Posts for category: Orthodontics
When you think of orthodontic treatment, you may think the only benefit of orthodontics is that they give you an aesthetically pleasing smile, but you would be wrong! Orthodontics from Dr. Chris Wermerson at Wermerson Orthodontics with two offices in Sioux Falls, SD, can help keep your smile healthy in more ways than you may expect.
How Orthodontics Can Benefit Your Smile
Everyone knows that orthodontic treatment is used to help give you the straight smile that you’ve always wanted, but you may not realize that it can have lasting benefits that help in other areas of oral hygiene to help strengthen your smile. When you get orthodontic treatment from your dentist in Sioux Falls, SD, you’ll be able to clean your smile easier. When your teeth aren’t overlapped or crooked, it’s easier to floss and brush without missing any areas of your teeth or gums. In turn, this helps prevent cavities from forming, helps prevent gum disease from developing, and helps prevent tooth decay.
When your teeth are misaligned, it’s hard to clean certain spots of your teeth. This promotes bacteria growth which can cause bone loss to happen. Bacteria can eat away at your teeth and in turn, your jawbone. Orthodontic treatment can help prevent bacteria from building up and can help keep your jawbone intact.
Orthodontics can also help restore natural function back to your smile and can help you bite and chew with ease. When you’re able to enjoy food without pain or irritation, your smile benefits because you can once again feel comfortable eating in public, and you can eat healthy foods that may be crunchy or chewy.
Contact Wermerson Orthodontics today!
To learn more about how orthodontic treatment can help you both aesthetically and with functionality. Contact Dr. Wemerson at Wemerson Orthodontics at either office in Sioux Falls, SD, at 605-274-0555 today!
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!
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.
What Causes Crooked Teeth?
WHY DO ADULT TEETH come in crooked so often even though baby teeth always seem to be straight?
It turns out that a number of different factors can contribute to bad bites and poor alignment in adult teeth, from age to genetics to the daily habits we don’t even think about.
The Soft Foods Theory And Dental Alignment
Experts are still debating the causes of crooked teeth, but archeologists have supplied one of the leading theories: the Soft Foods Theory. Essentially, the idea here is that our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate foods that were much tougher than what we eat now, which stimulated bone growth in their jaws, giving their teeth a solid foundation to come in straight.
This theory suggests that modern people have crooked teeth more often because our soft, processed food doesn’t encourage as much jaw bone growth and because we’re missing some of the vitamins and minerals that help bones and teeth grow. (Don’t feel too jealous of those strong jaws, though, because the tradeoff was that their teeth wore out much faster.)
Genetic Ties That Bind
Aside from the theorized effects of soft foods on dental alignment, our teeth are also affected by our genes. A child who inherits a small jaw from Mom and big teeth from Dad is going to have a problem with crowding, and children whose parents wore braces will likely also need them.
Daily Habits Versus Dental Alignment
It would be pretty hard to stick to a hunter-gatherer diet these days and we have no control over our own genes, but there is one factor we can control when it comes to how straight or crooked our teeth are, and that’s daily habits. Thumb sucking, mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, and even the simple action of resting your chin on your hand all contribute to shifting teeth.
Tongue thrusting, if you aren’t familiar, is the way babies swallow — pressing the tongue against the front teeth instead of the roof of the mouth. It’s perfectly normal for them, but we’re supposed to grow out of it. People who continue to tongue thrust after babyhood put a lot of pressure on their front teeth, causing them to shift. Special orthodontic appliances can help break the habit.
Mesial Drift: Dental Alignment Changing As We Age
Our teeth come into contact with each other countless times over decades of chewing and talking, and this can wear away at the sides of each tooth where it touches its neighbors. Teeth end up taking up less space from side to side, and then they scoot closer together, gradually pushing towards the front. This is mesial drift, which happens to most of us as we age, whether or not we’ve had braces in the past!
A Job For The Orthodontist
No matter what’s causing problems with bite or crowding, orthodontic treatment is the solution. If you’re worried about your dental alignment or that of a family member, contact Wermerson Orthodontics to set up a complimentary consultation so that we can take a look. Having straight teeth isn’t just about appearances; it’s about having healthier teeth that can do their job properly!
We look forward to seeing you smile!
Call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chris Wermerson.