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Voted 2021 Best Orthodontist in Fort Payne

Times-Journal’s Best of DeKalb 2021: Best Orthodontist

The results are public for the Times-Journal’s yearly Best of DeKalb contest! Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team are excited to announce that we won “Best Orthodontist” in this year’s Times-Journal Best of DeKalb Contest! We love our community and would like to give a big “Thank You” to all of you who submitted votes in this year’s contest. Our team is honored to hold this title for another year.

Thank You for Your Support

First of all, Dr. Skelton is honored to receive this recognition and is proud to be a part of the DeKalb County businesses. Secondly, we appreciate our community and would like to thank you for your support. Skelton Orthodontics strives to offer top of the line customer care, and we do not hold the tile of “best orthodontist” lightly. Last, but not least, we are grateful to live and work in this community. We truly have the best smiles for miles and miles!

Orthodontist in Fort Payne

Skelton Orthodontics in Fort Payne offers orthodontic treatment with both traditional braces and Invisalign® clear aligners. If you are looking for a straighter, healthier smile give us a call today! We offer complimentary consultations and will discuss treatment options at your initial appointment. In addition, we accept orthodontic insurance and will help you review your coverage. We look forward to meeting you!

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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.

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Sweets, Treats & Brushing Deets

It is important to follow your orthodontist's instructions while in orthodontic treatment for many different reasons. First of all, orthodontic treatment is an investment and you want to get the most out of it. Second of all, if you do not take care of your teeth while in treatment you could actually damage your orthodontic health instead of bettering it.

What to Eat & Avoid with Braces

The best rule of thumb to follow is to stay away from anything that is sticky or hard. Although things like caramel apples are very tasty, biting into something like that could break your appliances. A broken appliance then leads to delayed treatment time. In addition, the damage to the appliance could also damage your teeth or other parts of your mouth. Here is a list of candy you can and cannot eat from the American Association of Orthodontists.

If you have ceramic brackets, we also suggest avoiding liquids or sauces that could stain your brackets like mustard, ketchup, wine and coffee.

Brushing with Braces

With braces, it is best to brush your teeth as soon as you are done eating. This will limit the amount of time that food and bacteria sit on your appliances. When brushing your teeth with braces, make sure to take your time. You should brush all surfaces of both your teeth and the brackets and wires. If you happen to notice food caught in the wire or bracket, use a toothpick or flosser to get it out.

We understand that you are often on the go and it can be difficult to brushing immediately after eating. Check out some suggestions from the AAO on brushing while on the go by clicking HERE.

Have Questions?

As always, if you have questions about brushing or eating with braces please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help!

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Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Want a chance to win and need something fun to do this spring break? Patients are invited to join the virtual Skelton Super Spring Break Scavenger Hunt and have the chance to WIN! The contest will last from March 29th through April 4th so you have all week to participate.

Virtual Scavenger Hunt: How To

Simply download the scavenger hunt list and get to work on finding the items. The lists will be available for download on March 29th and entries will all be virtual. Once you find an item, take a photo with/of it and submit it by either posting to the Facebook event, tagging us in an Instagram story post* (@SkeltonBraces), or texting it to us at (256) 844-8221 with the patient's name.

If you are a patient 10 and under, CLICK HERE to download your scavenger hunt list.

If you are a patient 11 or older, CLICK HERE to download your scavenger hunt list.

We are excited to spend Spring Break with you (virtually) and hope you have fun!

*Please note that if you submit your find via Instagram stories and you have a private Instagram account, screen shot your post and send the screen shot to us in a direct message. Otherwise we will not be able to see your post and your entry will not count.

Schedule a Complimentary Exam Today!

Not a patient of Skelton Orthodontics but interested in orthodontic treatment? Give us a call or fill out our online appointment request form to set up a no obligation, complimentary consultation for braces or Invisalign® today!

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2021 Blood Drive: March 3rd

Celebrate smiles by joining our 2021 blood drive with Blood Assurance! With everything going on this year, Blood Assurance is in critical need of blood and platelet donors. Your donation could help save a life!

Date: Wednesday, March 3rd

Time: 12-5 pm

Location: Skelton Orthodontics, 2105 Grand Avenue NW, Fort Payne, AL 35967

Blood Drive Safety is the Top Priority

Blood Assurance has new protocols for COVID-19 to help keep everyone safe at our blood drive. First of all, you will need to schedule an appointment online to reserve a time slot. The number of people allowed in the bus is ten. We will also have temperature screening of all staff and donors. Everyone is also required to wear a face mask. Last, but not least, Blood Assurance will also have extra disinfection of all surfaces between each person.

How to Sign Up

  1. Sign up for a time slot at: bloodassurance.org/SO
  2. Download the BAQuickscreen app or answer questions on your computer to answer health history questions ahead of time to spend less time in the donation area.
  3. Follow all instructions given from Blood Assurance
  4. Arrive at Skelton Orthodontics during your scheduled time slot with a face mask

Thank You from Skelton Orthodontics

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team appreciate your time and donation at this year's blood drive. We truly love doing what we can to help out others. As a thank you, all donors will receive a complimentary lottery ticket from Dr. Skelton! You could save a life AND win big! As always, feel free to call our office with any questions. We will see you there!

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How Your Smile Changes as You Age

As a child, one of the things you look forward to is losing your baby teeth. Maybe you even got a visit from the tooth fairy. Did you know that your smile changes even after you get all of your permanent teeth in? In fact, your smile changes all throughout your life, even after orthodontic treatment!

Primary (Baby) Teeth

Although all 20 primary teeth are present in the jaw when you are born, most human babies will get their first tooth somewhere between 6 and 10 months. Many times, getting teeth causes babies to feel uncomfortable and sick. This is a big change that occurs in your mouth as you transition to being able to chew food. Typically all teeth have erupted by the time a child is 3 years old.

Permanent (Adult) Teeth

As kids start losing their baby teeth, permanent teeth will start to come in. Usually, this happens between ages 6 and 7. This change is why it is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists to have an orthodontic exam at age 7. As the 32 adult teeth begin to come through the gums, orthodontic specialists like Dr. Aimee Skelton can determine if a patient would benefit from early orthodontic treatment. Most people have all adult teeth, except molars, by age 13. Your molars can come in anytime from age 17 to 21. Orthodontic treatment is beneficial during this time because an orthodontist will make sure there is plenty of room for the teeth to naturally come in where they should or they can create a treatment plan to shift the teeth as needed. Who knew there were so many smile changes going on during this time?!

Smile Changes After Treatment

Your smile can and will continue to change after you have braces or Invisalign® treatment and transition into adulthood. As you age, your jaw bone begins to lose density and can shrink. This can cause your teeth to become crowded. In addition, every day activities like swallowing, breathing, and eating can create spacing in your teeth. Gum disease can also contribute to spacing in teeth. This is why wearing your retainer is so important after you complete orthodontic treatment. A retainer will keep your teeth from shifting too much and correct any movement you may experience.

If you find that your teeth have moved too much for your retainer to fit, reach out to us! We can schedule an exam to see what would be your next step. Sometimes we can create a new retainer for you and other times you may need another round of orthodontic treatment. Either way, we are here to help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful as it changes  in all stages!

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What is a Malocclusion?

Did you know that if you need orthodontic treatment you have a malocclusion? "Occlusion" is a term that is used to refer to the alignment of your teeth and the prefix "mal" means "bad" or "incorrect". Therefore, malocclusion is the medical term for a misaligned teeth or the "imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed" according to Google Dictionary. Orthodontics is often seen as cosmetic and unnecessary, but fixing the alignment of teeth is actually more medically necessary than one might think.

Malocclusion Types

Very few people are gifted with perfect teeth at birth. Malocclusions are most often caused by genetics. However, habits like thumb sucking, mouth breathing, and nail biting have can impact tooth alignment over time. There are four main types of malocclusions which we list below.

Front Teeth Protrusion

This type of misaligned teeth happens when the upper two front teeth jet out too far over the bottom teeth. This could cause abnormal wear on the teeth and possibly lead to TMJ problems with the jaw.

Crossbite

This form of malocclusion is when your upper teeth cross over your bottom teeth when you bite down. A cross bite causes jaw misalignment and irregular wear of the teeth. You could even break a tooth due to the misalignment!

Openbite

An openbite occurs when the top teeth do not sit on the bottom teeth when the jaw is closed. Besides tongue thrusting and speech impediments, open bites hinder proper chewing because the upper and lower front teeth don’t overlap. This type of maloclussion is often caused by thumb sucking and pacifier use.

Overbite

In an overbite, the upper front teeth extend out over the lower ones. While many people have top teeth that extend over their bottom teeth slightly, it is ideal for them to not be too far over. Occasionally, an overbite is so severe that the lower teeth can bite into the roof of the mouth!

Fixing a Malocclusion

In addition to the common malocclusions listed above, there are other orthodontic problems that can develop. It is important to have your jaw and tooth alignment checked by a doctor to ensure that any issues are found and that they will not evolve into more complicated problems. For this reason, the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that kids first see an orthodontic specialist at age seven for an exam but it is never too late!

Luckily for you, Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team specialize in fixing all types of malocclusions! We offer unique treatment plans tailed specifically for you. After coming in to the office for a complimentary consultation, Dr. Skelton will create your plan and get you started on the path to a healthier (and straighter) smile. Call us or fill out our online appointment request form to get started!

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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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Common Orthodontic Appliances

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kids see an orthodontic specialist, like Dr. Aimee Skelton, at age seven. Why age seven? This is the transitional period where kids are losing their baby (primary) teeth and have started getting their permanent teeth. This is the optimal time to see if a child will need early orthodontic treatment to avoid a more severe case once their adult teeth come in.

Why Orthodontic Appliances?

If Dr. Skelton feels that your child will benefit from early treatment, the first phase often includes orthodontic appliances. The appliance will prepare the mouth and create the best possible environment for permanent teeth to come in. Common orthodontic appliances are expanders, headgear and Herbst appliances.

What is an Expander?

An expander is an orthodontic appliance that is typically for younger patients. Cases that call for an expander usually involve a narrow roof (palate) that needs widening to create more space for teeth to come in. The widening of the upper and/or lower jaws help avoid common problems like crowding, impacted teeth or a crossbite. An expander is placed in the mouth for all day wear and uses a key to turn a device that widens the jaws over time.

What is Headgear?

Another type of orthodontic appliance is headgear. Headgear is used with patients who still have growing jaw bones. This appliance is normally recommended for patients who have a severely misaligned bite, usually an overbite or protruding front teeth. Headgear is worn partially outside and inside the mouth. It supports proper jaw development, alignment and growth. This orthodontic appliance can also help with aesthetics of the face and profile as well as create space for permanent teeth.

What is a Herbst Appliance?

A Herbst Appliance is also common in younger, growing patients. This appliance enhances lower jaw growth and moves the lower jaw forward to help correct an overbite. It is a fixed appliance, meaning you cannot remove it until treatment is complete. The Herbst appliance functions similar to headgear but is often more comfortable for patients.

Appliances Can Prevent More Severe Cases

No matter what type of appliance you or your child may need, it is important to follow your orthodontist's directions for wearing and cleaning. All orthodontic appliances are designed to help prevent a more severe case later in life. In many cases, appliances help to shorten time in braces and can even help prevent the possibility of surgery.

As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns about your orthodontic appliances. We are here to help!

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Virtual Exams & Consultations

Have you been told that your child needs to see an orthodontist? Did you know that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kids see an orthodontic specialist, like Dr. Aimee Skelton, by age seven for an exam?

The team at Skelton Orthodontics understands that many of us only leave home when absolutely necessary to with all that is currently going on in the world. We want to go the extra mile to make sure that our patients feel comfortable and protected. That's why we want to give you the option for a virtual exam. It is quick, easy and can be completed from inside your house!

What is a Virtual Exam?

With a virtual exam, Dr. Aimee Skelton will talk with you about orthodontic treatment and what all it includes through your computer or smart device instead of in person. This is a great time to ask initial questions and learn what all is included with treatment. You will speak with Dr. Skelton herself and be able to discuss treatment options. Please note that at some point, we will have you come into the office to begin with orthodontic treatment with traditional braces or Invisalign® or for a more in depth evaluation. We do all we can virtually, but of course we have to have the patient in office for actual treatment. However, the virtual exam saves some in office time and begins your journey toward the smile you have always wanted!

Set Up Your Virtual Exam Today!

To schedule a virtual exam, simply text us at 256-202-6773 or fill out an online appointment request form. Mention that you are interested in an virtual exam in the message and we will call you to schedule. We can't wait to meet you!