retainers

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!

filing teeth

Filing Your Teeth

Recently, a trend circulating TikTok featured a young girl using a nail file to file down their teeth so that they would appear "straighter". This trend took off on social media as many others joined her. Any DIY trend can be dangerous, especially when it involves your health. As dental professionals, we want to throw up a big red flag and warn against the trend of filing your teeth.

Possibility of Permanent Damage

Here's the scoop, your teeth are bones made up of living material and you only get one set to last you through adulthood. Most changes made to the physical structure of your teeth are irreversible. Enamel and other parts of teeth do not grow back. That is why it is so important to have a professional take care of your teeth. Doing your own dental work, including filing your teeth, could have many negative results. You could cause your teeth to be super sensitive, be prone to cavities, and even cause them to yellow.

Payment Options & Complimentary Consultations

We understand that dental procedures and orthodontics can be expensive. However, the damage filing teeth could cause would cost even more to fix. Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team have many financial options to fit your budget. Our consultations are complimentary as well! Give us a call or fill out our online appointment request form to get more information.

smile drive

2021 Smile Drive

We need your help! Join our 2021 Smile Drive for National Children's Dental Health Month to help those in need of oral care supplies! All materials will be donated to the clinic at the UAB School of Dentistry to then be given out to children and families in need.

Our goal is to donate as many materials as possible. All patients who donate will get their name entered into a drawing for each item they donate. The winner will get to pick gift cards of their choice! 

You can donate any of the following:

  1. Toothbrushes (children & adult)
  2. Toothpaste (children & adult)
  3. Floss (all flavors)
  4. Floss picks & flossers
  5. Mouthwash (all flavors)

*To keep everyone safe and to follow COVID restrictions, we will have a drop off drum in the foyer of our office. If you would like the items picked up from your car, simply give us a call when you are in the parking lot and a team member will come pick up the items. We understand that it might be difficult for some to make it by our office, so you can purchase items from our Amazon Wish List that will be delivered straight to our office! 

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team love making a positive impact in our communities. We cannot thank you enough for helping us make a difference and promoting the importance of oral health to families in our area. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for participating in our Smile Drive! Let's come together to spread smiles for miles and miles! 

orthodontist

3 Reasons to See an Orthodontist

An orthodontist, like Dr. Aimee Skelton, specializes in jaw and tooth alignment. Orthodontics is often considered to be cosmetic treatment, but there are many issues that are related to the health of the jaw and teeth. It is important to have an exam with an orthodontic specialist to catch any underlying issues before they could potentially become problems. So why see an orthodontic specialist?

1: An Orthodontist is Trained to See What Can't Be Seen

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends taking a child to see an orthodontist at age seven because that is the age to see if early treatment is needed. You might be able to tell that your child's teeth are not straight, but you are not able to see what is going on under their gums. According to the AAO, two-thirds of what happens in your mouth is below the surface. Orthodontists not only use x-rays to see what is going on in your gums, but also their experience and training.

2: Orthodontists Create Unique Treatment Plans

Like fingerprints, no two people have the exact same teeth. This means that each person's orthodontic needs will not be the same. Dr. Aimee Skelton creates a treatment plan that is best for each and every patient. Orthodontics is truly an art and each patient is a different canvas. Dr. Skelton will review her suggestions in detail with you at your initial exam. Her recommendations are based on what is best for each patient's oral health.

3: Consultations are Complimentary

Skelton Orthodontics is excited to offer complimentary consultations for all new patients of all ages! Even if a child is not ready for orthodontic treatment at age seven, we will continue to monitor them (for no additional charge) until the optimal time for their treatment. We believe that the patient comes first and will only suggest the treatment that we feel is best. We are excited to answer any questions you might have at your exam!

Schedule an Exam Today

In conclusion, you can trust that you are in good hands with an orthodontic specialist like Dr. Aimee Skelton. Our office takes pride in our work and strives to deliver the best customer experience at every visit. If you are ready to schedule your complimentary exam, you can fill out an online appointment request form or give us a call at (256) 844-8221. We look forward to meeting you!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month and the Skelton Orthodontics team is showing our support by smiling in pink! Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the United States. During this time of the year, we want to promote cancer education and prevention for all as well as supporting and encouraging those who are affected by breast cancer.

Smile in Pink

Dr. Aimee Skelton will donate $1 per patient who chooses to get pink elastics or power chains during the month of October. At the end of the month, we will make a donation to breast cancer awareness on behalf of the Skelton Orthodontics family! If you post a selfie to Facebook or Instagram and tag us in the photo, you will be entered into a drawing for a free t-shirt. We are so proud of our patients who choose to smile in pink for the cause!

Breast Cancer Awareness

The Skelton Orthodontics team understands that this disease affects many people and families. We want you to know that we support you and are hopeful for a cure. Our team is proud to wear pink in honor of those who have fought and continue to fight this difficult battle.

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February is Dental Health Month

Did you know that dental health has an entire month dedicated to it? February has been named National Children's Dental Health Month to help create awareness of the importance of understanding how to keep your mouth healthy. The health of your teeth and mouth are directly related to your overall health!

Dental Health Month Contest

To celebrate, Skelton Orthodontics wants to test your dental knowledge with some fun facts. Think you can answer all of the questions correctly? Follow us on our Facebook page to be notified when the contest begins!

You can enter the contest in office and online! Simply answer six questions and you will be entered to win a FREE Waterpik Water Flosser! One lucky winner will be drawn at the end of the month. Good luck to all!

Need Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontics plays a vital role in the health of your teeth. It is important that your jaws and bite align correctly for chewing and swallowing. In addition, your teeth need to be in a position where the majority of the surface area can be cleaned. Gum disease develops when bacteria builds up and straight teeth help solve this problem!

If you want more information about orthodontic treatment, contact us today! Dr. Aimee Skelton offers complimentary consultations for both braces and Invisalign® clear aligners. We will design a unique treatment plan for each patient to fit your needs and your budget. Our team is happy to answer any questions you might have!

Smilestar Shelby

Skelton Orthodontics Smilestar Spotlight: Shelby

This weeks Smilestar spotlight is on Shelby! 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 Shelby!

Want to know more about Smilestar Shelby? Check out her interview below!

Meet Shelby


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

A: I love getting to know new people and this is a super fun
experience to have.

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

A: My favorite place to go in Fort Payne is The Spot because it is so pretty in there. They have really good food too.

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

A: My teeth moved really fast and I was very happy with the
way everything went. The entire staff at Skelton is amazing.

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

A: On the weekends I enjoy riding around town and going
outside. I’m usually with my family or friends.

Q: Tell us 3 fun facts about you!

A: 1) I want to be a doctor when I’m older

     2) I have 2 dogs
and 2 cats

     3) I have 5
siblings

Q: Is there a volunteer/community event you enjoy working with or attending?

A:  I love to work at
Race for Embrace. I love to see all the kids smile.

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

A: Yellow because it’s a happy color and it makes me feel
bubbly. I’m a happy and bubbly person.

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: You should see me in a crown by Billie Eilish. It just talks about self power.  

Smilestar Zeb

Skelton Orthodontics Smilestar Spotlight: Zeb

This weeks Smilestar spotlight is on Zeb! 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 Zeb!

Want to know more about Smilestar Zeb? Check out his interview below!

Meet Zeb


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

A: Being able to be apart of something is so fun and
representing my orthodontist.

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

A: Wingstop. Me and my friends love the food there.

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

A: I love how nice and friendly the place is.

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

A: I like to hang out with friends or go to cheer

Q: Tell us 3 fun facts about you!

A: 1) I am a cheerleader

     2) I love being a
part of activities

     3) I love to hang
out with the people I love

Q: Is there a volunteer/community event you enjoy working with or attending?

A:  I love helping out
with my school or church youth group

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

A: I like any color really but I love black, whites, and
blues

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: Natural by Imagine Dragons

Smilestar Tori

Skelton Orthodontics Smilestar Spotlight: Tori

This weeks Smilestar spotlight is on Tori! 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 Tori!

Want to know more about Smilestar Tori? Check out her interview below!

Meet Tori

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

A: Having the opportunity to meet new people.

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

A: I like to walk around the park.

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

A: Because I’m gaining confidence in my smile.

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

A: Hang out with friends.

Q: Tell us 3 fun facts about you!

A: 1) I love to ride horses

     2) I enjoy to
sing

     3) I like to drag
race

Q: Is there a volunteer/community event you enjoy working with or attending?

A:  Autism society of Alabama and ECCLA

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

A: Purple, because it makes me feel like I look better

Smilestar Hannah

Skelton Orthodontics Smilestar Spotlight: Hannah

This weeks Smilestar spotlight is on Hannah! 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 Hannah!

Meet Hannah

Want to know more about Smilestar Hannah? Check out her interview below!


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

A: Getting to meet new people.

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

A: Chick-fil-a is my favorite place. I love their chicken
and milkshakes.

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

A: I love the results of the treatment. The staff is super
nice.

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

A: I play travel softball most weekends. I also enjoy
spending time with my friends.

Q: Tell us 3 fun facts about you!

A: 1) I am a softball and basketball state champ.

     2) I love math

     3) I can touch my
tongue to my nose

Q: Is there a volunteer/community event you enjoy working with or attending?

A:  I love helping
with the Jackson county Special Olympics.

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

A: Blue because I am usually calm.

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: Champion by Carrie Underwood because I am very goal oriented and I love to win.