About Us:

In 1990, we happily swung our office’s doors open, and we have enjoyed offering high-quality orthodontic care with comfort and style to our community ever since. Dr. Kyle Childers truly loves being an orthodontist, and he especially values the connections he has made with our patients over the years. Our excellent staff is of one mind and heart with Dr. Childers. We are here for you, and we want nothing more than to give you an amazing smile and the best in oral health care. This committment is the driving beat that our practice follows.

Meet Our Doctor

Kyle Childers, DMD
I am in this field to help change people’s lives by providing them with a new smile. Because I enjoy this work, I feel truly blessed to be an orthodontist. I have found my profession to be a perfect blend of art and science. Further, practicing orthodontics allows me to bring out people’s inner and hidden beauty and teach them how to keep that sparkling smile healthy for the rest of their lives.

Education and Continuing Education
I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Illinois University and then received my Doctorate of Medical Dentistry at the University of Kentucky. After, I attended the University of Tennessee to complete my Master of Science in Orthodontics degree.

I consider every minute of continuing education to be vital for my patients and myself. Staying current with the latest trends, techniques, and technologies within my field allows me to improve treatment efficiency and provide higher quality results for each person I treat. Through my career-long commitment to staying on the cutting edge of orthodontics, I have been able to implement the most proven and advanced treatments to my patients. For instance, I was at the forefront of providing patients the benefits of SureSmile®, and I embraced the use of i-CAT® diagnosis technology very early on. In addition to these advanced treatments, I also offer my patients the cutting edge self-ligating Damon® System brackets, and I have worked very hard to become an Invisalign® Elite Provider.

Professional Affiliations
Professional collaboration is one of the most important ways to stay current with all of the latest advancements within the ever-evolving field of orthodontics. For this reason, I hold active membership in a number of professional affiliations, including:

American Board of Orthodontics
American Association of Orthodontics
American Dental Association
Midwestern Society of Orthodontics
Southern Illinois Dental Society, Past President
Schulman Study Group
St. Louis Invisalign Study Group
In addition to my active involvement in these groups, I am committed to visiting at least two high-quality, state-of-the-art orthodontic offices each year. There, I learn from the practitioners and exchange ideas on how to improve patient treatment and office management.

Further, I am 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. This is a recognition that reflects my passion and commitment to providing my patients nothing but the most rewarding orthodontic care available.

Sincere Interest and Care
I believe strongly in doing work that has life-long effects, and I place the utmost value on the lasting relationships I have formed with my patients over the years. I have been a practicing orthodontist for over 20 years, and I can say that watching a patient's positive development and transformation over time is one of the most rewarding parts of the profession. As your orthodontist, I am dedicated to being as gentle, compassionate, and efficient as I can during your orthodontic journey.

Through My Doors
I approach each patient with an eye to detail. I view orthodontics as a fine tuned science that is practiced by medical professionals who also have an artist’s touch. I improve smiles both visibly and behind the scenes. My artistic talents aid my work as much as my scientifically technical skills do. The technology, knowledge, and legwork are purely scientific, but my instinct to deliver an amazing smile that perfectly fits your inner and outer beauty is an art.

In the Community
I am a firm believer in giving back to my community. I founded the Southern Illinois chapter of Smile for a Lifetime. It appealed to me because it is a nonprofit organization that provides orthodontic treatment to patients who would otherwise not be able to receive orthodontic care. I also support others in their pursuit of higher education by offering academic scholarships to two Southern Illinois students each year. I am also a sponsor of the Rend Lake College Theater.

Outside the Office
I am currently settled down in Marion, IL, where I grew up, and I am happy to call this place home. My wife, Deidre, is a dentist who teaches in the hygiene program at John A. Logan College. Together, we have four children: Mason, Kate, Alec, and Tessa. We also have four dogs that round out our busy household. I have enjoyed being active in my children’s lives, whether it has been through coaching their baseball teams, cheering them on at sporting events, or attending their plays and concerts. I also enjoy hunting, golfing, and painting.

Meet Our Staff

I am originally from St. Louis. My husband, Bill, and I celebrated our 25th anniversary this year, and we live in Herrin with our dog, Buttons. We have two boys: Nicholas is a Senior at U of I, and Brendan is a Freshman at SIU-E. I received my Dental Hygiene degree from SIU-C, and I have worked in the ortho/dental field for over three decades. I joined the Childers team in March of 2009 as a Treatment Coordinator and am thrilled to be back in orthodontics. I especially love seeing my past patients bring in their own children to receive beautiful smiles. I love singing and playing hand bells in the church choir, fun times with friends, and watching my boys grow into wonderful young men.

FUN FACT #1….I am a former Miss America (okay…that is a lie!)

FUN FACT #2…I am named after a horse (THAT is the truth)

I am a certified Orthodontic Assistant and have worked with Dr. Childers since 1995. I live in DuQuoin with my husband and our two daughters, Grace and Josie, and son, Jake. We have three Maltese dogs: Maggie, Emma, and Ellie. We have also adopted a stray cat that we've name Kitty Kitty. I enjoy spending time with my family, and in my spare time, I have become very addicted to running. My personal goal would be to run a half marathon.

FUN FACT: I cannot watch scary movies or else I am the star of the movie all night long... NIGHTMARES!

I am a certified Orthodontic Assistant, and I have worked for Dr. Childers since 1999. I love my job and look forward to helping my patients create a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime! I live in Benton with my husband, Justin, and our two sons, Asher and Drew. I have a close-knit family and really enjoy spending time with them. I spend most of the summer at the ballpark watching the boys play baseball. We love to travel, and we hit the water parks whenever we get a chance! We are proud members of Whittington church.

FUN FACT: One of my passions is cake design. You name it and I have probably tried to make it out of cake. I have even met Buddy, The Cake Boss!

FAVORITE QUOTES: "Faith can move mountains, but don’t be surprised if God hands you a shovel." - Author Unknown
Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~Robert Fulghum

I live in Mulkeytown with my daughter, Madison, and my brother, Davie. I have worked as theTreatment Coordinator for Dr. Childers since 2006. The best part of my job is meeting new patients for the first time and making them feel comfortable in our office. I enjoy gardening, cooking, and spending time with my family.

FUN FACT: I am a true cookie monster!

I joined Childers Orthodontics in 1999 as a certified Orthodontic Assistant. I live in Benton with my husband Randy. Together, we have three grown children. Melissa and her husband, Chad, have two small children, Cody and Kaylee. They live in Ft. Myers, Florida. Zach and his wife, Dawn, and their little girl Sophia, live in Kansas City, Missouri. Jennifer also lives in Kansas City. We love traveling, especially to visit our kids and grandbabies! I also enjoy cooking and horseback riding. My favorite things about my job are seeing the beautiful smiles we create and enjoying all the good times with my co-workers!