Orthodontics In Sioux Falls, SD
Properly aligned jaws and teeth are the foundations of a healthy mouth, good oral health, and a beautiful smile. Orthodontic treatment can also help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, corrective straightening, and other conditions that negatively impact oral health over time.
Invisalign is an alternate treatment to traditional orthodontic braces. This treatment has gained popularity through the years thanks to the flexibility and in some cases a shorter treatment time.
This is a great option for anyone who needs teeth alignment corrections and doesn't have severe bite or jaw issues. With the aligners, the teeth are moved discreetly +while appearing not to have braces at all. If a patient has more intense treatment requirements, metal braces may be recommended.
Invisalign is an option for teens is a common treatment that uses an advanced clear aligner system (like the one mentioned above) to allow teenagers to get straight teeth without traditional metal braces.
Conventional orthodontics is a type of treatment that deals with teeth and jaw irregularities. When you see an orthodontist, they evaluate your mouth and will determine what type of treatment is best for each patient.
Clear braces are another option for individuals who need to straighten their teeth but want an alternative to metal braces. These are less visible than metal braces but will achieve the same desired goals.
One of the most common orthodontic treatments provided by an orthodontist is metal braces. With this treatment, brackets are connected to the teeth and attached to each other with a wire. Orthodontic braces put pressure on your teeth to move them into the proper position over time. As part of the treatment plan, you will continue to visit the orthodontist's office while wearing braces to have them adjusted and tightened. Orthodontic elastics, small rubber bands that hook to the metal brackets, are also used in some patients. The amount of time you must wear these orthodontic braces varies based on your needs and condition.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics, which is also called dentofacial orthopedics, is a type of specialized dentistry. This area of dentistry focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating facial and dental abnormalities. Not only do orthodontists straighten teeth, but they can also help to correct skeletal issues with the jaw while improving the function of your smile.
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
If your goal is to improve the feel and look of your smile, any age is a good age to go to the orthodontist. According to information from the American Association of Orthodontists, children should first visit an orthodontist at age 7. While this is true, orthodontic treatment isn't just for children and teenagers. One out of every five orthodontic patients is over 21.
What does a retainer do?
Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, your retainer holds your teeth in the final position once your braces are removed. You'll find several types of retainers; however, they're not designed to move the teeth, they are used to maintain your orthodontic treatment and keep your teeth in place. You may be required to wear your retainer all the time right after your braces are removed and, at some point, you will be able to switch to wearing them only at night.
How to care for your teeth while wearing braces?
It can be challenging to care for your teeth with braces, but a few tips can help, including:
- Brush your teeth two to three times per day. Floss your teeth at least once per day
- Use toothpaste containing fluoride, and ask your orthodontist if you need to use a fluoride rinse.
- Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings, at least every 6 months.
- Avoid chewy and sticky foods.
How do I take care of my retainer?
To care for your retainer, use the following tips:
- Wear the retainer as directed.
- Take your retainer out when eating.
- Keep the retainer clean.
- Keep the retainer away from pets.
- If you lose your retainer, please contact us for a replacement.
Do braces hurt?
Some people experience some discomfort when they first get braces. This is because the mouth must get used to them. The metal can irritate your cheeks, gums, and other soft tissues in the mouth. However, this discomfort usually subsides after a week or so. You can take over-the-counter painkillers to help alleviate some of the discomforts or use a dental wax to help with any mouth irritation.
Call us today or complete our online form to schedule your FREE orthodontic consultation at Wermerson Orthodontics. We look forward to seeing you smile!