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Adult Treatment Options

Braces for adults are more popular than ever before. At Skelton Orthodontics, we want to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted—at any age! It’s never too late to start. If you’ve needed braces but were unable to seek treatment as a child, or even if you had braces previously but need realignment, we can help!

We offer multiple braces options, including traditional metal braces, self-ligating and clear braces, as well as Invisalign®. While most of our adult patients prefer the more subtle treatment options like clear braces and Invisalign, they may not be for everyone. We encourage you to make an appointment so we can evaluate your smile and determine the best treatment for you.

Why Adult Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment has multiple benefits. By correcting your alignment and giving more room to over-crowded teeth, it can make it easier to clean each surface of every tooth, reducing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. It can even help alleviate pain and headaches associated with TMD/TMJ. Best of all, nothing compares to the increased confidence you’ll experience when we reveal your healthy, straight smile.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start your journey to a better smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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Make Your Heart Smile

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team love to share smiles for miles and miles!

Join us in making your HEART smile! On March 1, 2018 we are hosting a blood drive to help those in need.

In addition to making their heart smile and helping out those in need, all donors will be entered into a drawing for $200 CASH prize! You can RSVP and sign up for alerts and reminders by joining our Facebook event. We appreciate all who are willing to give up some time to make your heart smile so make sure to share this with your family and friends!

Date: March 1, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Place: Skelton Orthodontics - 2105 Grand Ave NW, Fort Payne, Alabama 35967
RSVP: Click HERE

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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!

Meet Angel!

We are continuing our team interviews with Angel! Angel is one of our orthodontic assistants.

Read her interview here:

What do you like most about working at Skelton Orthodontics?
The outcome of a patient's smile and the excitement they show when they see it for the first time :)

What can you be caught doing on the weekends?
I love spending time with my family and friends, especially my daughter.

Where did you go on your favorite vacation? What did you do?
I went to Las Vegas to see my best friend get married!

What is one thing you want every person to know about his or her smile?
They should always be wearing it!

Do you have any phobias, or are you afraid of anything?
I am afraid of spiders.

Have you ever had orthodontic treatment?
No, I've never worn braces or Invisalign.

What is your favorite movie of all time? How many times do you think you've seen it?
I have several favorites, but my all time favorite is Blood Diamond. I've seen it at least 10 times!

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?
I have two dogs, Hunny and Toby!

Thanks for a great interview, Angel!

Follow our blog & check us out on Facebook to learn more about our awesome team members!

Sign Up for Skelton Smilepoints Today!

Our previous Skelton Rewards system has gotten a face-lift! We love rewarding our patients for "good behavior" during orthodontic treatment. Read more about our new Smilepoints program below!

We are thrilled to debut the Skelton Smilepoints program! This rewards system allows our patients to track their own rewards and work toward specific prizes.

"How do I earn Skelton Smilepoints?"

Each patient will receive a rewards card like this one:

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Patients will receive punches in their cards based on this guideline:

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It is the patient's responsibility to keep up with the punch card! Once the punch card is filled, patients will choose from a great selection of #SkeltonBraces merchandise!

Our prizes include custom camo hats, tshirts, and a Skelton Orthodontics tumbler. We even have speakers and ear buds!

We hope you are as excited about this new rewards system as we are!

Don't hesitate to ask your assistant if you have any questions!

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Continuing Education 2016: Success!

Every year during the fall, Dr. Aimee Skelton and her team host a continuing education event. This is an event where local dentists and their staff come to grow their knowledge about the dental field!

This year, with the help of Nashville Dental, the Skelton Orthodontics team welcomed Dr. Jon Holmes, DMD, MD, FACS, FICD as the guest speaker. Dr. Holmes is an oral surgeon from Birmingham who happens to love educating others about oral surgery.

We had so much fun giving away door prizes and taking pictures on our photo booth!

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After learning about new oral surgery techniques and screening procedures, our attendees enjoyed a great lunch catered by Kudzu Cafe in Section, Al! We also had fantastic cupcakes and cookies provided by Nancy's Lunchbox in Rainsville!

We also hosted a CPR certification course for our attendees. This service was provided by Fort Payne Fire & Rescue.

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team wants to thank everyone who participated in the 2016 Continuing Education event. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

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SmileStar Spotlight: Meet Jessica!

Thank you, Jessica, for being one of our Skelton Orthodontics SmileStar! We were able to connect with Jessica for a short final SmileStar interview to find out what is new in her life over the past two years.

Q: What was your favorite part about being a SmileStar?

A: I loved showing off my smile. I'm so thankful for my time at Skelton Orthodontics.
Q:  What is your favorite place to go in Fort Payne?
A: Boom Town Makers Market. Our local artists are amazing.
Q: Why do/did you enjoy your treatment at Skelton Orthodontics?
A: I love people telling me I have a nice smile. Several years ago, when I was serving tables, I once had an older gentleman customer ask me if he could have my teeth when I died. His wife was so embarrassed she looked like she wanted to crawl under the table. It's still one of my favorite anecdotes!
Q: Tell us what is new in your life over the past 2 years.
A: This little Moon Girl (Luna Rosalie) has been lighting up my life! She just turned two on June 21st!

 

Chatting with Skelton Orthodontics SmileStar Jessica was so much fun! Jessica told us of some exciting happenings in her life. She also shared why she enjoys being a Skelton Orthodontics SmileStar! Follow our Facebook page to see more Skelton Orthodontics SmileStar photos!

Read Jessica's interview here:

Q: What is your favorite part of being a Skelton Orthodontics SmileStar?
A: I had a really great experience with Skelton Orthodontics, and I love being a successful "after treatment" photo!

Q: Do you have a favorite restaurant in the Fort Payne area?
A: Limon's Mexican Restaurant in Henagar is the absolute best!

Q: What do you like to do on the weekends?
A: I had a baby named Luna in June! So now my most favorite thing is snuggling with her on the weekends. She is a little cuddle bug :)

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I attended Plainview High School and Judson College. I also attended Jacksonville State University.

Q: Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?
A: Not currently. However, I am the office manager at Fort Payne Pediatrics. Being a new mom with a full time job is all I have time for right now!

Q: Why did you enjoy your treatment at Skelton Orthodontics?
A: My teeth look amazing because of my treatment at Skelton Orthodontics!

Q: What is a fun fact about you?
A: I love to draw, paint, and create. In my spare time, I've designed a few websites and graphics. Most recently, my favorite items have been creating custom birthday, wedding, and graduation invitations.

Q: Finally, is there a community event you enjoy attending?
A: I love attending all our local art & music festivals around Fort Payne and Mentone. I also love browsing the artists' booths. My husband Jared is a singer/songwriter, and he often plays at these events. Our local music scene is incredible. Fort Payne has a lot of home-grown talent!

Thanks for chatting with us, Jessica!

As always, we loved learning more about Jessica and her experience here at Skelton Orthodontics!

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Skelton Orthodontics Patient Reviews

"Probably the most efficiently run medical office we've experienced. Always greeted warmly and seen by the staff in a timely manner." - Amy

Superior service is something we are committed to at Skelton Orthodontics. We strive to respond warmly with clear information and personal attention - out of respect for every one of our patients. It is the desire of Dr. Aimee Skelton, along with her team, to provide exceptional orthodontic services and by doing so, build lasting relationships with our patients and their families.

We very much appreciate hearing from you!  If you are a patient of Skelton Orthodontics, provide your feedback by reviewing us on Facebook or Yelp today!