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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.
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.