Posts for: September, 2018
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 treatment 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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.