Do Orthodontic Braces Cause (White Spots) on Teeth?

Do Orthodontic Braces Cause White Spots on Teeth?

For most people, braces are the ideal way to get a better smile. However, some people end up getting disappointed by the results of their orthodontic braces because they notice unsightly white spots after the brackets are removed. White spots can be a little unpleasant to look at, but you should not let them stop you from deciding to get braces. The reality is that white spots are entirely preventable even if you are wearing orthodontic braces. Keep reading to find out all about the underlying cause of white spots and learn how you can protect your teeth from them.

How Common Are White Spots After Braces?

Though white spots are not necessarily caused by braces, it is true that this type of tooth discolouration is more common among people who have been wearing braces. White spots and braces are linked because braces can make it much more difficult for a person to properly clean their teeth. The most common location for white spots tends to be either along the gumline or around the edges of the brackets. Not every patient who has braces will get white spots. In fact, the majority of orthodontic patients will not have white spots after treatment. It is a relatively uncommon effect of wearing braces.

What Causes White Spots on the Teeth?

White spots are actually an area of the tooth where the enamel does not contain enough strengthening minerals. This type of demineralization is caused by bacteria that can flourish in the mouth when it is not properly cleaned. These types of bacteria produce byproducts that gradually wear away at the teeth. When the minerals are removed from the surface of the tooth, the area because hollow, so it looks lighter. The area may be rough, pitted, indented, or raised.

As you can see, braces do not necessarily cause white spots. Instead, white spots are essentially areas of the teeth that are not getting properly cleaned. Many orthodontic patients, especailly younger ones, struggle to get the entire surface of their tooth while brushing, leading to white spots. In addition to being unsightly, these white spots may eventually become cavities if left untreated, so it is important to try to treat or prevent them.

Can You Do Anything to Treat White Spots?

Fortunately, it is possible to get rid of white spots on your teeth from wearing braces. One of the first things you will probably need to do is focus on re-mineralization. This is a special technique that involves applying a mineral rich cream to your teeth and letting it sit for a while. The teeth are very absorbent, so the minerals will sink into the white spots and help to strengthen teeth. In addition to building tooth strength, re-mineralization will also help the white spots to fade.

Another way to reduce white spots is through various cosmetic dentistry treatments. A basic tooth whitening procedure can help to lighten the teeth and reduce the appearance of white spots. If the white spots are unusually raised, microabrasion can remove them and reveal new enamel. For sunken white spots, your doctor can fill in the area with dental resin coloured to match your teeth.

What Can You Do to Prevent White Spots?

Though it is possible to fix white spots on the teeth, keep in mind that these treatments can be a little time consuming, expensive, or slow to show results. Instead of just planning on treating white spots once your braces are removed, it is better to prevent them from happening in the first place. Most patients find that white spots are entirely avoidable as long as they practice some simple oral hygiene habits. Use these tips to reduce your chances of getting white spots after wearing braces:
Make sure you brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day to remove bacteria and plaque buildup that could contribute to white spots.

Use a mouthwash with fluoride to ensure that your teeth remain properly mineralized.
Consider using an electric toothbrush with a head specifically for braces wearers to ensure that your teeth are properly cleaned.
Floss once a day to remove bacteria that can hide between teeth.

Avoid eating high sugar foods that can encourage bacteria growth. Whenever you do eat something sugary, brush your teeth or rinse out your mouth afterwards.

Lower the amount of acidic things that you eat and drink. This includes soda, salad dressings, sour candies, tomato-based sauces, and lemonade.

Talk to your orthodontist about putting a sealant on your teeth to help them resist bacteria.

Now that you know how to prevent white spots on the teeth, you can confidently get braces without worrying about their effect on tooth colouration. If you would like to find out more about how to take care of your teeth while wearing braces, set up an appointment at one of the three convenient Childers Orthodontics locations. Call us at 618-438-2815 or fill out our online contact form to get in touch with us today.

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[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.

About the Damon System

The Damon bracket system of teeth correction was created by a dentist named Dwight Damon. His goal was to create a system that focused on patient comfort. Having the client’s comfort in mind, Damon came up with a technology that is known as the sliding-door technology. Today, thousands of specialists have taken training and offer their patients treatment with the Damon system. They are an excellent alternative to traditional brackets for clients who are concerned about their comfort but don’t want to go the Invisalign route. Many other benefits exist to this system, as well.

What Makes the Damon System Unique?

The Damon system differs from traditional braces in several ways. One of the main ways that it differs from the Damon system is that it uses self-ligating brackets. The brackets on the Damon system do not need the o-rings on them. They have a little gate that holds the wire and allows it to move or slide. The technology allows the brackets to tighten themselves. The result is that patients have fewer visits to the orthodontist for tightening.

Another benefit of this system is the treatment time. Treatment time can be significantly shorter with this system than with traditional brackets. Some specialists and patients have reported seeing a six-month decrease in the treatment time.

Are You Qualified for the Damon System?

If you qualify for traditional brackets, you will most likely qualify for the Damon brackets. To be sure, you must schedule an appointment with an orthodontic specialist who will perform an examination to see how your teeth are aligned. Treatment methods depend on the condition of your teeth and the complexity of the procedure. Some patients have to have some of their teeth pulled. Some patients have situations that can only be resolved with the sturdiest form of treatment. You’ll have to go in for a full examination to find out where you fall into the teeth repair process. The orthodontist will let you know if you need traditional brackets, Invisalign, the Damon system or something else.

The Process of Getting Damon Brackets

The process of getting any type of brackets starts with the consultation. You will have X-rays and a full examination to see what the issue is. You will then talk to the orthodontist to see if the Damon system is, indeed, the right system for you. If it is the right system for you, you will have to get fitted for the braces, which may take two appointments. You have to have some spacers put in between your teeth. Next, the specialist will put brackets and wires on your teeth. If you need to have some teeth pulled out make room for movement, then you will take care of that before the other parts of the treatment commence. Teeth pulling necessity is common in people who have severe crowding issues. You’ll find out if you need teeth pulled during your consultation or your examination.

Cost of Damon Brackets

The cost of Damon brackets varies depending on the depths of your issue and the payment method that you choose. If you use insurance, then you will only have to pay a portion of the costs. Discount plans will offer you a certain percentage off of the treatment. In relation to traditional brackets, the Damon brackets are about the same. You can receive a discount on he braces if you can pay the entire bill in full. If you cannot pay the entire bill in full, you can apply for inexpensive in-house financing that you can pay in easy-to-handle payments during the course of your treatment.

You can go the route of a third-party provider, as well. It’s up to you the way you would like to handle paying for your treatment, but just know that you have plenty of amazing options. You’ll get the task done one way or the other.

Call Our Orthodontist Today to Schedule Your First Appointment

At Childers Orthodontics in Benton, Ill., Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expert care for children, teenagers and adults. Our orthodontist provides these treatments to repair misaligned teeth:

• Damon System – passive self-ligating devices
• Braces – traditional wires and brackets or color-matching ceramic brackets
• Aligners – designed by Invisalign
• Retainers – designed for keeping teeth in correct positions
• SureSmile – customized arch wires
• Propel – alveolar perforations for faster bone formation

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Childers Orthodontics

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


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.

Not Your Parents’ Metal Wires

The days of traditional wires and metal filling mouths and painful adjustments that make it necessary to eat only yogurt for a day or two are long gone. Take Invisalign. This method uses clear aligners, comparable to a retainer. Adults and teens will love this option because it’s difficult to tell they’re wearing them, but it’s possible to see the changes happening. However, Invisalign isn’t available for everyone, so ask your orthodontist for the details.

Childer’s Orthodontics also offers SureSmile technology, which can cut down on the length of time necessary for the braces to be worn by about 30%. While it does use traditional metal wires, tiny robots automatically tighten the wires based on body heat, so there’s no need to see the orthodontist every month.

Keeping Teeth Straight

No matter what straightening method is used, keeping teeth aligned doesn’t end when you stop seeing the orthodontist. Many people wear braces a second time because they didn’t wear their retainers. Mistake! This is entirely avoidable. Keep the retainer on by:

  • Ordering a second retainer in case the first is lost or broken
  • Working to get into a habit of wearing it
  • Obtaining a new retainer any time one is misplaced or broken

Once you’re on the path to straight teeth, you can maintain them in just a few hours every night.

Call Our Orthodontist Today to Schedule Your First Appointment

At Childers Orthodontics in Benton, Ill., Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expert care for children, teenagers and adults. Our orthodontist provides these treatments to repair misaligned teeth:

• Damon System – passive self-ligating devices
• Braces – traditional wires and brackets or color-matching ceramic brackets
• Aligners – designed by Invisalign
• Retainers – designed for keeping teeth in correct positions
• SureSmile – customized arch wires
• Propel – alveolar perforations for faster bone formation

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Childers Orthodontics

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

Braces Friendly Recipe: Dinner


05 05 13_Cinco de Mayo Mexican Lasagna_0008Wearing braces during your treatment at Childers Orthodontics presents some unique challenges in the types of food you can safely eat. The wrong items can be difficult to remove from between your teeth and the appliance. Other foods may even break or loosen your braces.

Braces Friendly Recipe: Dinner Lasagna

Lasagna is a great dinner choice because it provides you with several food groups in one easy dish.


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground hamburger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 pound diced tomatoes — canned is fine
  • 12 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 package of dry spaghetti sauce mix for seasoning
  • 10 oz. box dry lasagna
  • 3 cups ricotta or cottage cheese or 1 1/2 cups each mixed
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pound sliced or shredded Mozzarella cheese


Brown and drain your hamburger meat. Dice the garlic and simmer the hamburger, garlic, basil, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and powdered sauce mix for 1/2 hour.

Cook the lasagna noodles as directed on the package and drain.

Beat the eggs and combine them with your ricotta or cottage cheese.

Layer ½ of the noodles in a 13 x 9 pan. Spread 1/2 of your cottage cheese mix on top of the noodles, then layer 1/2 of the mozzarella on top. Finish this layer with 1/2 of your hamburger mix. Repeat the layering with the other half of your ingredients. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.


You can enjoy ribs and chicken wings as long as you cut the meat from the bone before you eat. The same rule applies to Turkey legs. Do not gnaw on bones, because this may damage your braces.

Vegetables and Fruits

You still need to include fruits and vegetables in your daily meals. Skip corn on the bob, whole apples, and raw carrots. Broccoli is soft but particles can become stuck in your braces, so be sure to brush and floss after your meal.


Avoid caramel, taffy, and hard candies for dessert. Pudding and ice cream are fine, but low-sugar versions are best.

Remember that your mouth will be sore after adjustments with Dr. Kyle Childers. Stick to softer foods until the sensitivity is reduced. Please do not hesitate to ask our team for recipe and meal ideas. We will be happy to take the time to explain which foods items are the best choices and why.

If you have any questions about these recipes, or if you have any questions about eating with braces, please give us a call at our Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL office!


Braces Friendly Recipe: Dinner

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

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

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.

Invisalign Teen aligners are made from a lightweight plastic material and fit precisely on the teeth. Invisalign Teen has become a popular treatment here at Childers Orthodontics because it helps our younger patients achieve a straight, beautiful smile without their friends noticing.

Our team at Childers Orthodontics is aware that most teens today have a busy lifestyle, and sometimes, they tend to lose things, including their retainers or aligners. But with Invisalign Teen, if your child happens to lose an aligner, let Dr. Kyle Childers and our team know as soon as possible and we will have the aligner replaced.

For more information on Invisalign Teen, please give us a call at our convenient Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL office today!


We proudly offer Invisalign Teen®!

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.

Where’s your bite?

Malocclusion may also be referred to as an underbite, crossbite or overbite. So, what, exactly, is the difference between the three?


Crossbites, which can involve a single tooth or a group of teeth, occur when your upper and lower jaws are both misaligned, and usually causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth. Crossbites can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth, and are known to cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.


Overbites, also known as “overjet,” occurs when your upper teeth overlap considerably with the lower teeth. Overbites can lead to gum issues or irritation and even wear on the lower teeth, and are known to cause painful jaw and joint problems. Overbites can usually be traced to genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth.


Underbites, which occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, are caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. Underbites can also be caused by missing upper teeth, which can prevent the normal function of front teeth (molars). This in turn leads to tooth wear and pain in your joints and jaw.

Fortunately, we are able to treat bite problems. If you suspect you or your child has a bite misalignment, we encourage you to be examined at our office as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure you or your child avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.

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

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