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Childers Orthodontics Wants You to Smile for a Lifetime!

July 23rd, 2014

Childers Orthodontics is pleased to be partnered with the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation, an international nonprofit organization that assists in providing orthodontic scholarships to children whose family has financial challenges. Childers Orthodontics has been working with Smiles for a Lifetime since 2010 and we greatly enjoy our partnership!

We aim to change the lives of those who demonstrate excellence in their school, family, and community. It is our mission to create self confidence, inspire hope, and give local youth a vision of personal success. The gift of a smile can do all of this for a deserving youth who, in turn, can use this gift to better themselves and the world around them.

This year, we are pleased to announce the recipients of our quarterly scholarships!

Sierra Najewski

Kayla Flute

Katelynn Rutkowski

Alex Gossman

What’s so great about self-ligating braces? Five things you need to know

July 23rd, 2014

Parents of a certain age will no doubt remember the teen comedies of the 1980s. These movies typically included a character so wired up with orthodontic apparatus (elaborate metal braces, rubber bands, a mountain of headgear) that he or she looked like some sort of electrical machinery. In recent years, the technological advancements in braces have not only made this character a thing of the past, but if your child needs braces to fix crooked teeth, you no longer need to worry about him or her being called “brace face” with a “tin grin.”

Traditional braces use a system of archwires, brackets, and rubber bands to straighten and realign crooked teeth. Self-ligating braces that Dr. Kyle Childers and our team at Childers Orthodontics provide, by contrast, use specialized clips to hold the archwires in place instead of rubber bands. But what makes self-ligating braces so good?

  1. Self-ligating braces make it easier to keep your teeth clean because there are no rubber bands. Rubber bands collect food particles, and this can lead to an increase in plaque and decay. Have you ever tried to brush for two minutes with a mouth full of rubber bands? It’s tricky. Self-ligating braces improve oral health.
  2. Self-ligating braces are smaller and less noticeable than conventional braces. Most kids are self-conscious about how they look (flashback to those 1980s comedies), so braces that are subtle and less conspicuous are a huge draw.
  3. Self-ligating braces are more comfortable than traditional braces. Less pressure and friction are placed on the tooth. These types of braces also need fewer alterations and adjustments, so chances are you will save money by making fewer appointments with our office.
  4. Self-ligating braces move crooked teeth into place more quickly than conventional braces. In other words, you’re going to wear self-ligating braces for a shorter amount of time than traditional braces.
  5. Orthodontic work can be expensive. Self-ligating braces, however, cost about the same amount of money as traditional braces.

Dr. Kyle Childers and our team are proud to offer self-ligating braces as an alternative to traditional metal braces. Ask our team if they are right for you by giving us a call at our Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL office!

Damon® Smile Braces

July 16th, 2014

Until recently, the only option for people who need braces was the traditional type in which a wire threads through a bracket that attaches to each tooth. Both the wires and the brackets extend across the breadth of the mouth. Pressure from the wires moves the teeth into the proper position.

For most patients, traditional braces are far from ideal. They are often very uncomfortable for the patient because the ties that connect wires to the teeth prevent them from moving. Ties are used to create heavy force, but the force cuts off the blood supply between the root of the tooth and the bone surrounding it. Teeth can’t move until the blood flow is restored.

Damon Smile aims to guide teeth gently and continuously, and reduce the use of force. Patients have reported that the entire experience of wearing braces is a lot more comfortable. Proud to offer Damon Smile to patients, Dr. Kyle Childers can help you better understand if it’s right for you.

How Damon Smile Works

Unlike traditional treatment with braces, Damon Smile doesn't require the removal of teeth or the use of palatal expanders. The system uses unique self-ligating braces, in which a specialized clip with a “door” replaces elastics or other ties. The “door” guides the archwire, and allows the teeth to move gently into the proper position. Because of the increased flexibility of the self-ligating brace, it exerts less pressure on individual teeth, and this means you won’t have to get adjustments as frequently.

Another advantage is the fact that the gentler, low-friction force means you won’t experience the long-term discomfort from intense pressure on your teeth, or the tight wires that are so common with traditional braces. Because there are no ties, Damon braces are also much easier to clean.

Three Components of Damon Smile

There are three components of Damon Smile that create faster results, require fewer appointments, and cause less discomfort for patients.

  1. Because Damon Smile doesn't use metal or plastic ties, there is no need to tighten the wire on the braces.
  2. Lightweight shape-memory wires allow teeth the freedom to move faster, without the need for as many adjustments as occur with traditional braces.
  3. Damon Smile realigns teeth and enhances facial appearance without extracting teeth or using rapid palatal expanders. The slide mechanism of Damon braces facilitates faster, more comfortable repositioning of your teeth.

Damon Smile technology can offer you the option of braces that require fewer adjustments, with less pressure on the teeth and the entire mouth. A discussion with Dr. Kyle Childers will help you determine whether Damon Smile is the best option for you or your child.

Dr. Kyle Childers Was Recently Recognized by Invisalign® for Top 100 Case!

July 10th, 2014

Dr. Childers has been recognized as being the best of the best by Invisalign!

Be sure to read this feature on him, or you can read it in the paper!

Dr. Kyle Childers, a local orthodontist, Invisalign® Elite Preferred Provider, and designated Invisalign Teen Provider, has been recognized by Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign, as having patients selected as the top 100 best cases among orthodontists across North America.  The top 100 cases were selected based on clinical complexity, efficiency of treatment for the patient and the quality of the final results.  From the thousands of cases submitted for consideration, the Top 100 were chosen by a panel of experienced Invisalign Orthodontists from across North America, as well as members of Align Technology’s Clinical Advisory Board.  The recognition is given each year to orthodontists who achieve and demonstrate an extraordinary level of expertise with the Invisalign treatment and are able to showcase great clinical results with very complex cases.

Dr. Childers is well-respected in the field of dental health.  He is an outstanding practitioner who provides his patients with unparalleled care and the latest treatments in orthodontics.  Align Technology congratulates Dr. Kyle Childers and his entire team for their commitment to continuing education and excellence in clinical skill!

Dr. Childers has consistently been on the leading edge of the newest proven technologies in the orthodontic field. He was among the first to use lasers and provide SureSmile® treatment, and he is especially proud to be the first in Southern Illinois to offer 3-dimensional teeth imaging technology via the iTero scanner for Invisalign® patients.

Dr. Childers was born and raised in Marion, Il.  He and his wife, Deidre, reside in Marion with their four children, Mason, Kate, Alec, and Tessa.

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