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!

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

The truth about Invisalign orthodontic treatment from your Merced and Mariposa, CA orthodontist. 

Invisalign is the newest, most modern way to give you a straight smile. What makes Invisalign unique is that there are no unsightly, uncomfortable metal wires or brackets. Instead, Invisalign appliances are made of clear, comfortable plastic virtually invisible to you and everyone else. Dr. Richard Rowan in Merced and Mariposa, CA wants, you to find out what is so special about Invisalign. Invisalign

Dr. Richard Rowan wants you to know the facts about Invisalign and the many benefits of Invisalign treatment.
When compared to conventional brackets and wires, Invisalign is:

  • More cosmetically beautiful because Invisalign is clear plastic and virtually invisible
  • More comfortable because Invisalign is made of smooth material, with no sharp metal parts to irritate your soft tissue
  • More convenient because you can remove the appliance whenever you want
  • More satisfying because you can eat whatever you want without food getting caught in your braces
  • Better for your oral health because you can brush and floss without using floss threaders and other clumsy tools

Dr. Richard Rowan will begin your Invisalign treatment by creating your first set of trays, called aligners. You wear the first set for two weeks and then change to a new set which you wear another two weeks. You continue changing aligners every two weeks as your teeth gradually shift into their correct position. Treatment typically takes nine to fifteen months. Just imagine nine to fifteen months of comfortable movement, and then you have a straight smile!

Invisalign is used to correct major cosmetic and functional issues with your smile. Treatment can fix overlapped or crowded teeth, close gaps, and poor bite alignment. So isn’t it time for you to discover what’s so special about Invisalign? The system of clear aligners is the modern, state-of-the-art way to a straight and beautiful smile. Call Dr. Richard Rowan in Merced and Mariposa, CA. He can help you discover the magic of Invisalign, so call today and get started on your new smile!

By Dr. Richard Rowan
August 18, 2016
Category: Orthodontic Health
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign offers a simple way to straighten your teeth, but you may be wondering if the clear brace system is as effective as traditionalinvisalign systems. Dr. Richard Rowan, your Mariposa and Merced, CA orthodontist, explains how Invisalign works.

Invisalign offers a clear advantage

The Invisalign system uses removable aligner trays instead of wires and brackets to move teeth. Because the aligner trays are clear, many people may not even be aware that you are wearing braces. The tray are made of comfortable plastic and are worn for approximately 20 hours every day.

Invisalign is effective at correcting orthodontic issues

When you wear traditional braces, adjustments to the wires are needed to help the teeth move into the proper alignment. There are no adjustments when you use the Invisalign brace system. Although you'll still need to visit your Mariposa and Merced orthodontist periodically, movement will take place gradually, thanks to the series of aligners you'll wear. Every two weeks, you'll begin using a new set of aligners.

Invisalign is a good choice if you have an:

  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crowding
  • Gaps between teeth

Invisalign corrects the same issues as traditional braces and is a good choice if you have mild to moderate orthodontic problems. If your alignment problem is severe, traditional braces may be a better option.

Invisalign offers several benefits

Invisalign offers benefits that traditional benefits can't, including:

More Food Choices: Traditional brace wearers must avoid popcorn, sticky candy and hard foods because these foods can damage wires and brackets or become stuck in them. You won't have to worry about these issues with Invisalign because you'll remove your trays to eat and drink.

A Break: Sometimes it just isn't convenient to wear braces, even if they're clear. When you choose the Invisalign brace system, you can remove the trays when you attend a special event or play sports.

Simple Oral Hygiene Routine: Cleaning wires and brackets can be a time-consuming job. When you wear Invisalign, you can brush and floss as usual without worrying about wires and brackets. Although it's important to keep your aligner trays clean, cleaning only takes a few minute each day.

Ready to find out if Invisalign is a good choice for you. Call Dr. Rowan, your Mariposa and Merced, CA dentist, at (209) 384-3223 to schedule an appointment. Improve your smile with Invisalign!

By Dr. Richard Rowan,
June 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Do you want to look your best during wedding season but your teeth aren't quite wedding white? Teeth whitening offers a simple way to quickly improve your smile. Dr. Richard Rowan, your Merced and Mariposa orthodontist, shares some important information about teeth whitening.Teeth Whitening

Professional whitening offers impressive results

Drugstore whitening products can be effective, but they don't usually last as long or offer the same results as professional teeth whitening. When you use store-bought kits you may need to repeat the whitening process frequently, which can damage your tooth enamel. Your Merced and Mariposa orthodontist uses a strong hydrogen peroxide gel that isn't available in over-the-counter products to achieve maximum teeth whitening.

After just one whitening treatment, your teeth will be three to eight shades whiter. Your results may last two or three years or longer, particularly if you avoid cigarettes and coffee, tea, cola, wine, berries and other brightly colored foods and beverages.

Professional whitening is safer

When you whiten your teeth, it's important to keep the whitening agent away from your gums and teeth roots to prevent irritation and sensitivity. Over-the-counter whitening trays that don't fit your teeth perfectly can increase your risk of irritation. Protecting your roots and gums is a priority when you choose professional teeth whitening treatment. Your dentist will apply a protective barrier to sensitive areas to protect them before beginning the treatment.

Enjoy professional whitening that works with your schedule

If you prefer to whiten your teeth when it's convenient for you, we may offer take-home whitening trays that are custom-made to fit your mouth. Although you won't see immediate results, you'll receive all the benefits of professional teeth whitening with the take-home system. After you wear the trays for a few weeks, your teeth will be noticeably whiter and brighter.

Take advantage of professional teeth whitening to improve your smile just in time for wedding season. Call Dr. Richard Rowan, with offices in Merced and Mariposa, CA, to make an appointment. Transform your smile with teeth whitening!

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Merced, CA Orthodontic Office

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

5131 Highway 140Mariposa, CA 95338
(209) 966-4600