Benton, IL 62812
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Herrin, IL 62948
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Who We Are
Smile for a Lifetime Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization that provides orthodontic care to individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to acquire assistance. Launched in 2008, Smile for a Lifetime Foundation aims to reach individuals with financial challenges, special situations, and orthodontic needs. The Foundation sponsors the orthodontic care of hundreds of patients each year. Smile for a Lifetime Foundation has participating orthodontists throughout the US. Each chapter has its own local Board of Directors who choose patients to be treated by the Foundation.
At Smile for a Lifetime Foundation, it is our mission to create self-confidence, inspire hope, and change the lives of children in our community in a dramatic way. The gift of a smile can do all this for a deserving, underserved individual who, in turn, can use this gift to better his or herself and our community.
Dr. Childers was born and raised in Marion, Illinois. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Biological Sciences. He then received his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from the University of Kentucky and his Master's Degree in Orthodontics from the University of Tennessee. In, 1990, Dr. Childers established his practice in Benton.
Dr. Childers is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). The ABO is the only organization for the specialty of orthodontics that is recognized by the American Dental Association and sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists. Currently, only 25% of the nation's orthodontists are Board Certified.
Dr. Childers is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and of the American Dental Association as well as the state and local chapters. Dr. Childers has held various offices, including president of the executive committee for the Southern Illinois Dental Society. He is also an active member of a dental study club in St. Louis. Dr. Childers attends numerous continuous education seminars and is committed to remaining current in all aspects of his orthodontic practice.
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