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.

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.

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