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Treatment Time for Damon System

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LAST UPDATED: APRIL 24, 2018

Treatment Time for Damon System

When braces were first invented back in 1728, they weren’t the most comfortable or subtle of treatments. In fact, the so-named “Father of Modern Orthodontics,” Pierre Fauchard, was famous for using forceps to move teeth where he wanted them to go – ouch!

Here at Childers Orthodontics, we are happy to report that today’s braces have come a very long way from those earliest of days. Today’s hardware is lightweight, streamlined, flexible and sometimes even near-invisible depending on placement and materials used!

The Damon System is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments offered today for all of these reasons and more.

FAQ

What Is the Damon System?

The Damon System is a treatment that can be successfully used on patients of all ages. The modern, streamlined and sleek hardware make use of what is called “self-ligating” technology to reduce discomfort and shorten treatment times.

The term “self-ligating” means that the system is self-contained and requires no use of elastic bands or metal ties, both of which can cause abrasion and discomfort. The simple hardware consists of just two pieces: an archwire and brackets.

Each tooth gets its own individual bracket in either traditional metal or clear (these are nearly invisible!). The upper set of teeth gets one archwire and the lower set of teeth gets one archwire.

From here, the orthodontist makes small adjustments to ensure the teeth move into proper alignment in the shortest possible time period with the greatest possible comfort to the patient.

The Benefits of the Damon System

The Damon System has become popular over time as its benefits become more widely recognized.

These benefits are the same for all age patients but may be particularly appreciated in young patients, who often lack the patience to do the extra brushing and flossing and dietary/activity modifications required by traditional hardware.

Damon System benefits include (but are not limited to) these:

  • The choice of metal or clear hardware allows for image-sensitive patients to choose the least visible treatment system.
  • The system can treat mild or moderately severe malocclusions (misalignments) of teeth and bite.
  • The hardware is very easy to clean and maintain, with far less brushing and flossing than with traditional hardware.
  • Fewer orthodontist visits are required for adjustments and hardware repairs (on average, only half as many visits as for traditional treatment, which also saves on drive time and expense of treatment).
  • The overall treatment time tends to be shorter by as much as six months when compared to traditional orthodontic treatments.
  • Treatment is much less invasive on average, with less discomfort, fewer abrasions to soft mouth tissues and less risk of damage to hardware through everyday activities.
  • Often the need to extract teeth (for example, with issues of overcrowding) can be completely avoided with the Damon System.
  • There is zero risk of swallowing any of the hardware (elastic bands, O-rings, metal ties) because the Damon System has no external additional parts.
  • The result is the widest, healthiest and most balanced possible smile with exceptional tooth and jaw alignment.
  • The much lighter weight hardware is not only comfier, but places less pressure on teeth and helps to maintain optimal blood flow for fast treatment success.

Talking Treatment Times: How Fast is “Fast?”

It just stands to reason that any orthodontic patient will want to see the results of their treatment right away….and even yesterday, if possible!

After all, that is the whole reason orthodontia was invented: to give patients the chance to have the best oral health as well as a smile to be proud of and show off at every opportunity.

So how fast, exactly, is “fast?” With the Damon System, research has identified precisely how much faster this system can deliver treatment results than traditional (conventional) orthodontic treatment.

The average length of treatment time for conventional orthodontic treatment is 27.5 months, or two years and 3.5 months.

The average length of treatment time for Damon System treatment is 20.3 months, or one year and 8.3 months.

That is a difference of just over seven months! Here, it just makes sense why the Damon system, like the equally popular trailblazing Invisalign system of aligners, has become so popular and in demand among orthodontic patients.

That is seven months free from wearing orthodontic hardware, free from visiting the orthodontist for adjustments, free from wondering and waiting when you will finally have the perfect, beautiful smile you’ve been waiting to see!

Where to Start

If you want to learn more about the Damon System and find out if you are a good candidate, the first step is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Childers. Read on to find out how to do this!

 

Schedule an Appointment

In Illinois, you visit Childers Orthodontics to have an examination to determine if you need to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers his services to adults, teenagers and children in three locations that include:

Herrin – 618-997-1800
Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
Benton – 618-438-2815

After an evaluation of your mouth, our orthodontist can determine if you need to wear one of these types of devices:

Damon System – uses self-ligating brackets
Braces – made with traditional metal and wire brackets
Invisalign – aligners designed for teenagers or adults

Patients at Childers Orthodontics can also request the AcceleDent Aura system to reduce the amount of time required for their orthodontic treatment.  Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

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

How Can Widely Spaced Teeth Impact Your Overall Health

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LAST UPDATED: MARCH 27, 2018

How Can Widely Spaced Teeth Impact Your Overall Health

When people first visit the orthodontist, their first thought is usually that they can’t wait to have a beautiful smile. Widely spaced teeth often lead to issues with self-esteem, and it is important to love what you see in the mirror. However, you should be aware that having large gaps between your teeth places you at risk for serious oral health conditions such as gum disease, and they can also be a symptom of other health problems. As you prep for your appointment, keep this information in mind about the impact of widely spaced teeth on your overall health.

FAQ

Understand the Link Between Genetics and Your Teeth

If you’ve every noticed a parent and child having the same smile, then you recognize the role that genetics can play in teeth placement. It is very common for both parents and their children to need braces to correct problems such as a large gap between the two front teeth. While this is fairly benign, certain genetic disorders can also create large spaces between teeth. For example, acromegaly is a genetic disorder that involves a person’s body producing too much growth hormone. In addition to other issues, it causes the jaw and head to be larger than average. All of that extra room results in the teeth being set further apart.

Know Your Risk For Gum Disease and Decay

Having space between your teeth makes it easier to floss. However, spaces that are too large also become what orthodontists tend to call plaque traps. This is because food and debris have more space to collect. As they break down, they generate bacteria that contribute to gum disease. Once periodontal disease starts up, it requires a series of treatments to get your mouth back to a healthy state. If you show signs of early gum disease, then Invisalign is a great option for decreasing these gaps because it also makes it easier to brush and floss those gaps while they are closing.

Avoid Other Oral Health Issues

Gum disease and decay are scary enough, but those are just the most obvious problems you can face. Teeth with large spaces are also usually out of alignment, and misaligned teeth lead to long term wear and tear that places you at risk for jaw pain, cracked teeth or an inability to maintain restorations such as fillings. When you have gaps along with misalignment, you will likely be a good candidate for braces that correct both of these issues at once.

Encourage Better Overall Health

It is easy to forget that proper nutrition begins with your mouth. You must be able to chew your food properly to keep your digestive system working efficiently. When large gaps interfere with your eating abilities, malnutrition, digestive discomfort and pain are all possible issues that you can face. Periodontal disease has also been linked to serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease because the bacteria that accumulates deep within your gums eventually enters your bloodstream and creates a systemic infection. It is also important to avoid overlooking the toll that unsightly teeth can take on your mental health. Depression, anxiety and a loss of self-esteem are all mental health issues that can stem from unhappiness with your widely spaced teeth.

Find Out Your Options

The field of orthodontics is constantly evolving, and you can take advantage of having multiple options for safeguarding your health through orthodontic treatment. For example, Invisalign offers a discreet way to shift your teeth into proper alignment without detracting from your overall appearance. Many people prefer this treatment because the trays can be removed so that eating, playing sports and toothbrushing can all be done without any hindrances. Alternatively, traditional braces can be used for children and young teens who may not be as likely to wear their plastic aligners as required.

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

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Can I Wear Braces If I’m [Pregnant]?

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LAST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 27, 2018

Can I Wear Braces If I’m Pregnant?

A new and enhanced look will, of course, build your confidence and make you feel proud of your appearance while you are pregnant. There’s nothing that will make you feel more confident than having an engaging smile that draws people’s attention as you exchange greetings and have conversations with others. Sometimes you do need a bit of tooth straightening or other dental work to correct any other issues with your teeth. There’s no medical reason why you should put off your orthodontic brace treatment until after you’ve given birth to your baby.

FAQ

Should You See Your Obstetrician Before Undergoing Orthodontic Work?

One of the first things you should do as you contemplate having dental work done is a very important but little known fact that you should first make an appointment with your obstetrician to learn whether there any risks involved in undergoing orthodontic dental work while you’re pregnant. With that issue out of the way, you will need to begin making a list of all medications you’re taking and hand it over to your orthodontist.

Why Is Your Medication List So Important?

Your orthodontist will use the medication list to learn whether any of the drugs you are taking will result in oral complicated issues later on. This dental specialist will be looking at your current history of medications to determine whether any of the medications have side-effects that could affect your planned orthodontic work.

You will not be given any medications in order to have orthodontic treatment. Your specialist will determine whether vitamins you are currently taking could actually cause a reduction in a tooth movement when your orthodontic therapy is in progress.

Can You Have Oral Surgery Or Anesthesia While Pregnant?

You will not be having surgery or needing anesthesia once you are slated for treatment. Yes, you may experience some discomfort in your gums and soft palate. That discomfort happens because of the metal wires in your devices. Your specialist will simply recommend an ointment to lessen any such discomfort.

How will braces effect your overall health while pregant?

While overall planning arrangements are being made for treating you, your specialist will also be gleaning information about your hormonal health that is useful before initiating your orthodontic treatment plan. Emphasis is placed on the importance of your hormonal health.

Will braces effect Hormonal Health During Pregnancy?

The status of your hormonal health focuses on whether your gums are healthy and free of gingivitis. Pregnancy automatically presents hormonal changes. Be sure to maintain a healthy dental status during the entire course of your pregnancy to avoid any buildup of plaque that can cause you to develop gingivitis of your gums, which is an inflammatory condition.

You can also develop the periodontal disease if you’re wearing a brace and have gingivitis disease because plaque collects on braces. There is a definite connection between gingivitis and gingival hyperplasia, and both are associated with hormonal changes.

Another plus for wearing brace devices while you are pregnant is that they will improve your diet. That’s so because you can now chew your food properly and eat a wide array of healthy diets.

Can Braces Help You To Maintain A Healthy Diet?

Your orthodontic braces make it easier for you to eat and digest vegetables, protein and fruits. You’ll now be consuming daily portions of these food items that you couldn’t chew properly in the past.

 

The device will help you to eat properly, and you will be transferring nutrients to your fetus that are the building blocks of life. You’ll be able to produce more breast milk too due to your consuming a well-balanced amount of high-protein foods that’s combined with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Can I Get Invisalign Aligners While Pregnant?

You might have to wear invisalign aligners while you are pregnant. Most pregnant women do have minor dental malocclusion issues, because their teeth do not mesh normally. If you have that condition, you will have to wear these aligners.

Don’t worry about wearing these devices though. They are made of soft plastic material that won’t cause you any discomfort. You’ll find that this type of aligner is easy to be maintained daily. How about weight gain during pregnancy that can change the size of your mouth?

Will Weight Gain Affect the Comfort Of Your Orthodontic Device?

You may gain excess weight during pregnancy, which results in changing the size of your mouth. A hygienist at your dental specialist’s office will be asked to create a new mold impression from your mouth and teeth.

Adjustments will also have to be made to the size of your Invisalign aligner devices to make sure that they are working correctly too. Be prepared to make frequent visits to your orthodontic facility to ensure that wires on your dental devices are correctly adjusted to reflect changes in your body weight.

Do Hormone Levels Cause Changes?

Pregnancy does cause changes in your hormone levels that bring about loose teeth, saliva increases and yes bad breath. So visit your orthodontic specialist’s office and keep going in for regular checkups throughout your pregnancy. If you’re fearful of undergoing dental image testing, technology offers dental facilities protective devices for your convenience. Those devices cover your abdominal area and keep you safe from radiation exposure.

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

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Difference Between a Dentist And Orthodontist

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When parents are looking for excellent oral care for their children, they typically visit a dental facility. Your child may be an infant or entering middle school, but every age requires focused, dental care. However, there may be some confusion about the proper doctor for your child’s treatment. There are major differences between professionals calling themselves dentists or orthodontists. Learn more about orthodontia so that you can be informed as your child grows in his her adult teeth.

Looking Past a Cleaning

An orthodontist doesn’t clean your teeth. Their main job is to evaluate the mouth for tooth alignment. These features are exclusive to this practice, such as:

  • Two more years of schooling that go above and beyond dentistry
  • Extra accreditation is necessary

Specialists deal with the anatomy of the jaw and palate along with the teeth. Their concern is the overall function of the mouth and jaw. Without aligned teeth, multiple problems can arise over time. As children grow up with minimal dental care, they must live with teeth that may not be as functional as perfectly straight types.

Dealing With Random Pains

A toothache may bring you to the dental office, but it’s the orthodontist who treats pains that seem to come and go. These issues aren’t due to a cavity or other acute condition. As teeth grow in through childhood and adolescence, they may not move in a perfectly vertical fashion. Some teeth meet obstacles, which causes them to twist or bend into different positions than what’s considered natural.

Specialized services are necessary at this point so that the misalignment can be quickly corrected. Those pains should disappear after treatment.

Making Room for an Impacted Tooth

Another specialty that’s exclusive to orthodontia is dealing with impacted teeth. At times, teeth simply don’t want to move into position. There are several reasons for this condition, such as:

  • Small jaw
  • Surrounding baby teeth still intact
  • Nearby adult teeth taking up too much space

Orthodontia professionals turn to spacers as a solution. These metal components may be attached to braces or retainers. They simply hold the teeth surrounding the impacted area open. If the tooth is merely waiting for space, it should break through the gum and move into position. Some specialists attach chains to the tooth in order to coax it into place. No other dental professionals can perform these maneuvers.

Preparing the Jaw for Adult Teeth

Most specialists can look at a child’s mouth and ascertain if issues will arise as they develop. Some jaws are simply too small to support the adult teeth that are soon to appear.

In these cases, the professionals add expanders to the palate. An adjustment screw resides within the expander. Over time, the doctor expands the palate and subsequently widens the jaw for adequate tooth spacing. This procedure takes several months. It’s possible for children to avoid long-term use of either braces or Invisalign if the jaw can support the incoming teeth.

Treating a Bite Issue

During any orthodontia treatment, patients’ bites are a major concern. Most people don’t have a perfectly aligned jaw. These misaligned bites are common, including:

It’s the professional’s job to evaluate the bite and create a corrective treatment for it. Headgear, rubber bands and other appliances are used in unique manners in order to align the jaw well before adulthood. Bites that aren’t corrected will impact the person’s speech, eating habits and hygiene for the rest of their lives.

Considering Speech Impediments

A niche within orthodontia that’s often overlooked is help with speech impediments. Lisps and slurring are common among patients with impediments that involve physical challenges. Orthodontists might align the patient’s jaw and teeth through an Invisalign process, and then the patient visits a speech therapist. Through both physical and mental therapies, speech impediments can be muted or eradicated altogether.

There is no “quick fix” for speech impediments, which makes an orthodontist’s work so refined. The professionals evaluate each patient for a corrective pathway that suits only them.

Examining Misaligned Teeth

One of the biggest differences between dental and orthodontia work is the focus on aligned teeth. The orthodontia arts are defined by the use of braces and retainers in order to achieve straight and spaced-out teeth.


Patients go through an evaluation that determines if appliances are necessary. The professional attaches the items to the teeth or fits them to a mold. It takes several months or years to completely align a patient’s jaw. Through systematic adjustments, the appliances force the teeth into positions that will improve the patient’s quality of life and ultimate smile.

Looking Ahead to Retention

Patients are always thrilled when their appliances are finally removed. The treatment period is over. However, the teeth don’t remain in place without some orthodontia help. Retention is the period after appliances where patients are trying to maintain their smiles. Wearing a retainer is part of the process. Most patients will wear the retainer for the rest of their lives as they sleep. It may require adjustments at times. The retainer prevents any tooth shifts that might mar the overall alignment.

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 arch wires, 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.

Childers Orthodontics

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

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Things To Do When Experiencing [Mouth Ulcer] While Wearing Braces

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Things To Do When Experiencing Mouth Ulcer While Wearing Braces

Orthodontic braces effectively straighten teeth over a period of time, to produce a more attractive smile. Today, new products such as Invisalign make it easier than ever to have straighter teeth and have made it possible for even more children and adults to enjoy a healthier, better smile. However, occasionally wearing these devices will produce uncomfortable mouth ulcers that make it difficult to eat and talk. If your child develops a problem with mouth ulcers, talk to your orthodontist for ideas to help relieve the discomfort.

What Causes Mouth Ulcers?

Mouth ulcers are sore areas on the mouth tissues in the mouth or on the lips, caused by rubbing against the braces that are used to straighten the teeth. The sores may appear round, red, yellow or grayish. These ulcers can develop whether you have metal brackets or another type, such as Invisalign. Generally, soreness will occur right after receiving the braces, but irritation can flare up any time you eat or drink something acidic or are experiencing stress. If left untreated, sore areas can become extremely uncomfortable and can interfere with eating, talking and even sleeping. In some cases, infection can occur.

Symptoms of Mouth Ulcers

Individuals who have recently had straightening devices put on their teeth may notice some discomfort on areas inside the cheek or on the gums. A visual inspection may show redness of the area where tissues rub against straightening devices. Sores may seem to spread or get worse, involving a larger areas of tissues. Talking, eating or drinking may increase the irritation of tissues. Discomfort may last throughout the day and may even continue during the night hours, disrupting sleep. At times, the tissues may seem to be healing, with less discomfort, but periods of worsening can occur unexpectedly.

Dealing with Sore Mouth Tissues

Individuals wearing devices to straighten teeth carefully follow instructions for keeping the devices and teeth hygienic. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can help to reduce mouth pain. A mild salt solution used as a rinse can help to clean and soothe mouth tissues. Use one teaspoon of salt to an 8-ounce glass of water, and swish for several seconds. You can also use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect mouth tissues. Hydrogen peroxide is a stronger antiseptic than salt and may cause some stinging of the tissues. Add one teaspoon to an 8-ounce glass of water and swish gently twice each day.

Adjustments Can Help

In many cases, the orthodontist can make a slight adjustment in the device to change the way it fits against mouth tissues. Even a small correction can make a big difference in the comfort of the patient. However, once an irritation has begun, you should treat the area carefully to ensure that tissues heal properly to prevent further problems. If necessary, your orthodontist can prescribe prescription medications to help.

Products Available to Relieve Mouth Ulcers

A number of products can be found in your local pharmacy that can help to relieve discomfort from mouth ulcers. Dental wax or silicone is available that can be placed on the device to create a barrier between the brackets and mouth tissues. A white tape-like product is also available that can be applied over the brackets to reduce irritation. Mouth rinses and gel compounds are also available over-the-counter that can help to soothe irritated mouth tissues. Holding a sugar-free Popsicle on affected areas can provide temporary relief of painful ulcers in the mouth.

Diet Changes That Can Help

Experts recommend staying hydrated to ensure that mouth tissues stay moist and flexible to avoid irritation. You can also avoid acidic foods, such as orange juice, lemonade or grape juice. You should also limit foods like blueberries, apples, sodas, sauerkraut and cabbage. These foods can irritate tender mouth tissues. Pretzels, potato chips and hard crackers that break into pieces with sharp edges can make mouth ulcers worse. Salad dressings, barbecue sauces, ketchup and other acidic condiments can cause further irritation of mouth tissues. Bland foods are the best choice if you have an outbreak of mouth sores. Also helpful if you have developed an active case of mouth ulcers, yogurt, which contains probiotic compounds, can help to soothe tissues and fight infection.

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 arch wires, 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.

How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

Childers Orthodontics

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

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How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

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LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 30, 2018

How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

When the Invisalign system of aligners first became available, you could almost hear the collective sigh of relief from teens and adults everywhere. Finally, there was an alternative to traditional metal braces that was unobtrusive, effective and flexible!

For image-sensitive, active teens, in particular, the aligners proved to be an answer to frustrated parents’ and terrified teens’ prayers. The near-invisible (hence the treatment name) aligner system can accommodate removal for special events, including prom, homecoming, yearbook photos and graduation. Plus, they are very thin and comfy to wear.

The aligners also require zero dietary modifications and teens involved in sport don’t need to take any unusual precautions to continue playing. Today, research proves that use of the aligner system can support straight, white teeth and enhanced self-confidence, which is what this post will discuss.

FAQ

How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?

Aligners have been proven to straighten and correct teeth just as well (and sometimes better) than other treatment options. However, there is one caveat here, and that is the importance of selecting an orthodontic practitioner who is very experienced in customizing the aligners to each patient’s individual needs.

While each orthodontic professional has to start somewhere, it is to the patient’s ultimate advantage to select an orthodontist who has several years’ worth of expertise
with designing and customizing the aligner sets so as to best and most rapidly achieve the patient’s appearance and oral health goals.

Maintaining excellent oral health is also much easier with the aligners system than with more traditional orthodontic treatment. Since the aligners can be removed for meals and snacks, there is no risk of food buildup or staining on the aligners themselves.

As well, since the aligners can and should be removed and cleaned at the same time that the patient is brushing and flossing their teeth, the overall time spent on these daily routines is reduced, which tends to make busy patients very happy indeed!

How Does Invisalign Boost Self-Confidence?

It is hard to feel self-confident with a crooked smile. As well, self-confidence flows less freely when you are in pain, which frequently occurs with traditional braces due to the hardware required to achieve optimal results. Plus, since food matter tends to get stuck in braces more easily, it can be embarrassing to walk around not knowing this matter is there for all to see.

But with aligners, they have not only been proven to provide more comfort and a better fit than other options, but they are nearly invisible so no one needs to know you are being treated by an orthodontist other than you!

One particularly neat aspect of wearing the aligners is that, since they are see-through, it is easy to actually see the teeth moving into place during the treatment process. The entire experience of patience plus perseverance can offer a much-needed boost in self-efficacy to the wearer (as well as a beautiful straight smile as a final reward!).

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

In addition to excelling at creating a beautiful straight, white smile, the aligner system offers some other powerful perks that patients and parents both love.

For starters, the treatment time generally ranges from nine to 15 months, which is up to 50 percent faster than more traditional orthodontic treatment options.

Because overall treatment time is shorter and there are no delicate mechanisms that can detach and need fixing on an emergency basis, the overall treatment cost is also often lower than for more traditional orthodontic treatments.

As well, treatment costs tend to decrease because there are fewer overall in-office adjustment visits required, either for emergency repairs or for routine adjustments. This is because the patient is given several sets of progressive aligners each time they come in, along with complete instructions for how and when to move from one set of aligners to the next set in the series.

Busy parents also appreciate the compliance indicators built into Teen aligners (these are initially blue and fade to clear the more the teen wears their aligners). No more nagging is always a good thing!

Best of all, the aligner system comes with negotiation built-in. A teen who wants to take out their aligners for a special event (or an adult who desires the same) can do so, as long as daily wear remains faithful otherwise.

About Childers Orthodontics

Dr. Kyle Childers is the founder and Chief Smile Officer of Childers Orthodontics. He is also a board-certified orthodontist and a Diplomate of the ABO (American Board of Orthodontics), a distinction just one-quarter of orthodontists in the nation currently hold. He is also recognized as one of the top 1% of Invisalign providers in North America.

When you choose Childers Orthodontics for your orthodontic care needs, you are choosing a cutting-edge AOA-C (Academy of Orthodontic Assistant-Certified) Gold team with true old-fashioned customer care. Dr. Childers and his team take your comfort during treatment very seriously indeed, as these unsolicited client testimonials will attest.

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 arch wires, 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.

How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

Childers Orthodontics

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

How Much Does the Damon System Treatment Cost?

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How Much Does the Damon System Treatment Cost?

Today is a unique time in the history of orthodontic medicine. With ongoing rapid advances in oral health technology and medical knowledge, orthodontic practitioners are able to achieve rapid results for even the most complex oral health problems.

As a result, not only are children and teens growing up with better overall oral health, but adults are increasingly seeking out orthodontic care to correct longstanding bite issues and improve self-confidence through a beautiful bright, white smile.

One of the most popular additions to today’s orthodontic care options is called the Damon System. Read on to learn more about the process and costs of the Damon System of orthodontic treatment.

What Is the Damon System?

The Damon System is widely considered to be the next generation of orthodontic braces. With lightweight, streamlined orthodontic hardware that is easier to wear and take care of, patients are increasingly choosing the Damon System of braces over traditional orthodontic hardware options.

Patients of all ages can benefit.

The Damon System can be used with children, teens and adult patients with great success. Most patients are deemed good candidates for the Damon System of treatment since it can address both mild and moderate to severe tooth malocclusions (misalignment of teeth and jaws).

Lightweight, elegant hardware.

Because the Damon System uses a sliding archwire instead of traditional elastics and/or o-rings, it creates far less friction inside the mouth. This provides for a greatly enhanced comfort level during treatment and fewer in-office orthodontist visits to adjust the hardware.

The Damon System can also accommodate clear brackets (called Damon Clear) for a near-invisible look during treatment. Teens and adults working in image-sensitive industries particularly appreciate this option!

Easier at-home maintenance and care.

For children and teen patients, in particular, the streamlined hardware can make for much easier brushing, flossing and overall at-home care and maintenance.

Adult patients, too, appreciate being able to spend less time keeping their Damon System hardware clean, sanitary and free of food debris.

More comfortable treatment.

Young patients tend to be the most hesitant to undergo orthodontic treatment because they are understandably fearful of being in pain. However, the Damon System of braces is far less heavy and cumbersome to wear than traditional metal hardware.

The lightweight Damon hardware also places less pressure and restriction on teeth and reduces friction on sensitive mouth tissues, making treatment markedly more comfortable regardless of patient age.

Reduced treatment times.

Perhaps the most popular aspect of the Damon System is that it can reduce treatment times by as much as 7.2 months!

Since no one wants to spend a day longer wearing any type of orthodontic hardware than is absolutely necessary, this has made the Damon System a winning choice for both providers and patients.

What Is the Cost of Damon System Treatment?

When you seek out an orthodontist to correct cosmetic and health issues with your teeth, bite and jaw alignment, your provider will begin by taking a patient history, conducting a complete oral exam, taking X-ray images to look for hidden issues and then developing a recommended plan of orthodontic treatment.

Once there is a thorough understanding of what needs fixing, you can talk with your orthodontist about options, including traditional hardware, the Damon System, Invisalign, and others.

Invisalign is typically only recommended for treatment minor or visible cosmetic issues. The Damon System, on the other hand, can treat more serious orthodontic problems. Traditional hardware tends to be the last choice for most patients today, simply because it can be less comfortable to wear and simple to maintain.

Most patients that seek out orthodontic care are initially concerned about costs – this is just natural when you are considering a period of longer oral health treatment. One common question many patients ask is whether the Damon System is more expensive than opting for traditional orthodontic hardware.

Since no two orthodontic patients’ oral treatment needs will be identical in all ways, this is not always a question that is as easy to answer as it sounds. In most respects, the Damon System cost is comparable to the cost of traditional orthodontic treatment, with one caveat: clear or ceramic hardware can be slightly pricier than opting for standard metal hardware.

There are three other ways that the Damon System of treatment can save you money:

  1. You will likely wear your Damon hardware for 6 to 7 months less than you would wear traditional hardware.
  2. You will not need to schedule as many orthodontic adjustment visits during your Damon treatment.
  3. You will not need to purchase accessories for your Damon hardware such as o-rings, elastic bands, spacers or orthodontic wax.

About Childers Orthodontics

Dr. Kyle R. Childers, DDS, MS, DMD, founded Childers Orthodontics to provide patients in the Benton, Harrisburg, Herrin and surrounding areas with the latest cutting-edge orthodontic treatment. As Chief Smile Officer of Childers Orthodontics, Dr. Childers believes good orthodontic care can provide both optimal oral health and the most positive self-image and confidence in life.

Dr. Childers and his entire talented staff are Academy of Orthodontic Assistant Certified (AOAC) to work as a team. Their team is also the only one percent Invisalign provider in the entire Southern Illinois area! To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Childers.

What Makes a Good [Orthodontist]

smilingWhat Makes a Good Orthodontist

Some oral treatments require the specialized services of an orthodontist. These procedures are necessary and delicate, which is the reason patients are referred to a specialist in the first place, so it’s important to find the right professional. It isn’t enough to see anyone skilled in the practice of orthodontia. There are some skills that are essential in this field of dental work and you also want to ensure you feel comfortable under his or her care.

Beauty Isn’t Everything, But it Should Count for Something

The best specialists take great pride in their work and hold a deep appreciation for human beauty. While this may not be the most important consideration, it should be one factor in deciding which specialist to consult. All orthodontia specialists should be able to look at a patient’s smile and envision a better appearance that will involve eliminating gaps and straightening overbites. A good professional will be eager to help his or her patients look their best, so they will no longer feel awkward in social settings.

A Little Empathy Goes a Long Way

Orthodontia is similar to plastic surgery in that the patients are almost always seeking treatment for conditions that make them feel inferior or unattractive. They already have a problem with their own self-image, so they need a professional capable of putting himself in their shoes. Patients seeking out treatment are there because they want to improve their smiles, which may already be a source of embarrassment. A kind and sensitive orthodontist can put the patient at ease, which will engender more trust on behalf of the patient. Ultimately, this will lead to greater successes with treatment.

A Meticulous Attention to Detail is Vital

The smallest malformation can affect an entire row of teeth and just one skewed tooth can cause the rest of your teeth to shift out of alignment. For patients seeking Invisalign or traditional braces, they will want a specialist who looks for the smallest imperfections and is eager to fix them. These means examining the length and shape of each tooth, as well as color variations and the spacing between the individual teeth, to determine the best method of treatment for the patient. Just the lightest application of pressure in an adjustment to braces can affect how the smile is changed. It can also affect the individual’s ability to speak, chew, and bite. Considering all of these factors, it’s not surprising that the most successful orthodontia specialists are natural perfectionists.

Patience is a Virtue

Typically, the patient is eager for results and can be impatient enough. This is why it’s especially important that the orthodontist is patient and capable of seeing the possible long-term results. Even with Invisalign products, the patient will likely have to return for adjustments over long periods, until the desired result is achieved. Multiple office visits may seem tedious to both the patient and the doctor, but they are necessary to achieve the best possible results.

A Natural Born Ability to Lead

There are a few reasons a good orthodontia specialist needs to be able to inspire faith in his or her ability to lead. Whether running their own practice or working as a partner in a larger office, the doctor is typically looked to as an authority figure by assistants, nurses, and office personnel. Additionally, a strong ability to command this type of respect will help the patients feel more comfortable placing their trust in the specialist. When patients can see their doctor in a position of authority, they feel more confident in him or her and are more willing to follow their recommendations.

Highly Honed Communication Skills are Vital

A gift for verbal communication is important in any area of medicine, but particularly so in orthodontia. This is important, because the doctor needs to be able to explain the patient’s condition in an understandable way and also needs to be able to describe the process for treating that condition. Patients are expected to make informed decisions, but that’s something they may not be able to do, when the specialist inadequately describes the situation.

Additionally, the nature of orthodontia requires that the doctor can communicate with a patient through simple questions and answers. Much of the time, the doctor or assistant may be working within the patient’s mouth, so being able to interpret head movements or grunts is key to communicating effectively.

A Love for Dentistry and Orthodontia

It’s usually apparent when someone has a distaste for their work and this can happen in any line of work. When seeking a professional in orthodontia, it’s important to have a sense that the doctor enjoys his work and gains a sense of pride in helping people improve their dental imperfections. If he doesn’t seem to find pleasure in his work, he may not be as eager and passionate about restoring your teeth to their proper appearance. In the end, this may mean getting a less than satisfactory result, which will be distressing to you and harmful to the doctor’s professional reputation.

When considering a specialist in orthodontia to help correct your smile, it’s important to find someone who inspires your trust and confidence. The professionals at Childers Orthodontics are experienced, friendly, and sympathetic to your needs. Consider consulting their team for your orthodontic needs and experience the high quality of service and dedication to happy smiles that has made this practice a favorite in southern Illinois.

Schedule an Appointment

In Illinois, you visit Childers Orthodontics to have an examination to determine if you need to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers his services to adults, teenagers and children in three locations that include:

• Herrin – 618-997-1800
• Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
• Benton – 618-438-2815

After an evaluation of your mouth, our orthodontist can determine if you need to wear one of these types of devices:

• Damon System – uses self-ligating brackets
• Braces – made with traditional metal and wire brackets
• Invisalign – aligners designed for teenagers or adults

Patients at Childers Orthodontics can also request the AcceleDent Aura system to reduce the amount of time required for their orthodontic treatment.  Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

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

What To Eat With [Braces]

Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces

One controversial thing about wearing braces is that you hurt and help the teeth spontaneously. Braces help your teeth by correcting their position and alignment. They hurt your teeth because they make it difficult to practice good dental hygiene. Since flossing and brushing is more challenging, you need to be careful with what you eat. Here is a list of foods you should avoid.

Chewy Foods

You need to avoid chewy foods such as grilled tripes, candy, chocolate bars and noodles. These foods can stick on the wires and brackets used to make the calipers, damaging them in the process. Not to mention, they can stick on your teeth and cause further dental problems. Avoid these snacks as much as possible for the period during which you will be wearing the braces.

Snacks

The wires used to support the calipers usually change when you eat. Snacks, especially the crunchy ones, can create a lot of friction and pressure on the calipers, causing the wires and brackets to separate. Avoid snacks that are made of sticky compounds. These include toffee, cakes, fruit roll ups, candies, caramels and licorice. However, not all snacks are bad. Snacks such as fruits do not cause any damages and are healthy for the teeth. You just need to cut down on hard fruits like apples, bananas, grapes, berries, melons and kiwi. Apart from fruity snacks, you can try sweet treats such as yogurt and ice cream or salty snacks such as walnuts.

Highly Acidic Foods

Foods that have high acidic content can possibly corrode and damage the wires and brackets, especially if you wear them for a long period of time. In addition, these foods can eat away the enamel and create cavities on the teeth. Make sure you avoid highly acidic foods such as lime, sodas and lemons. If you have been eating these foods, you will notice where the brackets were fitted once you remove them. Ask your orthodontist to recommend for you the right alternatives to avoid taking highly acidic foods.

Gum

Chewing gum is known to strengthen the jawbone and reduce the risk of developing tooth decay. However, when it comes to teeth realignment, chewing gum is not allowed. The gum can stick on the calipers and wires and cause damages that are difficult to correct. It can also damage the brackets, rendering your realignment treatment useless unsuccessful. This may force you to schedule another visit to an orthodontist to have the calipers replaced. If you use gum regularly, you need to stop. If you can’t stop, then make sure you brush your teeth every time you chew to avoid problems.

Hard Foods

Foods that require a lot of mechanical input do not go well with wires and brackets. Such foods create a lot of stress on the brackets, which can damage them in the process. Not to mention, the rough particles from the food can dislodge the wires, causing further damages. Avoid hard foods such as caramel apples, sushi, hard tacos, enormous burgers, crabs and meatball subs.

Nuts and Vegetables

Vegetables and nuts are not recommended. These foods tend to disintegrate into small particles that attach themselves on the spacing between the wires and the brackets. The particles are very difficult to remove and can cause an unhygienic condition. You can eat soft fruits such as pear, watermelons and apples if they are reduced into smaller pieces. Do not bite into them. Also, avoid raw corn, carrots, nuts, almonds and peanuts, since they are too difficult to chew.

Bony Meat

While meat helps strengthen the jaw bone, it is not allowed for those wearing teeth realigners, especially if it contain bones. If you have to eat meat with bones, then separate the bone from the meat first. Doing so will enable you to avoid dislodging one or two brackets or misaligning the wires that brings the calipers together. It is wise you avoid meat altogether to be on the safer side.

Foods to Eat

Whether you have calipers, or you are planning to replace them with invisalign, you need to avoid the foods mentioned above. There are hundreds of alternatives you can explore. Some of the foods you can eat include soft cheeses, pancakes, muffins, soft cooked rice, fruit juice, eggs, pasta, sliced bread, soft cooked chicken and many more.

In addition to eating the right foods, you need to ensure you observe good oral health practices. Make sure you brush after every meal, even after a late afternoon snack. Brushing will help remove the food particles that get trapped between the wires and brackets. In addition to brushing frequently, you need to floss once or twice per day. Floss between the brackets and under the wires. To make the process simpler, use an orthodontic flosser or floss threaded.

 

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 28, 2017

A smile is one of the first things people will notice about you, and one of the most memorable. If your smile isn’t all that you want it to be, due to crooked or misaligned teeth, a traditional brace may be the first solution to pop into your head. However, they are very noticeable. Adults as well as children or adolescents may find them to be too glaringly obvious and might become self-conscious while wearing them.

FAQ

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

If you’re worried about needing and want an unobtrusive way to straighten your teeth, there is a solution. Clear solutions, such as Invisalign, can help you get the straight, dazzling smile you want while preventing future problems that may be caused by misaligned teeth or an uneven bite.

How can you know if this is the correct solution for you or your child? Keep reading for all the facts about this incredible technology, including how it works and whether it’s right for you!

What is Invisalign?

These clear braces gradually straighten teeth with a series of plastic aligners. They’re just about invisible and are custom made to fit your teeth, so no one can even tell that they’re there. You switch to a new set every two weeks or so and they move your teeth almost imperceptibly.

Unlike traditional teeth straighteners that are highly noticeable and can sometimes be painful, these are actually fairly comfortable and there are no wires or brackets that can snap and cause injuries in your mouth. Because of this lack of wires, you can also eat and drink just about whatever you want, and brush and floss as you regularly would. Unfortunately, you can’t choose fun colors of rubber bands, but that is kind of the point of being invisible!

How Does Invisalign Work?

They are a custom pair of shoes. They’re made to fit you, and only you for maximum comfort and efficacy. Your teeth are wholly unique and unlike anyone else’s, so shouldn’t your tooth alignment be, as well? As we stated before, Invisalign straightens your teeth over a period of time using a series of clear plastic aligners. Because your orthodontist will have them specially made from a mold of your teeth, they are actually quite comfortable and many people tend to forget they are even wearing them!

Every two weeks, you swap out your current aligner for the next one. It gently nudges your teeth into their proper places while you go about your day for the most part unhindered. One of the most unique and convenient parts of this technology is the ability to eat and drink whatever you want without fear of breaking a bracket or getting bits of food stuck in a wire.

Because they are removable, you can brush and floss your teeth as you would regularly, without having to take extra care or use any special tools. Of course, you will want to keep up a good standard of oral hygiene. They may be a barrier between your teeth and the food you eat, but they aren’t a force field!

Is Invisalign Right For You?

If you’re interested in using them to straighten your teeth and improve your smile or bite, the first step is to talk to your orthodontist. They can help you make that decision based on the severity of your situation and your personal feelings.

However, if you are worried about being self-conscious when wearing braces, or your child wants to have their teeth straightened without calling too much attention to it, they might just be perfect.

One reason a lot of people choose them is that they travel a lot or work irregular hours and may not have the time or space required to properly clean their teeth while wearing traditional tooth straighteners. Others simply like the idea of discreetly improving the way their teeth are aligned.

Then there are those who are very sensitive to oral pressure or pain. Unlike other methods, these are very gentle on the teeth, and because you switch out the aligners every two weeks, the straightening process is almost imperceptible. You won’t feel the same discomfort you would when you go in to have your brackets and wires tightened.

There are a great many reasons why people would choose Invisalign over traditional braces. If you feel like you or your child may benefit from them, don’t hesitate to talk to your orthodontist about your options. They can help guide you through the more technical details of the process, as well as provide you with success stories from people who have already been there.

Schedule an Appointment

In Illinois, you visit Childers Orthodontics to have an examination to determine if you need to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers his services to adults, teenagers and children in three locations that include:

Herrin – 618-997-1800
Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
Benton – 618-438-2815

After an evaluation of your mouth, our orthodontist can determine if you need to wear one of these types of devices:

Damon System – uses self-ligating brackets
Braces – made with traditional metal and wire brackets
Invisalign – aligners designed for teenagers or adults

Patients at Childers Orthodontics can also request the AcceleDent Aura system to reduce the amount of time required for their orthodontic treatment.  Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

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

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?