Monday, October 22, 2018

Halloween Recipes for a Spooky Night

October is here! That means Halloween, fall, spooky costumes and tasty treats are just a few of our favorite things on Halloween night.  There are endless amounts of free treats, all delicious and filled with sugar. Halloween can be a tricky time for those who just received orthodontic treatment. The hard candy is too hard, the sticky candy is too sticky for your braces and teeth, and the crunchy type of candy can damage your braces.

Here are a few fun recipes’ that will be tasty and delicious on Halloween. Remember to always stick to your routine, brushing and flossing your teeth.

Graveyard Shakes: 

What You Need:

  • 1 ¼ cup milk 
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup 
  • 1 large scoop chocolate ice cream 
  • 1 large scoop vanilla ice cream 
  • 2 Oreo cookies, finely crushed 
  • 1 soft ghost-shaped marshmallow


  • Combine milk, chocolate syrup and both scoops of ice cream in a blender. 
  • Mix well and pour into clear glass. 
  • Sprinkle a layer of the finely crushed cookies onto the top of the shake.  
  • Then, set the ghost-shaped marshmallow in the shake to make it appear as though it’s rising out of the top. Serve immediately. 
  • Makes one serving.

Halloween Parfait: 

What You Need: 

  • 3 boxes instant vanilla pudding 
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring 
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow food coloring one 9-ounce package plain chocolate wafers 
  • 6 cups milk chocolate syrup to taste 
  • One 8-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained


Combine pudding mix and milk in a large bowl as directed on the package. Refrigerate until firm. Crush chocolate wafers into crumbs, using a food processor, or put the wafers into a plastic food storage bag and crush with a rolling pin.

Combine red and yellow food coloring in a small bowl. Stir into pudding thoroughly, until pudding is orange. Alternate layers of pudding with layers of chocolate crumbs in a parfait cup or glass for a total of three layers of pudding. Top each layer of crumbs with chocolate syrup to taste before adding the next pudding layer. Top each parfait with mandarin oranges and additional chocolate wafer crumbs.

Makes eight 8-ounce servings.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Healthy Family, Healthy Tips:

We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in the courteous service we deliver to each person who walks through our doors. Whether you're an adult, adolescent or child, our knowledgeable doctors and staff are committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve - a healthy, beautiful one!

We see family of all types and love to see the initiative to keep your family’s teeth healthy. Here are a few tips to ensure your family is in tip top shape before their next visit with us.

  • Brush Your Teeth Together: Make brushing your teeth a routine every morning and every night. Stick to the routine and ensure that you and your family keep a specific time for brushing your teeth, this will build a great daily habit. 
  • Flossing is Key: Flossing every day is even more important when you have braces. If you’re having trouble flossing, just use a floss threader with regular floss, or buy special stiff-tipped floss made for braces wearers.
  • Use Mouthwash: Using mouthwash, especially during orthodontic treatment is so important. Mouthwash can easily remove food debris from areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush or floss. After brushing and flossing, you can swish it around your mouth for a minimum of 30 seconds. This will remove any lingering bacteria and will even help with inflammation of the gums.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Back to School Check-Ups!

Back to school season is officially here! Kids have returned back to school and the normal routines have begun. As summer comes to an end and fall season returns, it can be a busy time for parents and their children. New activities and new routines, it’s easy to forget simple check-ups to the orthodontist.

Why is it important for a check-up during back-to-school season? This is the time to schedule an appointment to measure the progress of your child’s orthodontic treatment. This will ensure your child's treatment is on schedule.

If your child is playing fall sports, be sure to get a mouthguard specifically designed for your child. This is the perfect time to ensure your child is on the road to a healthy beautiful smile. Our main goal at TLS Orthodontics is for you to feel comfortable and welcomed in our office. We strive to have a warm and comfortable family atmosphere.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Common Questions Answered

Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist? 

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is "too old" to wear braces!

Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth? 

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces? 

Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Oral Hygiene, Healthy Smile

Summer is here! A good oral hygiene routine is the foundation to a healthy smile, especially for young children. For parents, leading by example, should establish healthy habits like brushing, cleaning between your teeth and seeing your dentist. This ultimately leads to the big difference in the health and happiness of your entire family and in children, less fears about visiting their dentist.

Here are a few tips from the American Dental Association that are a great reminder to enforce.

Start a Routine and Stick to It:
You may be tempted to let your child skip brushing after a long day or during times when your normal schedule is off (like vacation), but keep at it. The more second nature brushing becomes the easier it will be to make sure your child is brushing twice a day for two minutes.

Learn how to apply the right amount of toothpaste for your child.

First Visit: 
Every parent celebrates the milestones in the first year, first words, first steps, first teeth.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Why Choose Us? What Makes Us Unique?

Here at TLS Orthodontics, our goal has always been to create beautiful smiles and grow self-esteem in our patients. We love the personal relationships that develop and that last a lifetime with our patients.
  •          Dr. Skelton will personally diagnose your case and see you at every visit until your new smile has been achieved.
  •          We are known for the incredible level of service we provide, and the fabulous results we are able to achieve. We are proud of our warm, home-like atmosphere, where patients and family are greeted and treated like guests.
  •          You may choose from traditional silver or clear braces at the beginning of treatment.
  •          Flexible payment arrangements are available. To help maximize your insurance benefits, we will provide billing for your insurance company.

Dr. Skelton and her team will treat you as if you are part of their family, and that simple concept will make your treatment an extraordinary experience for all.

We will do our best because we want each patient to have the best possible smile and feel comfortable in recommending us to their friends.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Which Type of Floss is the Best?

Choosing the best dental floss to use is dependent on the consumer's preference. The fact is there is a ton of different floss options on the market with a variety of flavors, coatings, and other variations. Essentially, they all do the same thing and the most important thing to remember is to buy the most functional floss for your teeth, and use it daily.  

If you want to know what the best dental floss is, the answer is the kind that enables you to successfully and regularly clean the areas between your teeth. To help you find the right type of floss for you, here are some options.

Flossers usually consist of a plastic instrument with a floss strip and a pick on the opposite end. This option can be both effective at cleaning the areas in between your teeth and scraping off plaque. These flossers also come flavored in mint and various other varieties.

Gentle Dental Floss
Some people will find that dental floss is too harsh on their gums. For that reason, some companies make floss with soft coatings that are less abrasive on the gums. Typically, these types of floss are just as effective as regular floss and ideal for those looking for a more sensitive approach to flossing.

Flavored Dental Floss
Most regular flossers buy a flavored dental floss because it will freshen their breath even more than unscented floss. The latter can also take on the smells associated with bacteria in your mouth which can be pretty bad from case to case. We suggest if flavored dental floss is what you prefer, and it allows you to floss your teeth regularly, then it is automatically best for your mouth.

Of the options, it is difficult to name an absolute best type of floss because the answer varies from patient to patient. However, Dr. Skelton and our team say that the type of floss that works best for you, is the one that gives you the greatest chance of succeeding at regular flossing. For more information on floss, or flossing with braces, contact us! 

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Halloween Recipes for a Spooky Night

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