• Spacing Out
    One of the most common reasons for getting braces is because there’s just not enough room for all your teeth to fit next to each other evenly. The result is Read more
  • What happens if I have an orthodontic emergency while I'm on vacation?
    At Nancy F. Shackleton, DMD, MS, there are a few things we want to remind you of when you're on vacation, so that a day with friends and family won’t Read more
  • Snowball Effect
    Winter and its snowball fights are behind us, true, but there might be another kind of snowball heading your way. When you neglect the small steps involved in your everyday Read more
  • Your Child’s First Visit to the Orthodontist
    We often think of braces as a rite of passage for kids in middle and high school. So you might be surprised when your child’s dentist recommends a visit to Read more
  • Are you visiting the dentist during your orthodontic treatment?
    If you’re brushing your teeth twice a day during your orthodontic treatment, the doctor and our team think that’s wonderful! But, don’t forget that it’s also important for you to Read more
  • Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day
    Millions of people, around Louisville, Kentucky and beyond, wear green on St. Patrick’s Day so they can show their spirit for the holiday and avoid getting pinched. While it may Read more
  • Overbite or Overjet?
    The words “overbite” and “overjet” certainly sound similar. Both conditions concern your front teeth. Both conditions fall under the same category of bite problems—Class II malocclusions, if you want to Read more
  • Aftercare After Extraction
    Orthodontists do everything they can to save teeth, but sometimes, a tooth is so damaged by accident, injury, infection, or decay that extraction is the only option. Or perhaps your Read more
  • What role do elastics (rubber bands) play in orthodontics?
    Wearing orthodontic braces may be the best choice for correcting your teeth and improving your smile, and that's why you've come to see the doctor at Nancy F. Shackleton, DMD, Read more
  • The Origins of Valentine's Day
    When we think of Valentine’s Day, we think of cards, flowers, and chocolates. We think of girlfriends celebrating being single together and couples celebrating their relationship. We think of all Read more
  • Love your new smile? Tell us about it!
    At Nancy F. Shackleton, DMD, MS, we proudly treat adults, teens, and children; no matter what your age, we believe you deserve a great smile. Our warm and welcoming team Read more
  • When It Come to Chewing Gum, Be Choosy!
    Why do you chew gum? Perhaps because it’s a habit that comes with some healthy benefits. Chewing a stick or two reduces the urge to snack between meals. It’s a Read more
  • Just Add Water
    One of the many benefits of your clear aligners is that you can remove them to eat. You should brush after every meal, just like you would with traditional braces, Read more
  • Why Do I Need a Retainer?
    Congratulations! You’ve done the hard work necessary to create your beautiful smile! You’ve carefully completed all the steps needed to reach the end of your orthodontic journey. Well, nearly all Read more
  • Color Combinations of Elastics for the Holidays
    There's something special about customizing the elastics on your braces to fit your unique personality. Once you embrace your braces (no pun intended) you'll realize how many color options and Read more
  • New Year’s Resolutions—Counting Down to a Beautiful Smile
    Traditionally, January is a great time to choose some bad habits you’d like to lose, and some good habits you’d like to develop. If one of your goals this year Read more

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