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Dorit Kemsley isn't shy. Best known to fans as an outspoken and sometimes outrageous cast member of the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kemsley is never reticent about “mixing it up” with fellow castmates or their significant others. Recently, though, she confessed to something that left her less than confident: her smile.

Kemsley has been self-conscious about her smile because her teeth looked noticeably short, worn down from an unconscious habit of grinding her teeth. Although teeth grinding is more common among children (who normally grow out of it by adolescence), it can persist into adulthood, usually from difficulties managing high stress (a likely component in the fashion designer/reality show star's busy life).

Stress-induced teeth grinding can occur during waking hours or, more likely, during deep sleep. The accumulating, long-term effects from the habit can lead not only to worn teeth but to weakened gum support, a high risk of tooth fracture or jaw pain and dysfunction.

So, how do you know if you grind your teeth, especially if it's only happening at night? Typical signs include sore jaws after awaking from sleep, increased tooth pain or sensitivity or, like Kemsley, a noticeable difference in your tooth length. Your family or sleeping partner may also complain about the “skin-crawling” noise you make during the night.

There are ways to lessen the effects of teeth grinding. The first step is to have us verify the underlying cause for the habit. If it's tension from stress, then you might reduce the habit's occurrences by learning better stress management or relaxation techniques through individual counseling, group support or biofeedback therapy. We can also fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night or through the day that reduces the force generated during teeth grinding.

And if you've already experienced accelerated tooth wear like Kemsley with a resultant “small teeth” smile, you might pursue the same solution as the RHOBH star: dental veneers. These thin, life-like wafers of porcelain are custom-made to mask imperfections like chips, staining, slight tooth gaps and, yes, worn teeth.

Veneers are often less expensive and invasive than other cosmetic techniques, yet they can have a transformative effect, as Kemsley's Instagram followers have seen. In conjunction with other dental treatments needed to repair any underlying damage caused by a grinding habit, veneers are an effective fix for the smile you present to the world.

If you suspect you may have a grinding habit, see us for a complete examination. From there, we'll help you protect your teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth grinding habits and their effects, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding.”

By Wermerson Orthodontics
May 01, 2017
Category: Orthodontics

Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment

Do you want a straight, beautiful smile but you’re not interested in metal brackets and wires? You may be able to have straight teeth in a minimum amount of time, and no one will even notice you are straightening your teeth. Welcome to Wermerson Orthodontics, please read about some of the clear options we love providing to our patients.  If you have any questions feel free to give us a call. We offer state-of-the-art, virtually invisible orthodontic treatment; it's called Invisalign!

 

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It’s true! Invisalign appliances, also called aligners, are clear plastic and virtually unnoticeable to the people around you. If your smile meets the qualifications for Invisalign or Invisalign For Teens you may also enjoy some of these benefits:

 

  • Comfort, Invisalign has no sharp, metal parts to irritate soft tissue.
  • Convenience, you can remove the aligners when you eat and to clean them.
  • Confidence, Invisalign is cosmetically attractive and virtually unnoticeable.
  • Satisfaction, you can continue to eat many of the foods you love.
  • Oral health, you can brush and floss you're teeth relatively normally after removing the Invisalign trays.

Your Invisalign treatment begins with a complimentary exam at Wermerson Orthodontics. During your free exam we will evaluate your smile and bite to see if you qualify for Invisalign or if your smile would be better treated with traditional braces.  Don't worry, if your smile would be better treated with braces we also offer clear braces!  Clear braces are made of ceramic material and are much less visible than traditional metal braces.  So if looks are a concern, we have other great options for you. After your complimentary exam if we find you're a candidate for Invisalign your treatment will start with an impression and the creation of your first set of aligners, which are clear plastic trays to fit over your teeth. You will wear the first set for two weeks and then change to another set, which you wear for another two weeks. Every two weeks you receive a new set of aligners, as your teeth gradually move into position.

 

Invisalign can correct many of the same issues as conventional braces, including teeth that are poorly aligned, rotated, overlapped, or spaced widely apart. Invisalign treatment can also correct major bite problems like crossbite, open bite, underbite, and overbite. You owe it to yourself to discover that straight smile you’ve always wanted. It’s time to discover the magic of Orthodontics. Call us today!

 

Contact Wermerson Orthodontics to schedule your free exam! We are always here to answer any questions you may have. 

 

Dr. Chris Wermerson, DMD, MS

Wermerson Orthodontics
605-274-0555



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Dr. Wermerson is a 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.