Wermerson Orthodontics Blog
By Wermerson Orthodontics
February 16, 2021
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Clear Braces  

How clear braces from your dentist in Sioux Falls, SD, can help you and your smile

Are you thinking about straightening your smile? It’s a commitment, but one that can improve the way you look and feel about yourself. You need to discover the magic of clear braces!

Dr. Chris Wermerson, at Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, offers a wide range of orthodontic options, including clear braces, to help you and your smile.

So, who is eligible for clear braces? Just about everyone, from teenagers to adults. Clear braces don’t actually use conventional brackets and wires. Instead, clear braces use clear plastic appliances called aligners.

You are eligible for clear braces if you have:

  • An overbite or underbite
  • A crossbite or open bite
  • Rotated or poorly-aligned teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Overlapped or crowded teeth

Treatment with clear braces begins when you receive your first set of aligners, which you wear for two weeks. Then you move on to a new set of aligners, which you wear for another two weeks. You continue progressing to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete. Treatment completion takes between nine and fifteen months.

Clear braces offer some outstanding benefits including:

  • Discreet treatment, because clear braces are virtually invisible to friends, family, and people you meet
  • Comfortable wear, because clear braces are smooth plastic, so they have no sharp parts
  • Convenience, because you can remove the clear braces easily so you can eat whatever you want without worry
  • Great oral health, because easy removal of the clear braces allows you to brush and floss your teeth without using cumbersome tools like floss threaders

If you are thinking about straightening your smile, go for it! Consider clear braces to straighten your smile easily, quickly, and discreetly.

To find out more about the benefits of clear braces, talk with an expert, your orthodontist! Call Dr. Chris Wermerson, of Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, at (605) 274-0555. Call now!

By Wermerson Orthodontics
November 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces   Cavity  

If you or your child are receiving orthodontic treatment, consider this. You can develop cavities and gum disease if you neglect daily oral hygiene and consume a sugary diet. At Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, your orthodontist is Dr. Chris Wermerson. He and his team want you to have a straight smile which is vibrant and healthy too.

What causes tooth decay and gum disease?

Germs do--specifically, Strep bacteria. They do their work quickly as they grow in the food residues caught in and between teeth and in your case, around brackets and archwires as well.

In fact, the National Institutes of Health state that bacteria-filled plaque starts to collect on dental surfaces within 20 minutes of eating. Then, the germs secrete acids, and it's that chemical that leads to decay and periodontal problems.

If you wear braces...

Brackets, ligatures, archwires, bonded-on retainers, and other appliances add extra surface area to your teeth--in effect, places where plaque and its hard counterpart, tartar, collect easily.

Accordingly, your orthodontist at Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, will show you ways to best care for your teeth and gums as you progress through your treatment plan. Also, continue to see your family dentist and hygienist for a professional cleaning and exam every six months.

Further, follow these tips to keep your mouth as healthy as possible:

  • Brush twice a day with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste. Angle the bristles in toward the margins of your brackets, and take extra care at the gum line. Be thorough but gentle.
  • Floss once a day. Interproximal brushes work well to remove food particles hidden underneath braces and between teeth. Floss threaders do not shred and are really useful for hard to reach places.
  • Consider using a water flosser, such as a WaterPik.
  • Use a plaque-reducing and/or fluoride rinse as directed by your orthodontist.
  • Stay away from sugary drinks, sticky candies, and other high-carb choices.
  • Drink water to rinse off your teeth and gums, and stay hydrated. Water increases your saliva which combats bacteria and whitens your teeth.

Keep that great smile

And, keep it healthy. At Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, Dr. Chris Wermerson and his team are happy to show you how. If you have questions about tooth decay, gum disease, and braces, call your orthodontist at one of our two locations: South Cliff Avenue or West 26th Street. Phone (605) 274-0555.

By Wermerson Orthodontics
November 11, 2020
Tags: Braces  

Orthodontic treatment is recommended for correcting a host of orthodontic issues such as crowded teeth, misaligned teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, incorrect jaw positioning, as well as joint disorders of the jaw.

Aside from conventional metal braces, these days, individuals can choose from various types of braces to suit their needs. Here at Wermerson Orthodontics in our South Cliff and West 26th offices in Sioux Falls, SD, our dentist, Dr. Chris Wermerson offers the following types of braces.

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces have immensely progressed since their inception and are now more comfortable and lighter in feel and weight than the older counterparts. They’re crafted from high-quality stainless steel and come with metal brackets that will be attached to the teeth with the use of dental cement. These brackets are connected to each other using a super-thin archwire that forces the teeth to gradually move into their proper positions.

These archwires are linked to the metal brackets with tiny elastics, also called O-rings or ligatures, which your dentist will change when you come in for adjustments in our South Cliff or West 26th office in Sioux Falls, SD. Some metal braces, like seld-ligating braces, don’t require O-rings.

Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign treatment involves wearing a range of custom-made slim, clear, thermoplastic aligners or trays that look like mouth guards. You can remove them when doing your oral hygiene routine and when eating. You’ll need to change them every two to six weeks for the next tray in your treatment plan and must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours daily.

In some cases, dentists will recommend Invisalign after completing conventional orthodontic treatment. This will help in maintaining your results until the teeth have stopped moving and settled down into their proper places.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces function exactly like metal braces. However, their brackets are crafted from clear ceramic material instead of metal. The wires themselves also come in tooth-colored variations, giving you more of that virtually invisible look.

When determining which orthodontic option will be most effective for your specific cases, your dentist will need to take into consideration some crucial factors. These include your particular orthodontic concerns, the severity of your problem, your age, your oral health, and your personal preferences.

Want to Find Out Which Orthodontic Treatment Option is Best For You? Call Us

Set an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Chris Wermerson of Wermerson Orthodontics by calling our South Cliff and West 26th offices in Sioux Falls, SD, at 605-274-0555.

By Wermerson Orthodontics
May 07, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontics  

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!


Call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chris Wermerson.

Dr. Chris Wermerson, DMD, MS
Wermerson Orthodontics

Wermerson Orthodontics is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics

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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