Wermerson Orthodontics Blog

TRENDS IMPACT JUST about every aspect of life, from slang and fashion to which toys are collectibles this year and which fad diet everyone’s aunt is doing.

Most trends are harmless symptoms of an ever-evolving society and culture, but when they affect the ways we take care of ourselves, they can become serious. In recent years, do-it-yourself teeth whitening has been a “trendy” topic, so let’s take a look at a few of the more popular methods.

Charcoal Versus Tooth Enamel

As counterintuitive as it seems to rub black powder on your teeth and expect them to become whiter, the rationale behind the idea makes sense. Charcoal is extremely porous and absorbent, and has been used even in hospitals to safely neutralize toxins. In theory, it could do the same for your teeth.

However, charcoal isn’t just porous, it’s also abrasive. Even as it absorbs harmful compounds from your mouth and disrupts bacterial populations, it could also be scraping away your enamel, doing more harm than good. Until we know more about the effects of charcoal on teeth, it’s safer to give that home remedy a pass.

Lemon Juice: Dissolving Stains Or Dissolving Teeth?

The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in your body, but it is extremely susceptible to erosion by acid. Your saliva keeps the pH in your mouth balanced to protect your enamel, but any time you eat or drink something acidic, that pH is disrupted and your teeth are vulnerable. Using lemon juice on your teeth in hopes of whitening them is, therefore, likely to cause a lot of enamel erosion, and once that enamel is gone, it’s gone for good.

Oil Pulling: An Ancient Folk Remedy

Oil pulling involves swishing oil (typically coconut, sunflower, sesame, or olive oil) around in one’s mouth for up to twenty minutes. Proponents of oil pulling claim it has numerous health benefits, including teeth whitening, but the American Dental association doesn’t recommend it because there is no scientific evidence to back up these claims.

Strawberries And Bananas

Strawberries do contain some citric acid, but they also contain malic acid (particularly when ripe), which actually can give your teeth a whiter appearance. Bananas contain potassium, magnesium, and manganese, all of which promote healthier teeth and can help remove surface stains. So these two do-it-yourself teeth whiteners may actually provide some benefit! Both fruits still contain sugar, however, so you should still brush your teeth with dentist approved toothpaste after eating them.

Curious about those whitening mouthpieces that emit blue light you see all over social media? Watch the video below to learn whether or not they’re really effective:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=D9n1d1nP1pk

Stick To The Science

Trends like charcoal toothpaste and lemon juice mouthwash will come and (hopefully) go, and occasionally we’ll discover remedies that do have benefits, like strawberries and bananas, but the best benefits to our teeth will always come from dentist-approved methods. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day, avoid sugary drinks and snacks, and schedule regular dental appointments.

If all of these good habits aren’t keeping your teeth white enough, talk to us about safe, professional whitening options.

Healthy smiles are beautiful smiles!

 

Dr. Chris Wermerson, DMD, MS
Wermerson Orthodontics
605-274-0555
 


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.

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

TO SOME, IT MIGHT seem like the benefits of having straight teeth are purely cosmetic. And those benefits certainly do exist. Studies have shown that people tend to perceive someone with straight teeth as wealthier, happier, and more dateable than someone with crooked teeth. But there are plenty of other important benefits as well.
 

Consequences Of Crooked Teeth

There are many different ways crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth can negatively impact a person’s health and quality of life. Let’s take a look at a few of the big ones.

Difficult To Clean

When teeth overlap each other in ways they aren’t meant to, they can be much harder to clean with brushing and flossing than straight teeth. If teeth aren’t getting cleaned as effectively, then they become more vulnerable to tooth decay.

Impede Clear Speech

Underbites, severe overbites, and other teeth alignment problems can interfere with a person’s ability to speak clearly, leading to lisps and other distortions in articulation.

Interfere With Healthy Digestion

Chewing is a critical part of the digestion process. Our saliva begins to break food down on a chemical level while our teeth break it apart into more manageable pieces. Crooked teeth can make it difficult or even impossible to chew food enough, which forces the rest of the digestive system to pick up the slack. This can lead to a number of unpleasant GI consequences, and it can even make it harder to lose weight!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR_XyzWHedA

 

Can Interfere With Healthy Breathing

If your teeth don’t fit comfortably together, you might keep them apart instead of closing your jaws when resting. This can lead to mouth breathing, which has many negative health effects. The two most connected to oral health concerns are chronic bad breath and dry mouth.

Can Cause Jaw Problems

If there’s something wrong with your bite, that can result in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndromeSymptoms include a clicking jaw joint, jaw pain, and frequent headaches.

Do Your Teeth Need Straightening?

Having straight teeth eliminates or greatly reduces all of these problems. This, paired with the cosmetic advantages and the boost in confidence, makes orthodontic treatment a very worthwhile investment. If you think you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, schedule an initial consultation with us so that we can find out what will be best for your smile. In the meantime, keep brushing, flossing, and scheduling your regular dental appointments!

You deserve the best for your teeth!

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

 

Dr. Chris Wermerson, DMD, MS
Wermerson Orthodontics
605-274-0555
 


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.

FOR MOST PEOPLE, baby teeth become loose and adult teeth erupt in their place. For many, those adult teeth don’t come in entirely straight, so orthodontic treatment is necessary to shift them into the ideal position. For some, one or more of these teeth never emerge on their own, even though they developed in the jaw bone. These are impacted teeth.
 

Why Does Tooth Impaction Happen?

Tooth impaction is often the result of a crowding problem. If the new tooth doesn’t have room to come in, it may remain stuck beneath the gums. A full impaction is when the tooth fails to erupt at all, whereas a partial impaction is when the tooth breaches the gumline but doesn’t grow in completely.

Teeth Lost In The Gums

The most common teeth to become impacted are wisdom teeth. They might be impacted because there isn’t room for them in the jaw, they may be crooked, or they could even be completely sideways, threatening the roots of second molars.

The only other teeth that are commonly impacted are the upper canine teeth. Research shows that if there’s a history of impacted upper canines in your family, you are more likely to have them as well. Most often, only one canine will be impacted, but sometimes both are. Why the upper canines? Normally, they come in after the incisors and the premolars. When those don’t leave enough room between them, the canines have nowhere to go.

Symptoms And Complications Of Impacted Teeth

Some people with an impacted tooth show no symptoms except that the tooth doesn’t erupt. If it’s a canine, the baby tooth may not even loosen on its own! But even without symptoms, canine teeth are critical to a great smile because they provide essential structure and support. They also take on much of the chewing pressure thanks to their longer roots, which protects the surrounding teeth.

Impacted teeth often cause complications and symptoms besides a lopsided smile. Impacted teeth can push into neighboring teeth beneath the gums and cause cavities, infections, gum disease, or nerve damage. Symptoms might include bad breath, pain, tenderness around the jawline, a prolonged headache or jaw ache, swollen gums, swollen lymph nodes, bad taste in mouth, and visible gaps.

Treatment: A Place For Every Tooth

Impaction of a tooth usually can’t be prevented, but the tooth can be removed (in the case of wisdom teeth) or moved into its proper position (in the case of canines) with oral surgery and orthodontic treatment. An impacted tooth is usually discovered through dental x-rays, and then the orthodontist can determine the best course of action to take.

Help Us Help You

If you think you might have an impacted canine or wisdom tooth causing you trouble, schedule a consultation with us! We’d be happy to take a look and come up with the best plan to either get that tooth out of the way or into its proper place.

Thanks for being such amazing patients!

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Dr. Chris Wermerson, DMD, MS
Wermerson Orthodontics
605-274-0555
 


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.

By Wermerson Orthodontics
April 10, 2018
Category: Orthodontist
Tags: Orthodontics   Dental Braces  

Are you wondering whether you could benefit from orthodontic treatment? Wondering if it’s the right time to bring your child in for a orthodontistconsultation? While many people can benefit from braces not everyone fully understands what orthodontic treatment can do for them. Our Sioux Falls, SD, orthodontist, Dr. Chris Wermerson, is here to explain the many benefits of having our orthodontic team on your side and when you should consider coming in for an evaluation.

You are embarrassed by your smile

If you find yourself offering up close-lipped smiles because teeth are crooked, there are gaps in your smile or you are dealing with other misalignments then it might be time to visit our Sioux Falls orthodontic specialist to find out if braces could give you a more confident smile. A smile can truly make or break your confidence, so if you find yourself unhappy with your smile then braces might be able to help.

You have a misaligned or crooked smile

This is the most common and obvious reason people visit an orthodontist. Everyone from children to adults can benefit from what orthodontic treatment has to offer. If you are dealing with these issues then orthodontic treatment could certainly benefit you:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

You want to promote better oral health

This isn’t something most people think about when they think about getting orthodontic treatment; however, a misaligned smile is also prone to decay and other issues. Think about it: if teeth are crowding or overlapping each other it can be difficult to remove plaque from these areas, leaving certain teeth susceptible to decay. Orthodontic treatment can boost your oral health and reduce your risk of cavities.

When should I see an orthodontist?

There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to visiting an orthodontist. If you are considering whether your child should get orthodontic treatment then they should come in around 7 years old, when permanent teeth are starting to erupt. Early orthodontic intervention could mean faster treatment for your child.

Of course, teens and adults can also benefit from a consultation. There are even braces out there such as Invisalign that cater exclusively to teens and adults, so don’t think it’s ever too late to get braces.

Wermerson Orthodontics is proud to serve patients in the greater Sioux Falls, SD area including the Brandon, Harrisburg, Tea and surrounding areas. If you have been considering braces for yourself or your little one then it’s the perfect time to call and schedule a consultation with us.

 

Dr. Chris Wermerson, DMD, MS
Wermerson Orthodontics
605-274-0555
 


Wermerson Orthodontics is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics
 

Dr. Wermerson is a 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.

By Wermerson Orthodontics
December 06, 2017
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Braces   Orthodontics  

Find out if getting braces could finally give you the smile results you’ve been wanting.orthodontics

Are your child’s teeth coming in a bit crooked? Do you wonder if Invisalign treatment may be what you finally need to fix your smile? Whether you are a child or an adult, our Sioux Falls, SD, orthodontist, Dr. Chris Wermerson, is here to tell you who could benefit from getting orthodontic treatment.

Here are some dental issues that could be trying to tell you that your smile could be greatly improved through braces:

  • Spacing between teeth
  • Crowding or overlapping teeth
  • Teeth that are twisted or crooked
  • Other misalignments in your smile
  • Difficulties chewing, biting or speaking
  • Misaligned jaws (e.g. overbites; underbites; crossbites)

What types of braces are available?

When people think of braces they most often think about the metal brackets and wires that a lot of children end up getting, but this isn’t the only approach. Of course, metal braces can treat a host of dental malocclusions and they even have the ability to realign jaws to improve smiles, making them a great option for a range of different problems.

However, we also know that teens and adults can often find wearing braces to be rather embarrassing. It’s our goal as your orthodontic expert in Sioux Falls to provide you with braces that fit your lifestyle and make the process a bit easier. If you need traditional braces to get the job done then you may want to opt for a tooth-colored porcelain alternative in which the brackets are clear and the wires can even be tooth-colored.

There are also clear removable aligner systems that can provide you with the straighter results you have been looking for as an adult. While this system isn’t right for children and young teens whose teeth are still developing, once teeth have fully developed many older teens and adults can opt for this nearly invisible orthodontic treatment.

Am I too old to get braces?

While it’s true that the sooner your child gets evaluated for orthodontic treatment the better, this doesn’t mean that there is a cap on what age you can be to get braces. Patients of all ages have finally been able to get the smiles they want through our orthodontic treatments. Whether your child is dealing with a crooked smile or you are an adult who wants to close up gaps between teeth, it’s never too late to get the dental care you deserve.

Are you ready to find out more about braces and which kind could give you the results you want? If so, then it’s time you called Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, to schedule your consultation today.





This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.