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TOO MANY PEOPLE know what it’s like to accidentally throw a retainer away after lunch. Retainers can be expensive, so losing one is never fun. Fortunately, removable retainers aren’t the only option for keeping your teeth aligned after the braces come off!


What Are Fixed Retainers?

fixed retainer, also known as a permanent or bonded retainer, is a wire that is glued to the lingual (tongue side) of the teeth. These retainers are typically made of stainless steel. The orthodontist fits it to the patient’s teeth, placing it just right so it’s not visible when smiling or talking, and attaches it with a form of cement. Some are cemented to each tooth, while others are only cemented to the teeth at the ends of the retainer.

Most often, fixed retainers are only placed on the backs of the front six lower teeth, though sometimes they go on the backs of the upper teeth, and some people even have them just for the two front teeth to keep a gap from reappearing. Fixed retainers are intended to stay in place indefinitely. If they break or come loose, it’s important to go back to the orthodontist to get them repaired.

How Fixed Retainers Compare

Now that you know what fixed retainers are, let’s look at some of the things that set them apart from removable retainers. The most obvious benefit to fixed retainers is that they stay in your mouth 24/7, which means you can’t lose them during lunch! It also means they’re continuously keeping your teeth in perfect position. Because they are so small, they tend to be much more comfortable than removable retainers. The best part is that nobody will see that you have one!

Cleaning And Maintenance

For all their advantages, fixed retainers can be tricky to keep clean. Food can get stuck in them and plaque can build up around them very easily and calcify into tartar, but they’re not so easy to clean out because the wire gets in the way of flossing. You can solve this problem with floss threaders or a water flosser. Make sure to get all those crevices!

You also might want to be careful when eating hard, crunchy foods, because they could break the wire or pop the cement loose from your teeth. If this happens, make sure to come see us!

Bring Us Your Questions!

If you have any questions about fixed retainers, don’t hesitate to ask us! Whether you’re in braces now and thinking ahead to retainers or you already have a fixed retainer, we can fill in any blanks you might have. In the meantime, keep up your brushing and flossing!

We love our patients!

 

Contact us to schedule your complimentary orthodontic evaluation today!

 

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 conditions

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!

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
February 15, 2017
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Welcome to the Blog of Wermerson Orthodontics!

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for an Orthodontist in the Sioux Falls, SD area, we are excited you're here. With the orthodontic industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.  Including advances in Invisalign and clear braces! 

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle.  Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in orthodontic technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health. 

As always, feel free to contact Wermerson Orthodontics with any questions or concerns you may have.

 

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 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.