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!

By Dr. Richard Rowan
April 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontics  

It is common knowledge that orthodontic treatment like braces can transform your smile and give you the pearly whites you’ve always wanted. However, did you know that braces do more than just straighten your smile? Find out more with help from your Merced and Mariposa, CA orthodontist, Dr. Richard Rowan.Orthodontics

What can braces treat? 
The word orthodontic comes from the Greek words “orthos” (straight) and “odon” (tooth). However, braces from your Merced and Mariposa orthodontist treat more than just crooked teeth. They also treat conditions such as:

  • overbite
  • underbite
  • crossbite
  • open bite
  • overcrowding (overlaps)
  • under crowding (gaps)

Correcting bite issues is vital to the ability to chew and eat correctly. Improper bite also contributes to headaches and medical conditions such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Improper bite also leads to broken or cracked teeth, giving bacteria a direct route into your tooth.

The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
The most noticeable benefit to wearing braces is the outcome. However, braces also correct bite, allowing proper chewing, biting and even speaking. Looking great results in feeling great, meaning that your new smile will boost your self-esteem and give you heightened confidence. When teeth are too crowded, they create small areas which toothbrush bristles or floss simply cannot reach. This allows decay-causing bacteria to build up. Straightening the teeth eliminates these hard-to-clean areas, lowering the chance of tooth decay and gum disease by making the teeth easier to clean.

Alternatives to Traditional Braces
If the thought of metal in your mouth makes you hesitant to straighten your teeth or correct your bite, you may benefit from alternatives to traditional braces. Clear braces made from ceramic instead of metal use tooth-colored brackets and wires to move the teeth the same way as traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are traditional metal braces attached to the inside of the teeth, making them invisible from the outside of the mouth. Invisalign uses clear, removable aligner trays to correct alignment and bite issues.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist can help you decide which option is best for you. For more information on straightening your teeth, please contact Dr. Richard Rowan in Merced and Mariposa, CA. Call (209) 384-3223 in Merced and (209) 966-4600 in Mariposa to schedule your consultation for braces or Invisalign today!

By Dr. Richard Rowan
April 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces  

What Happens if I Have a Cavity with Braces? What you need to know about tooth decay and orthodontics.

You are worried because you need braces, but you know cavities have also been a problem. Should you get braces if you have a tendency to get cavities; and what do you do if you get a cavity while in braces? These are all good questions and your orthodontist, Dr. BracesRichard Rowan in Merced and Mariposa, CA, wants you to know the answers.

When considering braces, it is always best to treat any decay in your mouth first, before beginning orthodontic treatment. This allows your Merced and Mariposa dentist full access to decayed areas without having to deal with brackets and wires getting in the way. It also best to make sure your oral hygiene is at its best, to keep from getting cavities in the first place. Your hygienist at Dr. Rowan’s office can give you tips and tools for great oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Once you establish good habits, they will be with you after the braces are removed too!

Dr. Rowan offers many orthodontic solutions for children and adults, including traditional braces which use metal wires and brackets. If you get a cavity while you are in traditional braces, your dentist may be able to get to the decayed area without removing the brackets and wires; if not, Dr. Rowan can temporarily remove the brackets and wires to allow your dentist to access the area. Once the decayed tooth is treated, Dr. Rowan can refit the brackets and wires to your teeth.

If you have a cavity-prone mouth, you may want to consider Invisalign, the virtually invisible, modern orthodontic treatment to gently move your teeth into place. Invisalign uses comfortable, clear plastic aligners which you can remove when you eat. They are the perfect choice for people with a tendency to get cavities because you can simply take them out when your dentist needs to work on your teeth. After you receive your filling, you just pop them back in again and continue your Invisalign treatment with Dr. Rowan.

If you have a tendency to get cavities, but still want straight teeth, don’t despair. You can still have straight teeth with the help of your orthodontist, Dr. Richard Rowan with offices in Merced and Mariposa, CA to serve your orthodontic needs. Come in for a consultation and find out about what you can do to straighten out your smile!

By Dr. Richard Rowan
December 18, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces  

Many people think that because their teeth are mostly straight, they would not benefit from braces. However, orthodontic treatment does much more than just straighten your teeth. From bite issues to crowding, braces fix more than aesthetic problems. Dr. Richard Rowan Bracesand his team in Merced and Mariposa, CA can help you determine if braces are right for you.

What are some signs I may need braces? 
Many people seek orthodontic treatment in Merced and Mariposasimply because they do not like their teeth. However, if you notice one or more of the following problems with your smile, you may benefit from braces.

  • Misaligned or crooked teeth: The most obvious reason many people need braces is for misaligned or crooked teeth. Moving the teeth into their correct positions provides a glamorous Hollywood smile to be proud of.
  • Overlapping teeth: Overlaps in the teeth cause areas that toothbrush bristles or flossing cannot reach. If you cannot clean these areas, they are not cleaned properly. This allows decay-causing plaque and tartar to build up. By straightening the teeth, thus eliminating these areas, your chances for tooth decay or gum disease are lowered.
  • Bite issues: Overbite, underbite and crossbite are obvious aesthetic problems for many people. However, these bite issues also make it difficult to chew food correctly. This can cause jaw pain which can develop into more serious conditions.
  • Over/under crowded teeth: When teeth have too little or too much room in the mouth, overcrowding or undercrowding occurs. Overcrowding causes teeth to grow at odd angles or overlap. Undercrowding causes gaps between the teeth.
  • Shifting teeth: Teeth tend to shift as we age. This could happen due to grinding your teeth in your sleep, clenching your jaw or just plain genetics. Additionally, when you lose a tooth, the teeth around it shift to compensate for the new gap.

Many people put off getting braces because they do not like the idea of having metal in their mouth. However, there are now alternatives to traditional braces like Invisalign. This system moves teeth using clear aligner trays rather than metal wires and brackets. Your dentist can provide information on which option is best for you.

It is never the wrong time to improve your smile. For more information about orthodontic treatment, contact Dr. Richard Rowan in Merced and Mariposa, CA. Call and schedule your appointment today!

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