Wermerson Orthodontics Blog

Posts for: February, 2020

By Wermerson Orthodontics
February 21, 2020
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: orthodontic  

Here at Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, your orthodontist, Dr. Chris Wermerson, and his dedicated staff love improving orthodontic treatmentspatients' 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.

Dr. Chris Wermerson, DMD, MS
Wermerson Orthodontics

Wermerson Orthodontics is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics

Dr. Wermerson is a Board Certified Orthodontist and member of the AAO, which has 17,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who correct improperly aligned teeth and jaws (bad bites).  They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth.  Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO.  Visit the AAO online at www.mylifemysmile.org.


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions

Join the millions of adults who are finally getting a straighter smile.

Are you wondering if the ship has sailed on getting a straight smile? The good news is that adult orthodontic treatment can make it possible for patients of all ages to fix those crooked, misaligned teeth. Let’s dispel the myth that braces are only for children and teens. With the many discreet and subtle orthodontic options that our Sioux Falls, SD, orthodontist Dr. Chris Wermerson offers, it’s actually the perfect time for adults to consider getting braces.

What types of braces are available?

As an adult, one benefit is that all types of braces are a potential option for you. Common types of braces include,

  • Traditional braces: These braces use lightweight stainless steel brackets and wires that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth
  • Porcelain braces: Instead of stainless steel these braces are made out of tooth-colored ceramic or porcelain
  • Lingual braces: These metal braces look just like traditional braces, but they adhere to the back of teeth instead of the front so they are less visible
  • Clear aligners: These are custom-made transparent aligners that fit over teeth like retainers to move teeth gradually into place (e.g. Invisalign)

What problems can braces correct?

Braces can fix a wide range of problems including,

  • Crooked or twisted teeth
  • Crowding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Cross bites
  • Open bites

The type and complexity of the dental issues you are dealing with will determine which orthodontic treatment is most effective. For example, Invisalign can provide quick and effective results for older teens and adults, but if treatment requires more complicated tooth movements or jaw shifting then traditional braces may be a more effective solution.

Is there an age limit on braces?

Age is typically not a factor when it comes to getting braces. In fact, even seniors have the ability to fix malocclusions and crooked smiles if they want. Of course, before saying yes to the treatment you will want to consult with our Sioux Falls, SD, orthodontist to find out if there are any factors that could affect your treatment.

Wermerson Orthodontics has two offices in Sioux Falls, SD, making it easier to schedule the dental treatment or checkup you or a family member needs. If you want to discuss your orthodontic treatment options with us then call (605) 274-0555, or schedule your consultation online.