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Ask Dr. Childers: What can my child expect during their first consultation?

When you first come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Childers will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess your oral health. This will better enable us to determine the best treatment method for you.

Your orthodontic evaluation will consist of an oral and facial examination to assess your oral health. Dr. Childers will have you take intraoral and facial photographs as well as panoramic and cephalometric X-rays to help determine the proper orthodontic treatment method. Then, an impression of your teeth and bite will be taken to construct a model of your mouth. This will help Dr. Childers when examining your diagnostic records.

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How to care for your braces, from Dr. Childers

Lately, Dr. Childers and our team in Benton and Harrisburg, Il have receiving a lot of questions about braces. That’s why we created this great video, to address all of your questions and concerns! Watch to learn more about what you can and can’t eat, how to brush and floss, what wax is for, and how to address orthodontic emergencies! As always, feel free to give us a call or connect with us on our Facebook page if you have any questions. We hope that this helps!

Have a great week!

-The team at Childers Orthodontics

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Have you participated in the Childers Orthodontics School Supply Drive?

If you haven’t yet, don’t forget to bring school supplies in to your next appointment at Childers Orthodontics for our School Supply Drive. All school supplies will be donated to shelters in our community. The drive ends at the end of August, so don’t hesitate to participate today!

Donations made on your behalf will benefit your Swipe-N-Smile card points, so be sure to bring your card in to your next appointment. You can view your points anytime on the our website homepage. It’s simple. just click on the Swipe-N-Smile icon and enter your 16 digit reward card number and the 4 digit pin number. Then, you will be provided with your points total and your gift options. As always, feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about the Swipe-N-Smile program, or if you would like to schedule your next appointment!

Thank you,

-Childers Orthodontics


Have you entered the Childers Orthodontics T-Shirt Contest? We need your help!

Are you an artist at heart? Now through October 29, 2010, Dr. Childers and our team will be hosting a T-Shirt contest for all of our patients. We are looking for a design to use on special edition patient t-shirts. These t-shirts will be given to patients when they begin treatment at our office.

The design winner will receive a $50 gift card to the store of their choice, as well as their design on limited edition t-shirts beginning this January. This contest is open to all of our patients, so don’t hesitate to submit your creative designs! We will be voting on Facebook to narrow down our top three chosen designs this November. The winner will be the design with the most facebook “likes”.

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Childers Orthodontics at the Schulman Study Group meeting!

To better serve our phenomenal patients with the highest quality orthodontic care possible, Dr. Childers attended a Treatment Coordinators meeting with the Schulman Study Group in St. Louis last week. The Schulman Study Group is an association of nationally prominent orthodontic practices from among the top 1 percent of all offices.

Because we are committed to continuing education, one of the ways that Dr. Childers and our remarkable staff improve our service is by attending important conferences, meetings and seminars about the always-exciting world of orthodontics. Our treatment coordinators, Michelle and Sherry, also attended the Treatment Coordinators meeting.  Read more

Celebrating Spirit Days at Childers Orthodontics!

Benton, Harrisburg, and Herrin, IL orthodontist Dr. Childers enjoys creating a fun and friendly environment at our office. Spirit Weeks are one of the many ways that our team is able to make our patients’ smile when they come in for an appointment.

It was recently Twin Day at our office, and within the Benton Consolidated High School District (BCHS), which is why we would like to invite everyone to join in and share your spirit. We encourage all of our patients to post their twin pictures on our Facebook page wall. Any pictures that you post on Facebook will be added to our Spirit Days 2010 Facebook album.

We can’t wait to see your spirit!

-The team at Childers Orthodontics


Football Inspiration

I wanted to share a photograph that one of my employees took at a recent football game. The photo shows many of the players from both the DuQuoin and Harrisburg football team kneeling in prayer after the game. I can’t express how touched I was at the picture. In today’s day and age when both religion and sportsmanship are downplayed, it is heartwarming to see that both are still alive and present here in Southern Illinois. Most of us from SI realize how hard fought the game was between these two power house teams. What a wonderful testimony that they can come together like this after the game. I would love to know who the player or players were that first suggested this gathering. I wish you could encourage other football players from around the area to follow in you example. I am very proud of all of you.

Thank you,

Childers Orthodontics


Ask Dr. Childers: What should I expect when I get my braces removed?

Dr. Childers and our team often receives questions from our patients about how their teeth will look and feel when they get their braces removed from their teeth. Our patients often wonder, “Will I be glad that I had braces?” Check out this short video clip to see firsthand what it was like for Bailie to get her braces removed by our team at Childers Orthodontics.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about orthodontic treatment options in Benton, Harrisburg, and Herrin IL, or if you would like to schedule a consultation. Dr. Childers and our team uses the most advanced technology available, including traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign (invisible) braces, Damon brackets, and even SureSmile!

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October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

Did you know that October is National Orthodontic Health Month? Dr. Childers and our team know how tempting this time of the year can be for your sweet tooth. With all of the caramel, candy corn, and lollipops that are often passed around to trick-or-treaters, we know that it can sometimes be hard to find hard candy alternatives.

However, there is good news! Today, we would like to share a few braces-friendly holiday foods with all of our patients, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontics, or AAO. These treats are delicious, and provided that you remember to brush and floss after indulging, these foods will not cause damage to your beautiful smile.

Orthodontic-Friendly Treats
• Soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates
• Peanut butter cups
• Milk shakes
• Gelatin
• Peeled, thinly sliced apples
• Ice cream

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What do you love about Childers Orthodontics?

From the moment that you step in the door of Childers Orthodontics, it is our passion to provide a fun and friendly environment while creating your ideal smile! With convenient orthodontic offices in Benton, Harrisburg and Herrin, Illinois, Dr. Childers and our talented staff work hard to create a one-of-a-kind treatment plan that is guaranteed to make you smile!

Today, we would love to hear about your experience at Childers Orthodontics. Whether you and your family has been visiting our office for weeks, months, or years, would love to hear your feedback about Dr. Childers and team.

There are many ways that you can share your story about our practice with the rest of the world. You can write a review on our Google Places page for our Benton, IL office, Harrisburg, IL office, or our Herrin, IL office. Or, you can tell us by posting on our Facebook page or by giving us a call!

Thank you,

-Dr. Childers and team