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If you or your child are receiving orthodontic treatment, consider this. You can develop cavities and gum disease if you neglect daily oral hygiene and consume a sugary diet. At Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, your orthodontist is Dr. Chris Wermerson. He and his team want you to have a straight smile which is vibrant and healthy too.
What causes tooth decay and gum disease?
Germs do--specifically, Strep bacteria. They do their work quickly as they grow in the food residues caught in and between teeth and in your case, around brackets and archwires as well.
In fact, the National Institutes of Health state that bacteria-filled plaque starts to collect on dental surfaces within 20 minutes of eating. Then, the germs secrete acids, and it's that chemical that leads to decay and periodontal problems.
If you wear braces...
Brackets, ligatures, archwires, bonded-on retainers, and other appliances add extra surface area to your teeth--in effect, places where plaque and its hard counterpart, tartar, collect easily.
Accordingly, your orthodontist at Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, will show you ways to best care for your teeth and gums as you progress through your treatment plan. Also, continue to see your family dentist and hygienist for a professional cleaning and exam every six months.
Further, follow these tips to keep your mouth as healthy as possible:
- Brush twice a day with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste. Angle the bristles in toward the margins of your brackets, and take extra care at the gum line. Be thorough but gentle.
- Floss once a day. Interproximal brushes work well to remove food particles hidden underneath braces and between teeth. Floss threaders do not shred and are really useful for hard to reach places.
- Consider using a water flosser, such as a WaterPik.
- Use a plaque-reducing and/or fluoride rinse as directed by your orthodontist.
- Stay away from sugary drinks, sticky candies, and other high-carb choices.
- Drink water to rinse off your teeth and gums, and stay hydrated. Water increases your saliva which combats bacteria and whitens your teeth.
Keep that great smile
And, keep it healthy. At Wermerson Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, Dr. Chris Wermerson and his team are happy to show you how. If you have questions about tooth decay, gum disease, and braces, call your orthodontist at one of our two locations: South Cliff Avenue or West 26th Street. Phone (605) 274-0555.
Orthodontic treatment is recommended for correcting a host of orthodontic issues such as crowded teeth, misaligned teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, incorrect jaw positioning, as well as joint disorders of the jaw.
Aside from conventional metal braces, these days, individuals can choose from various types of braces to suit their needs. Here at Wermerson Orthodontics in our South Cliff and West 26th offices in Sioux Falls, SD, our dentist, Dr. Chris Wermerson offers the following types of braces.
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces have immensely progressed since their inception and are now more comfortable and lighter in feel and weight than the older counterparts. They’re crafted from high-quality stainless steel and come with metal brackets that will be attached to the teeth with the use of dental cement. These brackets are connected to each other using a super-thin archwire that forces the teeth to gradually move into their proper positions.
These archwires are linked to the metal brackets with tiny elastics, also called O-rings or ligatures, which your dentist will change when you come in for adjustments in our South Cliff or West 26th office in Sioux Falls, SD. Some metal braces, like seld-ligating braces, don’t require O-rings.
Invisalign treatment involves wearing a range of custom-made slim, clear, thermoplastic aligners or trays that look like mouth guards. You can remove them when doing your oral hygiene routine and when eating. You’ll need to change them every two to six weeks for the next tray in your treatment plan and must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours daily.
In some cases, dentists will recommend Invisalign after completing conventional orthodontic treatment. This will help in maintaining your results until the teeth have stopped moving and settled down into their proper places.
Ceramic braces function exactly like metal braces. However, their brackets are crafted from clear ceramic material instead of metal. The wires themselves also come in tooth-colored variations, giving you more of that virtually invisible look.
When determining which orthodontic option will be most effective for your specific cases, your dentist will need to take into consideration some crucial factors. These include your particular orthodontic concerns, the severity of your problem, your age, your oral health, and your personal preferences.
Want to Find Out Which Orthodontic Treatment Option is Best For You? Call Us
Set an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Chris Wermerson of Wermerson Orthodontics by calling our South Cliff and West 26th offices in Sioux Falls, SD, at 605-274-0555.
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!
AS A CULTURE, we tend to think of braces as a teenage experience, so it can be surprising to learn that the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that children have an initial orthodontic consultation by age seven. If a child is starting to develop complicated orthodontic problems, this early checkup allows the orthodontist to head them off with Phase 1 treatment.
What Is Two-Phase Orthodontics?
In traditional orthodontic treatment, the patient (who is in their mid-teens or older) is fitted for their appliance, which they wear until their teeth are properly aligned. In some cases, extractions or surgery may be necessary. This treatment all happens in a single phase, followed by wearing retainers to keep the teeth from shifting back.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment means that part of the orthodontic work is done when the patient still has most of their baby teeth, with the goal of minimizing developing problems so that treatment in their teens will be faster and simpler.
Who Benefits From Two Phases?
Certain types of orthodontic problems respond well to two-phase orthodontic treatment.
- Early correction for a cross-bite can be easier and help stop lower jaw problems from getting worse.
- In cases of extreme crowding, phase 1 treatment can create more room, reducing the need for future tooth extraction.
- Protrusive front teeth (teeth that stick out) are at higher risk of being damaged, particularly for very active children, and moving them back could prevent an injury.
When One Phase Is Best
The idea of two-phase treatment may appeal to some parents who prefer to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to their children’s oral health, but two-phase orthodontic treatment is not for every patient.
For many patients, the final results after a single treatment period will be the same as at the end of two-phase treatment. Even in some cases where it would make sense, the child may not be able to follow the orthodontist’s instructions very effectively because they are so young.
Trust Your Orthodontist
Whether your child will benefit most from one phase of treatment or two, you can trust the orthodontist to find the best treatment plan for them so that they will be able to have the straight, healthy smile they deserve. If your child is old enough for that initial consultation, give us a call to schedule one!
We love to see our patients smile!
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!