditional system. You can use it to make an honest decision when you are ready to start your treatment.

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My Orthodontist Rocks

Childers Orthodontics – The Smiles We’re Achieving – Your Orthodontic Journey


Join Dr. Kyle Childers, the team at Childers Orthodontics and our amazing patients on a journey back to the classic 80’s with this fun music video “The Smiles We’re Achieving”.

Want to sing along? No problem! Here are the song lyrics:

The Smiles We’re Achieving – Your Orthodontic Journey

Just a small town girl’
A braces smile and hair that’s curled
She hops into the car for her special day

A Johnston City boy
Born and raised in Illinois
He’s leaving school today to go somewhere cool

They walked into the clinic room
Knowing braces would be off soon
For a smile they will share with friends
That lasts on, and on, and on

Patients sitting
In our nice reception room
Their teeth are going to feel tighttttt
But they, know that
It will be worth it soon
They will have a healthy Biteeeeee

Placing braces to get that grill
Bending wires gives me a thrill
Straightening teeth is just my vice
Just one more smile…….

Some like Invisalign
Because it’s clear
You’re lucky cause we do both here
Oh the fun here never ends it goes on, and on, and on

Patients leaving
Happy with their brand-new smiles
Knowing, Childers did it right
They wear retainers
To keep their teeth from moving
It’s what they’ll do every nighttttttt

Don’t stop believing
Your teeth will be straight
Excellence is the reason oh, oh, oh, ohhhhhhh

The care you’re receiving
Will be the best you ever had
From beginning to leaving oh, oh, ohhhhhhhh

The smiles we’re achieving
Are beautiful to have
Change yours this season oh, oh, ohhhhhhhhh

My Orthodontist Rocks

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For more information contact: Childers Orthodontics 201 West Washington, Benton, IL 62812. Your rocking orthodontist is Southern Illinois

The Smiles We’re Achieving – Your Orthodontic Journey




Orthodontic Fact #1 Almost 25% of patients that wore braces had to get them again after treatment because they failed to wear retainers as they were advised

Orthodontic Fact #1 Almost 25% of patients that wore braces had to get them again after treatment because they failed to wear retainers as they were advised

Someone dreading the idea of braces? How silly they’ll look? Getting food stuck in their teeth? How long they’ll have to wear them? The pain? The cost? Things have changed. Today, there are options that will take the sting out of getting teeth aligned, but still lead to the perfect smile.

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Smile For A Lifetime

Childers Orthodontics Wants You to Smile for a Lifetime!


Smile For A Lifetime

Childers Orthodontics is pleased to be partnered with the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation, an international nonprofit organization that assists in providing orthodontic scholarships to children whose family has financial challenges. Childers Orthodontics has been working with Smiles for a Lifetime since 2010 and we greatly enjoy our partnership!

We aim to change the lives of those who demonstrate excellence in their school, family, and community. It is our mission to create self-confidence, inspire hope, and give local youth a vision of personal success. The gift of a smile can do all of this for a deserving youth who, in turn, can use this gift to better themselves and the world around them.

This year, we are pleased to announce the recipients of our quarterly scholarships!

Sierra Najewski

Kayla Flute

Katelynn Rutkowski

Alex Gossman

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A note from Dr. Childers

One of the ways I continually  try to challenge myself and improve my service to patients is by visiting other orthodontic offices.  Fortunately, I am blessed with being part of the Schulman Study Group (SSG) which comprises of 125 of the best orthodontic practices throughout the United States and Canada.  I recently visited one of my SSG colleagues’ office in Kent, Ohio.  The Orthodontist is Dr Steve Belli and he has been in practice for 23 years.  Along with myself were several other SSG orthodontists: Dr Tim Busik of Forth Wayne Indiana, Dr Jean Kay of Toledo Ohio, Dr Joel Gluck of Nashville Tennessee, Dr Mike Lanzetta of Michigan, and Randal Moles of Milwaukee Wisconsin.

We observed Dr. Belli’s office and mingled with his patients throughout the day.  At the end of the day, we gathered together to discuss things that we felt were exceptional and unique that could possibly be applied to our offices.  Additionally, Dr. Belli encouraged us to give him some feedback on anything we saw with the way in which he managed his patients and practice that we felt he could improve on.  Needless to say learning, in this manner can be very educational and rewarding.

My office has been selected for the next office to visit.  I will be having 5-7 orthodontist visit my Herrin office in October.  I look forward to hearing their comments and suggestions.  I am never done trying to improve my skills and service to patients.

Dr. Kyle Childers

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We proudly offer Invisalign Teen!

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen

Dr. Kyle Childers and our team are excited to offer Invisalign Teen, a clear alternative to braces that’s just for teens! With Invisalign Teen, we are able to straighten your teen’s teeth without the hassle, discomfort, and embarrassment of traditional braces.

What is so good about Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen’s clear aligners are virtually invisible. What’s more, they are removable, which means your child is free to eat anything they choose, as well as brush and floss with ease! And best of all, Invisalign Teen uses no wires or metal to straighten your teen’s teeth. Read more

Childers Ortho Phase 1 Underbite

Where’s your bite? The differences between crossbites, overbites and underbites

differences between crossbites, overbites, and underbites

Did you know there is a direct correlation between your bite and your overall health? When your teeth and jaws are not properly-aligned, it may affect your breathing, speech, and, in extreme cases, even affect the appearance of your face. As a result of malocclusion, also commonly referred to as “bad bite,” your teeth may become crooked, worn or protruded over time. Most people experience some degree of malocclusion, but it is generally not severe enough to require corrective measures. If your malocclusion is serious enough, however, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the issue.

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Ask Childers Orthodontics: What’s the deal with mouthwash?

While mouthwash is not an alternative to regular brushing and flossing, it can help keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. There are several different types of mouthwashes available, and all of them will help do different things for your smile. The most common types of mouthwashes are:

Fluoride – fluoride is the most used type of mouthwash available, and is used to strengthen the enamel of the teeth while preventing cavities and tooth decay.
Antiseptic – an antiseptic mouthwash is used to kill bacteria and germs in the mouth. Most commonly used before and after a dental surgery, antiseptic mouthwashes can also help to fight gum disease, and halitosis (chronic bad breath). Antiseptic mouthwashes can affect your sense of taste and may stain the teeth, so it is recommended that you consult your dentist before using this type of mouthwash.
Combination – a combination mouthwash is designed to help prevent tooth decay, freshen the breath, and maintain the health of your smile.
Prescription – for patients with gum disease, or any signs of gum disease, you may need a prescription mouthwash. Prescription mouthwashes, like Peridex of PerioGard, are used to treat gingivitis, and other forms of decay.

There are also many different brands of mouthwash. Some common brands include:

• Scope
• Listerine
• Act
• Crest
• Tom’s of Maine (all-natural)
• Plax (anti-plaque rinse)
• Breath Rx
• Orajel
• Targon (special mouthwash made for smokers)
• Rembrandt (whitening mouthwash)

If you are curious about which kind of mouthwash would work best for you, be sure to ask us at your next appointment. If you have a favorite mouthwash, let us know by posting a comment for others to read!

–- Childers Orthodontics

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Foods to Avoid During Your Orthodontic Treatment

There are a variety of foods Dr. Kyle Childers recommends you avoid while wearing braces. Some foods can occasionally damage braces, but certain foods can bend the wires or even break the brackets on your braces. If you’re wearing braces, you should avoid starch, sugar and gummy foods, as these foods can be difficult to remove during brushing. Foods that are high in sugar and starch tend to cause plaque, cavities and even tooth decay.

Avoid tough meats, hard breads and raw vegetables such as carrots and celery. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

Also, chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

If you have any questions on which foods you should be avoiding and why, we invite you to give Childers Orthodontics a call or ask our staff during your next visit. You can also view the short video below for more information about what foods you should avoid while wearing braces.

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The benefits of a beautiful smile

Dr. Kyle R. Childers and our team know having an attractive smile puts a spring in your step—or two—as well as increases your self-confidence, no matter if you’re 14 or in your late forties. Smiling not only makes people happy and puts them in a good mood, doing it often can even help you live longer, according to previous studies!

If you’ve been hiding your smile because you have crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth, it’s time to consider orthodontic treatment at Childers Orthodontics. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn how quickly and efficiently today’s most advanced correction techniques can straighten your smile!

Don’t hide your smile any longer—give us a call today to schedule yours or your child’s orthodontic consultation.