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Office Update: COVID-19

March 23rd 2020
Effective March 23, 2020

Due to a Mandate by the State of Mississippi, our orthodontic office is officially closed until further notice.

For pain emergencies, please send a message to TLS orthodontics through Facebook, Instagram or email us info@tlsorthodontics.com.

 You may leave a message on our answer machine and we will contact you. Thank you for understanding, Dr. Skelton and staff


3 Facts about Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

February 26th 2020

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Located in Greenville, Mississippi, our practice's top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment.

Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a very specialized process that encompasses jaw and facial changes and tooth straightening. The major advantage of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, aesthetic and comfortable result that will remain stable. In some cases, interceptive treatment prevents adult tooth extractions or major jaw surgery.

Second phase treatment begins once most of the adult teeth have erupted. This phase usually requires 12 months with braces on all of the teeth. After the second phase of treatment retainers will be worn in order to hold the teeth in the correct position.


  1. Moving baby teeth is not done for the sake of their appearance. While baby teeth can move during Phase One orthodontic treatment, their movement is part of the process to ensure sufficient space for permanent teeth.
  2. Two-phase orthodontic treatment is for kids, but it’s not for all kids. Most orthodontic problems can be treated in one phase of comprehensive treatment, however, there are a few exceptions.
  3. Two-phase orthodontic treatment can be used to help numerous things, including helping the jaws develop to ensure adequate space for all of the permanent teeth, especially the permanent canines. It also normalizes the relationship of the upper jaw to the lower jaw, especially in the case of an underbite.

We utilize the latest technological advances in the industry. If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment or oral health care routines, please do not hesitate to contact us or schedule a consultation.




3 Easy Health Tips for the New Year

January 21st 2020

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Happy New Year! It's a new year and that means new opportunities to restart our health routines if they may have fallen off a bit, or to pledge for a healthier year. Located in Greenville, Mississippi, our practice's top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. One of the easiest things we can do to improve our health in 2020 is to create a healthy oral hygiene routine.

Here are 3 health tips for the new year.

1. Change Your Toothbrush: An easily avoidable habit we can change is to switch out our toothbrush every 3-4 months. Take a look at the bristles. If they are frayed, they won't clean teeth as thoroughly. If you use an electric toothbrush, switch out the heads every 3-4 months as well.

2. Flossing: Flossing is an essential step in any oral hygiene routine. How often should you floss? Everyday. 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.

3. Stop Snacking: Ideally, you want to avoid snacking. If snacking is a big issue, be sure to brush your teeth after because it can allow food particles and sugar to remain on your teeth for too long, providing fuel for bacteria that feed on it.

We utilize the latest technological advances in the industry, such as invisible ceramic braces and Invisalign, along with the latest in computer technology to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible and your smile is the best it can be. If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment or oral health care routines, please do not hesitate to contact us or schedule a consultation.


Have Braces? Say No to Candy Cane’s

December 10th 2019

What are your favorite things about the Holidays? Is it the Christmas tree? Presents? All the holiday treats? No matter what your favorite thing is about this time of year, no holiday season is complete without all the holiday treats! One of those treats to stay away from is candy canes. Whether you love them or don’t, candy canes are everywhere during the holidays. However you feel about candy canes, if you have braces, you may want to avoid candy canes this holiday season.

Candy canes are one of the worst foods for teeth. Candy canes are 100% sugar. Sugar can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and loss. Candy canes are also one of the hardest treats to eat. One of the types of foods you should stay away from if you have braces (during orthodontic treatment) are hard foods and candies and candy canes fit the criteria perfectly.

Candy canes also take a while to eat, which gives the sugar a reason to linger around longer and form into bacteria, leading to cavities. Here are other treats to stay away from this holiday season that are harmful to our teeth.


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What is the difference between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?

November 15th 2019

If you are beginning to research how to “get straight teeth” or “do I need braces,” a question you may be wondering is, "can my dentist give me braces?" The answer is a big NO! There are major differences between an orthodontist and a dentist. From what a dentist does to what an orthodontist can do.

As orthodontists, we utilize the latest technological advances in the profession to achieve unsurpassed results for our patients. Dentists are mainly concerned with your overall dental health. Dentists treat decayed teeth and remove failed teeth. Dentists look for abnormalities in the mouth and teach patients how to prevent dental disease.

Orthodontists are specialists in training teeth and aligning jaws. Another difference between both dentist and orthodontist, is orthodontist become specialists by completing four years of general dental education in dental school and then continuing in an accredited program where they study their specific specialty full-time for two or more years.

Located in Greenville, Mississippi, our team is dedicated to ensuring you receive the best care possible. Your smile lasts a lifetime and our practice's top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care. Our goal is to create beautiful smiles and grow self-esteem in our patients.


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Join our Halloween 2019 Contest

October 22nd 2019

Happy Halloween! Joint TLS Orthodontics and other practices around our Greenville community, and vote for your favorite pumpkin. https://www.facebook.com/pg/TLSOrthodontics/

 


Protect Your Smile #MouthGuardDay

September 2nd 2019



Today is #NationalMouthGuardDay! As everyone has gone back to school and fall sports are about to begin, it is a perfect opportunity to remind our Greenville community the importance of wearing a mouthguard during activities, especially during orthodontic treatment!

Wearing a mouthguard ensures our teeth and overall smile is protected. During the ages of 7 to 11 years old children are most vulnerable to sports related mouth injuries. 67% of parents surveyed by the American Association of Orthodontists said their child does not wear a mouthguard, yet 70% said their biggest fear is their child getting hurt when playing sports.

Here are the three types of mouthguards you can wear, especially if you are currently in orthodontic treatment.

  • Custom fitted mouth guards - these are made by your dentist and can be molded to fit your smile perfectly.
  • Stock mouth guards - these types of mouth guards are  performed and may be a bit bulky.
  • Boil and bite mouthguards - are mouth guards that are softened by boiling water and then insert your mouth, to form to the shape of your mouth. 




Treatable Orthodontic Problems at TLS Orthodontics

August 21st 2019



Crowding: 

Crowding of the teeth is probably the most common orthodontic problem. Although many factors contribute to dental crowding, this problem 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 do not naturally fall out. Crossbite of the front or rear teeth can also cause the teeth to become crowded.

Spacing: 

Spaces between teeth are another common problem associated with the need for orthodontic care. Like crowding, spacing may be related to a tooth-to-jaw size disharmony. Spacing may occur between the front and the back teeth. Tooth size discrepancies, such as smaller teeth or abnormally shaped teeth, or tongue thrust habits can also create abnormal spacing.

If you are experiencing some problems or want to find more information, give us a call at (662) 332-4902



Back to School in Greenville

July 29th 2019

Who's ready for another giveaway? We are giving away 2 backpacks filled with school supplies, perfect for back to school!  All you have to do is enter on our Facebook Page:

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. Schedule a consultation or an appointment today by calling us at (662) 332-4902









Dr. Skelton’s Birthday Giveaway!

June 3rd 2019

Dr. Skelton is celebrating her birthday in a big way! We’re giving away 4 bikes to 4 different winners. Perfect for summer adventures. It’s all happening on June 10th! Enter on our Facebook page here and be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates.




Go Purple for Cystic Fibrosis Awareness

May 13th 2019

Go Purple for Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month! May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month and we are encouraging all our patients to join us in celebrating awareness by getting purple braces. This easy fun way allows anyone with braces to participate in raising awareness for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, and other organs.


According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation more than 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis (more than 70,000 worldwide) in the United States. There are 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis diagnosed each year.

“Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.” Learn more by visiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


4 Things to do After Each Visit

April 10th 2019


Congratulations! Your braces appointment is almost here and your smile is about to undergo a beautiful transformation. You’re now on your way to a healthy beautiful smile.

Wondering what happens after your braces have been applied to your teeth? There are routine steps that we ask you to take prior to leaving our office after each visit. Our goal is to help ensure you experience as minimal discomfort related to irritation from the braces and ensure an optimal response to treatment.

These are great steps to ensure your visit with us, works for you.
1. Using your finger and tongue, check to see that the wire ends do not extend into areas which might poke or abrade the cheek or tongue.

2. Make sure you understand what you are to do until your next appointment. This could include wearing headgear or elastics as instructed, adjusting an expander or following specific hygiene and diet instructions.

3. Make sure you have an adequate supply of dental wax, special cleaning aids, elastic bands, or other related materials you may need between appointments.

4. Always schedule your next appointment before leaving the office. Postponing appointments is a common contributor to overtime treatment.

Located in Greenville, Mississippi, our team is dedicated to ensuring you receive the best care possible. Your smile, last a lifetime and our practice's top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care. Our goal is to create beautiful smiles and grow self-esteem in our patients.


2 Ways to Protect Your Enamel

March 25th 2019

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Located in Greenville, Mississippi, our practice's top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. We utilize the latest technological advances in the industry, such as invisible ceramic braces and Invisalign, along with the latest in computer technology to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible and your smile is the best it can be.

Did you know your tooth enamel is the hardest mineral substance in your body? It is stronger than your bones. This hard, outer surface layer of your teeth, protects against tooth decay. It acts as a protection shield against your teeth. Being that it is on the outside of your teeth, it is easy to damage it over the foods we eat and by neglecting care for our mouth. Here are 2 ways you can prevent enamel damage such as decaying or discoloration.

1. Eliminate Acidic Foods: Eating foods that are high in acidic such as berries, sugar, honey, lemon and others can contribute to the decaying of your enamel. A simple step to start is by eliminating sugary fruit jucies and soda from your daily diet intake.

2. Utilize Mouthwash: 
Using mouthwash after eating to wash away food particles or simply for a fresh breath, can help maintain your smile and enamel healthy. Check out our blog on the different types of washmouth below. 

If you have any questions on orthodontic treatment or oral health care routines, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always available to talk with you and address your concerns. Please feel free to contact us during the following hours through our office phone number or e-mail address.




3 Benefits of a Straight Smile

February 25th 2019


1. Healthy Gums, Healthy Life: Having healthy gums is a health aspect that everyone should have and so easy to obtain. Healthy gums are also the foundation to a healthy smile, inside and out. Your health is all related, from your mouth to your heart, to your entire body and your gums are an essential foundation. When teeth are spaced out or crowded, it’s possible for gums to be inflamed, which can lead to periodontal disease. Straight teeth aligns your gums to fit well around your teeth.

2. Easier to Clean: When teeth are straight, it is much easier to clean between them. Your oral hygiene becomes easier to maintain, such as flossing.

3. Decrease Risk of Tooth Injury:  Crowded, protruding upper teeth are more likely to be broken in the event of an accident, such as playing sports or during an accidental fall.



    Superbowl Giveaway! #TLSOrthodontics

    January 15th 2019

    Contest Time! 🏈 TLS Orthodontics is giving a lucky Greenville, Mississippi resident the opportunity to win a brand new 40 inch TV. Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday! To enter: like our Facebook page, like this post, share this post and tag 3 people in the comment below. It's that simple - 😃🏈🏈




    Thank You for a Great 2018

    December 12th 2018



    What a wonderful year 2018 has been. We have seen many amazing smiles transformed in our community of Greenville, Mississippi and look forward to all the amazing smiles in 2019. Our practice's top priority has always been to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment.

    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 doctor and staff are committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve - a healthy, beautiful one!



    3 Types of Mouthwashes for Your Teeth

    November 23rd 2018


    No one likes bad breath, or intentionally wants to have bad breath. Yet somehow bad breath develops for many reasons such as forgetting to brush our teeth or simply neglecting to care for our oral health.

    Our mission at TLS Orthodontics is for you to feel comfortable and welcomed in our office. Our warm and comfortable family atmosphere allows for us to develop healthy routines, alongside with our patients on taking care of our teeth before, during and after orthodontic treatment.

    Most people do not know the different types of mouthwash and each of their different purpose. Mouthwash is an essential part of a good oral hygiene routine, that often goes unnoticed.

    1. Fluoride Mouthwash:
    You’ve heard how fluoride helps your teeth. Well fluoride in mouthwashes, does just that and helps protect your teeth from cavities and tooth decay.

    2. Antiseptic Mouthwash:
    This is the most common type of mouthwash that is found is most households. You may probably have some in your cabinet. This type of mouthwash contains alcohol and used to eliminate bad breath and fight infections in your mouth. Along with brushing your teeth and flossing, all three work together to fight bad breath and bacteria.

    3. Cosmetic Mouthwash:
    The only benefit of this mouthwash, to your oral health care is to mask bad breath.

    Next time you are shopping for a type of mouthwash, pay attention to which type you are buying. If you have any questions on orthodontic treatment or oral health care routines, please do not hesitate to contact us.


    Halloween Recipes for a Spooky Night

    October 22nd 2018



    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

    Directions: 


    • 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

    Directions: 

    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.


    Healthy Family, Healthy Tips:

    September 20th 2018



    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.



    Back to School Check-Ups!

    August 25th 2018



    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.


    Common Questions Answered

    July 2nd 2018



    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.


    Oral Hygiene, Healthy Smile

    June 26th 2018



    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.

    Toothpaste:
    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.


    Why Choose Us? What Makes Us Unique?

    May 11th 2018



    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.


    Which Type of Floss is the Best?

    April 23rd 2018




    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
    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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    How To Adjust To New Braces

    March 9th 2018



    Are you a new patient at TLS Orthodontics? You may or may not be excited about wearing your braces, but regardless we know you will be thrilled with the result of your new smile. As with any change, adjusting to something new can be a little confusing and overwhelming sometimes, so we decided to help you out with a few tips on adjusting to your braces.

    The first tip is to give yourself some 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 teeth and smile alignment look. Pain may occur after your appointments, just give it a few days after each adjustment and you should feel more comfortable.

    Another thing to remember is to be confident. Don't worry about how your braces look and don't be afraid or embarrassed to smile with your braces. Depending on the type of braces you're treated with, people may not even know you're wearing braces. Be proud and flash those pearly whites often!

    Lastly, be sure you know what to do if you're experiencing pain or problems with your braces. Before you leave TLS Orthodontics, feel for any wires poking out so you can have us correct any agitation and avoid pain. If a problem arises after your appointment, don't be afraid to call us; chances are it's a simple fix. For more information about adjusting to your braces, click here to visit our website or give us a call.


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