Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Pandemic

Treatment Questions

I have a scheduled appointment, what should I do?
If we have not already spoken to you to reschedule your appointment, please know we will reach out to you as soon as we are open to serve patients again. We do want to make sure you have no current issues or concerns with your appliance, so if you have any questions, please call our after-hours number.

What about my account? Do I owe you money for this month?
This is a great question and understandable in these times. When we contract with you for your treatment, we estimate the time it will take to COMPLETE your smile and base your total treatment cost on that estimate. Just like car payments, the total cost of treatment is divided up over agreed time frame. In the unfortunate event that this virus service interruption causes your treatment time to be longer than stated, it will not cost you any additional amount for this delay.

How will this affect my treatment to have a large gap in between adjustments?
Our patients are family to us and not seeing you for a few extra weeks will be challenging possible to prevent any delays in your completed smile transformation. Treatment should not be greatly altered by a few extra weeks. If you have any concerns, or even if you want to know if you can stop wearing a certain set of rubber bands or Invisalign trays, we can setup a video chat to discuss and advise accordingly.

What happens if I have a wire poking or something is causing me pain?
No matter what is going on in the world, we never want our patients to be in any discomfort! Please keep this after-hours emergency number in your phone and text us if you have anything that is concerning you. We will make arrangements to care for any urgent needs that cannot be resolved on the phone (or via video chat).

What if I need more supplies or appliances?
If you are in need of rubber bands, please email or text us so that we can mail some to you. If you need wax, it can be purchased at any drugstore (CVS/WALGREENS).

If you are currently wearing Invisalign and reach the end of your set of trays, please email or text us to set up a video chat. Please also reach out if you lose or break an aligner or retainer so that we can advise accordingly.

How long will you be closed?
This is an evolving situation and changing daily. We are following the guidelines as they come out from both the CDC and the State Health Department. Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our patients and our team. Please stay tuned for continued updates in the coming weeks via our social media, where we will do our best to keep you posted. We will be in touch to reschedule any missed appointments when we know our office will be reopening.

dental health

February is Dental Health Month

Did you know that dental health has an entire month dedicated to it? February has been named National Children's Dental Health Month to help create awareness of the importance of understanding how to keep your mouth healthy. The health of your teeth and mouth are directly related to your overall health!

Dental Health Month Contest

To celebrate, Skelton Orthodontics wants to test your dental knowledge with some fun facts. Think you can answer all of the questions correctly? Follow us on our Facebook page to be notified when the contest begins!

You can enter the contest in office and online! Simply answer six questions and you will be entered to win a FREE Waterpik Water Flosser! One lucky winner will be drawn at the end of the month. Good luck to all!

Need Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontics plays a vital role in the health of your teeth. It is important that your jaws and bite align correctly for chewing and swallowing. In addition, your teeth need to be in a position where the majority of the surface area can be cleaned. Gum disease develops when bacteria builds up and straight teeth help solve this problem!

If you want more information about orthodontic treatment, contact us today! Dr. Aimee Skelton offers complimentary consultations for both braces and Invisalign® clear aligners. We will design a unique treatment plan for each patient to fit your needs and your budget. Our team is happy to answer any questions you might have!

blood drive

Blood Drive at Skelton Orthodontics

Give Blood, Save a Life, Create Smiles!

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team are proud to host a blood drive each year supporting Blood Assurance. It is important to us that we give back to the people in our community and spread smiles for miles and miles.

All donors will receive a free t-shirt from Blood Assurance and be entered for a chance to win a $200 cash prize from Skelton Orthodontics! Follow our Facebook event for updates, details, and more information about the blood drive. We would love for you to invite friends and family.

Blood Drive Information

Date: Wednesday, February 19th

Time: 12 pm to 5 pm

Location: Skelton Orthodontics, 2105 Grand Avenue NW, Fort Payne, AL 35967

Feel free to contact our office with any questions or reach out to us on Facebook. We appreciate all who take the time to donate and make a difference in someone's life!

Smilestar Shelby

Skelton Orthodontics Smilestar Spotlight: Shelby

This weeks Smilestar spotlight is on Shelby! Dr. Aimee Skelton is excited to have a fantastic group of patients represent her practice as Smilestars! This weeks Smilestar winner that we would like to recognize is Shelby!

Want to know more about Smilestar Shelby? Check out her interview below!

Meet Shelby


Q: What is your favorite part about being a Skelton Orthodontics SmileStar?

A: I love getting to know new people and this is a super fun
experience to have.

Q: What is your favorite place to go in Fort Payne and why?

A: My favorite place to go in Fort Payne is The Spot because it is so pretty in there. They have really good food too.

Q: Why do/did you enjoy your orthodontic treatment at Skelton Orthodontics?

A: My teeth moved really fast and I was very happy with the
way everything went. The entire staff at Skelton is amazing.

Q: What do you like to do on the weekends?

A: On the weekends I enjoy riding around town and going
outside. I’m usually with my family or friends.

Q: Tell us 3 fun facts about you!

A: 1) I want to be a doctor when I’m older

     2) I have 2 dogs
and 2 cats

     3) I have 5
siblings

Q: Is there a volunteer/community event you enjoy working with or attending?

A:  I love to work at
Race for Embrace. I love to see all the kids smile.

Q: What color do you feel best describes you and why?

A: Yellow because it’s a happy color and it makes me feel
bubbly. I’m a happy and bubbly person.

Q: If you had to choose one song to be your “walk out song” and play every time you walked into a room, what would it be and why?

A: You should see me in a crown by Billie Eilish. It just talks about self power.  

Smilestar Zeb

Skelton Orthodontics Smilestar Spotlight: Zeb

This weeks Smilestar spotlight is on Zeb! Dr. Aimee Skelton is excited to have a fantastic group of patients represent her practice as Smilestars! This weeks Smilestar winner that we would like to recognize is Zeb!

Want to know more about Smilestar Zeb? Check out his interview below!

Meet Zeb


Q: What is your favorite part about being a Skelton Orthodontics SmileStar?

A: Being able to be apart of something is so fun and
representing my orthodontist.

Q: What is your favorite place to go in Fort Payne and why?

A: Wingstop. Me and my friends love the food there.

Q: Why do/did you enjoy your orthodontic treatment at Skelton Orthodontics?

A: I love how nice and friendly the place is.

Q: What do you like to do on the weekends?

A: I like to hang out with friends or go to cheer

Q: Tell us 3 fun facts about you!

A: 1) I am a cheerleader

     2) I love being a
part of activities

     3) I love to hang
out with the people I love

Q: Is there a volunteer/community event you enjoy working with or attending?

A:  I love helping out
with my school or church youth group

Q: What color do you feel best describes you and why?

A: I like any color really but I love black, whites, and
blues

Q: If you had to choose one song to be your “walk out song” and play every time you walked into a room, what would it be and why?

A: Natural by Imagine Dragons

Smilestar Tori

Skelton Orthodontics Smilestar Spotlight: Tori

This weeks Smilestar spotlight is on Tori! Dr. Aimee Skelton is excited to have a fantastic group of patients represent her practice as Smilestars! This weeks Smilestar winner that we would like to recognize is Tori!

Want to know more about Smilestar Tori? Check out her interview below!

Meet Tori

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Skelton Orthodontics SmileStar?

A: Having the opportunity to meet new people.

Q: What is your favorite place to go in Fort Payne and why?

A: I like to walk around the park.

Q: Why do/did you enjoy your orthodontic treatment at Skelton Orthodontics?

A: Because I’m gaining confidence in my smile.

Q: What do you like to do on the weekends?

A: Hang out with friends.

Q: Tell us 3 fun facts about you!

A: 1) I love to ride horses

     2) I enjoy to
sing

     3) I like to drag
race

Q: Is there a volunteer/community event you enjoy working with or attending?

A:  Autism society of Alabama and ECCLA

Q: What color do you feel best describes you and why?

A: Purple, because it makes me feel like I look better

Smilestar Hannah

Skelton Orthodontics Smilestar Spotlight: Hannah

This weeks Smilestar spotlight is on Hannah! Dr. Aimee Skelton is excited to have a fantastic group of patients represent her practice as Smilestars! This weeks Smilestar winner that we would like to recognize is Hannah!

Meet Hannah

Want to know more about Smilestar Hannah? Check out her interview below!


Q: What is your favorite part about being a Skelton Orthodontics SmileStar?

A: Getting to meet new people.

Q: What is your favorite place to go in Fort Payne and why?

A: Chick-fil-a is my favorite place. I love their chicken
and milkshakes.

Q: Why do/did you enjoy your orthodontic treatment at Skelton Orthodontics?

A: I love the results of the treatment. The staff is super
nice.

Q: What do you like to do on the weekends?

A: I play travel softball most weekends. I also enjoy
spending time with my friends.

Q: Tell us 3 fun facts about you!

A: 1) I am a softball and basketball state champ.

     2) I love math

     3) I can touch my
tongue to my nose

Q: Is there a volunteer/community event you enjoy working with or attending?

A:  I love helping
with the Jackson county Special Olympics.

Q: What color do you feel best describes you and why?

A: Blue because I am usually calm.

Q: If you had to choose one song to be your “walk out song” and play every time you walked into a room, what would it be and why?

A: Champion by Carrie Underwood because I am very goal oriented and I love to win.

Smilestar Garrett

Skelton Orthodontics Smilestar Spotlight: Garrett

This weeks Smilestar spotlight is on Garrett! Dr. Aimee Skelton is excited to have a fantastic group of patients represent her practice as Smilestars! This weeks Smilestar winner that we would like to recognize is Garrett!

Meet Garrett

Want to know more about Garrett? Check out his interview below!


Q: What is your favorite part about being a Skelton Orthodontics SmileStar?

A: It’s a great experience and lots of fun. Also to help out
Skelton because they are the best.

Q: What is your favorite place to go in Fort Payne and why?

A: The Spot because the atmosphere is great and the drinks are “on spot”. The spot is a great place to go and hangout with friends.

Q: Why do/did you enjoy your orthodontic treatment at Skelton Orthodontics?

A: The staff is always friendly and optimistic. They strive
to do their best and you feel very comfortable every time you have an
appointment.

Q: What do you like to do on the weekends?

A: Other than running cross country for Pisgah,  I enjoy reading and watching Netflix.

Q: Tell us 3 fun facts about you!

A: 1) I can tumble (gymnastics)

     2) I have taught
myself how to play certain songs on the piano.

     3) I can wiggle
my ears

Q: Is there a volunteer/community event you enjoy working with or attending?

A:  The Flat Rock
Community Center gives out food to people who need it and I help them give out
food because they need all the help they can get.

Q: What color do you feel best describes you and why?

A: I feel like the color yellow best describes me. It’s
bright and happy in which I try to be daily.

Q: If you had to choose one song to be your “walk out song” and play every time you walked into a room, what would it be and why?

A: Uptown Funk because it’s upbeat and very energetic and
fun. Everyone can just join in and dance.

donations

2019 Smilesgiving Donations

The Skelton Orthodontics team loves to spread smiles for miles and miles! Each year, we like to do this by accepting donations for local food pantries for those who may be in need this holiday season. We need your help to fill up local pantries before Thanksgiving!

Acceptable Donations

We appreciate any and all donations, but the pantries do request specific items. Below is the list of items that the food pantries accept. Click HERE for a printable list.

  1. Canned Fish (salmon, tuna, sardines)
  2. Canned Meats (turkey & chicken)
  3. Rice (brown & wild)
  4. Whole grain dry cereals
  5. Whole grain pastas
  6. Fruits in natural juice (no sugar added)
  7. Canned vegetables (low sodium)
  8. Canned soups & stews (low sodium)
  9. Nut butters (peanut, almond, walnut)
  10. Popcorn kernels
  11. Dried fruits (raisins, apricots, prunes, mangoes)
  12. Granola
  13. Herbal tea (green, white)
  14. Natural sweeteners (honey)
  15. Fruit juice (100%)
  16. Beans (canned or dried)
  17. Pasta sauce
  18. Shelf-stable milk (powdered milk, canned evaporated skim milk)
  19. Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts)
  20. Spices (cinnamon, chili powder, cumin)

*Please avoid items packed in glass. No candy or sugary drinks.

We are Thankful for You!

Please bring all donation items to our office by November 21st. We will gladly take all donations to food pantries as a donation from the Skelton Orthodontics family. Thank you for joining our Smilesgiving and giving a smile to someone in need!

Smile in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! A time when we want to bring more awareness about the disease and educating women on the steps to take for early detection. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the United States. It is a time during the year where we focus not only to raising support for those currently fighting cancer, but to promote cancer education and prevention for all!

Show your support with us!

Here's how! For each person who chooses PINK ELASTICS or POWER CHAINS in the month of October, Dr. Skelton will donate $1 to breast cancer awareness. Take a selfie of your pink bands and post the photo to our Facebook page #SkeltonBraces. Post the picture to your story on Facebook and Instagram and tag @skeltonbraces for a BONUS entry into a drawing for a free t-shirt!

Getting Involved

These are so many ways to make an impact and become involved during breast cancer awareness month. How are you getting involved this October? Let us know!