Thursday, June 24, 2021

Braces by TLS Orthodontics

Your smile has an effect on your whole life, at TLS Orthodontics, we offer three types of braces to help transform your smile.

Damon Silver Braces - Damon Silver Braces are a good, cost-effective option for kids, teens, and adults. Because of their durability and cost-effectiveness, they are the most popular braces used in orthodontics. Damon Braces provide a comprehensive treatment option for anyone considering orthodontic treatment. With the Damon System, you or your child can have a healthy, beaming smile in less time and with greater comfort. The Damon Braces System has been clinically proven for 20+ years with over 7 million smiles delivered. The Damon Silver Braces utilizes a patented slide mechanism to connect archwires to the bracket while allowing the wire to move freely. The Damon System reduces friction and improves oral hygiene by eliminating elastic ties.

Damon Clear Braces - DamonClear Braces are a growing option to correct your bite and straighten your smile. Clear braces work just like silver braces, however, they are made of a tooth-colored ceramic material and are nearly invisible. Many people opt for ceramic braces because they’re less noticeable on your teeth. This can be a huge advantage if you’re considering braces but don’t want to feel self-conscious about wearing them. The light, gentle forces used by the Damon System promote efficient tooth movement and help improve oral health by preserving tooth roots. Lighter forces also help prevent undue gum recession and tooth loss.  Because Damon Clear Braces don't require elastic ties, helping to improve oral hygiene and protect gum health.

Invisalign Clear Aligners - Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth without the use of metal braces. Invisalign is a series of custom-made clear aligners that cover your teeth and gently pull them into the proper position over time. Because they are clear and can be taken on and off, they are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. With Invisalign clear aligners there are no metal brackets or wires to detract from your smile while undergoing treatment. Invisalign clear aligners are made from BPA-free plastic, and they are far more comfortable than traditional silver braces. Both teenagers and adults can wear Invisalign. Invisalign clear aligners are used to close gaps between teeth, as well as treating overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite, and overcrowded teeth.

Dr. Theresa Skelton is committed to determining which treatment solution is best suited for you. Schedule your orthodontic consultation today and smile with confidence tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Do You Have Gum Disease?

Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics

More than 80 percent of Americans are living with periodontal or gum disease, which more often than not, goes unnoticed.

Gum disease is something that most people will experience at some point in their lives. But because the symptoms of gum disease are so subtle and painless, most people just shrug it off. If gum disease is left untreated, the consequences could be severe.  Gum disease has been linked to a host of general medical problems, including: Heart disease, Endocarditis, Lung problems, Alzheimer’s disease, Colorectal cancer, Diabetes, and Kidney, pancreatic and blood cancers in men.

According to the American Association of Periodontology (AAP), you may have gum disease if:

  • Your gums are red, swollen, and sore to the touch. 
  • Your gums bleed when you eat, brush or floss. 
  • You see pus or other signs of infection around the gums and teeth. 
  • Your gums look as if they are "pulling away" from the teeth. 
  • You frequently have bad breath or notice a bad taste in your mouth. 
  • Your teeth are loose or feel as if they are moving away from the other teeth.

A great oral hygiene routine and regular visits to your general dentist are the absolute best way to take a preventative measure against gum disease. Plaque begins to re-form within 24 hours after brushing and flossing, so daily care is essential. Be sure to floss every day to ensure your gums are healthy and pink.

With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, you can keep your teeth for a lifetime and avoid many significant health problems.

If you have any questions regarding the health of your teeth and gums, please don't hesitate to give TLS Orthodontics a call.


Monday, April 26, 2021

Beautiful Smiles To Last A Lifetime

Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics

It’s time to celebrate! You’ve just gotten your braces
taken off and your smile looks amazing!

If you want to keep that beautiful smile for life, you're going to need to make sure you wear your retainer. Your orthodontic treatment does not end once Dr. Theresa L. Skelton remove your braces...wearing your retainer is the final step in keeping your smile perfect.

Here's something you may not know...your teeth aren't set rigidly into your jawbone. Your teeth are held in place by bands of fibrous tissue called the periodontal ligaments. After your teeth have been moved into their ideal position by your braces, it takes time for the periodontal ligaments to adjust. 

When you’re not wearing your retainer, pressure from your lips and tongue can cause your teeth to shift. Even if your teeth don’t look like they have moved, that doesn’t mean they haven’t. If you go without wearing your retainer for long periods of time, your teeth will continue to move until misalignment is visibly noticeable.

The retention phase of your treatment begins as soon as your braces are removed and lasts a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put and wear your retainer as prescribed by Dr. Skelton

If you have any questions about the retention phrase of your orthodontic treatment, please don't hesitate to contact our Greenville office

Remember: Remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Protect Your Enamel

Braces are a spectacular tool for straightening smiles and correcting jaw problems that impact self-confidence and overall oral wellness. The wires and brackets used at TLS Orthodontics are fundamental to the treatment process, but it can be difficult to remove food particles that get stuck under and between your brackets and wires. Unfortunately, if food is left to fester, the acidic content of the food can eat away at your tooth’s enamel.

If you have braces, your smile can be prone to enamel erosion. Enamel erosion occurs when acid attacks the teeth and wears down the enamel. This can make your teeth vulnerable to tooth fractures and cavities. Pay special attention to cleaning your teeth every day. Permanent damage to tooth enamel can occur if the teeth and brackets are not kept clean.

To prevent enamel erosion, Dr. Theresa L. Skelton encourages you to:

Keep Your Teeth Clean: Brush your teeth after every meal. Use an interdental brush, floss (and floss threaders) and possibly a water flosser to help rid your mouth of stuck debris.

Use Fluoride: Fluoride can strengthen your tooth enamel and help you avoid enamel erosion. Use a fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash whenever possible.

Avoid Acidic Foods and Beverages: Consuming acidic foods can expose your smile to the acids that harm the teeth. So, it’s best to avoid consuming acidic foods and drinks as much as possible. Certain foods and beverages are more acidic than others. During orthodontic treatment, focus on eating foods that are both good for your body and your teeth.

When it comes to taking care of your teeth while wearing braces, one of the best things you can do is pay attention to what you are putting in your mouth. Thinking about what is coming in contact with your pearly whites can protect your teeth from erosion and decay.

Less tooth-friendly foods and drinks include: apples, cherries, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, pineapples, raspberries, tomatoes, pickles, soft drinks, and fruit drinks.

More tooth-friendly foods and drinks include: bananas, mangoes, melons, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, milk, water, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, crackers, and pasta.

If you like to learn more about how you prevent enamel erosion while wearing braces, our friendly staff at TLS Orthodontics is available to train you in methods for keeping your teeth clean and strong. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Cleaning Your Invisalign Aligners

Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics

Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created just for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements that Dr. Theresa L. Skelton plans out for you.

One of Invisalign’s biggest advantages is having the ability to take the aligners out to eat and drink. But just because you can take them out, doesn't mean they don't get dirty. Keeping your aligners clean is a vital part of your treatment, and it's the only way to keep them invisible, odorless, and free from germs. Without proper cleaning, your aligners can discolor, smell, and build up deposits of plaque and bacteria that can eat away at the enamel on your teeth.

Follow these simple Do's and Don'ts when caring for your Invisalign aligners:

DO Rinse Every Time: Any time you take your aligners out of your mouth, rinse them thoroughly under running water. This will rinse away bacteria, saliva, and food particles.

DON’T Boil Your Aligners: Hot water will distort the trays. It is not safe to place your Invisalign aligners into the dishwasher or in boiling water.

DO Brush and Floss Your Teeth: Proper care isn't just about clean aligners; your teeth need to stay clean as well. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent buildup of plaque and bacteria under the aligners.

DON’T Use Toothpaste: Toothpaste is great for your teeth, but it can harm your aligners. When you brush your aligners, do so gently and without toothpaste.

DO Brush Carefully: Ideally, you want to brush your Invisalign aligners every time you take them out or before you put them back in. But be careful, as overzealous brushing can leave visible marks and scratches on your aligners.

If you have questions about how you can better care for your Invisalign aligners, we are here to help! Feel free to reach out to us  at our Greenville orthodontic office.

Friday, January 22, 2021

New Year New Toothbrush

Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics

The toothbrush is your number one oral hygiene accessory.  Toothbrushes help keep your teeth and mouth clean. So...when is the last time you got a new toothbrush?

Replacing your toothbrush is essential since it is constantly being exposed to germs and bacteria. Dr. Theresa L. Skelton and her team recommended that you switch out your old toothbrush for a new one every 3 to 4 months. People who wear braces should change their toothbrushes more frequently because braces break down and fracture bristles which makes the toothbrush less effective. If you notice the bristles of your toothbrush have become worn that's a clear sign you need a new toothbrush.

2 Reasons to Change Out Your Old Toothbrush:

1. Bacteria - Your toothbrush is a tool for removing bacteria from your teeth…but it doesn’t actually kill bacteria. Some of the bacteria from your teeth stays on your toothbrush after you are done brushing. That build up of bacteria is going back into your mouth at least twice a day.

2. Bristles - Like any tool, a toothbrush wears down. Worn bristles are tough on your enamel and can wear it away over time. Did you know that an old, worn out toothbrush can be up to 95 percent less effective at removing plaque?

3. Illness -Three months is longer than you may think. In that time, several sicknesses can come and go. While it is best to dispose of your toothbrush right after you recover from an illness, taking the extra precaution of disposing of your toothbrush every three months can help ensure you stay healthy.

A healthy mouth starts with having good a dental habits. Part of a good dental routine is making sure you change your toothbrush every three months. If you're wondering if your old toothbrush is having a negative affect on your oral health give TLS Orthodontics a call. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is here to answer any questions you may have.

Monday, December 7, 2020

What is an Orthodontist?

Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics

You see a dentist twice a year. They clean your teeth and help keep your mouth healthy. But what about orthodontists? What can they do for you? 

Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw. While orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites. All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are licensed orthodontists.

A question people often ask is, “Can my dentist give me braces?” The simple answer is no.

Orthodontists and dentists undertake the same training initially, but orthodontists complete further training after they graduate from dental school to become qualified in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of orthodontic problems. Orthodontists specialize in helping patients with the alignment of their teeth, improving their bite, and fitting them for braces and other corrective devices. The benefits of having an orthodontist work on your smile goes beyond just having a beautiful smile. Well-aligned teeth make it possible to bite, chew, and speak effectively.

Not everyone needs to have orthodontic treatment, but it may be required if you have any of the following issues:

Crossbites: When you have a narrow upper jaw or a wider lower jaw. A narrow upper jaw will often force a you to move the lower jaw forward or to the side when closing into a stable bite. When closed into this accommodating position, the lower teeth are located outside the upper teeth.

Crowding: Crowding, typically stems from a discrepancy between the space in each jaw and the size of the teeth. Crowding can be the cause or result of other problems, such as impacted teeth, retained teeth, or teeth that have not naturally fallen out.

Spacing Issues: Spaces between teeth may be related to tooth-to-jaw size disharmony. Tooth size discrepancies, such as smaller teeth or abnormally shaped teeth, can also create abnormal spacing issues.

Overbites: When you have excessive vertical overlapping of the front teeth, generally found in association with a discrepancy between the length of the upper and lower jaws. 

Excessive Gingival Display: Also known as a gummy smile, excessive gingival display gives the appearance of exposed gums on the upper arch.   

If you have been wondering if you should see an Orthodontist to improve your smile...Give TLS Orthodontics a call today. Dr. Theresa L. Skelton and her friendly staff are here to answering any questions you may have.

Braces by TLS Orthodontics

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