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Lost or Broken Retainers

Retainers play a crucial part in your orthodontic treatment. When the braces come off, your teeth will naturally want to return to their original positions. During the retention phase, our goal is to keep your teeth in the positions we prescribe. By consistently wearing your retainers after braces, we can help your teeth “remember” where they’re supposed to be.

Storing Your Retainer

The best way to keep your retainer safe when not in your mouth is to keep them in the case. The majority of the time, patients lose their retainers when they remove them to eat and leave them in a napkin. All too often, they get thrown away on accident! Pets are also fond of playing with retainers accidentally left on a counter or on the floor, so take care of your retainers and keep them in their case if you’re not wearing them.

Getting Replacements

If you lose or break your retainers at any point, it’s important to contact our office to fix or replace them. A broken or lost retainer can mean increased treatment time and costs if you wait too long to get new ones.

Fixing a Bonded Retainer

If you’ve broken a bonded retainer, you will need to contact our office to have it removed for repairs or replacement. At no point should you attempt to remove a bonded retainer by yourself. These are set onto your teeth with dental bonding and can damage your teeth if removed incorrectly.

If you can't come in right away and the broken retainer is causing soreness in your mouth, avoid hard foods and rinse your mouth with warm salt water to lesson discomfort. Even if you think you’ve fixed your retainer, contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment.

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SmileStar Voting

The 2018 Top 30 SmileStars have been chosen, and Dr. Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team could not be more thrilled about it! We would like to thank everyone who submitted their nomination for the 2018 SmileStar contest. We appreciate you taking the time to submit your smile. They were all amazing!

The Top 30 have been selected and voting starts August 20th. We want the top 10 Skelton Orthodontics SmileStars to best represent Fort Payne and the surrounding areas. We invite YOU to go in and vote for your favorites! Please go online and submit your vote for up to 10 SmileStars. Click HERE to cast your vote, and be sure to share the link with others!

If your smile is not part of this year’s Top 30, we encourage you to try again on our next run of SmileStar! It was a close and hard decision for our panel of judges to choose between all of the beautiful Skelton smiles to only have 30 move on to the next round of voting!

Voting will end on September 28th, and the winners will be announced the following week. Be sure to check back to see who the winners will be!

If you have any questions about this contest please feel free to call the office at (256) 844-8221. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

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Orthodontic Emergencies: How to Keep Your Smile Safe

Orthodontic emergencies can happen unexpectedly. But what constitutes an emergency? An orthodontic emergency can include problems from severe pain that you can’t control to a broken appliance. If your brackets or wires break, you will need to schedule an appointment to fix them and may incur additional orthodontic fees. Thankfully, most emergencies are completely preventable.

Choose Your Food Wisely

While you may not realize it, eating sticky, crunchy, chewy, or extremely hard foods can damage your braces. We recommend you stick to softer breads, cheeses, protein, and vegetables, and take small bites when you eat. For example, an apple is a healthy snack option, but make sure you cut it first instead of taking a big bite out of the whole apple.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

If you want to keep your pearly whites looking great when the braces come off, continue to clean your teeth. To keep your teeth and braces in good condition, be sure to brush after every meal and floss daily. When food gets trapped between your brackets, plaque can build up and cause gum disease. We also recommend that you continue to schedule regular checkups with your dentist throughout treatment.

Protect Your Teeth

If you play sports, a mouthguard is crucial to protecting your teeth and appliances from injury. We can help you choose a mouthguard that fits your teeth properly so it will be comfortable to wear. You also want to find one that is durable and easy to clean as well. At your next appointment, simply let us know if you are active in sports or other extracurricular activities. We can help you choose one that will work best for you.

Remember: If you experience an orthodontic emergency and have pain that you cannot control or a piece of your appliance that you need repaired, contact our office to schedule an appointment. A broken appliance means lengthened treatment time if left unrepaired.

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Rubber Bands and Orthodontic Treatment

Rubber bands are an important part of your orthodontic treatment. Depending on the type of braces you require, Dr. Skelton may prescribe rubber bands as part of your orthodontic appliance. Although they are small, they play a big part in the speed and efficiency of your overall treatment.

Purpose of Rubber Bands

So, what’s their function? Orthodontic bands provide increased force to your teeth to fix alignment and bite problems faster. When worn properly, each band attaches to the brackets and hooks on your teeth. While you may feel increased pressure, rubber bands shouldn’t be painful.

Duration

Unless we tell you otherwise, we highly recommend that you wear the elastic bands every day except while brushing or flossing. You should try to eat with your rubber bands in as well, only removing them after meals to put in new bands. If you’re an athlete, you should continue to wear your bands as instructed. If you have to play sports with a mouthguard, remove your bands while the mouthguard is in and replace them after you take the mouthguard out.

In addition, the elastic loses its strength as you talk and chew. To ensure you’re always applying the maximum amount of force, you should change your rubber bands approximately every 12 hours.

Effects of Misuse

Forgetting to wear your bands may not seem like a big deal. However, if you don’t wear yours, you risk lengthening your treatment time. If your treatment goes over the allotted duration we discuss at your consultation, you also risk accruing more fees to complete treatment.

At Skelton Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the best treatment possible for your smile. With your full cooperation, you can get a healthy smile for life!

If you have any questions about your orthodontic appliances, contact our office!

Skelton Orthodontics Says Thank You For Being Incredible!

Thank You!

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the team would like to say thank you to everyone who attended our Patient Appreciation event last week. We hope that you had an INCREDIBLE time! Dr. Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team LOVED seeing all of the patients that attended this year.

There were a lot of patients, friends, and family enjoying popcorn, soda, and Incredibles 2 at Fort Payne Cinemas. Dash on over to our Facebook page to check out all of the pictures from the event. Remember to always be INCREDIBLE and we can’t wait to see you at the next event!

 

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Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week

June 4-8 is Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week!

This year, Dr. Skelton asks that you help her in celebrating the WONDERFUL team we have at the office. She loves her Skelton Orthodontics team and knows you do too! Dr. Skelton is taking the time June 4-8 to be sure they know just how special and important each of them are to the Skelton Orthodontics team.

You can get to know our staff better by visiting our staff page on our website. You’ll get to learn all about their families, hobbies, and why they love working here at Skelton Orthodontics! Also, each of our team members has a blog all about them and the fun answers to all of our questions.

As this week progresses, we ask that you help Dr. Skelton in honoring and loving her team. If you are in the office, be sure to tell them just how GREAT they are and why they are important to you. Let's make them feel special this week.

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SmileStar 2018

Skelton Orthodontics is hosting their next SmileStar! Dr. Aimee Skelton and her team are looking for patients to represent our practice on our advertising and marketing. Beginning June 4, we will be accepting nominations from Skelton Orthodontics patients to be selected as a SmileStar! The nominations will end July 20th.

You qualify for this contest as long as you are or have been a Skelton Orthodontics patient. We are looking for patients in and out of braces and of all ages!

Here is the process:

  1. Nominate your smile
  2. Top 30 are selected by a panel of judges
  3. Voting begins for all Top 30 contestants
  4. Winners who have the most votes are announced

As a SmileStar winner, you have the honor of being a “face” of Skelton Orthodontics and will be treated to a professional photo shoot. The pictures taken at the shoot will be featured in our advertising and marketing!

How? It’s easy! Just go to skeltonbraces.com/smilestar (please note that the form will only be available from June 4th until July 20th), fill out the information, and upload two selfies of your Skelton Orthodontics smile. Feel free to contact Janie at the office with any questions!

So, plan to nominate your smile between June 4th through July 20th!

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Patient Appreciation 2018

Our annual patient appreciation event is here and it is going to be INCREDIBLE!

Who: Skelton Orthodontics patients and selected guests
When: Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 AM
Where: Fort Payne Cinemas
Why: Because we love our patients!

Mark your calendars and RSVP by commenting on our Facebook page OR emailing us at info@skeltonbraces.com. The tickets are first come, first served. Four tickets allowed per patient: one for the patient, one for a friend and two for family members. We are EXCITED to have fun with you at this event. Get excited with us by watching the Incredibles 2 trailer!

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First Orthodontic Appointment

The first orthodontic appointment should occur around age 7, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. At this visit, we can evaluate your child’s smile and determine if treatment is necessary. If not, we can continue to monitor your child’s bite and spacing to catch problems early on.

At Skelton Orthodontics, we also welcome adult patients of all ages! If your teeth have shifted over time since your last orthodontic treatment, or if you’ve never been to the orthodontist but want to improve your smile, we can help!

What to Expect

At your first visit, our treatment coordinator will greet you and have you fill out the necessary paperwork. To expedite the paperwork process, we recommend that you print and fill out our new patient form ahead of time and bring it and your insurance card with you to your first appointment.

Then, the treatment coordinator will review your information and health history as well as take x-rays and photographs so that Dr. Skelton can analyze your teeth, jaw bones, and gums from every angle. Dr. Skelton will then perform a thorough exam to assess your individual treatment needs and determine the best treatment plan for you.

After the exam, Dr. Skelton will discuss the treatment plan with you and walk you through the prescribed steps. Your treatment may require multiple appliances and treatments including braces, extractions, or head gear depending on your needs. At this time, we will also discuss the cost of your treatment and the payment investment options available. If you’d like to begin treatment right away, we can even set up your next appointments for digital teeth scan, braces, and a follow-up appointment.

Schedule an Appointment

The best part of your first appointment is that it’s completely free! If you’re ready to schedule your first appointment, contact us today!

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.