Brushing with Braces

Brushing with Braces

Brushing with braces can certainly take some getting used to. When you first get your new braces, your orthodontic appliances can make it hard to clean in and around the teeth, which means teeth cleaning is more important than ever. Food particles can build up and cause plaque to form not only between your teeth but around your brackets and wires.

You want your teeth to be healthy and clean as well as straight when the braces come off. Whether you get clear aligners such as Invisalign® or traditional metal braces, it’s crucial to take the time to clean every surface of your teeth. Be sure to brush and floss consistently and use a mouth wash every day.

Tips for Teeth Cleaning with Braces

So, what’s the best way to clean your teeth while in braces?

Continue to schedule your dental checkups.
Schedule regular dental visits at your dentist’s office every three months. Skipping trips to the dentist while you’re in orthodontic treatment can cause plaque to harden over time and lead to gingivitis. We recommend more frequent visits with your dentist to to keep your teeth as clean as possible.

Brush four times each day.
If it sounds like a lot of brushing, don’t worry. It will quickly become a habit the more you do it. We recommend that you brush after every meal and before bed. To make it easier for you to brush on the go, carry travel toothpaste and a travel brush with you.

We also recommend using a proxy brush to clean all of the areas between the teeth and braces. Super-flossers are also great for removing food that gets trapped in and around your appliances. A WaterPik or AirFlosser is also helpful to help remove plaque buildup.

Rinse with fluoride.
Rinse with a fluoride mouth wash for a minute each night before you go to bed. This will help to ensure your tooth enamel stays strong.

If you have any questions about how to brush with braces or concerns about your appliances, contact our office.

Race to Embrace

Race to Embrace 2018

Skelton Orthodontics is excited to be a part of and supporting the Fort Payne Optimist Club for another year! Dr. Aimee Skelton has been a proud supporter of the Optimist Club. She loves their mission and all that they do for the community.

The 2018 Race to Embrace is set for April 13, 2018 at Fort Payne High School.

On behalf of the Optimist Club, we would like to invite all of our patients and anyone in the community to attend this event to give the special needs students of DeKalb County a special day. This will truly be a day to remember!

save the date

Save the Date

Save the date for this year's Skelton Orthodontics Patient Appreciation Event - Saturday, June 23!

As a way to show our appreciation for our patients and their families, Dr. Aimee Skelton and her staff invite all of their patients to view Incredibles 2 with them at Fort Payne Cinemas.

More information about this event is to come so be sure to mark your calendars and watch this trailer to be ready for this incredible event!

Click here to see the trailer for Incredibles 2.

cleaning your retainer

Cleaning Your Retainer

Cleaning your retainer is just as important as brushing your teeth. It keeps bad breath away and ensures your appliance lasts as long as possible. As you wear your retainer, bacteria from your mouth forms on the appliance, causing stains and odor, so remember to practice good oral hygiene.

How do I clean my retainer?

"When you remove your appliance to brush and floss your teeth, debris can harden onto the plastic. So, it's important to begin the cleaning process right away. We recommend placing a small amount of mild soap on the retainer and brushing it gently with an old, soft toothbrush."

"If you discover hard, white spots forming on your appliance, don't panic. These calcium deposits build up over time and are easy to remove. Simply soak your appliance with a retainer cleaning tablet or solution. We also have a retainer cleaning solution that is very beneficial and will keep your retainer clean. However, cost varies depending on the brand."

Can I use hot water to disinfect it?

Extremely hot temperatures can warp the plastic, so we recommend using lukewarm to warm water only. You should never put your appliances in boiling water or in the dishwasher. If you do, the retainer may not fit correctly, requiring you to get a replacement. Orthodontic retainers are costly, so you want to make sure to keep yours in excellent condition. You are responsible for any fees associated with a new set of retainers.

The bottom line: treat your orthodontic retainers as you would your own teeth. Gently clean them every day to keep them free from plaque buildup and erosion. Most of all, remember to wear your retainers continuously to keep your teeth in their correct positions after braces. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

orthodontic treatment

Why Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is truly life-changing. In addition to improving your overall oral health, it increases your self-confidence for the rest of your life. We know that it’s a big decision to begin orthodontic treatment, so we’ve compiled a list of benefits to help you make the right choice.

The Benefit of Braces

Reduces problems associated with a bad bite

Misaligned teeth or teeth that protrude outward or inward can cause you to have a bad bite. Bad bites, or malocclusions, can cause a wide range of problems. Some issues include speech impediments or difficulty chewing and swallowing. Bad bites can also come from misaligned jaws, resulting in headaches and TMJ symptoms. If you hear popping or clicking when you open and close your mouth, you may have a bad bite.

At Skelton Orthodontics, Dr. Aimee Skelton will evaluate your bite and determine the best alignment for your unique needs. If you dream of being able to eat and speak properly without pain, contact our office.

Improves oral health
In addition to a bad bite, crowding is another common orthodontic problem. Crowded teeth can be so severe that they affect your ability to properly clean in between teeth. Even minor crowding can increase your risk of gingivitis and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment can adjust your teeth so that floss is easy to glide between each tooth.

Increased self-esteem
With an improved and aligned bite, you will love your new smile. In addition, by making it easier to clean away hard-to-reach plaque, you will also have a healthier smile for life. No matter what your age, we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Are you ready to start your orthodontic journey? Don’t wait any longer. Request an appointment today for your free orthodontic evaluation. Dr. Skelton can determine the best treatment option for your needs and get you started as soon as possible.

braces for adults

Adult Treatment Options

Braces for adults are more popular than ever before. At Skelton Orthodontics, we want to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted—at any age! It’s never too late to start. If you’ve needed braces but were unable to seek treatment as a child, or even if you had braces previously but need realignment, we can help!

We offer multiple braces options, including traditional metal braces, self-ligating and clear braces, as well as Invisalign®. While most of our adult patients prefer the more subtle treatment options like clear braces and Invisalign, they may not be for everyone. We encourage you to make an appointment so we can evaluate your smile and determine the best treatment for you.

Why Adult Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment has multiple benefits. By correcting your alignment and giving more room to over-crowded teeth, it can make it easier to clean each surface of every tooth, reducing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. It can even help alleviate pain and headaches associated with TMD/TMJ. Best of all, nothing compares to the increased confidence you’ll experience when we reveal your healthy, straight smile.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start your journey to a better smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

heart smile

Make Your Heart Smile

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team love to share smiles for miles and miles!

Join us in making your HEART smile! On March 1, 2018 we are hosting a blood drive to help those in need.

In addition to making their heart smile and helping out those in need, all donors will be entered into a drawing for $200 CASH prize! You can RSVP and sign up for alerts and reminders by joining our Facebook event. We appreciate all who are willing to give up some time to make your heart smile so make sure to share this with your family and friends!

Date: March 1, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Place: Skelton Orthodontics - 2105 Grand Ave NW, Fort Payne, Alabama 35967


Invisalign: How does it work?

Are you curious about Invisalign®? At Skelton Orthodontics, we proudly offer these invisible aligners that don’t use brackets or wires. If you’re looking for a more subtle treatment option, Invisalign may be right for you.

How does it work?

At your appointment, we’ll make a set of aligners customized to your teeth using 3D computer imaging technology. You will wear your aligners for approximately two weeks before switching them out for the next set.

During your day, feel free to remove the aligners when you eat and as you brush and floss your teeth.  As you replace each set, your teeth will slightly move each day until they reach the final position we prescribe.

Throughout your treatment, you’ll visit our office roughly every six weeks to ensure that treatment is progressing. Most people wear their aligners for six to 18 months, but treatment time varies depending on the individual.

Want to know more? Check out this video from Invisalign®!

If you or your child needs braces, contact us today to schedule an appointment. You may be a candidate for Invisalign®!


Celebrate SmilesGiving 2017 With Skelton Orthodontics

SmilesGiving is one of our favorite annual events! At Skelton Orthodontics, we love Fort Payne and all our other surrounding communities. Part of our goal is to build lasting relationships with our patients and be a leader in providing exceptional orthodontic services to the community. But our care goes beyond braces and Invisalign alone!

This Thanksgiving, we are collecting canned and boxed food items (any food item that is non-perishable) to donate to local organizations like the Upper Sand Mountain Parish and the Salvation Army of DeKalb County.

If you’d like to help us spread smiles this SmilesGiving, please bring your canned and boxed foods to our office. We are accepting donations in our office until Monday, November 20th.

If you have any questions, contact us today by calling (256) 844-8221 or emailing us at!

smile in pink

Smile in Pink with us!

Dr. Aimee Skelton and her team support Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October with their promotion, Smile in Pink!

How does it work?

Dr. Skelton will donate $1 for each patient who chooses pink bands or power chains on their braces during October appointments. Then, the patient's picture is posted to an album on Facebook so everyone can see who Smiles in Pink! Each patient also signs a certificate showing their support. Those certificates are displayed in the office for the entire month!

Last year we raised over $200 for Breast Cancer Awareness! Show your support this year and Smile in Pink!