It's best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and it is the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Jaw surgery is more often required for adult orthodontic patients because their jaws are not growing. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable.
I grew up in Milbank, South Dakota and over the past 30 years, have provided orthodontic care to the communities of: Milbank, Watertown, and Aberdeen. Having recently sold my practice in those communities, my wife Patty and I have chosen to relocate from Watertown to Sioux Falls. Patty is a Sioux Falls native and our youngest daughter Dani, attends Harrisburg High School. We also have two sons living in Sioux Falls, Rob and Joe.
I attended Loyola University Dental School in Chicago completing my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1975 and my Orthodontic Residency also at Loyola, in 1977. Shortly after beginning my orthodontic practice, I enrolled in the esteemed FACE program in San Francisco, Calif. FACE is a two year post orthodontic course taught by one of the most highly regarded orthodontic educators of our generation, Dr. Ron Roth. Learning the most advanced treatment techniques in orthodontics, orthognathic surgery, reconstructive dentistry, and TMJ from Dr. Roth and his team, has set the standard of excellence Ive carried throughout my orthodontic career. I am the only orthodontist in South Dakota to have graduated from the FACE course.
After completing the FACE course, I was asked to share what I had learned with other orthodontists and orthodontic residents. This began a very enjoyable and rewarding time for me as an orthodontic educator. I was appointed Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthodontics at Loyola and taught there from 1980-1983. I was a guest lecturer in the Orthodontic Departments at the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota. Over the years I have presented numerous lectures to local, state, national, and International Orthodontic/Dental organizations.
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At the community level, I have served on various boards for local hospitals, country clubs and schools. Coaching my kids baseball, softball, and basketballs teams has been very rewarding and INTERESTING (if youve coached your kids, you know what I mean.) When not spending time with our blended family of seven children and four grandchildren, I enjoy golfing, hunting, and breeding and training my hunting dogs (Drahthaars). For you hunters out there, check out my website http://www.vomwiredhaus.com
My staff and I look forward to welcoming you into our practice.