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2019 Patient Appreciation Movie Event: Save the Date!

Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase! You are royalty, we're not "lion"!

To show our appreciation for our amazing patients, Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team would like to invite all current patients to our 2019 Patient Appreciation Movie Event! This year, we will see the live action, The Lion King.

Date: Saturday, July 20th

Time: Doors open at 10:30 am, movie begins at 11 am

Place: Fort Payne Cinemas - 2715 Gault Ave N, Fort Payne, AL 35967

Popcorn and drink will be provided! We would love to see you at the movie! Our team is so thankful for the amazing families and patients we get to see smile.

Please RSVP on our Facebook event or by emailing info@skeltonbraces.com.

You can watch the trailer by clicking HERE. The film is not yet rated.

The movie is for all current patients and tickets are limited. Please RSVP - tickets are first come, first serve.

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Help Us Raise Money for Relay for Life!

So many people we know and love have been affected by cancer. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is a fundraiser dedicated to helping communities attack cancer. The event also honors all families who have had to battle and fight.

Relay for Life of Dekalb County is May 31, 2019 at VFW Fairgrounds.

We need your help with donations! The funds we raise will not only honor survivors and remember loved ones, but will also help give resources to cancer patients and their families. This could mean free rides to chemo appointments or free places to stay for patients. This also funds a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

This year, Dr. Aimee Skelton and the team decided to support cancer research as much as we can. If you are not able to make it to the event, you can also donate online! Click HERE to access our Relay for Life team – we would be honored to have your donation and are excited to impact lives as we spread smiles for miles and miles.

You can donate online and in office! If you are interested in participating in the event, click HERE for more info!

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Fort Payne Optimist Club’s Race to Embrace 2019

Skelton Orthodontics Proudly Supports the Fort Payne Optimist Club's Race to Embrace

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team love to support the Race to Embrace event because of it's mission and the support it brings to our local community. This is a day full of smiles and encouragement!

The 2019 Race to Embrace is May 3, 2019 at Fort Payne High School.

On behalf of the Fort Payne Optimist Club, we invite all of our patients and everyone in the community to attend this amazing event. This is such a fantastic way to give the special needs students of DeKalb County a day dedicated to them!

Want more info? RSVP on our Facebook event to hear the latest news!

Meet Madison

Meet Madison!

The Skelton Orthodontics team is excited to have Madison on board with us! Want to know more about her? Read her "interview" below!

Read her interview here:

What do you like most about working at Skelton Orthodontics?
My coworkers are like family & I enjoy watching Dr. Skelton create beautiful smiles every day. It’s an amazing process!

What can you be caught doing on the weekends?
Hanging out with my husband, Garrett and daughter, Gracelynn on our farm.

Where did you go on your favorite vacation? What did you do?
My husband and I went to Amelia Island, where some of my family lives. We actually stayed in the Ritz Carlton and it was an awesome experience.

What is one thing you want every person to know about his or her smile?
There is so much in your smile. You can flash those pearly whites and make anyone’s day just a smidge brighter.

Do you have any phobias, or are you afraid of anything?
I’ve always been afraid of horses growing up, but I’ve actually grown out of that. I’m not fond of the usual creepy crawlers like snakes and spiders.

Have you ever had orthodontic treatment?
I’ve never had braces as a child, but I always have been fascinated by them and wanted to have them myself. Hopefully I will get to experience them first hand myself.

What is your favorite movie of all time? How many times do you think you've seen it?
My favorite movie of all time is “Fried Green Tomatoes.” I’ve probably watched it at least 100 times.

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?
My husband and I are waiting for my little girl to turn two before we get a dog.

Thanks for a great interview, Madison!

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Continuing Education for Dental Professionals

Continuing education is important for dental professionals to better serve patients. Dr. Skelton is committed to helping experts in our community complete their required continuing certification each year.

To help professionals in the area, Dr. Aimee Skelton and Nashville Dental sponsored an event on October 12, 2018, titled, How to Wow! Your Patients and Team. This event included a three-hour lecture from Gary Johnson, M.A., MBA, on how to wow patients and team members. During this time, Gary shared ways to provide impressive customer service that creates favorable word-of-mouth from patients. The lecture also included a CPR certification by the Fort Payne Fire Department. Together, our goal is to give patients the best experience at each visit no matter what practice they choose.

Who is Gary Johnson?

Gary Johnson has over 20 years of senior leadership and sales experience. He holds two graduate degrees in business and has led multiple companies to double-digit sales growth even in difficult financial times. Gary has helped coach and train over 1,000 companies, ranging in size from as small as five employees to as large as 1,000.

Gary has delivered over 500 speeches and workshops in the last five years on business development, setting and achieving goals, team building, customer service, and leadership. In addition, his book, Wowed!, released on February, 2018, to rave reviews. Tom Ziglar (Zig Ziglar’s son and CEO of Ziglar, Inc.), Terry Paulson, world-renowned speaker and psychologist, and world-famous Dr. David Sarver, just to name a few, endorsed his book.

Contact Us

Whether you are interested in more continuing education workshops or are a patient looking for orthodontic treatment from a high-quality, caring team, contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you.

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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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Lost or Broken Retainers

Retainers play a crucial part in your orthodontic treatment. When the braces come off, your teeth will naturally want to return to their original positions. During the retention phase, our goal is to keep your teeth in the positions we prescribe. By consistently wearing your retainers after braces, we can help your teeth “remember” where they’re supposed to be.

Storing Your Retainer

The best way to keep your retainer safe when not in your mouth is to keep them in the case. The majority of the time, patients lose their retainers when they remove them to eat and leave them in a napkin. All too often, they get thrown away on accident! Pets are also fond of playing with retainers accidentally left on a counter or on the floor, so take care of your retainers and keep them in their case if you’re not wearing them.

Getting Replacements

If you lose or break your retainers at any point, it’s important to contact our office to fix or replace them. A broken or lost retainer can mean increased treatment time and costs if you wait too long to get new ones.

Fixing a Bonded Retainer

If you’ve broken a bonded retainer, you will need to contact our office to have it removed for repairs or replacement. At no point should you attempt to remove a bonded retainer by yourself. These are set onto your teeth with dental bonding and can damage your teeth if removed incorrectly.

If you can't come in right away and the broken retainer is causing soreness in your mouth, avoid hard foods and rinse your mouth with warm salt water to lesson discomfort. Even if you think you’ve fixed your retainer, contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment.

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SmileStar Voting

The 2018 Top 30 SmileStars have been chosen, and Dr. Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team could not be more thrilled about it! We would like to thank everyone who submitted their nomination for the 2018 SmileStar contest. We appreciate you taking the time to submit your smile. They were all amazing!

The Top 30 have been selected and voting starts August 20th. We want the top 10 Skelton Orthodontics SmileStars to best represent Fort Payne and the surrounding areas. We invite YOU to go in and vote for your favorites! Please go online and submit your vote for up to 10 SmileStars. Click HERE to cast your vote, and be sure to share the link with others!

If your smile is not part of this year’s Top 30, we encourage you to try again on our next run of SmileStar! It was a close and hard decision for our panel of judges to choose between all of the beautiful Skelton smiles to only have 30 move on to the next round of voting!

Voting will end on September 28th, and the winners will be announced the following week. Be sure to check back to see who the winners will be!

If you have any questions about this contest please feel free to call the office at (256) 844-8221. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

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Orthodontic Emergencies: How to Keep Your Smile Safe

Orthodontic emergencies can happen unexpectedly. But what constitutes an emergency? An orthodontic emergency can include problems from severe pain that you can’t control to a broken appliance. If your brackets or wires break, you will need to schedule an appointment to fix them and may incur additional orthodontic fees. Thankfully, most emergencies are completely preventable.

Choose Your Food Wisely

While you may not realize it, eating sticky, crunchy, chewy, or extremely hard foods can damage your braces. We recommend you stick to softer breads, cheeses, protein, and vegetables, and take small bites when you eat. For example, an apple is a healthy snack option, but make sure you cut it first instead of taking a big bite out of the whole apple.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

If you want to keep your pearly whites looking great when the braces come off, continue to clean your teeth. To keep your teeth and braces in good condition, be sure to brush after every meal and floss daily. When food gets trapped between your brackets, plaque can build up and cause gum disease. We also recommend that you continue to schedule regular checkups with your dentist throughout treatment.

Protect Your Teeth

If you play sports, a mouthguard is crucial to protecting your teeth and appliances from injury. We can help you choose a mouthguard that fits your teeth properly so it will be comfortable to wear. You also want to find one that is durable and easy to clean as well. At your next appointment, simply let us know if you are active in sports or other extracurricular activities. We can help you choose one that will work best for you.

Remember: If you experience an orthodontic emergency and have pain that you cannot control or a piece of your appliance that you need repaired, contact our office to schedule an appointment. A broken appliance means lengthened treatment time if left unrepaired.

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Rubber Bands and Orthodontic Treatment

Rubber bands are an important part of your orthodontic treatment. Depending on the type of braces you require, Dr. Skelton may prescribe rubber bands as part of your orthodontic appliance. Although they are small, they play a big part in the speed and efficiency of your overall treatment.

Purpose of Rubber Bands

So, what’s their function? Orthodontic bands provide increased force to your teeth to fix alignment and bite problems faster. When worn properly, each band attaches to the brackets and hooks on your teeth. While you may feel increased pressure, rubber bands shouldn’t be painful.

Duration

Unless we tell you otherwise, we highly recommend that you wear the elastic bands every day except while brushing or flossing. You should try to eat with your rubber bands in as well, only removing them after meals to put in new bands. If you’re an athlete, you should continue to wear your bands as instructed. If you have to play sports with a mouthguard, remove your bands while the mouthguard is in and replace them after you take the mouthguard out.

In addition, the elastic loses its strength as you talk and chew. To ensure you’re always applying the maximum amount of force, you should change your rubber bands approximately every 12 hours.

Effects of Misuse

Forgetting to wear your bands may not seem like a big deal. However, if you don’t wear yours, you risk lengthening your treatment time. If your treatment goes over the allotted duration we discuss at your consultation, you also risk accruing more fees to complete treatment.

At Skelton Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the best treatment possible for your smile. With your full cooperation, you can get a healthy smile for life!

If you have any questions about your orthodontic appliances, contact our office!