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Skelton Orthodontics Smilestar Spotlight: Abby Grace

Dr. Aimee Skelton is excited to have a fantastic group of patients represent her practice as Smilestars! The first Smilestar winner that we would like to recognize is Abby Grace!

Meet Abby Grace

Want to know more about Abby Grace? Check out her interview below!


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

A: I love being a Smile Star because to me attitude is
everything and having a smile on your face, a smile you’re confident in can completely
turn your life around.

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

A: The Spot. Even though I’m not a coffee junkie or anything
I absolutely love the atmosphere of that place. It’s the perfect spot to just
curl up with a book, a warm drink and some great friends.

Q: What did you enjoy about your orthodontic treatment at Skelton Orthodontics?

A: Most definitely the staff! I had my braces for 3 years
and I never once had a bad experience at Skelton. Everyone who works there is
always so nice and friendly!

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

A: On the weekends I’m often cheering on the Sylvania Rams, spending time with the people I love and hopefully finding a little time to shop in between.

Q: Tell us three fun facts about you!

A: 1) This year I was Sylvania’s sophomore homecoming attendant 2) I have zero stage freight. Some of my favorite things are singing/talking at church, doing theatre at NACC or pageants (really just being on stage!)  3) My biggest goal in life is for people to see Jesus through me.

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

A: At my church we have a Charlotte’s Shoe Box Ministry and
in the months before Christmas a lot of time and energy go into those 1200
boxes, but just knowing that it will make a difference in a child’s life makes
it worth it!

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

A: Yellow! I believe in the importance of having a positive,
bubbly attitude, and always remembering to smile no matter the circumstances.
And nothing says bright, happy yellow quite like the joy that comes from Jesus.

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

A: Sugar, Sugar but the Archies – I’d choose that song because it’s simply a feel-good song, one that you’re not too mad about if it gets stuck in your head.


Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team are so proud to have Abby Grace sport one of our smiles for miles and miles!

   

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Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week: June 3-7

Isn't our team pretty awesome? Dr. Aimee Skelton thinks so!

To celebrate the passion and hard work of the Skelton Orthodontics team, Dr. Aimee Skelton needs your help in celebrating the WONDERFUL team we have at the office during Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week!

This week, Dr. Skelton wants to give our team some special recognition to make sure they know just how important they each are to the Skelton Orthodontics team and to Fort Payne and surrounding areas. Stop by the office and fill out a "brag" card to a deserving team member! This group brings so many smiles to the faces of our patients and we want to return the favor. Snap a picture with a team member and share it to our Facebook page!

You can get to know our staff a little better by visiting the team page on our website. You’ll get to learn all about their families, hobbies, and why they love working at Skelton Orthodontics! Also, each of our team members has a blog interview that is  all about them - check it out!

Dr. Skelton wants to thank her team and appreciates all that they do not only for her, but for our patients! Thank you for your help making our team feel loved during Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week!

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2019 Patient Appreciation Movie Event: Save the Date!

Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase! You are royalty, we're not "lion"!

To show our appreciation for our amazing patients, Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team would like to invite all current patients to our 2019 Patient Appreciation Movie Event! This year, we will see the live action, The Lion King.

Date: Saturday, July 20th

Time: Doors open at 10:30 am, movie begins at 11 am

Place: Fort Payne Cinemas - 2715 Gault Ave N, Fort Payne, AL 35967

Popcorn and drink will be provided! We would love to see you at the movie! Our team is so thankful for the amazing families and patients we get to see smile.

Please RSVP on our Facebook event or by emailing info@skeltonbraces.com.

You can watch the trailer by clicking HERE. The film is not yet rated.

The movie is for all current patients and tickets are limited. Please RSVP - tickets are first come, first serve.

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Help Us Raise Money for Relay for Life!

So many people we know and love have been affected by cancer. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is a fundraiser dedicated to helping communities attack cancer. The event also honors all families who have had to battle and fight.

Relay for Life of Dekalb County is May 31, 2019 at VFW Fairgrounds.

We need your help with donations! The funds we raise will not only honor survivors and remember loved ones, but will also help give resources to cancer patients and their families. This could mean free rides to chemo appointments or free places to stay for patients. This also funds a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

This year, Dr. Aimee Skelton and the team decided to support cancer research as much as we can. If you are not able to make it to the event, you can also donate online! Click HERE to access our Relay for Life team – we would be honored to have your donation and are excited to impact lives as we spread smiles for miles and miles.

You can donate online and in office! If you are interested in participating in the event, click HERE for more info!

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Fort Payne Optimist Club’s Race to Embrace 2019

Skelton Orthodontics Proudly Supports the Fort Payne Optimist Club's Race to Embrace

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team love to support the Race to Embrace event because of it's mission and the support it brings to our local community. This is a day full of smiles and encouragement!

The 2019 Race to Embrace is May 3, 2019 at Fort Payne High School.

On behalf of the Fort Payne Optimist Club, we invite all of our patients and everyone in the community to attend this amazing event. This is such a fantastic way to give the special needs students of DeKalb County a day dedicated to them!

Want more info? RSVP on our Facebook event to hear the latest news!

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2019 Blood Drive at Skelton Orthodontics

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team take pride in our community of Fort Payne and the surrounding areas. We also have a passion for giving smiles to those in need and need your help!

We would like to invite you to join us in making your HEART smile! On February 27, 2019 we are hosting our annual blood drive and need all of the donations we can get! You never know whose life you might save with your donation!

As a reward for 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 help us share smiles for miles and miles!
Date: February 27, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Place: Skelton Orthodontics – 2105 Grand Ave NW, Fort Payne, Alabama 35967
RSVP: Click HERE
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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

At Skelton Orthodontics, we are excited to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health month! We love to provide our patients with information to keep their children’s teeth looking and feeling awesome! This means reminding you how important it is to see a dentist along with an orthodontist.

Dentists are able to clean your teeth even if you have braces, cleaning around brackets and other appliances to keep your mouth healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment. Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a pediatric dentist by age one? Also, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kids see an orthodontic specialist, like Dr. Aimee Skelton, for an evaluation by age seven. Regarding oral health, it is always better to catch any possible concerns early on because oral health has a direct effect on overall health.

Looking to try new ways to motivate your kids to brush their teeth? Try our handy brushing chart to help keep them on track!

Be sure to tell your kids about National Children’s Dental Health Month and get as excited as we are about healthy teeth!

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Show Us Some Love

In honor of February being National Children's Dental Health Month, the Skelton Orthodontics team wants to feel some love! By participating in our contest, you will be entered into a drawing to win a basket of goodies!

Here's how to enter:

  1. Find the closest Skelton Orthodontics team member
  2. Snap a selfie with them!
  3. Post the pic on your Facebook page and make sure to "check in" at our office. Use the #SkeltonBraces & #LoveMySkeltonSmile
  4. If you can get a picture with Dr. Skelton you receive TWO entries in the drawing!

Good luck to all and thank you to our amazing patients for sharing some love!

Art for The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment can greatly improve your child’s oral health. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, your child should come in to see us by age 7. Why so young? When bite and spacing issues are caught early, we can set your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

So, what is early orthodontic treatment and does your child need it? We’ve compiled a few benefits below.

Preventative Treatment

When you think of orthodontic treatment, you may assume that it involves braces. During early treatment, also called Phase I treatment, braces are rarely the first option. At age 7, children have lost many of their baby teeth and have already started developing adult teeth. This means that it’s easier for us to identify problem areas early on before they become serious issues.

When you bring your child in for their first visit, we will evaluate their teeth and alignment to check for any abnormalities. At this visit, we can determine whether your child’s teeth will correct themselves as more adult teeth erupt and when the best time may be for your child to start treatment. Many children don’t get braces until around the ages of 9 and 13.

Correcting Bad Habits

When children suck their thumbs for too long or can’t give up the pacifier, it can severely affect their bite. When caught early enough, we can give you tips to stop your child’s bad habits and correct potential bite issues that may worsen later in life.

Time and Cost Savings

If left untreated, many minor issues can develop into severe orthodontic problems. When this happens, your child may have trouble eating and speaking properly. Simply scheduling an appointment for your child now can reduce the chance of needing more invasive treatment, like surgery and extractions, later. This can save you months—and even years—of treatment time as well as thousands of dollars.

If your child is at least 7 years old, request an appointment today! We look forward to giving your child a beautiful smile for life.

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Why Wear Your Retainer?

Retainers can help your teeth stay in the positions we prescribe. Most patients don’t realize that when they get their braces off, they’re not actually done with treatment. It’s important to help your teeth “remember” where they’re supposed to be by stabilizing the bones and ligaments. Otherwise, teeth can slowly shift back over time. This phase of treatment is called the retention phase.

Retention Phase

To make sure you get the best results, we advise all of our patients to wear their retainers for the length of time we prescribe. While it may seem like an annoyance when you’re ready to be finished with treatment, it’s imperative that you follow our guidelines. Shifting teeth can cause you to have a longer treatment time if braces are necessary again later on. You will also incur additional costs to re-straighten your teeth and start treatment over again.

When to Wear Your Retainer

The length of your retention phase depends greatly on your individual needs. Some patients may need to wear retainers 24 hours a day for a few years, while others only need to wear them at night for a few months. We can determine the length of your retention phase when you finish treatment.

During the retention phase, you will need to remove your appliances to eat and brush and floss your teeth. To keep them from getting damaged, we strongly encourage patients to keep them in a safe place, like a case, when not in your mouth. A lost or broken appliance may require additional payments.

Keep Your Smile Straight

Orthodontic treatment is a wonderful investment in your oral health, but no one wants to start the process over again. Be proactive and wear your retainers to keep your new, beautiful smile just the way it is! If you have any questions about the retention phase, contact our office.