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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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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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Invisalign: How does it work?

Are you curious about Invisalign®? At Skelton Orthodontics, we proudly offer these invisible aligners that don’t use brackets or wires. If you’re looking for a more subtle treatment option, Invisalign may be right for you.

How does it work?

At your appointment, we’ll make a set of aligners customized to your teeth using 3D computer imaging technology. You will wear your aligners for approximately two weeks before switching them out for the next set.

During your day, feel free to remove the aligners when you eat and as you brush and floss your teeth.  As you replace each set, your teeth will slightly move each day until they reach the final position we prescribe.

Throughout your treatment, you’ll visit our office roughly every six weeks to ensure that treatment is progressing. Most people wear their aligners for six to 18 months, but treatment time varies depending on the individual.

Want to know more? Check out this video from Invisalign®!

If you or your child needs braces, contact us today to schedule an appointment. You may be a candidate for Invisalign®!

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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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DIY Braces Trend: Parents Beware

Have you seen the commercials on tv and considered do-it-yourself (DIY) braces? Maybe your child has watched one of the thousands of videos on at-home orthodontic care. The American Association of Orthodontists urges partents to beware of these videos and tv commericals, as they can create serious oral health damage!

Orthodontic care should not be attempted at home. Here is a great article about the dangers of attempting to straighten teeth at home. Using objects found in the home to straighten teeth can lead to permanent loss of teeth!

Signs that your child may be attempting to straighten teeth at home are:

  • foreign objects around teeth such as paperclips, rubber bands, or dental floss
  • extruded upper front teeth
  • loose permanent teeth
  • swollen or bleeding gums
  • unexplained oral and facial discomfort

Dr. Aimee Skelton is highly trained, experienced, and knowledgeable in orthodontics. She provides exceptional care to all her patients, so there is no need to attempt DIY braces at home!

Interested in improving your smile? Call our office today at 256-844-8221 or visit our website to schedule your free initial consultation! We can't wait to meet you and see your #SkeltonSmile!

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Keep Your #SkeltonBraces Healthy!

Here at Skelton Orthodontics, we want all our patients to practice good dental hygiene year-round! Keeping your mouth healthy helps keep your whole body healthy! The month of February is recognized by the American Dental Association as National Children's Dental Health Month.

Dental health is especially important during orthodontic treatment! The ADA encourages brushing, flossing, and eating healthy daily to maintain a healthy mouth.  Also, drinking more water instead of beverages with added sugar will help to ensure good dental hygiene.

Spread the message about National Children's Dental Health Month! In doing so, you will help Dr. Skelton create the best smiles for smiles and miles!

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Foods to avoid!

Once you become accustomed to wearing braces, you will be able to enjoy most foods: the key is to take small bites and use a knife and fork for that.