What you probably didn't know about your teeth | Skelton Orthodontics

What You Probably Didn’t Know Your Teeth

We LOVE teeth and orthodontics! Our highest priority is to provide your family with high-quality orthodontic treatments to bring out the most beautiful smiles. Even when you’re not in our chair, it’s fair to say we’re nerds about teeth and braces. Check out some of our favorite bits of teeth trivia! 

Teeth Trivia #1

Braces are really, really old. Pierre Fauchard is known as the father of modern dentistry. He made the first set of braces all the way back in 1728! But they may have been around even before that. Archeologists have found mummies wearing what they believe to be makeshift braces! 

Teeth Trivia #2

Braces are really common. Over 4 million people in the U.S. wear braces right now. That’s a lot of brackets! Any guesses for how many miles of orthodontic wire that might be? We wish we knew!  

Teeth Trivia #3

Orthodontists are also dentists. All orthodontists complete traditional dental school before going to continue their orthodontic education. In fact, Dr. Skelton completed a 33-month residency AFTER completing dental school. She really knows her stuff!

Teeth Trivia #4

Braces are out of this world – kind of. NASA originally developed the metal that braces are made out of. Nickle-Titanium alloy is a very elastic metal that is just perfect for straightening teeth. Way before this was the norm, some braces were made out of gold! Talk about bling-bling.

Teeth Trivia #5 – Braces do more than just straighten your teeth. It’s possible that someone with even naturally straight teeth could still need braces. In addition to straightening teeth, braces have many benefits. They can correct problems with bite, help with speech or breathing, and even aid in chewing and eating.  Pretty cool, right? Here are a few more fun facts. 

  • If you added up all of the time the average American brushes their teeth over a lifetime, it would add up to 38.5 days!
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. 
  • There is a (very brave) bird called the Egyptian Plover that flies into the open mouths of crocodiles to eat leftover food between their teeth!
  • Most right-handed people will chew their food on the right side of their mouth and most lefties will chew on the left side.
  • You have a tongue-print! And just like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue-print is different. 
  • Giraffes only grow teeth on the bottom. Imagine your smile if you did too! 

Office Updates- Skelton Orthodontics

Urgent News About Our Office

Our office has sustained extensive internal damage that has incapacitated our ability to safely see our patients in our office.. In order to provide continued excellent care for each of our patients, we have secured alternate locations for continued treatment for our patients. Our phone number remains the same, so please call, text, or Facebook message us ANY TIME with questions or concerns.

We hope to be back on site in a mobile dental unit by August 16th but we will keep you updated.

Thank you for your patience as we work hard to get back into our office in a timely manner. We appreciate your continued support of Skelton Orthodontics.

What is an observation patient

What is an Observation Patient?

Many parents are surprised to learn that their children need to visit an orthodontist by the age of seven. It may seem early, but the American Association of Orthodontists agree that early checkups are the key to diagnosing potential orthodontic problems. And in many cases, there are interventions that can even prevent problems or lessen their severity. Early appointments are the best way to shorten treatment times in the future and can even save you money. 

What is an Observation Patient? 

When children aren’t quite ready for orthodontics appliances, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t ready to be an orthodontic patient. At this phase, we call children “observation patients.” Which is exactly what it sounds like – a patient that we observe without fitting with an orthodontic appliance. More than likely, we will want to see them back in the office once a year for checkups. This will help us monitor growth and stay on top of any developing problems. 

Phased Treatment

There is a chance that at your first appointment Dr. Aimee Skelton may say that your child isn’t ready for braces quite yet, and thus they will officially become an observation patient. But there’s also a chance that they will enter what we call a phased treatment.  Phase 1 patients are generally younger children who need to be fitted with partial braces or a retainer. This is usually done before a child’s permanent teeth have all erupted. After the first phase, a child will then enter into the monitoring period where they’ll be an observation patient. Phase 2 is the final stage of phased treatment and is most often traditional braces or clear aligners treatment.

What to Expect at an Observation Appointment

So, if your child doesn’t need braces yet, you may wonder what is the purpose of an observation appointment! This is an opportunity for the orthodontist to evaluate your child’s primary teeth. They’ll also check to see if the permanent teeth are coming in straight. If there are any problems with your child’s bite or teeth crowding, this is something that the doctor will take into consideration. After understanding your child’s individual issues and growth, the orthodontist will be able to guage when to start treatment. They’ll be able to give you a roadmap of treatment options and times. You can also discuss payment plans and options during this phase.

Get Started

Contact us today to schedule your child’s first evaluation. We’re happy to get you set up on the right path that will lead to the beautiful lifelong smile your child deserves. 

Clear Orthodontic Braces with Skelton Orthodontics

Clear Orthodontic Braces

One of the biggest concerns that we hear about orthodontic treatment is what it will look like. Traditional metal braces sometimes aren't ideal for patients looking for a discreet transformation. But there’s good news – there are other options! Clear braces!

Love Your Smile

Of course, the ultimate goal of any orthodontic treatment is to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. But there’s no reason you can’t love your smile while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment too! Technology has given us many modern options when it comes to clear braces and less noticeable treatments. We’re proud to offer our patients the most innovative ways to achieve the smile they want – after AND during treatment!


Invisalign® is one of the most popular ways to complete subtle orthodontic treatment with clear braces. A set of clear trays, known as aligners, are custom made for each patient. The trays move teeth into their ideal position by applying gentle pressure. Each patient is given a set of aligners. An easy-to-follow-schedule lets patients know when it’s time to move up to the next tray. The best part? These clear trays are virtually invisible! Which means, that you won’t have to worry about the way that you look when you’re wearing them. It’s possible that most people won’t even realize you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.  There are many other benefits to Invisalign outside of their aesthetic appearance too. Such as, the fact that the trays are removable, which makes it easier to clean your teeth and your orthodontic appliance. And in most cases, Invisalign® means fewer office visits because moving to the next aligner achieves similar results as getting your braces tightened.

Clear Ceramic Braces

Another popular choice for less noticeable orthodontic treatment is clear ceramic braces. This option provides a natural-colored bracket that blends in with your teeth. Many patients find this to be an attractive way to achieve their smile goals through a clear braces option. Just like traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces move your teeth through a series of brackets and wires that apply pressure to your teeth. This is an especially good option for patients who may not remember to wear or change aligner trays.

Get Started

Whether you’re new to orthodontic treatment or a current patient of ours, we’re happy to answer all your questions about clear braces. Request an appointment or give our office a call today to set up a consultation and find the best treatment plan for your individual needs!


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!


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!