Do you want to give your child something that will benefit them the rest of their life? Then give them the gift of healthy teeth and gums.
Such a gift doesn't come wrapped in a box with a bow on it—you bestow it first by ensuring they receive the utmost in dental care during their formative years. Even more importantly, you instill in them good oral care habits that will protect their dental health for the rest of their lives.
Oral Hygiene 101. Daily hygiene—brushing and flossing to remove disease-causing dental plaque—is the foundation for maintaining a lifetime of optimal dental health. Early on, you'll have to perform these tasks for your child, but the true gift is in teaching them to brush and floss effectively for themselves (and your dentist can help too!).
How's my brushing? There's oral hygiene—and then there's effective oral hygiene. For a quick check, there's a simple test you can teach your child to make sure they're brushing and flossing correctly: Just after they finish, have them rub their tongue all along their teeth. If the teeth feel smooth, they've made the grade! If it feels gritty, though, they'll need to try again. (For better accuracy, you can also purchase a disclosing solution at your local pharmacy that when applied to teeth will reveal any remaining plaque.)
Eating for dental health. Instilling the values of proper nutrition not only promotes your child's overall health, it can also help them have healthier teeth and gums. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus, help build strong teeth and bones. Avoiding processed foods, especially those with added sugar, helps them avoid tooth decay or gum disease.
Mouth protection from injury. As your child grows and becomes more active, they're more at risk for injury to their mouth, teeth or gums. Help them break habits like chewing on hard objects, and insist on them wearing a mouthguard while playing sports. As they enter the teen years, encourage them to avoid “mouth jewelry” that could damage their tooth enamel.
These values and practices are often woven into the fabric of everyday life. They take relatively little time, but they can make a huge impact on your child's oral health future.
If you would like more information on dental care for kids, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”
Between the final game of the World Series in late October and spring training in February, major league baseball players work on their skills preparing for the new season. Reporters on a Zoom call to the New York Yankees' training camp wanted to know what star outfielder Aaron Judge had been doing along those lines. But when he smiled, their interest turned elsewhere: What had Aaron Judge done to his teeth?
Already with 120 homers after only five seasons, Judge is a top player with the Yankees. His smile, however, has been less than spectacular. Besides a noticeable gap between his top front teeth (which were also more prominent than the rest of his teeth), Judge also had a chipped tooth injury on a batting helmet in 2017 during a home plate celebration for a fellow player's walk-off home run.
But now Judge's teeth look even, with no chip and no gap. So, what did the Yankee slugger have done?
He hasn't quite said, but it looks as though he received a “smile makeover” with porcelain veneers, one of the best ways to turn dental “ugly ducklings” into “beautiful swans.” And what's even better is that veneers aren't limited to superstar athletes or performers—if you have teeth with a few moderate dental flaws, veneers could also change your smile.
As the name implies, veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, cracks, discolorations or slight gaps between teeth. They may even help even out disproportionately sized teeth. Veneers are custom-made by dental technicians based on a patient's particular tooth dimensions and color.
Like other cosmetic techniques, veneers are a blend of technology and artistry. They're made of a durable form of dental porcelain that can withstand biting forces (within reason, though—you'd want to avoid biting down on ice or a hard piece of food with veneered teeth). They're also carefully colored so that they blend seamlessly with your other teeth. With the right artistic touch, we can make them look as natural as possible.
Although porcelain veneers can accommodate a wide range of dental defects, they may not be suitable for more severe flaws. After examining your teeth, we'll let you know if you're a good candidate for veneers or if you should consider another restoration. Chances are, though, veneers could be your way to achieve what Aaron Judge did—a home run smile.
If you would like more information about porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before.”
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!
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.
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