If You Don’t Want Traditional Metal Braces, What Are The Other Options?

If You Don’t Want Traditional Metal Braces, What Are The Other Options? There was a time quite recently in history when traditional metal braces were the only orthodontic treatment option for correcting crooked or misaligned teeth. Because of this, every person who wanted a straighter smile had one choice and only one choice.


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Times have changed! Today, there are plenty of options to achieve any oral health goal you have: straighter teeth, better bite alignment, the optimal spacing between teeth and between the upper and lower jaws, elimination of jaw pain and better overall oral health. In this post, learn about alternative teeth straightening options that have plenty to recommend them for both adults and teens!


Clear, removable aligners that are near-invisible to others, easy to put in and take out, comfy to wear and require no dietary or activity restrictions – what is there not to love? Since Invisalign was introduced nationwide in 2000, it has developed a loyal and enthusiastic ever-growing fan base amongst orthodontists and patients alike.

Teens love it because their smile straightens rapidly and no one is the wiser. Adults love it because it can save them time, money and the awkwardness of heading off to work with a full set of metal in their mouths. The aligners system makes oral care a breeze since brushing and flossing can be done while the aligners are being cleaned in their own special case. They can be removed for special events like the annual holiday dinner at the boss’s house or senior prom. Best of all, there are fewer trips to the orthodontist’s office, since aligners can be pre-configured and distributed, and won’t break or tear in-between visits.


SureSmile is a unique type of modern copper-based hardware that can be exactingly customized to each patient’s needs. With one seamless arch-wire that fits through the metal brackets, precise pressure can be applied to each tooth to deliver faster, better results in less time and at a lower cost. Patients report less discomfort due to the less invasive hardware used to achieve the desired treatment outcomes.

The Damon System

The Damon System of self-ligating hardware comes in metal and clear. These light, cutting-edge brackets require no accessories such as rubber bands or elastic o-rings to achieve proper pressure on a per tooth basis. They are light in weight (yet very strong), unobtrusive in appearance (especially in Damon clear) and free from the irritating friction of metal-on-tissue that causes some patients to experience ongoing uncomfortable abrasion to sensitive oral tissues.

Best of all, the Damon System hardware is a great choice for patients of all ages (adults, children, teens) and can drastically reduce the overall amount of time you spend in the orthodontist waiting room or in the patient examination chair.

For any patient who is not a good candidate for clear aligners, Damon clear often becomes the natural alternative choice. The Damon clear hardware is translucent, so while it is mounted at the front and center of the teeth, it is difficult to see unless someone is standing very close and looking specifically for them! The clear hardware can be virtually undetectable for professional photos and special event photos, and best of all it may reduce treatment times by up to 60 percent. The Damon System and Damon Clear System are popular with patients and orthodontists alike for these and many other reasons.

Propel Orthodontic Acceleration

Propel Orthodontics is an outgrowth of the newer field or “orthodontic acceleration.” The goal of this developing field is to speed up treatment results by 50 percent or greater by involving the entire mouth and jaw in the treatment process.

The Propel device is used to stimulate the bone in the jaw surrounding each tooth. This very mildly invasive stimulation (it requires no incisions but only some pressure to each pertinent point along the jaw bone) can be successfully integrated into the orthodontic treatment plan for an estimated 80 percent of patients.

Adult patients in particular often add Propel Acceleration to their treatment plan because of the reliable and fast results it can provide. When treatment time is cut in half, that also means less time stuck in traffic, fewer office visits and lower overall treatment costs. It is no wonder Propel has been a hit since it was first introduced!

Learn More At Childers Orthodontics

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, our orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need treatment with Damon System braces or Invisalign aligners. Children, teenagers, and adults can have an examination to learn more about straightening their teeth. We offer appointments at these locations:

• Herrin – 618-997-1800
• Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
• Benton – 618-997-1800

You can have your orthodontic devices created with robotic SureSmile equipment to have the best treatment possible for your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers iTero archwires, AcceleDent Aura devices and Propel procedures to reduce the amount of time required for wearing orthodontic devices.

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

If You Don’t Want Traditional Metal Braces, What Are The Other Options?

Childers Orthodontics

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

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