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By Wermerson Orthodontics
July 25, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Orthodontics   Smile   Health  

THERE ARE SO MANY things that can make us smile, from seeing an old friend to watching a good movie to randomly remembering a great joke we heard years ago. Well, we’re about to give you another reason to smile: it’s good for your health! That’s right, smiling has actual health benefits, so prepare to flash those pearly whites as you read all about them!
 

Smiling And The Feel-Good Hormone

When we smile, it triggers a chemical reaction in our bodies: the release of endorphins. Endorphins are natural hormones that inhibit pain and produce feelings of euphoria. We get them after a good workout, and we also get them when we’re happy. What’s really cool is that our brains associate smiling with happiness so strongly that even a fake smile will trigger that endorphin release. So if you get injured, take advantage of this trick to reduce your pain levels!

Smile To Reduce Your Stress

Another benefit of endorphins released by smiling is that they help relieve stress. When we become stressed, our heart rate increases. Smiling (fake or real) has been proven to bring heart rates back down more quickly and lower blood pressure.

A study from 2012 involved giving subjects a stressful task to complete. One group had to complete the task while clamping a pencil between their teeth, forcing them to smile the whole time. The other group had to grip the pencil between their lips, forcing them to maintain a more neutral face. Those with the larges smiles returned to their resting heart rates the fastest!

Strengthen Your Immune System With Smiles

The more endorphins we get from smiling and the more we reduce our stress, the easier it is for our immune systems to keep us healthy. Our cells become less rigid when we are less stressed, and this makes quicker paths for our immune response cells to react to pathogens and other threats to our health. It can even lower our chances of getting cancer by reducing the number of stress-induced mutations in our cells!

The cumulative effect of all of this is that we can even add years to our lives by smiling! So get started earning those laughter lines!
 

Bonus Benefit Of Smiling: Productivity Boost!

When we are in a good mood, we tend to get more done. And because we can actually make ourselves feel better just by the physical act of smiling, we can improve our productivity at work by smiling more! Your coworkers could even catch the smiling bug, because we all know how contagious smiles are!

Let Us Give You Reasons To Smile

Even with all these benefits, it can be difficult to smile with confidence without healthy teeth and gums. Make sure to maintain those good brushing and flossing habits to keep your smile in good shape, and visit Wermerson Orthodontics to get the perfect smile you have always dreamed of! 

We love seeing our patients’ smiles!

 

Dr. Chris Wermerson, DMD, MS
Wermerson Orthodontics

5200 S. Cliff Ave, Ste. 102

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

 

605-274-0555

 


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 condition.

By Wermerson Orthodontics
July 03, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Orthodontics   Smile  

EVERY PERSON IS BORN with their own unique smile. Some smile with all of their teeth, some only show the top row, and some don’t show their teeth at all, and a smile can come in all shapes and sizes and still be genuine. We can also end up with smiles that look a lot like our family members’ smiles even if we have very different faces. How does this happen? What gives our smiles their shapes and makes them shine?
 

The Structure Of A Smile

Part of the way we smile is of course based on our personalities. Some people laugh easily, while others maintain an unbreakable poker face. Some people’s smiles light up their whole faces, spreading from ear to ear and changing the shape of their eyes. Others are less dramatic, even if their smiles are sincere.

Another component is our genes. We inherit facial features and even the some of the shapes of our facial muscles (which control our expressions) from our parents. We also all have unique teeth, which is why people can be identified by their dental records. Nobody else has teeth shaped and aligned exactly the way yours are!

The Role Of Oral Health

Essentially, our individual smiles are one part personality, one part genetics, and one part oral health and hygiene. The color of our teeth plays a big role in the impression our smiles make, as does the health of our gums.

When we know our teeth and gums look good, it makes it easier to unleash our full smiles because we aren’t worried about how people will react. Taking good care of your teeth and gums by maintaining good oral health habits like brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will ensure that your smile always looks its best!

Gummy And Toothy Smiles

In some cases, smiles are either very “gummy” or very “toothy.” This can happen because of the way our lips pull back over our teeth and gums, which is perfectly normal. However, some gummy smiles are the result of abnormal eruption of the teeth, leaving an undesirable tooth/gum ratio.

Likewise, some toothy smiles are the result of gum recession, where the jaw bone wears away and the gum tissue draws back, exposing the roots of the teeth. There are many options for patients with gummy or toothy smiles, including same-day laser treatments, surgical lip repositioning, braces, surgical sculpting of the gum tissues, and gum grafting.

 

What Can We Do For Your Smile?

If your teeth are stopping you from sharing your smile as much as you want to, come see us at Wermerson Orthodontics. Whether the problem is overgrown or receding gums, tooth decay, or misalignment, together we can make a plan to get your smile to what you’ve always wanted it to be! Call or text our office to schedule your free consultation TODAY!

Make someone’s day by sharing your smile!

 

Dr. Chris Wermerson, DMD, MS
Wermerson Orthodontics

 

605-274-0555

 


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 condition.

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!

 

invisalign

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



American Association of Orthodontics
 

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.

By Wermerson Orthodontics
February 13, 2017
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Braces   Orthodontics   Smile  

 

COLORFUL BRACES MAKE MORE THAN FASHION STATEMENT

Young child with braces on smiling at Wermerson OrthodonticsFor orthodontic patients who choose to make fashion statements with their mouths, colors are really heating up.  From soft pastels that coordinate with a wardrobe to bright hues for celebrating holidays or expressing school spirit, the colors appear on the elastic ties that bind the wires to the brackets.  These ties can be changed when the wires are changed on braces.

While colors for braces are fun, the fun serves a serious purpose.  Enthusiastic patients are more apt to follow instructions on oral hygiene and diet.  Good cooperation can yield results that meet everyone’s expectations.  When patients are involved in their treatment, they may take better care of their braces.  That helps patients and myself, as your orthodontist, to reach treatment goals and produce a healthy, beautiful smile.

Patients have a splashy array of hues from which to choose.  Colors are a hit with countless braces-wearers.  We make sure we have an ample supply of appropriate colors on hand for upcoming holidays.  Patients can celebrate every time they smile, year-round: red and white for Valentine’s Day; green for St. Patrick’s Day; red, white and blue for July 4;  orange and black for Halloween; green and red for Christmas—or blue and white for Chanukah, or black, red and green for Kwanzaa.

Adults, too, are known to choose different colors when they have their braces adjusted.  For a sports fanatic, it’s a unique way to express loyalty to college or pro teams.  Some patients prefer to be less obvious about their orthodontic treatment.  They have a variety of options including tooth-colored clear brackets that are less visible or Invisalign clear aligners.  Thanks to today’s technology, the materials we orthodontists use to move teeth can range from obvious to almost imperceptible.  
 

Dr. Chris Wermerson, DMD, MS
Wermerson Orthodontics
605-274-0555



American Association of Orthodontics

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.