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Having an Overbite, What Treatment Can Be Recommended?

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What is an overbite? This type of orthodontic issue is one of the most common in the world. Many people struggle with an overbite. This misalignment can be aesthetically unattractive, even changing the appearance of one’s facial bone structure. In addition, an overbite can cause a great deal of serious dental issues if left untreated. Regardless of your age, there are several ways that overbites can be treated by an experienced orthodontist.

What Is an Overbite?

Also called a malocclusion, an overbite is diagnosed when upper teeth extend further than lower teeth by more than 30%. Many people mistake this for simple crooked teeth when in fact the jaw is not lining up correctly. In many cases, this condition is hereditary.

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Does [Age Matter] When Getting Braces?

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Many adults are unhappy with their teeth. With age, teeth often become more crowded or crooked. In addition, some problems with bite and alignment become apparent when they begin to cause pain or tooth damage. Some adults did not grow up in families that could afford high-quality dentistry or orthodontia and thus are interested in straightening their teeth at a later age. Does age affect the success of braces? The answer is complicated. While there is an ideal age for orthodontic work, most adults can successfully straighten their teeth.

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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

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Get Ready to Rock a New Look on a Journey of a Lifetime

Since 1990, we have been known for providing our patients in Southern Illinois with exceptional orthodontic care, in an environment that is friendly, professional, fun, and comfortable!

So in the name of fun, join us on a journey back to the classic 80’s with a preview of our first music video featuring Dr. Kyle Childers in “The Smiles We’re Achieving”.

Ready to Rock with Childers Orthodontics

Childers Orthodontics
201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812

For more information, visit our office:

Childers Orthodontics
201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812

The Smiles We’re Achieving – Childers Orthodontics Music Video Preview

Smile Quotes - Childers Orthodontics - Benton IL

It takes 17 muscles to smile and forty-three to frown.

Smile Quotes

It takes 17 muscles to smile and forty-three to frown

Every day when you wake up, you have two options. You can choose to take a positive approach to whatever comes your way, or you can tackle the world with a negative attitude. That’s the difference between wearing a smile and a frown, and, as you’ll learn, smiling is good for you.

Frowning Takes More Effort

Not only do smile quotes teach you about the difference in effort that smiles and frowns take, but it also often takes more energy to feel angry and upset. Instead of just naturally reacting to the stimuli in the environment around you, smiling means that you are saying that you’re going to take the time to think about how happy the world makes you feel. When you allow yourself to smile, that means you’ve decided to embrace that positive outlook on life.

Your Natural Disposition

Human beings weren’t created to be miserable; they were created to embrace life, love and nurture. Even if you initially had some qualms about going for orthodontic treatment in Benton, you can now begin to understand how this process is to return your teeth to the state that they should be in. Not only can you offer up a smile at your own natural beauty, but you can also revel in the delights of nature that surround you.

Helping Others

When you withdraw into yourself and do not take the time to help others, you’re not putting forth the effort that humanity needs. Even people who are extremely busy can engage in the simple task of smiling. Think about the times when another person’s smile has made you feel better; you can act in the same way for another individual, and all it takes are those 17 muscles.

Smiling isn’t a lot of work, but it has the ability to make a tremendous impact on your life and the lives of those around you. So book an appointment at Childers Orthodontics for the smile of your life.

It takes 17 muscles to smile and forty-three to frown.

Patient Party 2015 by Childers Orthodontics

 

Patient Appreciation Party Winners

Congratulations to our Winners:
Gavin A., Elizabeth K., Tyann L., Blake P., Andrew K., Harper S., Arryn O., Andrew C., Eve H., Brokklyn T., Walter G., Logan C., Noah S., Abigail V., Elijah N., Madi M., Makane C., Emily B., Paige G., Savannah H., Logan O., Jennifer S., Emmalee F., Lucy P., Katie M.

Patient News

Our patient Isabella Wilson just won the 2014 Illinois Jr. Snow Angel pageant. She is also the 2015 Miss Southern Illinois Princess. She gets to attend the Miss Illinois pageant in Marion where she will be crowned as Miss Illinois Princess. Way to go Isabella!!!!

Jacqueline McSpadden is a member of the Goreville FFA. They were selected as a national finalist (1 of 10 schools in the U.S.) to be named the 2014 Model of Excellence. They placed 2nd!!

Our patient, Jaelin King made Trico Freshman homecoming attendant. Homecoming will be December 13th………CONGRATS JAELIN!!!!! 

A BIG congrats to our patient Bailey Thompson for making cheerleader for the Zeigler Royalton Tornadoes!!!!!!!

Congratulations to Desta French on her engagement!!

Celebrating 10 years of Childers Orthodontics

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Heather and her husband, Louie went to Ocho Rois, Jamaica in honor of her 10 years at Childers Orthodontics.

onica, Tim and Tymber at Disneyworld

Donica, her husband Tim, and daughter Tymber recently went to Disney World in honor of her 10 years at Childers Orthodontics.

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Patient Party 2015 by Childers Orthodontics

What questions should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

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Are you thinking about orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment? Consider making your first step for an orthodontic consultation by contacting Childers Orthodontics at (618) 438-2815. During the consultation, we will address your questions, concerns, and talk about a treatment plan that would best suit your situation.

Questions you may to ask during your orthodontic consulation

We want you to feel prepared and in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind when you come in for your appointment.

If I do need some adjustments to my teeth, what options will I have besides braces?

After your initial consultation, Dr. Kyle Childers will provide you with different options, including options that do not contain braces. This will help you determine what approaches we use to straighten your teeth.

What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will it take?

It’s important to know how many appointments may be needed and what you will need to do between appointments to be ready for braces.

Can I expect any pain when getting braces?

Ask about the ways we address pain management. Our team at Childers Orthodontics would be pleased to help you out.

What determines how long I have to wear braces?

The length of treatment will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation, we can evaluate your teeth and jaw alignment to determine the correct course and length of treatment.

How will braces affect my lifestyle? Foods I can eat? Activities I can do?

You may find that little needs to change in your daily routine to have a successful orthodontic outcome. We can discuss and address any changes so you can be prepared before you get your braces.

Who will be involved in the orthodontic work? Whom can I expect to see during my adjustment visits?

The entire team at Childers Orthodontics comes together to help you during your orthodontic treatment. During your adjustment visits, you will be seeing Dr. Kyle Childers regularly.

What will my orthodontic work cost? What is the ”average” cost and what could be the maximum?

Make sure you are clear about what your insurance covers, who contacts the insurance company for pre-authorization, who files the insurance forms, and what flexibility there is to pay the remaining amount not covered.

Your initial orthodontic consultation may just be the first step in relieving a lot of pain and discomfort in your life. Going in with the right questions will help you to understand the entire process and prepare you to do your part for your own dental health. Be sure to bring a list of your questions!

What questions should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

What are the Early Signs of Orthodontic Problems?

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Visibly crooked teeth are not the only reason to take your child into the orthodontist. There are some subtle things to look for as well, which may indicate the onset of more serious orthodontic issues. Many orthodontic issues are much easier to address if treated and corrected during a child’s developmental years.

Waiting until facial development is complete or until the permanent teeth have come in can make correction of many orthodontic issues more challenging. Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic care at any age, but addressing issues early is almost always the ideal choice.

Early Signs of Orthodontic Problems

If you’re wondering if you or your child might need orthodontic care, there are some things you can be on the lookout for. Here are some of the most common warning signs of orthodontic issues:

• Difficulty when chewing or biting
• Chronic mouth-breathing
• Sucking the thumb, the fingers, or any other oral sucking habits that continue after the age of six
• Overbite – when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth by more than 5mm
• Top front teeth that cover more than 25% of the bottom teeth while biting
• Underbite – when the top front teeth go behind the bottom row of teeth when biting
• Crowded, crooked, overlapped, misshapen, misplaced teeth or extra teeth of any size
• Crossbite – when one or more teeth tilt toward the cheek or toward the tongue causing excessive stress on the jawbone
• The center of the top and bottom teeth don’t line up
• Uneven teeth-wearing
• Baby teeth coming out too early for the child’s age
• Pain in jaws
• Clicking in the jaw joints
• The jaw shifts off-center while chewing or biting
• A jaw that protrudes, or recedes, too much
• Difficulty speaking or enunciating clearly
Chronic biting of the inner cheek or roof of the mouth
• Asymmetrical facial structure
• Grinding or clenching of the teeth

If you notice that either you or your child has one or more of these conditions, come for a consultation at our Herrin, Harrisburg or Benton, IL office. The sooner these problems are addressed, the wider and brighter you will be able to smile.

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When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

 

Orthodontic treatments vary from dental treatment, in that they primarily address malocclusions, jaw spacing and tooth alignment, rather than the actual health of the teeth. That is why it is often more difficult for parents to determine when a child needs orthodontic treatment than dental treatment. So how can you know it is time to take your child to the orthodontist?

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist

• Bad Bite – As the adult teeth begin to replace primary teeth, bite occlusions can develop. These often become visible to parents between middle childhood and the pre-teen years, although an orthodontist can identify a bad bite with early evaluation.
• Visible Tooth Crowding – If your child’s newly emerging teeth are already crowded, you should make an appointment with our office to discuss braces.
• Tooth Grinding (Bruxism) – Children who grind their teeth at night may do so unconsciously, but the condition requires treatment to prevent the development of headaches, TMJ, and tooth damage. Oral appliances are available to correct nighttime tooth grinding.
• Difficulty Chewing, Biting, or Speaking – If your child is displaying difficulty speaking or eating, or if he or she often experiences cheek biting, schedule an orthodontic consultation.
• Asymmetry – If your child’s face is asymmetrical, or if his or her teeth do not meet together in a natural way, orthodontic treatment may be necessary.

Evaluation and Preventive Care

Even if your child has no visible tooth or jaw alignment problems, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every child visit the orthodontist for an initial examination no later than age seven. The reason for early evaluation is because orthodontists are capable of finding subtle problems with the jaw and teeth growth and spacing before they become more pronounced and also more difficult to treat. By bringing your child in for an evaluation, you may be able to treat orthodontic conditions with shorter and more simplified treatments that are also more affordable than treatment during the teenage and adult years. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kyle Childers today!

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Preventing Decay While Wearing Braces

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Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. Preventing tooth decay can be a big challenge simply because of the tendency for braces to trap food under the wires and between the teeth and the brackets.

Preventing Decay While Wearing Braces

Here are a few tips to keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

Eat Braces-Safe Foods

Keeping your teeth from decay starts with a proper diet. Foods that are high in sugar or starch can cause more plaque, which is difficult to remove during your brushing. There are certain foods that should be avoided while wearing your braces. First, sticky foods like caramel or gum can get stuck in your braces and be difficult to remove during brushing. Next, hard foods such as nuts and candy could bend wires or even break a bracket. Foods that are firm or hard to bite into like apples, carrots, or corn on the cob should be avoided. As much as we like to snack on them, those crunchy treats can harm your braces. Things like chips, ice, and popcorn can also bend or break your braces. On the other hand, bananas, mangoes, milk, water, poultry, and pasta all tend to be low in enamel-busting acids.

Proper Brushing

You want to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums in order to clean the whole tooth, and brush gently in the area between the wiring and the teeth. Use a softer toothbrush with fluoride paste for best results. Rinsing every day will help, too. Rinsing is important regardless, but especially important when you have braces as you need to disinfect the entire mouth, including those spots under the braces where your brush can’t always reach.

Ask About Special Cleaning Tools

There are also special brushes, or other tools, to get under and clean your braces. You can find many of these items at your local pharmacy.

Regular Teeth Cleaning

It’s important to keep your routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits will be up to your dentist as some types of braces are more demanding of a regular cleaning than others.
As long as you practice good oral hygiene and follow these basic tips, you should have no problem keeping your teeth from decaying while you wear braces.To know more about good oral hygiene, visit our offices at Benton, Harrisburg and Herrin, IL.

Preventing Decay While Wearing Braces