Thursday, October 28, 2021

What are Invisalign Clear Aligners?

At Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics, we offer the latest in orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign Clear Aligners! invisalign Clear aligners allow Dr. Skelton to achieve the same results as traditional braces but without any brackets or wires. If you are thinking about improving your smile but can’t picture yourself in braces…Invisalign Clear Aligners might be the perfect option for you.

What are Invisalign Clear Aligners?

Invisalign uses cutting-edge software and technology to shift misaligned teeth with a series of customized clear aligner trays. Invisalign Clear Aligners are made of a thermoplastic material and custom-designed to fit over your teeth. Although they look very different from braces, Invisalign Aligners use the same gentle pressure to gradually move your teeth into the perfect position.

Unlike traditional braces, no part of the clear aligner tray is attached to the actual surface of your tooth. Because the aligners can be removed, they make it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean throughout the treatment process. The Invisalign clear aligner trays are taken out before you begin your normal dental hygiene routine, allowing you to brush and floss the same way you always have.

How Long does Invisalign Clear Aligner Treatment Take?

Each patient’s orthodontic problem is unique, and each patient responds to treatment differently, so there is no universal answer for how long your Invisalign treatment will take. In general, the total treatment time for Invisalign Clear Aligners can be anywhere from 9-15 months.

Are Invisalign Clear Aligners Expensive?

As clear aligners have become more popular over the years, they have also become more affordable. Invisalign aligners tend to cost about as much as traditional braces; however, the cost of your orthodontic treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan.

At Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics, our mission to provide you with affordable, high-quality treatment that fits your budget. Dr. Skelton is not willing to let finances stand in the way of treatment. Our team is sensitive to the fact that people have different needs in fulfilling their financial obligations, so we provide the following payment options:

  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express 
  • A down payment with monthly payments on the balance 
  • No interest and no late fees

There’s a lot to love about Invisalign Clear Aligners, but they aren’t always a good fit for every patient. If you’d like to learn more about how Invisalign Clear Aligners can transform your smile, give Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics a call today and schedule a complimentary consultation. Dr. Skelton will assess your smile to determine if Invisalign Clear Aligners are the right fit for you.


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Damon Clear Braces

Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics

Your appearance can make a big difference in your confidence, and a healthy smile is one of the first things people notice.

Dr. Theresa L. Skelton is dedicated to creating beautiful smiles with straighter teeth and good bites. One of the orthodontic treatment options offered at TLS Orthodontics, includes Clear Braces by the DamonSystem.  Made of tooth-colored or transparent ceramic, Damon Clear Braces require no metal clips or elastic ties. Other clear braces have visible metal parts or elastic ties that can yellow during treatment. But tieless Damon Clear Braces are more discrete and resistant to staining and discoloration all throughout treatment. With Damon Clear, people may not even realize you're wearing braces.

Damon Clear Braces offer our patients the look they want, with all the functionality of traditional metal braces. Damon Clear’s comfortable, sculptured design, and attractive translucent appearance help provide the self-confidence that comes from wearing braces that look as good as they perform.

The Damon System is not just about revolutionary braces and wires, it is an entirely new way of treating patients. Damon smiles are full, natural smiles achieved with light force specifically designed to improve the overall facial result of each of our patient. Damon braces are designed to be discreet, comfortable, and easy to keep clean.

With Clear Braces by the Damon System, Dr. Skelton and herteam can deliver faster treatment times, fewer appointments, greater comfort, and consistent high-quality results. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment, consider Damon Clear Braces. Give TLS Orthodontics a call to schedule your initial consultation today.

See results faster than you might think. While treatment time can vary, clinical studies demonstrate that Damon System treatment is up to six months faster than traditional braces.


Thursday, August 12, 2021

You are Never too Old for Braces

Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens.

Just as straight, white teeth convey youth, a smile with crooked, discolored, or worn teeth is associated with age. Beautifully straight, symmetrical white teeth cannot only make you look younger, but they can dramatically improve your confidence.

The orthodontic problems you may be living with as an adult raise more than cosmetic concerns. Crowded or overlapping teeth can be difficult to clean, making tooth decay and gum disease more likely. Teeth that don't come together properly when you close your jaws can cause chewing and swallowing problems. Poor tooth alignment can also make it difficult to pronounce certain sounds and can put excessive stress on the chewing muscles, causing facial pain.

Whether you’re 6 or 60, it’s the same physiological process that moves teeth through bone. Teeth move in response to forces being placed on them over time. Although childhood is the ideal time to make changes in the positioning of the teeth, if you are healthy your teeth can be straightened at any age.

As an adult, you might think that your options for having your teeth fixed are limited, but today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Dr. Theresa L. Skelton will discuss your options to ensure your treatment plan fits your lifestyle.

You are never too old for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment can be just as successful for adults as it is for children. Don’t let your age keep you from consulting TLS Orthodontics.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

TLS Orthodontics Can Fix Your Bite Problem

Theresa L. Skelton Orthodontics

Our smiles are uniquely ours. However so is our bite. In orthodontics, “bite” refers to the way the upper and lower teeth come together. A bad bite happens when teeth meet improperly, or they don’t meet at all.

When a person's teeth or jaws do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the problem. If left untreated, these orthodontic problems can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel, and can even increase the chance of injury to the teeth and jaw joints.

5 Common Orthodontic Problems Treated at TLS Orthodontics

1. Crowding - Crowding of the teeth is probably the most common orthodontic problem. Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gums. This can be a result of big teeth or inadequate space in the jaw or both. This may result in teeth that overlap, are rotated, or take on a crooked/staggered appearance. Not only is crowding unattractive, but it has also been linked to periodontal problems and dental decay because it is harder to clean overlapping teeth's surfaces.

2. Spacing - Spacing is another popular reason for braces. Spacing may be related to a tooth-to-jaw size disharmony. Tooth size discrepancies, such as smaller teeth or abnormally shaped teeth, can also create abnormal spacing. The opposite of crowding, spacing is most commonly caused by excessive jaw room for the size of the erupting teeth.

3. Crossbite - A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth fit inside of lower teeth. This orthodontic problem can be caused by misalignment of teeth or a misalignment of the bone and can affect a single tooth or groups of teeth. Your jaw may shift to one side if not corrected and wear down on your tooth enamel.

4. Underbite - An underbite happens when the lower jaw sits in front of the upper jaw. The lower jaw may appear to be excessively large, but in many cases the lack of upper jaw development is at fault. An underbite impacts tooth wear and adds a stress on your jaw joints. Through orthodontic treatment, an underbite can be corrected and help keep you healthy, beyond an aesthetically pleasing smile.

5. OverbiteAn overbite occurs when your top front teethextend beyond your bottom front teeth. The most common cause of an overbite is the shape and/or size of the jaw or the teeth. This could mean having too much room in the jaw area or too little room to accommodate one’s teeth. If not treated, the overbite will allow the teeth to crowd each other and grow in crooked if there is too little room, or the teeth will be spaced too far apart if the jaw area is too large. A more severe overbite may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, or jaw pain.

The fact is…untreated problems tend to get worse with time. If you suspect that you or a loved one has one of these five common bite problems, Dr. Skelton can help. Make an appointment with TLS Orthodontics today. You do not need to wait until your dentist refers you.

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.

What are Invisalign Clear Aligners?

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