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A COMMON MISUNDERSTANDING about orthodontic treatment is that it’s all about getting teeth to look straight. That’s a big part of it—and once treatment is complete, you’ll have a beautiful, straight smile!

But you’ll have more than that! You’ll also have a healthy, balanced bite that supports long-term oral and overall health.

Malocclusion Refers To An “Unbalanced” Bite

From the Latin for “bad closing,” malocclusion refers to the various ways our bites can be unbalanced. Crossbite, overbite, and underbite are all examples of malocclusion.

In some patients, malocclusion is very noticeable. In others, it may only be visible to a trained eye. Whatever the class or degree of your malocclusion, it can compromise your long-term oral health.

The Sooner We Catch Problems, The Better

There are those lucky few who naturally have a perfect bite, but the majority of us have some degree of malocclusion. You can blame heredity, but some habits during early childhood can also contribute to an imbalanced bite.

The earlier these problems are detected the easier they are to fix. We recommend children have their first dental checkup at age 1, and an evaluation with us at age 7!

A Balanced Bite Matters

The decision to treat malocclusion is not just cosmetic. It’s an investment in lifelong health. Think of the amount of chewing you do, and how much pressure is exerted every time you bite down. If teeth are misaligned, they wear down unevenly, are harder to clean properly, and strain jaw muscles.

Malocclusion can have a serious impact on the way that you speak and pronounce words. It can also dramatically affect the shape and appearance of your face!

Options Have Never Been Better!

Start by scheduling a checkup with us, even if you don’t think your problems are severe. As we become familiar with your specific needs, we’ll discuss all the treatment options available and build a personalized care plan together.

We are dedicated to enhancing quality of life through outstanding orthodontics.

Thank you for choosing us as partners in your healthy lifestyle!

 

ONE OF LIFE’S CRUELEST ironies is that so many of the foods and drinks we enjoy the most aren’t good for us at all. Naturally, as dental professionals, we’re particularly concerned about the ones that are bad for our teeth. Continue reading to get a heads up about the three drinks that have the worst impact on oral health.
 

1. Soda

Two of the most harmful things for our teeth are sugar and acid, and carbonated beverages are full of both. Sugar is harmful because the bad bacteria in our mouths eat it and excrete acid on our teeth, and when we drink something acidic, we’re essentially cutting out the middle man and applying the acid to our teeth ourselves. Tooth enamel begins to dissolve at a pH of 5.5, and soft drinks range in acidity from RC Cola at a pH of 2.32 to Canada Dry Club Soda at 5.24. Even diet soda isn’t much less acidic than its sugar-loaded counterpart.

2. Sports Drinks

We all enjoy a refreshing drink to go along with a hard workout, but those sports drinks we use to replenish our electrolytes have a down side. Like soda, they are often full of sugar and highly acidic. One study showed that lemon-lime Gatorade dissolved the most tooth enamel compared to any other drink, including Coke.

3. Fruit Juice

By this point, you probably already know what we’re going to say. Fruit is a very healthy snack and can even be good for your teeth, but when we drink the juice on its own, we’re bathing our teeth in the sugar and acid content of many servings of fruit, without the filter of whole fruit’s healthy fiber. In the end, it’s not much better for our teeth than soda.

Honorable Mentions: Coffee, Black Tea, And Alcohol

Soda, sports drinks, and fruit juice aren’t the only drinks that are bad for our teeth. Coffee, black tea, and alcohol are too, particularly the dark ones, which can leave stains. We also tend to add sugar to our coffee and tea, and alcohol can dry out the mouth, leaving it vulnerable to bacteria.

Keeping Our Teeth Healthy

While we aren’t going to insist that our patients give up these drinks forever, we definitely recommend cutting back and counteracting the negative effects by drinking more water, maintaining good oral hygiene habits, and scheduling regular dental appointments.

If you are looking for orthodontic care in the Sioux Falls area, give our office a call to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Wermerson!

We love 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
September 07, 2018
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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!

Incisors

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.

Canines

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!

Premolars

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!

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.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

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
August 03, 2018
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Register for the 2nd Annual Wermerson Orthodontics Youth Dash! All runners, aged 14 and under, can participate for free! Kids will be able to finish indoors at the arena like their parents or friends will the following day.

The start line will be just outside the PREMIER Center. Runners will race through the 20-foot garage door, continue through the official indoor running chute while on video for the entire audience to watch and finally cross 2018 official finish line!

Runners will choose one of the following times to race. 

11:00 a.m. -- (Line-up at 10:45 a.m. indoors)

12:00 p.m. -- (Line-up at 11:45 a.m. indoors)

2:00 p.m. -- (Line-up at 1:45 p.m. indoors)

3:00 p.m. -- (Line-up at 2:45 p.m. indoors)

Fifteen minutes prior to each start time, runners will be asked to line-up at the indoor finish line. Race officials will then escort dash participants outdoors to the start line, before racing back indoors.


Pre-registration before August 24th will include:

  • Customized Wermerson Orthodontics Youth Dash bib with name of runner
  • Complimentary Wermerson Orthodontics Sunglasses
  • Customized racing certificate sent via e-mail after race
  • Racing experience through the official 2018 running chute and finish line
 

Registration after August 24th or at Marathon Expo will include:

  • Wermerson Orthodontics Youth Dash bib
  • Racing experience through the official 2018 running chute and finish line
  • Complimentary Wermerson Orthodontics Sunglasses

 

Use this link to REGISTER NOW:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeG2JoEjlhBmgDBLdrOGSqgRHfyoxKTnWnT1XkKKqcoEoqYkw/viewform 

By Wermerson Orthodontics
July 11, 2018
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Tags: Orthodontics   Summer   Fun  

SUMMER IS UPON US, and that means snow-cones, sitting poolside, and having endless barbecues. We love the summer and want to share a few of the fun things our team has found to beat the heat during these next few months!

What We’re Doing This Summer

From swimming to eating popsicles all day long, we are so excited to kick off the summer right! Here are a few of the things we’re excited for!

 

Wild Water West Waterpark

As the largest waterpark in the state, Wild Water West is the best summer entertainment in South Dakota! They have been in the business of providing safe, family fun for over 25 years. Thousands visit every year, traveling from near and far. With water and land attractions for the young and the young at heart, everyone can get their fill of thrills.They are open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. 

Sioux Falls JazzFest

The annual Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival, JazzFest, has become a summer favorite for Sioux Falls and the region. JazzFest is a two-day outdoor musical event, featuring two stages of music and is FREE to the public. In addition to the great music, there is also food and art vendors, beer and wine gardens, arts and crafts, fireworks and more! JazzFest usually takes place the third weekend in July and is located at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, SD. JazzFest 2018 marks the festival’s 27th celebration year! Join us at JazzFest on July 20th and 21st!

 

2018 Sioux Falls Marathon

The Sioux Falls Marathon will take place September 9th, 2018. This year the marathon will include a new 10k race along with their marathon, half marathon, and Miracle 5k to benefit Children's Miracle Network. 

Register for the 2nd Annual Wermerson Orthodontics 100 Meter Youth Dash which will take place on September 8th, 2018 during the Sioux Falls Marathon registration and expo. It is FREE for all runners, aged 14 and under, to participate! Kids will be able to finish indoors at the arena like their parents or friends will the following day. The event is from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. 

Pre-registration before August 24th will include:

  • Customized Wermerson Orthodontics Youth Dash bib with name of runner
  • Complimentary Wermerson Orthodontics sunglasses
  • Customized racing certificat sent via e-mail after the race
  • Racing experience through the official 2018 running chute and finish line

Registraction after August 24th or at the Marathon Expo will include:

  • Wermerson Orthodontics Youth Dash bib
  • Racing experience through the official 2018 running chute and finish line
  • Complimentary Wermerson Orthodontics sunglasses

You can Learn more and register at: http://www.siouxfallsmarathon.com/registration/wermerson-youth-dash/

Don’t Forget Your Checkups!

As much as we love the summer, we understand it can get pretty busy! That’s why we want to make sure you don’t forget to schedule an appointment early so you can get your checkups taken care of especially before school starts again this fall. We look forward to seeing you and hearing about your own summer plans!

Take extra care this summer and remember to have fun!

 

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.