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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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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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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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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!

Meet Arely!

Want to know more about Arely? Check out this interview we had with her!

What do you like most about working at Skelton Orthodontics?
I enjoy seeing the happiness in patients when they see their treatment results.

What can you be caught doing on the weekends?
I love spending time outdoors with my son!

Where did you go on your favorite vacation and what did you do?
My favorite vacation was when I went to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

What is one thing you want every person to know about his or her smile?
Your smile helps make the world a beautiful place.

Do you have any phobias or are you afraid of anything?
Yes - I am afraid of snakes!

Have you ever had orthodontic treatment (braces, headgear, Invisalign, etc)? If so, how old were you?
No, I haven't.

What is your favorite movie of all time? How many times would you guess you have seen it?
I don't have a favorite movie.

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?
I don't have any pets.

We love having Arely on our team, and we can't wait for you to meet her!

Meet Johnnie!

Want to know more about Johnnie? Check out this interview we had with her!

What do you like most about working at Skelton Orthodontics?

I love my team the most about my job! Dr. Skelton is an awesome boss and does a lot for us, which I appreciate so much. The Skelton Orthodontics staff is a great team and they make work fun.

What can you be caught doing on the weekends?

On the weekends, I usually go out to eat or watch a movie.

Where did you go on your favorite vacation and what did you do?

On my favorite vacation, my family went to the Smoky Mountains. We spent time in a cabin playing cards and just being together. We also went on the mountain coaster, which was so fun!

What is one thing you want every person to know about his or her smile?

You should smile as often as possible because you might just make someone's day!

Do you have any phobias or are you afraid of anything?

I am not a fan of spiders nor small places.

Have you ever had orthodontic treatment (braces, headgear, Invisalign, etc)? If so, how old were you?

Yes, I have had braces as an adult at age 34.

What is your favorite movie of all time? How many times would you guess you have seen it?

My absolute favorite movie is Footloose. I have seen it at least 15 times.

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?

Yes, I have a dachshund named Bama.

Meet Teresa!

Want to know more about Teresa? Check out this interview we had with her!

What do you like most about working at Skelton Orthodontics?

The thing I like most about my job is getting to know our new patients and meet more families in the Fort Payne area.

What can you be caught doing on the weekends?

I am so busy! On the weekends, I try to spend time outdoors in my flower garden enjoying our Alabama weather. I also use weekends for family time and attend church on Sunday morning.

Where did you go on your favorite vacation and what did you do?

Every vacation I have taken is my favorite!

What is one thing you want every person to know about his or her smile?

I would like patients to know how rewarding it is to see the progression of your new smile from start to finish.

Do you have any phobias or are you afraid of anything?

I am afraid of snakes.

Have you ever had orthodontic treatment (braces, headgear, Invisalign, etc)? If so, how old were you?

Yes, I have had braces twice. I was 14 the first time and 31 years old the second.

What is your favorite movie of all time? How many times would you guess you have seen it?

I do not watch television.

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?

I have two dogs, Holly and Jack, and a cat named Kade.

Dental Health Month Visits

The Skelton Orthodontics team was able to visit local schools during February and March to educate students on the importance of healthy teeth. We spoke with kids of all ages at several schools and were so excited to speak to them about their smiles!


Parents, did you know that children should see a dentist by their first birthday and then every six months? The American Association of Orthodontists also recommends that kids see an orthodontic specialist like Dr. Skelton at age 7 to have their jaw growth checked.


Oral health is a reflection of a child's overall health and the Skelton Orthodontics team knows how good it feels to see your kids smile with confidence. Call us today to set up a free orthodontic evaluation!

Skelton Orthodontics Special Offer!

Dr. Aimee Skelton is giving a special offer to new patients! We want to start you on your journey towards the smile you have always wanted.

If you begin treatment for braces or Invisalign®, you will receive TWO FREE payments from Skelton Orthodontics! This offer is valid for new patients only (currently not in braces) that start full treatment for braces or Invisalign® before April 30, 2015.

Contact us today to see if this special offer is available! (256) 844-8221

Agents Needed for the Super Cool Kids Club!

Do you have kids age 5 to 9 years old? Did you know that Dr. Skelton has a Super Cool Kids Club for those of you who are not quite ready to start your orthodontic treatment?



The American Association of Orthodontics suggest that kids see an orthodontist at age 7 to check on their jaw development and tooth alignment, but that does not always mean that they are ready for braces or Invisalign. Dr. Skelton likes to keep a close eye on this group of kids so that any upcoming issues are noted and ready to be treated.



By joining the Super Cool Kids Club, your son or daughter becomes a "secret agent" and works his or her way through dental health missions to educate them on their teeth and help prepare them for their orthodontic treatment.



He or she can earn different rewards for completing the missions and we even send them "secret" follow ups in the mail. Dr. Skelton is needing agents to join the club and help us defeat the villains!



Ask us today how to join - it is free and fun for your kids! :)