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Give Your Retainers Some Love

Did you know that orthodontic retainers are your key to keeping your teeth straight? Getting your braces off is very exciting and we are so happy to see you smile with confidence. However, your orthodontic treatment is not technically over. Retention is the last step and will keep your teeth from shifting.

Orthodontic Retainers: Wear Them as Instructed

Simply put, wear your retainers as instructed by Dr. Aimee Skelton. Every patient's case is unique and some patients will need to wear them differently than others. Teeth naturally shift over time due to things like chewing, growing, and breathing. Retainers serve as guides for where your teeth need to stay. In addition, remember to put your retainers in their case when you are not wearing them. They are easily misplaced, thrown away or lost. Pets also love chewing on retainers! Check out this blog for more reminders.

How to Clean Retainers

As with anything you want to last, it is important to clean and take good care of your orthodontic retainers. We recommend cleaning them at the same time you brush your teeth twice a day. As soon as you remove your retainer, use some mild soap and an old tooth brush to clean the appliance. If you wait too long to clean it, debris and bacteria can harden and attach to the plastic. 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. Never boil your retainers or put them in hot water, this will cause them to warp.

Have Questions?

Reach out to us anytime with questions about your orthodontic retainers. If you have any issues, it is best to get them taken care of before your retainers no longer fit. We are here to help!

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Voted 2021 Best Orthodontist in Fort Payne

Times-Journal’s Best of DeKalb 2021: Best Orthodontist

The results are public for the Times-Journal’s yearly Best of DeKalb contest! Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team are excited to announce that we won “Best Orthodontist” in this year’s Times-Journal Best of DeKalb Contest! We love our community and would like to give a big “Thank You” to all of you who submitted votes in this year’s contest. Our team is honored to hold this title for another year.

Thank You for Your Support

First of all, Dr. Skelton is honored to receive this recognition and is proud to be a part of the DeKalb County businesses. Secondly, we appreciate our community and would like to thank you for your support. Skelton Orthodontics strives to offer top of the line customer care, and we do not hold the tile of “best orthodontist” lightly. Last, but not least, we are grateful to live and work in this community. We truly have the best smiles for miles and miles!

Orthodontist in Fort Payne

Skelton Orthodontics in Fort Payne offers orthodontic treatment with both traditional braces and Invisalign® clear aligners. If you are looking for a straighter, healthier smile give us a call today! We offer complimentary consultations and will discuss treatment options at your initial appointment. In addition, we accept orthodontic insurance and will help you review your coverage. We look forward to meeting you!

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Filing Your Teeth

Recently, a trend circulating TikTok featured a young girl using a nail file to file down their teeth so that they would appear "straighter". This trend took off on social media as many others joined her. Any DIY trend can be dangerous, especially when it involves your health. As dental professionals, we want to throw up a big red flag and warn against the trend of filing your teeth.

Possibility of Permanent Damage

Here's the scoop, your teeth are bones made up of living material and you only get one set to last you through adulthood. Most changes made to the physical structure of your teeth are irreversible. Enamel and other parts of teeth do not grow back. That is why it is so important to have a professional take care of your teeth. Doing your own dental work, including filing your teeth, could have many negative results. You could cause your teeth to be super sensitive, be prone to cavities, and even cause them to yellow.

Payment Options & Complimentary Consultations

We understand that dental procedures and orthodontics can be expensive. However, the damage filing teeth could cause would cost even more to fix. Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team have many financial options to fit your budget. Our consultations are complimentary as well! Give us a call or fill out our online appointment request form to get more information.

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2021 Blood Drive: May 5th

Skelton Orthodontics has another opportunity for you to celebrate smiles by joining our second 2021 blood drive with Blood Assurance! With everything going on this year, Blood Assurance is in critical need of blood and platelet donors. Your donation could help save a life!

Date: Wednesday, May 5th

Time: 12-5 pm

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

Blood Drive Safety is the Top Priority

Blood Assurance has new protocols for COVID-19 to help keep everyone safe at our blood drive. First of all, you will need to schedule an appointment online to reserve a time slot. The number of people allowed in the bus is ten. We will also have temperature screening of all staff and donors. Everyone is also required to wear a face mask. Last, but not least, Blood Assurance will also have extra disinfection of all surfaces between each person.

How to Sign Up

  1. Sign up for a blood drive time slot at: bloodassurance.org/SO
  2. Download the BAQuickscreen app or answer questions on your computer to answer health history questions ahead of time to spend less time in the donation area.
  3. Follow all instructions given from Blood Assurance
  4. Arrive at Skelton Orthodontics during your scheduled time slot with a face mask

Thank You from Skelton Orthodontics

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team appreciate your time and donation at this year’s blood drive. We truly love doing what we can to help out others. As a thank you, all donors will receive a $10 gift card to Mi Casita from Dr. Skelton to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! You could save a life AND win big! As always, feel free to call our office with any questions. We will see you there!

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Sweets, Treats & Brushing Deets

It is important to follow your orthodontist's instructions while in orthodontic treatment for many different reasons. First of all, orthodontic treatment is an investment and you want to get the most out of it. Second of all, if you do not take care of your teeth while in treatment you could actually damage your orthodontic health instead of bettering it.

What to Eat & Avoid with Braces

The best rule of thumb to follow is to stay away from anything that is sticky or hard. Although things like caramel apples are very tasty, biting into something like that could break your appliances. A broken appliance then leads to delayed treatment time. In addition, the damage to the appliance could also damage your teeth or other parts of your mouth. Here is a list of candy you can and cannot eat from the American Association of Orthodontists.

If you have ceramic brackets, we also suggest avoiding liquids or sauces that could stain your brackets like mustard, ketchup, wine and coffee.

Brushing with Braces

With braces, it is best to brush your teeth as soon as you are done eating. This will limit the amount of time that food and bacteria sit on your appliances. When brushing your teeth with braces, make sure to take your time. You should brush all surfaces of both your teeth and the brackets and wires. If you happen to notice food caught in the wire or bracket, use a toothpick or flosser to get it out.

We understand that you are often on the go and it can be difficult to brushing immediately after eating. Check out some suggestions from the AAO on brushing while on the go by clicking HERE.

Have Questions?

As always, if you have questions about brushing or eating with braces please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help!

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Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Want a chance to win and need something fun to do this spring break? Patients are invited to join the virtual Skelton Super Spring Break Scavenger Hunt and have the chance to WIN! The contest will last from March 29th through April 4th so you have all week to participate.

Virtual Scavenger Hunt: How To

Simply download the scavenger hunt list and get to work on finding the items. The lists will be available for download on March 29th and entries will all be virtual. Once you find an item, take a photo with/of it and submit it by either posting to the Facebook event, tagging us in an Instagram story post* (@SkeltonBraces), or texting it to us at (256) 844-8221 with the patient's name.

If you are a patient 10 and under, CLICK HERE to download your scavenger hunt list.

If you are a patient 11 or older, CLICK HERE to download your scavenger hunt list.

We are excited to spend Spring Break with you (virtually) and hope you have fun!

*Please note that if you submit your find via Instagram stories and you have a private Instagram account, screen shot your post and send the screen shot to us in a direct message. Otherwise we will not be able to see your post and your entry will not count.

Schedule a Complimentary Exam Today!

Not a patient of Skelton Orthodontics but interested in orthodontic treatment? Give us a call or fill out our online appointment request form to set up a no obligation, complimentary consultation for braces or Invisalign® today!

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2021 Blood Drive: March 3rd

Celebrate smiles by joining our 2021 blood drive with Blood Assurance! With everything going on this year, Blood Assurance is in critical need of blood and platelet donors. Your donation could help save a life!

Date: Wednesday, March 3rd

Time: 12-5 pm

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

Blood Drive Safety is the Top Priority

Blood Assurance has new protocols for COVID-19 to help keep everyone safe at our blood drive. First of all, you will need to schedule an appointment online to reserve a time slot. The number of people allowed in the bus is ten. We will also have temperature screening of all staff and donors. Everyone is also required to wear a face mask. Last, but not least, Blood Assurance will also have extra disinfection of all surfaces between each person.

How to Sign Up

  1. Sign up for a time slot at: bloodassurance.org/SO
  2. Download the BAQuickscreen app or answer questions on your computer to answer health history questions ahead of time to spend less time in the donation area.
  3. Follow all instructions given from Blood Assurance
  4. Arrive at Skelton Orthodontics during your scheduled time slot with a face mask

Thank You from Skelton Orthodontics

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team appreciate your time and donation at this year's blood drive. We truly love doing what we can to help out others. As a thank you, all donors will receive a complimentary lottery ticket from Dr. Skelton! You could save a life AND win big! As always, feel free to call our office with any questions. We will see you there!

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2021 Smile Drive

We need your help! Join our 2021 Smile Drive for National Children's Dental Health Month to help those in need of oral care supplies! All materials will be donated to the clinic at the UAB School of Dentistry to then be given out to children and families in need.

Our goal is to donate as many materials as possible. All patients who donate will get their name entered into a drawing for each item they donate. The winner will get to pick gift cards of their choice! 

You can donate any of the following:

  1. Toothbrushes (children & adult)
  2. Toothpaste (children & adult)
  3. Floss (all flavors)
  4. Floss picks & flossers
  5. Mouthwash (all flavors)

*To keep everyone safe and to follow COVID restrictions, we will have a drop off drum in the foyer of our office. If you would like the items picked up from your car, simply give us a call when you are in the parking lot and a team member will come pick up the items. We understand that it might be difficult for some to make it by our office, so you can purchase items from our Amazon Wish List that will be delivered straight to our office! 

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team love making a positive impact in our communities. We cannot thank you enough for helping us make a difference and promoting the importance of oral health to families in our area. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for participating in our Smile Drive! Let's come together to spread smiles for miles and miles! 

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Pacifiers & Thumb Sucking

Did you know that pacifiers and thumb sucking as a child can impact your oral development? Although sucking is a natural reflex in babies and infants, long-term sucking of a thumb or pacifier could cause a child's jaw to grow around whatever it is they have in their mouth. This is often called "pacifier teeth". The result can lead to orthodontic problems like protruding front teeth, an open bite or a cross bite.

Pacifier Use

From an orthodontic perspective, it would be great if a baby used a pacifier the least amount of time possible. However, we understand that pacifiers can be lifesavers for some parents and there are some positives to using them. If you decide to use pacifiers, we recommend that you choose a brand marked "orthodontist approved" and follow the age suggestions that are on the box. Most credited organizations recommend that children stop pacifier use by age two, or earlier if possible. If you need assistance or ideas to help ending pacifier use, refer to this brochure from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry or reach out to your pediatric dentist.

Thumb Sucking

In a similar sense, thumb sucking also affects oral and jaw development. Long term thumb sucking can lead to an open bite and the need for early orthodontic treatment. However, unlike pacifiers, you obviously cannot remove a thumb from the child. Most kids will stop sucking their thumb on their own, but if they do not it is important to help them end the habit. Again, your pediatric dentist can provide you with options and assistance.

Schedule an Orthodontic Exam

If you have a child who used pacifiers or sucked their thumb, do not worry. Dr. Aimee Skelton is trained in correcting any issues that the habit may have caused. The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children see an orthodontic specialist at age seven for an exam. Your child may or may not be ready for treatment at that time, but Dr. Skelton can check for development problems like the ones caused by pacifiers and thumb sucking. We will begin treatment at the optimal time for each unique case. Call today to schedule your complimentary exam!

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How Your Smile Changes as You Age

As a child, one of the things you look forward to is losing your baby teeth. Maybe you even got a visit from the tooth fairy. Did you know that your smile changes even after you get all of your permanent teeth in? In fact, your smile changes all throughout your life, even after orthodontic treatment!

Primary (Baby) Teeth

Although all 20 primary teeth are present in the jaw when you are born, most human babies will get their first tooth somewhere between 6 and 10 months. Many times, getting teeth causes babies to feel uncomfortable and sick. This is a big change that occurs in your mouth as you transition to being able to chew food. Typically all teeth have erupted by the time a child is 3 years old.

Permanent (Adult) Teeth

As kids start losing their baby teeth, permanent teeth will start to come in. Usually, this happens between ages 6 and 7. This change is why it is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists to have an orthodontic exam at age 7. As the 32 adult teeth begin to come through the gums, orthodontic specialists like Dr. Aimee Skelton can determine if a patient would benefit from early orthodontic treatment. Most people have all adult teeth, except molars, by age 13. Your molars can come in anytime from age 17 to 21. Orthodontic treatment is beneficial during this time because an orthodontist will make sure there is plenty of room for the teeth to naturally come in where they should or they can create a treatment plan to shift the teeth as needed. Who knew there were so many smile changes going on during this time?!

Smile Changes After Treatment

Your smile can and will continue to change after you have braces or Invisalign® treatment and transition into adulthood. As you age, your jaw bone begins to lose density and can shrink. This can cause your teeth to become crowded. In addition, every day activities like swallowing, breathing, and eating can create spacing in your teeth. Gum disease can also contribute to spacing in teeth. This is why wearing your retainer is so important after you complete orthodontic treatment. A retainer will keep your teeth from shifting too much and correct any movement you may experience.

If you find that your teeth have moved too much for your retainer to fit, reach out to us! We can schedule an exam to see what would be your next step. Sometimes we can create a new retainer for you and other times you may need another round of orthodontic treatment. Either way, we are here to help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful as it changes  in all stages!