Thursday, September 24, 2020

Adjusting to Your New Braces

Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics

So…you just got braces, now what?  As with any change, adjusting to something new can be a little confusing and overwhelming, at Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics, we are here to help you at every step along the way.

Here are a few tips to help you adjust to your new braces.

Tip 1: Be confident. Initially, your braces may feel like they stick out. This is normal. As you become accustomed to your braces and tooth alignment improves, this sensation will no longer be a concern. Don't worry about how your braces look and don't be afraid or embarrassed to smile. Be proud and know that in no time at all your braces will come off and your smile will look amazing.

Tip 2: Be sure you know what to do if you're experiencing pain or problems with your braces. There are routine steps that we ask you to take prior to leaving the office. These steps will minimize discomfort and ensure an optimal response to treatment.

  • Use your finger and tongue to make sure that nothing is poking you. We have been as careful as possible when applying the brackets and inserting the wire, but only you can tell us whether or not everything feels ok.
  • Make sure that you have all of the supplies you need for your first stage of treatment. This could include wax, elastics, and tools to clean your teeth and braces.
  • Always schedule your next appointment before leaving the office. Postponing appointments is a common contributor to overtime treatment.

Tip 3: Alleviate discomfort right away. As your teeth begin to move, the teeth themselves, your jaw, and your gums will feel achy and maybe a little sore. Taking a non-prescription pain remedy can prevent any discomfort and pain. A saltwater rinse, made from warm water and salt, can also be used to help alleviate any soreness in the mouth.

Tip 4: Make sure your mouth stays clean. While you’re in braces, you’ll have to pay extra attention to making sure your mouth stays clean. The brackets and wires create a lot of nooks and crannies where food particles and debris can hide, so take your time with brushing and flossing. Carry a travel toothbrush with you so you can brush after meals and snacks.

Tip 5:  Give yourself time. Your braces may not be what you expected or wanted, but after a while when your teeth start shifting you will notice how incredible your smile looks. Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothed, until the cheek tissues have toughened, you may find it helpful to use a small piece of orthodontic wax around the bracket that is creating the irritation. If your supply of wax runs out, call our office for more. Wax may also be purchased at a local drug store.

We know that getting braces can be both scary and exciting. The first month is a bit of an adjustment period, but you’ll soon forget that you are even wearing braces. Keep on smiling and laughing throughout your treatment. Time will fly by and soon enough you’ll be getting them off and showing the world your new straight smile!

Monday, August 24, 2020

The Damon Difference

Dr. Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics

At the office of Dr. Theresa L. Skelton, our top priority is to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. Our practice offers many advanced treatments, including Damon System Brackets.


The Damon System is not just about revolutionary braces and wires, it's an entirely new way of treating our patients. This clinically proven treatment approach aligns your teeth and enhances your facial aesthetics without extractions or palatal expanders, giving you a smile that is full and natural. 


Achieved with light force specifically designed to improve the overall facial result of each patient,  Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the wire, which allows the teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably. The passive self-ligating brackets eliminate the need for elastic or metal "ties". With these tie-less braces you can experience treatment without tightening. The unique design of these braces also helps to reduce the buildup of food particles and debris that tend to get lodged in the brackets of traditional metal braces, making oral hygiene easy during treatment.


Damon System treatment requires fewer office visits. On average, patients treated with the Damon System require seven fewer office appointments than patients who undergo traditional orthodontic treatment. That means more convenience for you.


Damon Braces give you a broader and healthier smile in less time and with greater comfort than conventional braces. If you are curious about Damon Braces or if you have specific questions about how they can help you achieve your best smile, please contact our Greenville orthodontics office anytime!


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Two-Phase Orthodontics…Two Times the Fun

Orthodontists today can successfully correct most problems regardless of the patient’s age. But that does not mean that the orthodontic treatment starting age does not matter. In fact, it may play a significant role in the total time and expenses required for the completion of the orthodontic treatment.

Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that involves facial and jaw changes along with straightening teeth.  This process allows Dr. Theresa Skelton to create a healthy functional smile with results that remain stable after treatment.

As a child grows, both the upper jaw and lower jaw will grow in three dimensions. This growth will decide the final positioning of the mid and lower face. Ideally, the upper jaw should have a more forward position and be a bit wider than the lower jaw. Sometimes, the upper and lower jaws will grow at different rates and create alignment issues between the upper and lower teeth. If a child's bite problems require intervention, Dr. Skelton can use a variety of appliances to change the rate, direction or amount of jaw growth.

How does Two-Phase Orthodontics work?

Two-phase orthodontics starts with interceptive orthodontic care. This is a process where Dr. Skelton intercepts an oral problem before it gets out of hand. Typically, treatment starts with younger children in order to shift teeth, manipulate growth, create space for unerupted teeth, and break habits before it is too late. Addressing development concerns while the bones are growing gives Dr. Skelton the ability to avoid more invasive approaches in the future. The best age for this interceptive treatment is between 7 and 10 year old. Typically, this first phase will be short (about 4 to 12 months) and will address a specific problem. Once phase one treatment is completed, your child will be monitored by Dr. Skelton until they are ready for phase two.

Once a majority of the adult teeth have erupted, the second phase can begin. The average treatment time of second phase is about 12 months with retainers being worn after treatment to hold the correct position of the teeth.

It is important to have your child evaluated by Dr. Skelton from an early age. Even if you think your child’s smile is perfect, early diagnosis and treatment can have a lasting improvement on the function of their teeth and their overall appearance.

If you are interested in learning more about Two-Phase Orthodontics, contact our Greenville orthodontic office. We love answering questions and providing a solid foundation of information to those who are interested in treatment for their children or themselves.


Adjusting to Your New Braces

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