Welcome to Ashton & Hudgins Orthodontics!

After completing her residency in 2022, Dr. Ashton moved back to her hometown of Carterville, and is excited to be serving the community where she grew up. She practiced as Dr. Hudgins’ associate for almost two years before purchasing the practice. Dr. Ashton and Dr. Hudgins continue to work side by side creating beautiful smiles for our amazing patients! Dr. Ashton is very excited to continue the tradition of excellent orthodontic care started by Dr. Nolan and continued by Dr. Hudgins and Dr. Phelps. At this point thousands of patients have been treated, and a lot of teeth have been moved!

Both Dr. Ashton and Dr. Hudgins are Board Certified Orthodontists (ABO), members of the American Association of Orthodontics, Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, Southern Illinois Dental Society and American Dental Association.  They take pride in keeping up with the most recent orthodontic techniques and technology to provide their patients with the best and most efficient orthodontic care.  Our practice offers both traditional braces and clear aligners.

Dr. Ashton, Dr. Hudgins and their long-term, college-trained staff will ensure you receive the most effective care possible and develop a treatment plan for your specific needs.  At your initial exam you will receive all pertinent information regarding your individual case.  Call our office for a complimentary orthodontic evaluation.  We look forward to speaking with you!

With offices in Carbondale and Du Quoin, our practice’s top priority is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, family-owned environment.  Our standards are high, and our patients are happy!  Ask around!

Dr. Hudgins returned to Southern Illinois after serving in the Navy, and associated with Dr. Fred Nolen, one of the original orthodontists in our area. Years later, the practice of Dr. John Phelps was added to the mix. At this point, thousands of patients have been treated, and a lot of teeth moved!

Dr. Hudgins, who is Board Certified (ABO), utilizes the most recent orthodontic techniques, such as lnvisalignbraces with colors, clear braces, Damon braces, 3-D imaging, and sleep apnea appliances. Dr. Hudgins can also tell you about making your time in orthodontic treatment go as quickly as possible by using SureSmile and AcceleDent, and fill you in on the "straight teeth for life guarantee".

As an added benefit, Dr. Hudgins also provides tooth recontouring and whitening, as well as the ability to address the symmetry of the gingivial tissue. For further facial enhancement in addition to your smile, Dr. Hudgins provides Botox and dermal filler treatment to address lip fullness and minimize facial wrinkles.

Dr. Hudgins, his associate Dr. Kelsea Ashton (both Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontists) and their long-term, college-trained staff will ensure you receive the most effective care possible, and will tailor your treatment for your individual case in the shortest amount of time. At your initial exam, you will receive all pertinent information, and be given a recommendation for appropriate orthodontic treatment (most 8 year-olds do not need braces!).  For "A Smile that is Good for Life", call our office for a complimentary orthodontic evaluation.

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Former patient Bridget was recently chosen to grace the cover of the American Journal of Orthodontics.

Once again, Dr. Hudgins had a patient, Emma Kate, appear on the cover of the February 2023 American Journal of Orthodontics

Emma Kate appeared on the cover of the February 2023 American Journal of Orthodontics

Southern Illinois 2023 Readers Choice Award winner

Meet Our Doctors

Dr Hudgins and Dr Ashton