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!

By Dr. Richard Rowan
January 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   Floss   Flossing  

Your orthodontist in Mariposa, California can help you have a healthy smile when you have braces

You are on your way to a straight smile with orthodontic treatment and that is fantastic! It’s also fantastic if you know how to take care of your smile during orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Richard Rowan offers orthodontic services in his offices in Mariposa, and Merced, California. He can help you maintain a healthy smile while you are wearing braces.

One of the most common issues with braces is how to floss when you have them. The brackets and wires can seem like an impossible obstacle to keeping your smile clean and healthy.

The truth is, when you are wearing braces, it’s even more important to keep the plaque off of your teeth with regular brushing and flossing.

That’s because plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria that produce toxins. These toxins can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal disease.

The brackets and wires are the perfect places to collect plaque. All too often, when the brackets and wires come off, people are left with unsightly white spots on their teeth, caused by plaque bacteria attacking the tooth enamel.

So, how do you floss with braces? You need a special flossing tool, called a threader. Threaders are shaped like a loop and are flexible and thin.

You place a section of floss through the open loop on the threader. Then, you gently guide the threader up underneath the wire, so the floss is next to your tooth and free of interference from the wire.

Now you can floss in between the teeth, making sure to wrap the floss around the widest part of your tooth as you go down in between your teeth. The wrapping technique helps to make sure the floss stays firmly against the tooth surface.

In addition to flossing at least once each day, make sure you brush after meals and before you go to bed, especially when you have braces. It might be helpful to invest in a sonic or electric toothbrush because the pulsing action helps to flush out plaque and food debris from around the brackets.

Your dentist and dental hygienist can also help you keep your smile clean and healthy while you are wearing braces. Visit your dentist at least once each year for a dental examination, and your dental hygienist at least twice each year for a professional dental cleaning.

A straight smile is beautiful, and it’s important to keep your smile healthy. To find out more about how to maintain a healthy smile while you are wearing braces, call Dr. Richard Rowan in Mariposa, California at (209) 966-4600. Call now!

By Dr. Richard Rowan
December 14, 2020
Category: Orthodontic Health
Tags: Braces  

Getting braces can improve your appearance and boost your oral health.

When it comes to getting braces, you certainly have a lot more choices than ever before. Our Merced, CA board-certified orthodontist Dr. Richard Rowan offers a variety of orthodontic options to fit patients’ lifestyles, needs, smile goals and budget, making it easy to get the beautiful, healthy smile that you’ve always wanted. Here’s how braces could benefit your oral health,

Get the Ideal Smile

The main reason children, teens or adults come into our Merced, CA, office is because they want to get orthodontics to fix misaligned, crooked or crowded smiles. Dr. Rowan has treated a wide range of smile issues, from overbites and cross bites to misaligned jaws and gaps between teeth. We understand that everyone’s needs are unique, and we offer everything from traditional metal braces and Invisalign to clear braces to fit those needs.

Get a Healthier Smile

While everyone knows that braces can create perfectly straight, beautiful smiles many people don’t realize that a straight smile is also a healthier smile. Bad bites (known as malocclusions) such as overbites, crowding and gaps between teeth can make it easier for plaque to buildup and food to get trapped, making it more challenging to keep teeth clean. As a result, those with crooked smiles are more likely to deal with decay, gum disease and dental injuries.

Fortunately, by getting the orthodontic treatment you or your teen needs as soon as possible, we can correct these problems and reduce your risk for cavities and other issues. Plus, a straighter smile is far easier to keep clean. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene both during your orthodontic treatment and once you get your braces off, you can prevent your teeth and gums from problems later on.

Boost Your Confidence

The sky’s the limit when you have a smile that you feel completely confident showing off. If you want to feel more confident walking down the high school halls, presenting to peers in a college lecture hall, winning them over at that dream job interview or simply feeling more attractive during that perfect date, there are many moments that can be more amazing and fulfilling when you have a straight, beautiful smile.

If you are interested in sitting down with Dr. Rowan to discuss your orthodontic options, simply call us today. It’s never too late to get that perfectly straight smile. Call (209) 384-3223 for the Merced, CA, office or (209) 966-4600 for the Mariposa office.

By Dr. Richard Rowan
August 25, 2020
Category: Orthodontic Health
Tags: invisalign  

Discover some cool facts about Invisalign.

If you are a teen or adult, chances are good that you’ve heard about Invisalign; however, you may be wondering if this discreet way to straighten teeth is really as amazing as it seems. Before agreeing to get Invisalign, you’ll want to sit down with our Mariposa and Merced, CA, orthodontist Dr. Richard Rowan to learn more. Here are just some of the facts about Invisalign treatment that you should know,

You can eat what you want

Most traditional orthodontic treatments require patients to avoid certain foods to prevent damage to braces; however, since Invisalign aligners are removable this means that there are no foods or drinks that you’ll need to avoid. Just remember to remove your aligners before eating or drinking to prevent stains.

Even celebrities get Invisalign

Invisalign is for everyone, including your favorite celebs! That’s right, Tom Cruise, Kim Kardashian, Oprah Winfrey and Kate Middleton have all gotten their perfectly straight smiles thanks to Invisalign.

The treatment is painless

Each aligner is made from a smooth plastic that is custom-fitted to your teeth. This means a snug but comfortable fit that won’t irritate or hurt the gums. Plus, the aligner’s technology gently and gradually shifts teeth into their ideal position over the course of several months.

You can take photos with confidence

Whether you’re about to give a presentation in front of the whole class or you are about to walk down the aisle, you’ll be pleased to know that Invisalign aligners are so transparent that you won’t even notice them in photos. From snapping senior photos and wedding pictures to fun selfies, our teen and adult patients love that they can continue to wear their aligners during special occasions without feeling self-conscious about wearing braces.

If you are looking for an orthodontist here in Merced or Mariposa, CA, that can provide you with Invisalign then call our office today to schedule a consultation for you or your teen. Call (209) 384-3223 for the Merced, CA, office or (209) 966-4600 for the Mariposa office.

Keeping your teeth clean is particularly important when you wear braces. Fortunately, making a few changes to your usual oral hygiene routine and visiting the orthodontics office of your Mariposa and Merced, CA, orthodontist, Dr. Richarad Rowan, will help you keep your smile healthy.

Good oral hygiene is essential if you wear braces

You may be more likely to develop tooth decay or gum disease if you don't carefully clean wires, brackets and the areas around them. Keep these tips in mind during your oral hygiene routine:

  • Work from the top down: Start brushing at the top of teeth and work your way down. When you reach brace wires and brackets, use gentle pressure when brushing to prevent damage. Placing the brush at a 45-degree angle will make it easier to clean under wires. Be sure to remove elastic bands before you brush.
  • Brush after eating: In addition to brushing in the morning and evening, brushing after eating a meal or snack will help prevent keeps food particles from collecting in your braces. Choose a brush with soft head to prevent damage to your teeth, gums and braces.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride: Fluoride, a mineral that's in all toothpaste that features the American Dental Association seal, is essential for strong teeth. These kinds of toothpaste strengthen weak areas of tooth enamel and stop cavities from forming.
  • Don't forget to floss: Flossing definitely becomes more challenging with braces, but it's more important than ever. If you don't floss thoroughly, plaque can build up under wires and between your teeth. Eventually, plaque can turn into a hard, brown deposit called tartar. Floss threaders, interdental brushes and water flossers can make flossing easier.
  • End your oral hygiene routine with mouthwash: Using mouthwash can also help you avoid cavities. Look for products that include fluoride and kill bacteria. After you spit out the mouthwash, don't rinse. Rinsing washes away the protections that the product offers.

Thanks to orthodontics, your smile will look better than ever! If you're considering wearing braces, or already wear braces and need to schedule a follow-up visit, contact either of Dr. Rowan's offices. Call (209) 384-3223 for the Merced, CA, office or (209) 966-4600 for the Mariposa office.

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(209) 384-3223

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