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Skelton Orthodontics Smilestar Spotlight: Cole

This weeks Smilestar spotlight is on Cole! Dr. Aimee Skelton is excited to have a fantastic group of patients represent her practice as Smilestars! This weeks Smilestar winner that we would like to recognize is Cole!

Meet Cole, Skelton Smilestar

Want to know more about Cole? Check out his interview below


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

A: I love that I get to be a model for Skelton Orthodontics
and show off my teeth that they did amazing on. I also love how caring and nice
they are. It is an honor to be a smile star.

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

A: I really like to go to the movies. It is very fun and
entertaining. I also like the fair when it is around.

Q: Why do/did you enjoy your orthodontic treatment at Skelton Orthodontics?

A: I enjoy it because the workers are nice and always make
you feel welcome.

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

A: I like to go hang out with friends or play video games.

Q: Tell us 3 fun facts about you!

A: 1) I love video games.

     2) I’m shy

     3) I like to hang
out with my friends.

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

A: Blue I think describes me because my eyes are a blue-ish
color and I’ve always liked blue.

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

A: Standing in the Hall of Fame because I really like that
song and it gives me a lot of confidence.

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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!

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.

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Orthodontic Emergencies: Protecting Your Smile

Orthodontic emergencies can happen at any time, no matter how prepared you may be. An orthodontic emergency can be anything from a broken appliance to an unexpected injury to the mouth. Often, these emergencies can happen after eating food that’s too hard for your appliances, during a sports injury or other impact.

Thankfully, you can prevent most orthodontic emergencies from even occurring. We’ve compiled some tips to help you protect your teeth and your braces while you’re in treatment.

Choose Softer Foods

If you love chewy, crunchy, sticky, and hard foods, you may need to reassess your meals while you’re in braces. If you bite too hard into the wrong type of food, you risk damaging your appliances and even your teeth and gums. We recommend eating soft foods and taking smaller bites. Instead of a whole apple, cut it into small slices first. Or replace thick, doughy sourdough breads for softer wheat varieties. If you do happen to break a bracket or your wires, call our office immediately to get them fixed.

Stay on Top of Oral Hygiene

When you’re in braces, food can become trapped under your appliances, making it harder to keep your teeth clean. Left untreated, you are at an increased risk for getting cavities and gum disease. In severe cases, it may cause longer treatment time and costs if we need to remove your appliances to fix dental problems. Be sure to brush and floss after every meal to remove food particles in your mouth. If you’re unable to brush right away, rinse your mouth with water and brush at your earliest convenience.

Ask for a Mouthguard

If you’re active in sports, a mouthguard can protect your teeth and appliances from injury and breakage. Without a mouthguard, you risk painful injuries, including concussions. Plus, broken appliances may cost additional fees to replace. The best course of action is to wear a mouthguard when you play sports, every time! Let us know at your next appointment, and we can help you choose the right one for your needs.

Most of all, remember to contact our office if you have an emergency. We can find a way to fit you into our schedule and fix any appliances issues as soon as possible.

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Smile in Pink with us!

Dr. Aimee Skelton and her team support Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October with their promotion, Smile in Pink!

How does it work?

Dr. Skelton will donate $1 for each patient who chooses pink bands or power chains on their braces during October appointments. Then, the patient's picture is posted to an album on Facebook so everyone can see who Smiles in Pink! Each patient also signs a certificate showing their support. Those certificates are displayed in the office for the entire month!

Last year we raised over $200 for Breast Cancer Awareness! Show your support this year and Smile in Pink!

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Common Orthodontic Problems

Many common orthodontic problems include crowding, spacing, underbites, overbites, and other uncomfortable issues. A bad bite can make it difficult to speak, cause teeth and enamel to wear down prematurely, and increase your chances of teeth and jaw injuries. If you notice teeth and jaw bone misalignment, you may need orthodontic treatment.

In honor of National Orthodontic Health Month this October, take the time to assess your family’s smile. Here are some common orthodontic problems.

Crowding

Some teeth don’t have enough room to develop along the gum line, leading to crowding. It may be difficult to reach every area of the tooth’s surface, making it hard to clean teeth thoroughly.

Spacing

Spacing issues can stem from a cosmetic issue or missing teeth and may make it difficult to chew. In addition, spacing problems in one area can also lead to crowding in another.

Overbite

When the top-front teeth extend over the lower-front teeth, overbites occur. This can cause the bottom-front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

Underbite

An underbite happens when the bottom jaw moves outward, causing the lower-front teeth to extend in front of the upper-front teeth.

Openbite

An openbite occurs when there is no overlap between the top- and bottom-front teeth. This can impact your ability to chew. In young children, tongue thrusting or thumb sucking may be the culprits.

Crossbite

Crossbites show when the upper teeth fall inside the lower teeth. Crossbites may cause misaligned jaw growth.

If you or your child experiences any of these issues, contact us today to schedule a FREE initial consultation! Also, check out our Facebook page for more National Orthodontic Health Month facts!

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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!