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Every plain wall deserves a piece of work, so why not cover it with a smile? – Shawn Lukas

wearing bracesEvery plain wall deserves a piece of work, so why not cover it with a smile? – Shawn Lukas

Look Better In Your Photographs With Orthodontic Treatment

The designer Shawn Lukas believes that a plain wall requires artwork, so you can place a photograph of you smiling on a wall to make it beautiful. If you look at older photographs from the past, then you will notice that people didn’t smile. This is because many individuals had unattractive smiles with crooked or poorly spaced teeth. However, you can visit an orthodontist to repair your ugly smile in order to have gorgeous photographs. The best time to begin orthodontic treatment is during childhood, but you can also wear braces or Invisalign aligners when you are an adult.

Modern Orthodontic Examinations Are Fast and Easy

Undergoing an orthodontic examination is simple because an orthodontist will have modern medical imaging equipment to take X-rays of your teeth and facial bones. Within minutes, you will know what type of orthodontic treatment is required for you or your child’s teeth. Most individuals only need to wear aligners because they have mild malocclusions that are repairable in one year. If you are an adult, then wearing aligners is possible, and you can remove the devices to perform oral hygiene. All children and some teenagers or adults must wear braces instead to fix major misalignments of their teeth.

Contact Childers Orthodontic To Have an Artistic Smile

At Childers Orthodontics, we have multiple offices where you can have an examination from our orthodontist. Dr. Kyle R. Childers accepts appointments at these facilities in Illinois:

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

Our patients are able to have customized orthodontic treatments with devices that include:

• Invisalign – clear aligners that you can remove from your mouth
• Braces – traditional metal, color-matching ceramic or Damon System
• Retainers – used after regular orthodontic treatment ends

To straighten your teeth faster, we can also perform a Propel procedure to stimulate your alveolar bones.

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Every plain wall deserves a piece of work, so why not cover it with a smile? – Shawn Lukas

Childers Orthodontics

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

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I Don’t Have Any Dental Problem: Should I Still Visit and Orthodontist?

orthodontist visitI Don’t Have Any Dental Problem: Should I Still Visit and Orthodontist?

Orthodontic treatment for past generations used to be reserved for the those with significant dental problems or families in higher socio-economic brackets. However, access to quality orthodontic treatment has greatly expanded since the mid-twentieth century. Now, more children are being fitted with braces than ever before. Not only kids but adults of all ages are seeking orthodontist consultations to improve the way the function and appearance of their teeth. The need for orthodontic treatment does not always become evident visually, especially at a young age. Sometimes, dental problems can emerge or become visible in adulthood. Situations can occur, such as a sports injury or tooth development issue, that may raise the need for orthodontia.

Here are three reasons to consider an orthodontic consultation, even if you do not have immediate concerns about the condition of your teeth.

Convenience.

It used to be that being fitted with metal brackets and wires for dental adjustments was painful, time-consuming, and unattractive. That has all changed in recent years. Although a certain amount of discomfort can be expected during initial stages of treatment, most patients adjust very well as they get used to wearing the metals, and later, the rubber bands, that will gently but firmly move their teeth into the desired order. People don’t need to expect months of excruciating pain. Millions of people who wear braces comfortably can attest to the fact that the treatment proceeds smoothly after placement of the hardware. The time required for treatment may involve a period of months for many wearers. People at any age often find their teeth are moved to where they should be at an amazingly rapid pace. Aftercare may include wearing retainers for a period of time, but again, most patients adapt very readily to retainers and often hardly remember they are in place due to the comfortable fit now available. The feeling of being unsightly during treatment is also unnecessary and largely imaginary. With the advent of orthodontic devices like Invisalign, observers often are unaware of the treatment in place because the braces are almost invisible. Some types can be removed at certain times, such as meal time or special occasions. Appearance is not greatly impacted during treatment. Afterward, the patient’s confidence will soar with the beautiful new smile resulting from treatment.

Cost.

The cost of dental orthodontia has become more affordable for many families. Some health insurance programs pay for part of the treatment. Orthodontia health care loans are widely available for those who want to make monthly payments over a period of time. Other payment options include personal savings and credit cards. Almost no one has to go without treatment due to cost. Over the long term, treatment pays for itself in helping patients to obtain a healthy dental structure with problems addressed, which may reduce dental and orthodontic treatment bills in the future.

Benefits.

Most patients will agree enthusiastically that the benefits of orthodontia work are priceless. Newfound confidence in personal appearance and in gaining a lovely smile cannot be overestimated. We have all seen people who try to hide their mouth when smiling, and orthodontia can solve that problem for patients of all ages. Another benefit is more effective nutrition. Healthy eating requires balanced meals that include vegetables and nuts, which can be hard to chew if teeth are missing, tipped, or twisted. Orderly dental structures, both upper and lower, help to ensure healthy chewing and eating, which can help to ensure more effective digestion. Successful orthodontic treatment also keeps teeth in healthier positions, which can prevent bacterial buildup that leads to plaque as well as cavities and gum disease. Avoiding these problems may help to keep teeth healthy as we get older, reducing the need for extractions, fillings, and replacement through bridges, crowns, or implants. Finally, healthy teeth without gaps or bite distortions can facilitate communication and verbal articulation for some people. Orthodontic examinations may reveal teeth below the gum surface that have not yet erupted, or malformations in the bite or jaw that should be corrected, preventing worse problems later.


For a thorough analysis of your teeth that can be seen as well as the unseen structures and issues that may play a role in your dental health, consult an orthodontist for a thorough examination. Hopefully, your teeth will be as healthy as they seem at this time, and no treatment will be needed. But if a problem is found, it can be treated early to minimize complications so that your teeth can look their best and continue to effectively meet your eating and speaking needs.

Contact Childers Orthodontic

At Childers Orthodontics, we have multiple offices where you can have an examination from our orthodontist. Dr. Kyle R. Childers accepts appointments at these facilities in Illinois:

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

Our patients are able to have customized orthodontic treatments with devices that include:

• Invisalign – clear aligners that you can remove from your mouth
• Braces – traditional metal, color-matching ceramic or Damon System
• Retainers – used after regular orthodontic treatment ends

To straighten your teeth faster, we can also perform a Propel procedure to stimulate your alveolar bones.

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

I Don’t Have Any Dental Problem: Should I Still Visit and Orthodontist?

Childers Orthodontics

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

Why Teenage Patients Have More [TMJ] Problems in the Springtime

bracesWhy Teenage Patients Have More TMJ Problems in the Springtime

Most people associate springtime with blooming flowers, the first glimpses of sunshine after months of gloomy darkness, and beach vacations south of the border. But for those of use in the orthodontic business, springtime is also the time of year when TMJ is at its all-time high. It’s when we’re most accustomed to seeing parents accompanying teenagers complaining of jaw pain into our offices.

Why does this happen? What is TMJ? And why does it seem to reach epidemic proportions during the spring? Here’s what your orthodontist wants you to know.

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How Is [Invisalign] Different from Traditional Braces?

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LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

How is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?

When the Invisalign system of aligners first became available in 2000, it opened up new possibilities for patients to achieve the straightest, healthiest smile with less impact to their daily life during treatment. Before that time, the only option for patients with crooked teeth or bite issues was traditional metal hardware.

Today, the aligner system has become one of the most popular choices for orthodontic care nationwide. In particular, professional adults and teens tend to favor aligners because they are less visible to colleagues and peers. However, traditional orthodontic treatment also continues to be a popular choice and offers some types of benefits no other system can yet provide.

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[Damon System] versus Traditional Braces

damon systemDamon System Versus Traditional Braces

Because orthodontic technology has been expanding over the years, it’s normal for you to have a variety of choices for your treatment. Two choices that you may want to decide between are traditional brackets and Damon brackets. The Damon System is one of the newest forms of corrective devices, and there are several advantages to it. The following is some information about the Damon system in relation to the traditional system. You can use it to make an honest decision when you are ready to start your treatment.

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Getting to Know the [Damon System]

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Getting to Know the Damon System

Technological advances are making it easier and less painful for millions of people to straighten out their smiles. Today, a visit to the orthodontist doesn’t always mean traditional braces. The advent of Invisalign technology and the Damon System makes it easier and less embarrassing to straighten our teeth than ever before. Now, we can finally get the kind of smile we can each portray with pride.

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What To Eat With [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 are more challenging, you need to be careful with what you eat. Here is a list of foods you should avoid.

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What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

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.

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What Makes a Good [Orthodontist]

What 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. Some skills are essential in this field of dental work and you also want to ensure you feel comfortable under his or her care.

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Difference Between a Dentist And Orthodontist

Difference between a dentist and orthodontist. 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 orthodontics so that you can be informed as your child grows in his her adult teeth.

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