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Braces & Your Child: What’s the Best Age?

What’s the best age for your child to get braces? As parents, deciding when to take your child to the orthodontist can be a big decision.

What if their teeth straighten over time? Or if I wait to take them in, will it make problems worse?

To take the guess work out of when you should schedule an appointment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends taking your child in to the orthodontist by age 7. At this age, your child’s teeth and bone structure are still developing, so it’s a good time for us to evaluate the spacing or crowding that may cause permanent teeth to come in crooked.

If your child is 7 or older and has crooked teeth, gaps between the teeth, an overbite, or an underbite, contact us to schedule an appointment. Your child may not need to start orthodontic treatment right away, but early exams allow us to monitor your child’s development over time. This way, we can ensure a healthy, straight smile that continues into adulthood.

Ready to schedule?

Contact us today to schedule a FREE initial consultation for your child. We can assess your child’s bite and set them up with a beautiful smile for life!

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Need Braces for Back-to-School?

Do you need braces? With back-to-school season upon us, now is a great time to start fresh. Why wait any longer to get the smile you’ve always wanted? Whether treating severe bite problems or adjusting smiles with Invisalign, we offer multiple treatment options to meet your needs this school year.

Plus, as a thank you to our teachers, Skelton Orthodontics offers a 10% discount for all teachers and their families in DeKalb, Jackson, Cherokee, and other surrounding counties! With our Orthodontic Discount Plan (ODP)*, teachers, their spouses, and dependents under the age of 18 are qualified. Simply request an appointment to set up your FREE initial consultation. At your first visit, provide proof of employment to our Treatment Coordinator. You will receive your discounted fee on your upcoming treatment.

This discount plan is available at the time of treatment. There are no additional program costs. You can also combine this discount with health insurance plans, health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, and health reimbursements.

Our ODP runs all year, but don’t wait! Start the year off right and schedule your appointment to begin your journey toward a healthy, straight smile!

What is the ODP?

*Disclosure: THIS IS NOT AN INSURANCE PLAN. This discount plan provides discounts on orthodontic treatment only. The 10% discount for orthodontic treatment is given only to those with proof of employment with DeKalb County, Jackson County, Cherokee County, or an area private school. Also, teachers must show identification and proof of dependents. This discount is only available at the Skelton Orthodontics office in Fort Payne, AL. Finally, you cannot combine the ODP with any other special office discounts.
Orthodontists vs. Dentists: Who Should You See?

Orthodontists vs. Dentists: Who Should You See?

Orthodontists and dentists provide similar services. You know to see your family dentist for regular cleanings, cavity prevention, and treatment. But why should you see an orthodontist? Some dentists provide orthodontic services, so what’s the difference?

First, an orthodontist has a doctorate in general dentistry—just like your family dentist. They may even both be members of the American Dental Association. What separates an orthodontist from your general dentist is the rigorous training s/he receives after completing dental school. All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists.

An orthodontist completes two to three years of additional training in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment planning of malocclusion (or “bad bites”) and jaw anomalies. A bad bite can contribute to serious issues such as gum and bone loss, tooth decay, headaches, TMJ/TMD, and more. Typical treatments an orthodontist provides include braces, Invisalign, retainers, and orthognathic surgery. Orthognathic surgery helps to correct extreme cases of skeletal deformities in the jaw. Some orthodontists may also go on to become board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Dentists, on the other hand, focus on treating a variety of oral health issues, including cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. Some of the common treatments a dentist provides include x-rays, fillings, crowns, teeth whitening and veneers.

Simply put, orthodontists specialize in straightening teeth. They focus solely on orthodontic care, whereas dentists cover broader issues related to the teeth, gums, and nerves. Many general dentists will treat some orthodontic cases. However, they do not have the additional training and expertise that an orthodontist can provide.

At Skelton Orthodontics, we believe that it’s never too late to improve your smile. Call our office today at 256-844-8221 or visit our website to schedule your free initial consultation. We can help you create a beautiful #SkeltonSmile that you will love!

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Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week: June 5-9!

June 5-9 is Orthodontic staff appreciation week!

Dr. Aimee Skelton loves her Skelton Orthodontics team! She is celebrating them this week during Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week. Dr. Skelton recognizes her team by presenting them with cool prizes and taking them on a special trip during the week!

You can get to know our staff better by visiting their information page on our website. You'll get to learn all about their families, hobbies, and why they love working here at Skelton Orthodontics!

Get to know our staff even better by reading their interview blogs and bios on our website! Also, check out our Facebook page to see our team members interacting with our awesome patients!


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DIY Braces Trend: Parents Beware

Have you seen the commercials on tv and considered do-it-yourself (DIY) braces? Maybe your child has watched one of the thousands of videos on at-home orthodontic care. The American Association of Orthodontists urges partents to beware of these videos and tv commericals, as they can create serious oral health damage!

Orthodontic care should not be attempted at home. Here is a great article about the dangers of attempting to straighten teeth at home. Using objects found in the home to straighten teeth can lead to permanent loss of teeth!

Signs that your child may be attempting to straighten teeth at home are:

  • foreign objects around teeth such as paperclips, rubber bands, or dental floss
  • extruded upper front teeth
  • loose permanent teeth
  • swollen or bleeding gums
  • unexplained oral and facial discomfort

Dr. Aimee Skelton is highly trained, experienced, and knowledgeable in orthodontics. She provides exceptional care to all her patients, so there is no need to attempt DIY braces at home!

Interested in improving your smile? Call our office today at 256-844-8221 or visit our website to schedule your free initial consultation! We can't wait to meet you and see your #SkeltonSmile!

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Voted Best Orthodontist of DeKalb County!


Dr. Aimee Skelton would like to thank all who voted Skelton Orthodontics as "Best Orthodontist" in DeKalb County in the 2017 "Best Of" issue of The Times-Journal. The team is excited to hold this honor for our area, and we strive to provide our patients with a relaxed, at home feel in the office. Dr. Skelton provides braces and Invisalign for all ages. She also has a fantastic team dedicated to their passion for healthy, beautiful smiles. We are proud to have the best smiles for miles and miles! Thank you again for your support!

Patient Appreciation Event 2017

Calling all patients!

This year's patient appreciation movie event is set for July 15th from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. We will be watching Despicable Me 3 at Fort Payne Cinemas. Seats are first come, first serve so please RSVP on our Facebook event or by emailing You can pick up your tickets at the movie and popcorn and drinks are provided.

Click HERE to watch the trailer for Despicable Me 3. We hope to see you on July 15th!

Date: July 15th

Time: 11:00 am, doors open at 10:30 am

Location: Fort Payne Cinemas

2715 Gault Avenue North

Fort Payne, AL 35967


Meet Angel!

We are continuing our team interviews with Angel! Angel is one of our orthodontic assistants.

Read her interview here:

What do you like most about working at Skelton Orthodontics?
The outcome of a patient's smile and the excitement they show when they see it for the first time :)

What can you be caught doing on the weekends?
I love spending time with my family and friends, especially my daughter.

Where did you go on your favorite vacation? What did you do?
I went to Las Vegas to see my best friend get married!

What is one thing you want every person to know about his or her smile?
They should always be wearing it!

Do you have any phobias, or are you afraid of anything?
I am afraid of spiders.

Have you ever had orthodontic treatment?
No, I've never worn braces or Invisalign.

What is your favorite movie of all time? How many times do you think you've seen it?
I have several favorites, but my all time favorite is Blood Diamond. I've seen it at least 10 times!

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?
I have two dogs, Hunny and Toby!

Thanks for a great interview, Angel!

Follow our blog & check us out on Facebook to learn more about our awesome team members!

Make Your Heart Smile at Our Community Blood Drive!

Make your heart smile this March at our annual community blood drive! The Skelton Orthodontics team is joining forces with Blood Assurance for a great cause.

Everyone who attempts to donate blood will be entered in a drawing. The winner of the drawing will receive $200 cash!!

Event details:

When: Thursday, March 2nd from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Where: Our office!

Address: 2105 Grand Ave. NW, Fort Payne, AL 35967

Let us know you will attend and RSVP via our Facebook event!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sign Up for Skelton Smilepoints Today!

Our previous Skelton Rewards system has gotten a face-lift! We love rewarding our patients for "good behavior" during orthodontic treatment. Read more about our new Smilepoints program below!

We are thrilled to debut the Skelton Smilepoints program! This rewards system allows our patients to track their own rewards and work toward specific prizes.

"How do I earn Skelton Smilepoints?"

Each patient will receive a rewards card like this one:

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Patients will receive punches in their cards based on this guideline:

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It is the patient's responsibility to keep up with the punch card! Once the punch card is filled, patients will choose from a great selection of #SkeltonBraces merchandise!

Our prizes include custom camo hats, tshirts, and a Skelton Orthodontics tumbler. We even have speakers and ear buds!

We hope you are as excited about this new rewards system as we are!

Don't hesitate to ask your assistant if you have any questions!