Wermerson Orthodontics Blog

CLEANING OUR TEETH IS a critical task that we should all be doing twice a day. For people with braces, good oral hygiene is even more important, but it can also be more complicated because of all those extra crevices and places where food particles, bacteria, and plaque can hide. Slacking off on brushing and flossing can result in tooth decay and unsightly stains when the braces come off. But don’t fret, because we’re here to give you some tips on keeping your teeth clean while those braces are on!
 

3 Teeth Cleaning Tips

Here are three important things to remember for your oral hygiene routine while your braces are on:

  • Brush after every meal. Food gets stuck between brackets very easily, and it’s important to clean it out so that oral bacteria don’t have a chance to enjoy your leftovers. If a normal toothbrush doesn’t do the job, you can use interdental brushes to reach those tight spots.
  • Floss daily. Flossing is definitely more complicated when you have braces, but don’t let that stop you! You can make the process easier with floss threaders, or you could even use a water flosser. These are more expensive than floss, but they are much easier to use, even for people without braces!
  • Avoid whitening products. We all want our smiles to be shiny and white, but using whitening products while the braces are on can lead to discolored patches where the brackets were after the braces are removed. Make sure to only buy toothpaste and mouthwash without whitening chemicals in them until your treatment is over!

You Don’t Have To Do This Alone

If you have any questions about how to keep your braces clean, just ask us the next time you come in! Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls wants to make sure you have the smile of your dreams when your braces are removed, and good oral hygiene is just as important as getting those teeth properly aligned. And when you get your braces off, if you keep up your good brushing and flossing habits, you’ll be able to enjoy that healthy, straight smile for life!

Keep sharing that smile with everyone around you!

 

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 condition.

By Wermerson Orthodontics
September 27, 2018
Category: Orthodontics

Find the perfect fit when it comes to the type of orthodontic treatment you should get.

Do you have gaps between your teeth? Do you have a crooked or crowded smile? If so, then it might be time to consider how orthodontic bracestreatment could help you get the perfect smile. Most people aren’t born with straight teeth but our Sioux Falls, SD, orthodontist Dr. Chris Wermerson can help you achieve the results you want thanks to braces. Of course, there are many orthodontic treatment options out there. Let’s help you determine the right one for your needs.

You Need to Fix Serious Dental Issues

If you’ve come in for an orthodontic evaluation in Sioux Falls, SD, and our orthodontist notices that you have severe crowding or a malocclusion (also known as a bad bite) then traditional braces may be the most efficient and effective approach for straightening your smile. This bracket-and-wire system is able to handle more complicated tooth movements as well as help realign the jaws in ways that other systems just can’t.

You are an Adult Who Wants to Straighten Their Smile

Braces aren’t just for kids. In fact, more and more adults are turning to braces to get a straighter smile. It’s never too late. Of course, we also understand that as an adult (or even older teen) your needs and concerns are a bit different. You may want a treatment that doesn’t alter your life but rather fits into it, or may be looking for a subtler way to straighten your teeth without people at work or college noticing. In this case, Invisalign may be the perfect orthodontic solution.

You Feel a Bit Self-Conscious about Getting Braces

We just touched on this above; however, we know that sometimes kids can also be a little embarrassed by their braces. While Invisalign isn’t right for children or young teens, there are several options that can offer a less obvious approach to straightening. One option is ceramic braces, which use transparent brackets instead of metal.

If you think you or your child could benefit from braces then it’s the perfect time to schedule an orthodontic consultation with the Dr. Chris Wermerson at Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD.

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 condition.

By Wermerson Orthodontics
September 07, 2018
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YOU’VE PROBABLY NOTICED that your teeth aren’t all the same shape, but do you know the reason? Humans have four different types of teeth, and they each serve specific purposes, both in helping us chew and in giving us our beautiful smiles!
 

Types Of Teeth And What They Do

The reason we need so many different types of teeth is that we are omnivores, which means we eat both plants and meat. We need teeth that can handle all of our favorite foods!

Incisors

At the very front of the mouth, the top four and bottom four teeth are the incisors. The middle ones are central incisors, while the ones on the sides are lateral incisors. Incisors are built for slicing. When we take a bite out of an apple, for instance, our incisors shear off a tasty chunk of fruit, but they aren’t the teeth we actually chew with.

Canines

Next to the lateral incisors are our canines, which are the sharpest and longest teeth in our mouths. This enables them to grip and tear food, particularly meat. Unlike incisors, we only have four canines. Their long roots and their position at the “corners” of our dental arches also make them some of the most important teeth in our smiles, because they provide much of the shape. Another name for canine teeth is eyeteeth. That might seem weird, but it’s because these teeth are directly beneath our eyes!

Premolars

After the canines, we have our premolars. You can think of premolars as hybrids between canines and molars. They have sharp outer edges, but they also have flat chewing surfaces, which means they can help the canines with tearing food and the molars with grinding it up. We don’t have any premolars as children; our eight adult premolars are actually the teeth that replace our baby molars!

Molars

Finally, we have the molars. Molars are our biggest teeth, with multiple roots and large, flat chewing surfaces. We have eight baby molars and up to twelve adult molars, depending on whether or not we have and keep our wisdom teeth. Molars are the teeth that do most of the chewing, because those flat surfaces are perfect for grinding and crushing food until it’s ready to be swallowed.

What About Herbivores And Carnivores?

Our teeth are the way they are because we’re omnivores. Herbivores (plant-eaters) and carnivores (meat-eaters) have very different teeth. Herbivores typically have chisel-like incisors and large, flat premolars and molars for chewing plants, while their canines are small, if they have them at all. Carnivores tend to have much bigger canine teeth than we do, but their incisors are much smaller, and while they still have premolars and molars, they are often serrated like knives, built for shredding rather than grinding.

Let’s Straighten Up That Smile!

What do all four types of your teeth have in common? They do their jobs best when they’re properly aligned! If you haven’t come in for an initial consultation with us yet, set one up today! If you already have braces, keep following your instructions so that you can finish on time! And no matter what, help your teeth stay healthy by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and scheduling your regular dental cleanings!

If you are in the Sioux Falls area and have any questions, please give Wermerson Orthodontics a call at (605) 274-0555.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Dr. Chris Wermerson, DMD, MS
Wermerson Orthodontics

5200 S. Cliff Ave, Ste. 102

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

 

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 condition.

By Wermerson Orthodontics
August 15, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Braces   Orthodontics   Invisalign   Consultation  

DO YOU THINK you or someone you love might be in need of orthodontic treatment? Are you dealing with a lot of teeth crowding or a bad bite? Well, the first thing to do is schedule an initial orthodontic consultation! This crucial appointment will set the stage for any future treatment, but what exactly is it and what should you do to prepare?
 

What To Expect At Your Consultation

At your initial consultation, you will be greeted by our friendly front desk staff! They will then work with you to complete your Health History paperwork. It is at this time that we can check on any dental insurance for orthodontic benefits. Once your paperwork is complete, we will begin the consultation by taking a few photographs and an xray. The xray is included with the free consultation. From those images, Dr. Wermerson will be able to give you his best recommendations for possible treatment options for you and your lifestyle. We are more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have at that time. 

Before Your Appointment

Call our office at (605)274-0555 to schedule your appointment! Before your appointment, there is no paperwork that will need to be completed prior to your arrival on the day of your scheduled appointment; all paperwork will be completed when you come to our office for your initial consultaiton. 

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If you still have questions about what an initial consultation is like, just call us and ask! We can’t wait to see you and begin getting your smile on track to the healthy, straight smile you deserve!

We love helping all of our patients!

 

Dr. Chris Wermerson, DMD, MS
Wermerson Orthodontics

5200 S. Cliff Ave, Ste. 102

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

 

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 condition.

By Wermerson Orthodontics
August 03, 2018
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Register for the 2nd Annual Wermerson Orthodontics Youth Dash! All runners, aged 14 and under, can participate for free! Kids will be able to finish indoors at the arena like their parents or friends will the following day.

The start line will be just outside the PREMIER Center. Runners will race through the 20-foot garage door, continue through the official indoor running chute while on video for the entire audience to watch and finally cross 2018 official finish line!

Runners will choose one of the following times to race. 

11:00 a.m. -- (Line-up at 10:45 a.m. indoors)

12:00 p.m. -- (Line-up at 11:45 a.m. indoors)

2:00 p.m. -- (Line-up at 1:45 p.m. indoors)

3:00 p.m. -- (Line-up at 2:45 p.m. indoors)

Fifteen minutes prior to each start time, runners will be asked to line-up at the indoor finish line. Race officials will then escort dash participants outdoors to the start line, before racing back indoors.


Pre-registration before August 24th will include:

  • Customized Wermerson Orthodontics Youth Dash bib with name of runner
  • Complimentary Wermerson Orthodontics Sunglasses
  • Customized racing certificate sent via e-mail after race
  • Racing experience through the official 2018 running chute and finish line
 

Registration after August 24th or at Marathon Expo will include:

  • Wermerson Orthodontics Youth Dash bib
  • Racing experience through the official 2018 running chute and finish line
  • Complimentary Wermerson Orthodontics Sunglasses

 

Use this link to REGISTER NOW:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeG2JoEjlhBmgDBLdrOGSqgRHfyoxKTnWnT1XkKKqcoEoqYkw/viewform 





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