By Dr. Richard Rowan
April 13, 2020
Category: Orthodontic Health

Getting braces could help you sustain a healthier smile for the rest of your life.

If you are looking to get orthodontics in Merced and Mariposa, CA, our very own orthodontist Dr. Richard Rowan can provide you or your child with braces that fit everyone’s personal smile needs and goals. Of course, we all know that the purpose behind braces is to give you a straighter smile; however, there are some health benefits to getting braces that you may not have realized,

Fewer Cavities

Crooked, overlapping and protruding teeth are certainly much more challenging to keep clean than straight teeth. As a result, you may miss spots where plaque and food can easily get trapped. Unfortunately, plaque buildup that isn’t removed can also lead to cavities. Luckily, orthodontics can help reduce you and your child’s risk for decay.

Reduced Risk for Gum Disease

Again, misaligned smiles are more challenging to keep clean because they provide a perfect home for plaque and food to get trapped. Large spaces between teeth also means that plaque could build up all day on the gums until it hardens into tartar. Once tartar forms the only way to remove it is through professional dental cleanings (your toothbrush is sadly no match for tartar). If you don’t get routine cleanings every six months then eventually tartar can lead to gum inflammation, which will inevitably lead to gum disease.

Dental Injury Prevention

Teeth that protrude or crowd each other can also put unnecessary pressure on certain teeth. Over time, this can cause significant wear and tear, leading to cracked and chipped teeth. Furthermore, a misaligned bite also means that every time you bite and chew, all the pressure from your jaws isn’t being evenly distributed throughout your teeth; therefore, some teeth are taking on more pressure and force than they should. Again, this can lead to broken and damaged teeth over time; however, braces can correct bad bites and prevent dental damage.

If you are interested in getting orthodontics in or around the Merced or Mariposa, CA, area, then call Dr. Rowan and his team today at (209) 384-3223 to schedule a consultation. It’s never too late to get a beautiful smile with the help of braces.

By Dr. Richard Rowan
February 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign is an innovative and discreet method for straightening your smile that works for teens and adults. From being practically invisible to also being removable, the benefits of Invisalign are numerous. At our orthodontic office in Merced and Mariposa, CA, our orthodontist, Dr. Richard Rowan, can determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign utilizes custom aligner trays to straighten the teeth. The trays move the teeth by gently exerting pressure on them. Separate trays are worn on the top and bottom rows of teeth. Each set of trays is worn for about two weeks and is then replaced with the next set in the series. Every new set of aligner trays moves the teeth closer to their final position. On average, it typically takes around 12 months to straighten the teeth with Invisalign. Our Merced and Mariposa orthodontist can get you started with Invisalign.

Benefits of Invisalign

The benefits of straightening your teeth with Invisalign are numerous. Three primary benefits of Invisalign’s aligner trays are that they are discreet, comfortable, and removable. The trays can be easily removed when eating or drinking, which helps prevent anything from getting stuck in the aligners. Additionally, removing the trays to brush or floss makes it easier to maintain better oral hygiene. Just remember the trays should be worn for a total of 22 hours per day.

In addition to the convenience of being able to take out Invisalign’s aligner trays when needed, another benefit is that the trays are comfortable to wear. The trays are made from a plastic material that is soft and flexible. Each custom tray in a set fits comfortably over the teeth without any rough or hard surfaces that could irritate the mouth. Finally, the plastic material used to create the trays is clear. The clear trays are not readily noticeable to others, which makes Invisalign extremely discreet.

Invisalign is the discreet, comfortable, and convenient way to straighten your smile. To learn more about Invisalign and if it is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rowan, our knowledgeable and experienced orthodontist, by calling either our Merced office at (209) 384-3223 or our office in Mariposa at (209) 966-4600.

By Dr. Richard Rowan
February 18, 2020
Category: Dental
Tags: Braces  

Did you know braces can improve the health of your smile? Straightening teeth or correcting bite alignment with braces can lead to better oral health. Brushing and flossing can be more effective when teeth are straight, while teeth can function more efficiently and sustain less wear and tear when your bite is in proper alignment. Several types of braces are available to help you achieve a straighter smile. At our orthodontic office in Merced, Dr. Richard Rowan can help you decide on the right type of braces to meet your needs.

Types of Orthodontics

Traditional braces are a highly effective orthodontic method for straightening crooked teeth, repositioning teeth that are not positioned correctly, and correcting severe bite issues, such as overbites or underbites. We offer three types of traditional braces at our orthodontic office in Merced. All three types utilize brackets, bands, and wires to move the teeth by exerting gentle pressure on them. The three types of braces we offer include:

  • Metal Braces — The most common type of braces, which consists of stainless steel metal brackets affixed to the front of the teeth.
  • Ceramic Braces — A more discreet option than traditional metal braces as ceramic brackets affixed to the front of the teeth are clear.
  • Lingual Braces — The most discreet option as the metal brackets are affixed to the back side of the teeth.

Better Oral Hygiene

It can be difficult to achieve optimal oral hygiene when teeth are crooked or crowded together. Food particles can become easily trapped between teeth and there can be more places for cavity-causing bacteria to hide. Further, there can be spaces that are not easily reached with a toothbrush or dental floss. Teeth that have been straightened with braces are easier to keep clean. It is easier to floss between teeth as well as reach all sides of the teeth when brushing.

Improved Tooth Functioning

Another way braces improve the health of your smile is by contributing to better tooth functioning. Overbites, underbites, and other types of misaligned bites can make it difficult for teeth to perform normal biting and chewing functions properly. Based on bite and tooth positioning, some teeth might end up doing more of the work. This can lead to excess strain and increased wear and tear. Correcting bite alignment with braces can improve tooth functioning by distributing biting and chewing functions more evenly across teeth.

By straightening your smile or correcting a misaligned bite, braces can improve the health of your smile. To learn more about how braces can benefit you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rowan by calling our office for orthodontics in Merced, CA, at (209) 384-3223. Alternatively, appointments are also available at our office in Mariposa, CA, by calling (209) 966-4600.

By Dr. Richard Rowan
November 15, 2019
Category: Dental

Getting a straighter smile doesn’t have to be difficult. Here at our offices in Merced and Mariposa, CA, your orthodontist, Dr. Richard Rowan, offers a variety of orthodontic options to provide you with fast, effective results, regardless of age. Here are some of the most popular orthodontic treatments that we offer:


If you are an older teen or adult who is dealing with crooked/crowded teeth, smile gaps, or bite issues, then you could be an ideal candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign uses multiple clear, removable aligners that are designed to safely and gently guide your teeth into the ideal position. Aligners can be removed prior to eating and brushing your teeth so they easily fit into your life and routine. Some adults may actually see faster results with Invisalign.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces remain one of the most effective ways for patients of all ages to obtain straighter smiles. In fact, there are many cases in which more complex and complicated tooth/jaw movements require this method over all others. Consisting of a series of brackets that are bonded to the front of teeth and connected by wires, traditional braces are often made from stainless steel; however, our orthodontist can also place ceramic or tooth-colored brackets to make your braces less visible.

Interceptive Orthodontics

It is important to catch orthodontic issues as early as possible so that we can prevent further dental problems in the future. This is why every child could benefit from visiting their orthodontist for a consultation by the age of seven. While braces usually aren’t placed until a child is between the ages of 9-16, interceptive orthodontics can be placed as soon as a malocclusion (“bad bite”) is recognized.

Generally, there are two phases to this option. The first phase includes treating the malocclusion right away and the second phase will happen once the permanent teeth have fully erupted. With the help of interceptive orthodontics, the duration of second-phase treatment can be greatly shortened.

Interested? Give Us a Call

No matter whether you are considering braces for your child, teenager, or yourself, our dental team in Merced and Mariposa, CA, is ready to help you get the straighter smile that you’ve been dreaming about. During your consultation, we will be happy to discuss your orthodontic options with you. For the Merced office, dial (209) 384-3223, and for the Mariposa location, dial (209) 966-4600.

By Dr. Richard Rowan
August 20, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces  

What are the Different Types of Braces? The options available for orthodontics.

Orthodontics is the dental specialty of changing the alignment of teeth and jaws. Now, thanks to modern dental techniques, there are a few options to choose from. Which type of orthodontics you choose can be a difficult decision and one that should be made with the help of an expert like the professionals at Dr. Richard Rowan, Board Certified Orthodontist in both Merced and Mariposa, CA.

Orthodontic techniques are used to correct a variety of alignment problems with your teeth and jaws including:

  • Poorly aligned or crowded teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • An underbite caused when lower teeth protrude in front of upper teeth
  • An overbite caused when upper teeth bite over lower teeth
  • A crossbite caused when upper and lower jaws can’t close together
  • An open bite caused when upper and lower front teeth don’t bite together
  • Apple Dental Care offers full-service orthodontic treatments including conventional braces using wires and brackets. The brackets can be made of either metal or plastic, and the wires can be either metal or tooth-colored.

If you want an orthodontic treatment that is virtually invisible, Dr. Richard Rowan also offers Invisalign, a process using clear plastic aligners which are changed every few weeks. You will visit Dr. Richard Rowan every six weeks to monitor your progress.

Whichever orthodontic treatment you choose, keeping your mouth clean is very important and that’s why Dr. Richard Rowan will provide you with the tools to maintain your mouth to give you a healthy and beautiful outcome. At the offices of Dr. Richard Rowan in  Merced and Mariposa, CA, be assured you will receive the best care available to give you the result you want, straight teeth and a beautiful smile. So, if you want straight teeth, don’t wait! Call today and get started on your new smile!

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Merced, CA Orthodontic Office

544 W 26th StreetMerced, CA 95340
(209) 384-3223

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