By Dr. Richard Rowan
November 12, 2021
Tags: invisalign  

If you want to fix your crooked teeth, you should consider getting  Invisalign in Merced, CA. Dr. Richard Rowan will guide you through the process of correcting the alignment of your teeth. We also have an office in Mariposa, CA.

What Is Invisalign?

This orthodontic treatment involves using a clear set of plastic aligners over your teeth. Each aligner is used to slowly move your teeth. They are slim and can be worn effortlessly during the day. You will switch to a different aligner every two weeks.

Our staff will make impressions of your teeth using a special material. This ensures that each aligner fits well on the surface of your teeth. When you get Invisalign at our Merced, CA, office, we will see you every six weeks to make sure that your teeth are straightening as planned.

It can take 12 to 18 months to straighten your teeth using this method.

What Are The Advantages of Using Invisalign Over Braces?

Patients can remove the aligners for eating, brushing, and flossing. You can simply take these plastic trays off when you want to eat, brush or floss your teeth. Just make sure that you keep the aligners on during the rest of the day so they can work their magic in straightening your teeth.

They are invisible to other people who don't know about your orthodontic treatment.

When you wear Invisalign you can eat whatever you want. Overall, there is less stress on your teeth and gums. You can go out for lunch with friends or have dinner with your family without having to worry about what you are eating since the only thing that people will see is a wonderful smile.

Eating with traditional braces often means getting food stuck between your teeth and metal wires. So you have to be extra careful with food choices. Since there are no brackets on Invisalign, and you can remove them, getting food stuck is not an issue.

Depending on the severity of your alignment issues, your teeth can straighten faster using Invisalign versus braces.

Visit the office of Dr. Rowan for Invisalign treatment in Merced, CA. We can also help you at our Mariposa, CA, office. Call us at (209) 384 -3223 for an appointment in Merced, CA, or call our office in Mariposa, CA, at (209) 966-4600. Our staff will help you straighten your teeth with professionalism and care.

By Dr. Richard Rowan
October 08, 2021
Tags: Spacers  

How spacers from your orthodontist in Merced, and Mariposa, CA, can help your child’s smile

There are a lot of factors that come together to give your child a perfect smile. Tooth eruption, jaw growth, and the growth of other oral structures all work together to form your child’s smile. These factors don’t always mesh perfectly. Your child might not have enough room for an erupting tooth. That’s where spacers come in. They make room for teeth.

Dr. Richard Rowan offers a wide range of orthodontic services, including spacers, to help your child's smile. He has two convenient office locations in Merced, and Mariposa, CA.

Spacers, also called separators, are part of initial orthodontic treatment. They are placed to create space for the back molars, so metal bands can be attached to these molars. The archwire is connected to the metal bands.

Spacers are a temporary part of treatment because they are worn for only about one or two weeks. They gently move teeth apart, so the metal bands can be placed. Spacers come in two different types:

  • Rubber spacers, which are small elastic bands
  • Metal spacers, which are small metal rings

Your child may or may not need spacers, depending on individual characteristics. Your orthodontist can discuss this with you. The need for spacers also depends on which type of orthodontic treatment you choose. Spacers may be necessary if you choose:

  • Conventional metal brackets and wires
  • Ceramic brackets and tooth-colored or clear wires
  • Lingual braces

They are not necessary if you choose dental appliances, known as aligners. Invisalign is the most popular aligner orthodontic treatment.

Spacers can create the space needed for banding, and they are the first step toward a straight smile. To learn more about spacers and how they can make room for teeth, call Dr. Richard Rowan. You can reach him in Merced, CA, at (209) 384-3223. or in Mariposa, CA, at (209) 966-4600, so call now!

By Dr. Richard Rowan
September 13, 2021
Tags: White Spots  

A beautiful, white smile is something many people desire. However, certain factors can cause it to look less than its best. One particular problem is the development of white spots on teeth, especially after the removal of braces. At our orthodontics office serving Merced, CA, and Mariposa, CA, Dr. Richard Rowan can recommend ways to prevent white spots while wearing braces, as well as eliminate them with teeth whitening if they do develop.

Tips for Preventing White Spots

One cause of white spots on teeth is excess fluoride consumption. You can prevent overconsumption by applying the correct amount of toothpaste when brushing (the size of a pea is sufficient), as well as using water without fluoride added to it.

Another potential cause of white spots on teeth is sugary or acidic foods and beverages. Foods and drinks that are especially acidic or sugary tend to encourage the growth of bacteria that cause demineralization and wear away tooth enamel. Sometimes white spots are a sign that some enamel has worn away and exposed the sensitive white tissue below the surface.

White spots can also develop on teeth as a result of poor oral hygiene. Certain orthodontic treatments, like braces, can make brushing and flossing more challenging and oral health can unintentionally suffer. Patients who have had a difficult time cleaning their teeth while wearing braces might develop white spots on the teeth that are only fully noticeable once the braces have been removed.

You can prevent white spots from developing on your teeth by using the correct amount of fluoride toothpaste when brushing, avoiding water with fluoride, avoiding acidic or sugary foods, and maintaining exceptional oral hygiene. At our office for orthodontics serving Merced, CA, and Mariposa, CA, Dr. Rowan can help prevent white spots from developing by providing instruction on how to best clean and care for teeth while wearing braces.

Teeth Whitening Treatment

If white spots develop on teeth despite your best efforts to prevent them, one solution is in-office teeth whitening treatment. Professional teeth whitening performed in our office can eliminate many types of stains and discolorations on teeth, including white spots. All it takes is one treatment session to eliminate spots and stains and achieve a significantly whiter smile.

Preventing white spots from developing on teeth is possible even while wearing braces. For more information about preventing white spots or removing them, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rowan by calling our office for orthodontics in Merced, CA, and serving Mariposa, CA, at (209) 384-3223.

By Dr. Richard Rowan
June 24, 2021
Tags: Braces  

Dr. Richard Rowan, your orthodontist in Merced and Mariposa, CA, uses orthodontic treatment to transform smiles and keep mouths healthy. If you have any crooked teeth or gaps in your teeth, you've probably considered orthodontic treatment, and we can help with braces.


Most of us don't have perfectly straight teeth without a little help. It's natural for teeth to be misaligned, crowded, or have gaps, but there are benefits to straightening your teeth. Straight teeth make chewing and speaking easier, and straight teeth are easier to clean and thus less likely to decay. Straight teeth also give you a great smile, which always makes a good impression.

When you see your orthodontic specialist in Merced, and Mariposa, CA, your recommended treatment plan will vary in length depending on the issues you need to correct. A typical treatment plan with traditional braces can last anywhere from six months to two years. It takes time to shift your teeth, but the benefits follow you for the rest of your life.

How braces work

Braces use a system of brackets cemented to the teeth, connected by wires that guide the teeth into proper position. Gently and over time, the thin metal wire called an archwire is tightened and it helps shift your teeth into an aligned position.

There are some less noticeable forms of orthodontic treatment, including using ceramic, tooth-colored brackets with wires, and Invisalign, a system of wearing clear aligners to shift your teeth. Invisalign is popular because the treatment is nearly invisible and the removable aligners are more convenient, but it isn't recommended for every orthodontic issue. Lingual braces are applied to the back of your teeth and aren't visible at all, but they can't correct every orthodontic issue and are much more expensive than traditional braces.

Traditional braces have a long history of successfully correcting smiles which is why they are still in use today. Your orthodontist Dr. Rowan can design a treatment plan for you to have a beautiful smile! To make an appointment, call us in Merced, CA at (209) 384-3223, or in Mariposa, CA at (209) 966-4600.

By Dr. Richard Rowan
March 30, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

How Invisalign from your orthodontist in Merced, and Mariposa, CA, can improve your smile.

Do you want a straighter smile? If so, you may be wondering if Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment for you. The truth is, Invisalign is perfect for just about everyone, from teenagers to adults. Invisalign offers some amazing benefits for your smile.

Dr. Richard Rowan is a board-certified orthodontist who offers a wide variety of options, including Invisalign to straighten your smile. He has two convenient office locations in Mariposa, and Merced, CA. 

Invisalign is right for you if you have:

  • An overbite or underbite
  • A open bite or crossbite
  • Crowded or rotated teeth
  • Teeth that are unevenly spaced
  • Poorly positioned teeth

Invisalign is also right for you if you want:

  • Comfortable orthodontic treatment, because Invisalign is made of smooth plastic, with no sharp parts to irritate your gum tissue
  • Discreet orthodontic treatment, because Invisalign is made of clear plastic, which is virtually invisible to people around you
  • Fast orthodontic treatment, because the average time of completion is 9 to 15 months
  • Convenient orthodontic treatment, because you can remove Invisalign to brush and floss your teeth normally, and remove them when you eat

Your Invisalign treatment begins with your first set of Invisalign appliances, known as aligners. You wear the aligners for 2 weeks and then move on to a new set of aligners. You receive a new set of aligners every 2 weeks, as your teeth gradually and comfortably move into the desired position. You will visit Dr. Rowan every few weeks as directed, so he can monitor your progress. It’s simple to achieve a beautiful, straight smile, thanks to Invisalign.

To find out more about the amazing Invisalign treatment, talk with your orthodontist! Call Dr. Rowan in Mariposa, CA, at (209) 966-4600, or at his office in Merced, CA, at (209) 384-3223. Get the straight, beautiful smile you deserve by calling today!

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