rubber bands

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!

 

Appreciation

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.

SmileStar

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!

patient appreciation

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!

first orthodontic appointment

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.

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.