If your teeth are crooked or out of line, but you wish to achieve a straight, healthy smile that radiates confidence, you may want to consider orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic dentistry uses brace, whether they be clear, ceramic, metal, or Invisalign, to correct this type of problem. Dr. Chris Wermerson provides orthodontics services here at Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD—read on to learn what his treatments can do for you.
Orthodontic Treatment with Braces
Whichever type of braces you choose from our Sioux Falls office, they can be used to correct some of the most common orthodontic problems, including:
- Overcrowding: Here, your teeth are overcrowded or unevenly spaced. It doesn’t matter whether you just have a small gap between your upper front teeth, or your teeth are overlapping, braces are designed to correct these types of adjustment.
- Overbites and underbites: If you have an overbite, this means that your upper jaw protrudes further out than your lower jaw. This can cause problems with biting and chewing. If you have an underbite, the reverse is true—your lower jaw protrudes further outward than your upper jaw. Either of these problems can cause difficulty with biting, chewing, and speaking.
- Unmatched dental midlines: Imagine a line drawn between your front upper and front lower teeth that matches up with the middle of your face. That is your dental midline. Your upper and lower midlines should match. If this doesn’t happen, braces can help to align them. This improves the balance of your smile and improves your bite.
If your teeth are misaligned, it can cause several problems including difficulty biting and chewing, issues with dental hygiene, and possibly gingivitis or gum disease. By choosing to wear braces, you can significantly improve your long-term dental health and your overall health.
If you are a Sioux Falls resident and you’re interested in learning more about orthodontics, contact Dr. Chris Wermerson at 605-274-0555.
Tips For Managing The Occasional Orthodontic Discomfort
Do you have a plan if something unexpected happens while in braces? If not, this might be a good read to help you with some preparation tips. It also helps to know the difference between a minor issue that can wait until your next regular appointment and a more serious issue that you’ll want to be seen earlier to get you out of discomfort.
Common Orthodontic Discomfort
Some of the common setbacks patients experience with their orthodontic appliances include a bracket coming loose from a tooth, discomfort from something poking into the cheeks, lips, or gums, and toothaches.
- If a bracket breaks loose, give Wermerson Orthodontics a call to schedule a comfort visit to replace the bracket. Leaving it until the next regularly scheduled appointment can interfere with your treatment plan and may even mean your braces removal day will get pushed back!
- If a bracket or archwire is poking you, sometimes you can fix it at home by gently pushing the protruding part in with a pencil eraser so that it’s more out of the way. You can also use orthodontic wax to cover the uncomfortable spot. If it’s still an issue or if it’s giving you a lot of trouble, give Wermerson Orthodontics a call and we can recommend other steps to try at home or schedule a comfort visit with you.
- In the case of general toothaches as the braces apply pressure to your teeth, this is usually temporary pressure (a few days), and you can manage it with over-the-counter painkillers and by swishing warm saltwater around in your mouth. If the pain remains or gets worse, it could be a more serious problem and you should contact Wermerson Orthodontics for us to evaluate.
What Qualifies as Major Orthodontic Emergency?
Most patients will never have to deal with a major orthodontic emergency, but it’s still a good idea to be prepared so that you know what to do if it happens. Here are the three major orthodontic emergencies:
- Trauma to the mouth, teeth, or face that has broken off brackets or the wire from a fall or sports injury. Often when this happens the first stop will be to the medical emergency room to check for any other trauma and your general dentist to fix any broken teeth that may have been caused by the accident. Throughout the recovery process keep Wermerson Orthodontics informed so we can help with getting your orthodontic treatment back on track after all medical issues have been addressed.
Bring Us Your Questions and Concerns
It’s always a good idea to keep extra rubber bands and orthodontic wax handy so that you can quickly address minor issues. Plan to keep our practice’s phone number in your contacts list should the need to ask a question arises. If you have any questions about how to deal with potential problems or emergencies, go ahead and give us a call today at 605-274-0555!
We look forward to seeing you smile!
Here at Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, your orthodontist, Dr. Chris Wermerson, and his dedicated staff love improving patients' through a variety of teeth-straightening methods. Read on to learn more about orthodontic care and what our team can do for you.
What is the best age to receive braces?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) says that all children should receive an evaluation by an orthodontist by the age of seven. This is because at a younger age, bone structure is more malleable, thus avoiding or reducing the time orthodontic treatment takes. That being said, teens, adults, and even seniors can still straighten their crooked smiles at any age if their oral health is strong.
What kinds of appliances are available?
At our office in Sioux Falls, SD, your orthodontist offers traditional braces (made of metal or ceramic), and removable Invisalign aligners. Your complete in-office exam and digital screening will confirm the options right for your particular case.
What kinds of problems do braces treat?
Braces balance bites, close gaps, open up crowded teeth, correct tooth rotation, and more. All orthodontic correction also works to eliminate jaw and facial pain, allow for clearer speech, and improve the efficiency of biting and chewing.
How long will my treatment plan take?
Treatment plans vary from case to case. However, in general, Invisalign aligners correct smile problems more quickly (in about a year) than metal or ceramic braces (two to two and a half years on average).
What's a straight smile worth?
Only you can answer that question, but if you're like most people, you know that a straight smile is also healthy and confident. To learn more about braces and what they can do for you, contact Dr. Chris Wermerson and his staff at Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD. Call either our office in South Cliff Avenue or our location in West 26th Street at (605) 274-0555.
Join the millions of adults who are finally getting a straighter smile.
Are you wondering if the ship has sailed on getting a straight smile? The good news is that adult orthodontic treatment can make it possible for patients of all ages to fix those crooked, misaligned teeth. Let’s dispel the myth that braces are only for children and teens. With the many discreet and subtle orthodontic options that our Sioux Falls, SD, orthodontist Dr. Chris Wermerson offers, it’s actually the perfect time for adults to consider getting braces.
What types of braces are available?
As an adult, one benefit is that all types of braces are a potential option for you. Common types of braces include,
- Traditional braces: These braces use lightweight stainless steel brackets and wires that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth
- Porcelain braces: Instead of stainless steel these braces are made out of tooth-colored ceramic or porcelain
- Lingual braces: These metal braces look just like traditional braces, but they adhere to the back of teeth instead of the front so they are less visible
- Clear aligners: These are custom-made transparent aligners that fit over teeth like retainers to move teeth gradually into place (e.g. Invisalign)
What problems can braces correct?
Braces can fix a wide range of problems including,
- Crooked or twisted teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Protruding teeth
- Cross bites
- Open bites
The type and complexity of the dental issues you are dealing with will determine which orthodontic treatment is most effective. For example, Invisalign can provide quick and effective results for older teens and adults, but if treatment requires more complicated tooth movements or jaw shifting then traditional braces may be a more effective solution.
Is there an age limit on braces?
Age is typically not a factor when it comes to getting braces. In fact, even seniors have the ability to fix malocclusions and crooked smiles if they want. Of course, before saying yes to the treatment you will want to consult with our Sioux Falls, SD, orthodontist to find out if there are any factors that could affect your treatment.
Wermerson Orthodontics has two offices in Sioux Falls, SD, making it easier to schedule the dental treatment or checkup you or a family member needs. If you want to discuss your orthodontic treatment options with us then call (605) 274-0555, or schedule your consultation online.
Is Invisalign Right For You?
The time when getting braces meant spending years with a mouth full of metal that hooked to bulky headgear is long past. These days, traditional wire braces are more streamlined and discreet, but the option that has become increasingly popular for orthodontic treatment is Invisalign. How can you know if this option is right for you? Here are a few questions you can ask to find out.
What Orthodontic Problems Do Invisalign Correct?
Invisalign is great for correcting issues with dental crowding. However, because they are removable and not anchored to any of your teeth, they can’t do much for problems with the bite or with jaw alignment. For those, you’ll still need traditional braces
How Long Will Invisalign Treatment Take?
Treatment time with Invisalign tends to be about the same as with traditional braces. How long it takes depends much more on what kind of issue is being corrected than what type of orthodontic treatment you’re using. Some problems simply take more time to correct, but no matter what, it’s worth it in the end!
Does Invisalign Work For Adults?
Invisalign is a great option for adults seeking to straighten their smiles. Traditional wire braces aren’t a very appealing prospect for many adults, because culturally we tend to associate them with teenagers. However, Invisalign is barely noticeable. They also don’t have the same teenage connotation, so adults can wear them without any worries!
What Should I Expect With My Treatment?
Invisalign works in stages. You’ll receive a series of custom designed aligners that each moves your teeth closer towards the final goal. Similar to how traditional braces patients come in on a regular basis to have their progress assessed and their braces adjusted, Invisalign patients will receive their next set of aligner trays each time until they’re done. For either type of treatment, it’s important not to miss those appointments!
Still Have Questions? Just Ask Wermerson Orthodontics!
Anyone who is considering getting orthodontic treatment — Invisalign or traditional wire braces — surely has more than these four questions to ask, but that’s why Wermerson Orthodontics is here for you! Simply schedule a complimentary consultation with us and together we’ll be able to find out which type of treatment is perfect for you!
We look forward to seeing you smile!
Call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chris Wermerson.
Dr. Wermerson is a Board Certified Orthodontist and member of the AAO, which has 17,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who correct improperly aligned teeth and jaws (bad bites). They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO. Visit the AAO online at www.mylifemysmile.org.
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