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.
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 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 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.
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.
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