Posts for category: Orthodontics
We all wish for a beautiful smile that we can wear worry-free and without concern. However, some of us have crooked or crowded teeth that inhibit our desire to smile. Fortunately, here at Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, Dr. Chris Wermerson can reinforce your self-esteem and give your health a boost all at once with the help of orthodontic treatment!
How Do I Know If I Need Orthodontics?
Orthodontics straighten the teeth using oral appliances that are specially tailored to fit your mouth. Healthy teeth are adjustable for both adults and children, and moving teeth into alignment is sufficient for improving speech, as well as biting and chewing abilities. Once we perform an oral examination here at our Sioux Falls, office, we can discuss the types of braces that would best suit your everyday life. We offer many flexible and convenient styles of orthodontics, from permanent braces to removable aligners.
Orthodontics Promote Oral and Overall Health
Most often, orthodontic treatment is used to treat a bad bite, also known as malocclusion. This process, moves the facial bones, jawbones, and soft tissue into their correct place, making the teeth much easier to clean in the process. Brushing regularly before, during, and after orthodontic treatment can help fight against dental disease and tooth decay, protecting you from periodontal infections and potential tooth loss.
In addition to advancing your oral health, orthodontic appliances can also alleviate headaches that are caused by a misaligned bite, as a corrected bite will have more relaxed jaw muscles. Additionally, if you experience difficulty in chewing, eating, or having an aching pain in your jaw joints, orthodontics can be the solution to these problems.
If you would like to discuss orthodontics treatment to improve the appearance and general health of your smile, schedule a consultation with Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD. To learn about the many orthodontic options we offer, visit our website. For questions, concerns, or to schedule your appointment at one of our two locations, please call 605-274-0555.
A straight, beautiful smile says a lot about you. In fact, people with straight smiles are perceived to be smarter and more successful. If you want to make a great impression, then perhaps you’ve considered turning to our Sioux Falls, SD, orthodontist Dr. Chris Wermerson. Here’s why Clear Aligners are a great option for many working professionals.
Conveniently Fits into Your Lifestyle
Wearing clear aligners is very convenient. After all, these aligners can be removed prior to eating or brushing your teeth, which means that you also can eat whatever you'd like. Brushing and flossing your teeth will be just as easy as normal. Clear aligners make it easy to fix your crooked smile and you can keep your daily routine.
It’s also true that for a lot of older teens or adults who get clear aligners from our orthodontist in Sioux Falls, SD, the length of treatment is quick and easy. The average length of treatment for an adult who wears clears aligners is about one year. Of course, you need to make sure that you wear your aligners as often as possible throughout the day (around 20-22 hours/day) to ensure that your treatment is as effective as possible.
Each aligner is custom-fitted to your teeth. Furthermore, they are made from a flexible thermoplastic that is smoothed down, which means that you don't have to worry about dealing with rubbing or gum irritation.
Wermerson Orthodontics has two locations in Sioux Falls, SD, to serve you better. If you are interested in learning more about Clear Aligners and how they could improve your smile then call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chris Wermerson.
|WE ALL USE TOOTHBRUSHES to take care of our teeth, but what are we doing to take care of our toothbrushes? It’s critical that our toothbrushes remain in good condition so they can do their jobs of keeping our teeth healthy, which is why we’re dedicating a blog post to giving our patients tips on toothbrush care!
Cleaning Your Toothbrush
Running your toothbrush under water and giving it a good shake won’t do much to get rid of all the germs you just brushed off your teeth, especially if you’ve recently battled the flu or a cold. Luckily, there are a few ways to deep-clean your toothbrush. Boiling the bristles for a few minutes will kill any germs on them, as will soaking the toothbrush in mouthwash. You can also sanitize it by placing it in the silverware rack of the dishwasher and running it without detergent.
Toothbrush Storage Dos and Don’ts
Do you store your toothbrush with the bristles on the counter or shelf, in a toothbrush cover, or near your toilet? Don’t! Bacteria needs warmth and moisture to multiply and spread, and flushing your toilet can send microscopic contaminants all over your bathroom. The best way to keep bacteria from growing on your toothbrush is to store it upright somewhere it can air out. It’s also a good idea to keep it well away from your toilet, and always put the lid down before flushing.
When To Replace Your Toothbrush
Getting used to a new toothbrush can feel weird. The bristles don’t feel the same, the shape is different, and the handle isn’t the same in your hand. But if we want our teeth to get the proper cleaning they deserve, this brief transition period is more than worth it.
If the bristles on your brush are getting bent, worn, or frayed, it’s definitely time for a new one — particularly if they’re sticking out the wrong way, because that won’t do your teeth any good! Bristles need to be straight in order to reach all the places they should. Just as important: have they become discolored? You don’t want to brush your teeth with stained, dirty bristles!
Get Creative With Your Old Toothbrush
Old toothbrushes are excellent tools for cleaning hard-to-reach areas in your house, like tile grout and backsplashes. You could boil it to make it soft, then bend it into a colorful bracelet! Toothbrushes also make great paintbrushes.
To make your toothbrush art minty fresh, use toothpaste as your paint!
Need Toothbrush Recommendations?
Looking for a new toothbrush but not sure which one is right for you? Just ask us and we’ll give you a recommendation! Keep up those great brushing habits, and don’t forget to schedule your regular dental appointments!
THE INITIAL ORTHODONTIC consultation is a critical step in your orthodontic treatment process. One of the best things you can do to prepare is to think about the kinds of questions you want to ask the orthodontist. Here are just a few to get you started.
How Long Will My Treatment Take?
Every patient has their own specific orthodontic needs, which means their treatment will be unique. Make sure to ask the orthodontist for an estimate on long your own treatment will take and what factors influence that timeline. The length and complexity of your treatment will also determine how much it costs.
How Do I Brush And Floss Around My Braces?
We sometimes take brushing and flossing our teeth for granted when we don’t have braces. It’s a fairly simple process to clean all of our teeth’s surfaces and get in between with a string of floss. With braces, it can be trickier, because there are many more places for pieces of food to get stuck, which also happen to be harder to reach with braces in the way. That’s why it’s important to ask the orthodontist for advice on how to keep your teeth clean with the braces on!
What Foods Should I Avoid?
You may have heard of the banned foods list orthodontic patients have to follow, and there’s a good reason for that. Having braces can make it difficult or impossible to eat certain types of food comfortably, and some foods can actually put the appliance in danger of breaking. Make sure you leave your consultation knowing which foods you should leave off your grocery list during your orthodontic treatment.
What Do I Do If Something Breaks?
Accidents happen to everyone, including orthodontic patients. A bracket may come loose or break, an archwire may snap, or any number of other complications could come up. It’s a good idea to get some early advice from the orthodontist on what to do in those kinds of situations so that you’ll be ready for them.
What Options Do I Have For My Treatment?
Because everyone’s teeth and situations are different, there is no one-size-fits-all solution in orthodontic treatment. Ask the orthodontist if traditional braces are the most effective option for you, or if you might do better with a different approach, such as invisible aligners.
How Can I Help My Teeth Move Into Place On Schedule?
Many factors besides the starting position of the teeth can impact the speed of orthodontic treatment, including the actions of the patient! Depending on what you do, your treatment can either finish on time or become delayed, so make sure you have a clear idea of what you need to do to stay on track!
Having questions is no reason to postpone your orthodontic treatment!
Come See Us With These And All Your Other Questions!
Here at our practice, we can’t wait to start working with you on helping you reach your healthy, straight smile goals, and the first step is making sure all your questions are answered. If you haven’t already scheduled your initial consultation, give us a call today!
We love giving our patients more reasons to smile!
Contact us to schedule your complimentary orthodontic evaluation today!
Braces actually do a whole lot more than just straighten smiles.
Are you considering whether or not braces could improve you or your child’s smile in Sioux Falls, SD? If so, our orthodontist Dr. Chris Wermerson can provide you with the treatment you need to fix a variety of issues, from crooked teeth to crowding. Of course, braces offer a whole host of amazing benefits, some of which you might not even realize. Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you get braces:
Prevent Gum Disease
If teeth are crowding one another it can be challenging to properly brush and floss between and around teeth and the gum line. As a result, those with misaligned smiles are also at an increased risk for periodontal disease. Gum disease can cause some serious issues for your oral health if it’s not caught early on. Braces will shift teeth into the proper position, making it easier to brush and floss between teeth to prevent gum disease.
Reduce Your Risk for Decay
Again, if you are having trouble properly cleaning your teeth because of crooked or twisted teeth, or crowding then it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that bacteria will buildup on teeth and destroy tooth enamel. Once the enamel is worn away this can lead to a cavity. By straightening your smile you’ll make it easier to brush and floss all surfaces of your teeth to prevent decay.
Prevent Dental Damage
If you are dealing with a crooked teeth, an overbite, underbite, or other malocclusion (“bad bite”) then the pressure placed on your teeth when you bite down or chew isn’t equally distributed. This means that some teeth are taking on more pressure and force from the jaws then they should. Over time, this can lead to extreme enamel erosion, weak or worn teeth, or even cracks and fractures.
If you are interested in sitting down with our orthodontist in Sioux Falls, SD Dr. Chris Wermerson, to find out if braces could benefit your smile or the smile of your child or teen, then call Wermerson Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation with us.