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What Is an Orthodontist?

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Dentists and orthodontists are trained physicians that are in related fields but serve very different purposes. Dentists take care of the general health of the teeth, gums, and mouth. Orthodontists are dentists that go further and receive special training in the alignment, positioning, and placement of teeth and jaws and if necessary, can correct any serious issues with any of those problems. How do I know if I need to see an orthodontist? Generally, the dentist will refer a patient to the orthodontist and then throughout the treatment plan, the two will work closely together. If the dentist notices problems with the positioning and placement of the teeth that could cause potential health problems, he will make the recommendation that orthodontic treatment is in order.

What are the duties of an orthodontist? The field of orthodontia is a field of dentistry that specializes in diagnosing and treating teeth that are not positioned correctly or are out of alignment. Orthodontists also treat problems with the positioning of the jaws. Orthodontists receive a great deal of specialized training beyond dentistry in order to prevent and treat these issues. A good analogy is a general doctor who goes beyond and receives additional training to become a specialist.
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What Makes Invisalign Unique [Among Others?]

UPDATED 28 – 07 – 18

What makes Invisalign unique among others? Cinderella probably didn’t have to worry about getting her teeth straightened – she had a fairy godmother. For the rest of us, however, braces from the orthodontist are still the only available option. These days, thanks to advances in orthodontic and dental science, options abound metal brackets, ceramic brackets, brackets with wires, brackets with rubber bands, decorative additions in different colors and shapes.

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Are Braces for Adults Worth the Trouble?

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When you think of braces, you probably picture a kid or teen wearing metal appliances and going to school. It’s often thought that after you’re out of your teens, the thought of getting braces is absurd and shouldn’t be considered.

Thankfully, there is a growing trend of individuals who are choosing to get braces well into their adult years. If you’ve ever wondered, “Is it still worth it to have braces as an adult?”, you’ll want to consider all of the benefits that will come from working with an orthodontist and having this work done.

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Do Orthodontic Braces Hurt?

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Overcome Braces Anxiety with This Simple Guide

Negative thoughts can stop people from getting the braces they need. Believe it or not, orthodontists are used to hearing questions and statements like, “I am afraid of having braces. Do they hurt? Will I feel the pain in my teeth by having braces?” The following is going to help you understand what you might experience with this process.

Not Knowing Is an Issue 

Wondering how does it feel to have braces or is it painful could be on your mind simply because you do not know much about braces. Sometimes people who ask, “I am afraid of having braces. Do they hurt? Will they be uncomfortable? How does it feel to have braces Is it painful?” are usually thinking of those old school braces kids wore on old TV shows or movies.

Older braces look uncomfortable, and they look bulky enough to cause some pain so it is okay to be worried or ask yourself, “Will I feel the pain in my teeth by having braces?” Some people are scared for other reasons like how they will look, how they will eat, or if it is going to hurt to talk.

What you need to do is learn everything there is to know about these orthodontic devices.

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I Have a Severe Underbite and Don’t Want Surgery. What Should I Do?

I Have a Severe Underbite and Don’t Want Surgery. What Should I Do?

Incorrect bites are common problems that cause people embarrassment because it alters their appearance. Underbites occur when your top and bottom teeth do not align properly and the bottom teeth tend to overlap the top ones. While an underbite is often visible from the front of your face, your profile tends to be the most affected. You may also notice issues such as difficulty chewing or speaking if your underbite is especially pronounced.
Unfortunately, many people think that they only way to fix an underbite is to have surgery, and this false belief could cause you to go years without seeking help. If you struggle with an incorrect bite and don’t want surgery, then you may naturally be wondering are there other ways to fix severe underbite if surgery is not an option. You can use this guide to find the answers to your questions and get started on finding an acceptable method for treatment.

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Should I Get Braces Before My Wedding?

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LAST UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2018

Should I Get Braces Before My Wedding?

You’re getting married. Congratulations! Now that you’re getting married to your best friend, you’re excited to get started on the wedding planning. There’s so much to do, from the flowers to the guest seating to securing the location of the ceremony. You don’t know exactly how you will get everything done, but you know that you’ll do it in style.

But what if everything about your appearance was camera ready, except for your teeth? The wedding pictures will be a big part of your wedding budget, so you want the star of the pictures (the bride) to look especially great. Is there anything you can do to fix your teeth before you say “I do?”

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Why Do Your Teeth Become Crooked?

For many adults, they experience dental alignment issues right from childhood. They may have even needed to get braces as a child, but the parents couldn’t afford the expense of orthodontia.

Other adults have straight teeth in childhood but develop dental alignment issues when they grow into their adult teeth. Some people even wore braces when they were in their teens, but are seeing old issues return as they get older. While developing dental issues in adulthood can be really frustrating, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Even when you become an adult, your teeth will still continue to shift. Injuries and accidents can also cause alignment problems.

Can I Wear Braces As An Adult?

As an adult, you may think that orthodontics aren’t an option. As a matter of fact, when you think of a person wearing orthodontics, you picture a tween with metal in their mouth. What you definitely don’t imagine is a beautiful, blushing bride walking down the aisle on her wedding day with metal orthodontics on her teeth.

Out of all the people who wear orthodontics in the United States, 20 percent of them are adults. This means that there are plenty of men and women well into their adulthood who aren’t embarrassed at the fact that they have dental alignment issues that they will need to fix to get a healthy smile.

Just because you’re not a tween or teen getting raised by your parents does not mean that you no longer have the opportunity to fix your teeth. Many men and women take their improved financial situation as an opportunity to repair dental issues that can impair their smile.

How Long Will I Need to Wear Orthodontics?

Unfortunately, most adults will have to wear orthodontics for a longer period of time than tweens and teens do. This is because the body of an adult does not change as fast as that of younger people. However, before you nix the possibilities of fixing your smile right off the bat, know that for most people, the benefits will definitely outweigh the downsides. While you may have to deal with orthodontia for a bit, within 12 to 20 months, you will have a picture perfect smile for the ages.

Do I Have to Have That “Metal Mouth”?

As a future bride, you might get a little concerned about how your orthodontics will look in your wedding photos. A person’s appearance is a common concern for adults who are considering orthodontics as a solution to their alignment problems.

The good news for the future brides out there is that you have plenty of options when it comes to the styles of available orthodontia. Some of these methods aren’t readily visible to the human eye, so the people in your life won’t see what you have on your teeth.

A Great Way to Fix Your Smile Without Sacrificing Your Appearance

If you want your smile to look perfect in your wedding pictures, ask your local orthodontist about Invisalign. Invisalign works by straightening your teeth using customized aligners that are made only for your teeth. The trays are made of clear plastic that you will place over your teeth every day. These aligners will gradually move your teeth into their rightful place. Your orthodontist won’t have to attach those pesky metal brackets and you won’t have to keep coming back to the office to get wires tightened. Every two weeks you will go to the office to get your old aligner set replaced with a new one. You will do this until you finally get the smile that you were meant to have.

Why Brides Should Consider Invisalign

When a bride invests in these invisible aligners, she is not only investing in beautiful wedding pictures. She is also making an investment in her dental health and overall quality of life. Researchers have shown in a few studies that study participants consider people who have smiles they consider to be less than ideal to be less intelligent, educated, and friendly.


A bride certainly doesn’t want a stranger looking at her wedding photos to think that she is anything other than beautiful, radiant, and competent in life and love. With these aligners, a bride can both take care of her teeth while at the same time ensuring that she takes great pictures on the most important day of her life.

Need a Great Smile For Your Wedding Day?

If you need your wedding day smile to be stunning and radiant, contact our office and talk to our orthodontist on staff. Once you make an appointment, they will alert you to all of your options for fixing alignment issues that will not interfere with those all-important wedding photos.

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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Is It Possible to Close the Gaps Where I Lost Two Teeth?

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Teeth can fall out for a variety of reasons, whether through inadequate care or some kind of accident. Regardless, many times patients walk into an orthodontist’s office and wonder: any chance that my teeth will move and close the gaps caused by the two teeth I lost?

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What Happens Immediately after Removal of Braces?

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Braces are specifically designed to straighten teeth. Misaligned teeth (malocclusions) or overcrowding of teeth vastly impacts our appearance, affects how we eat and how we talk. Ill-fitting teeth can create tooth decay problems, like gum disease, cavities, empty spaces (interdental), and the loss of teeth.

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Seven Tips for Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

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An investment in your kid’s braces is an investment in their future. Not only are you helping physically correct an issue, but you’re also giving them a boost in self-esteem and confidence that will help them as they travel through life.

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