common orthodontic problems

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.


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 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.


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.


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


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.


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!

national orthodontic health month

National Orthodontic Health Month begins October 1st!

October is National Orthodontic Health Month! Here at Skelton Orthodontics, we will be celebrating all month long!

Each October, kids across North Alabama have one thing on their mind: Halloween candy! For Dr. Skelton and her staff, the Halloween season is about helping patients avoid potentially "sticky" situations.

October is the perfect time of year to learn about orthodontic health. Besides, everyone knows that Halloween candy can give any orthodontist a scare!

Of course, we want your to enjoy Halloween and all the goodies along with it. In the end, your orthodontic health plays a big role in your treatment time and result! However, enjoying your Halloween candy in moderation (and following Dr. Skelton's list of foods to avoid) will pay off in a beautiful, healthy smile.

"How can I learn more about National orthodontic health?"

You may be wondering, "What exactly is orthodontic health?!" Follow our Facebook page to learn more about orthodontic health. We will share tips on how to keep Dr. Skelton happy during your treatment! We may even fill you in on the best candy to eat during your orthodontic treatment!



Candy Buy Back

Share smiles and get paid!

Skelton Orthodontics would like to use your Halloween candy for a good cause. Skip the cavities, stomach aches, and damaged orthodontic appliances this Halloween and get paid to give back to our schools and our troops!

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and we are asking you—our existing patients and their families—to bring your Halloween candy to our office. Dr. Aimee Skelton will pay $2 for every pound of Halloween candy surrendered (up to $12 per family), and a matching amount will be donated to your school. The school with the largest donation will win an additional $500, and we will give all donated candy to our active military.

On November 3rd from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, simply bring your candy to our office at 2105 Grande Avenue NW, Fort Payne, AL 35967. If you have any questions, please contact our office at any time at (256) 844-8221.

From all of us at Skelton Orthodontics, thank you in advance for your donations!