Posts for tag: Braces

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!

By Dr. Richard Rowan
July 29, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces  

Find out the difference between these two popular orthodontic treatments in Merced and Mariposa, CA.

Want to say goodbye to that crooked smile? The next step is trying to figure out which orthodontic treatment is right for you. Your Merced Bracesorthodontist Dr. Richard Rowan offers a many different treatment options to cater to any patient’s needs, budgets and lifestyles. Find out about Invisalign, how it differs from traditional braces and which one is right for you.

Which Orthodontic Treatment is Right for You?

While both traditional braces and Invisalign are designed to improve overall oral health and straighten smile, they do so in different ways. There are several things to consider before getting braces in Merced and Mariposa. Be sure to weigh all the pros and cons of these treatments to figure out which option might be best for you:

Appearance: While traditional braces have certainly come a long way and can promise tooth-colored wires and clear brackets, they won’t offer the same clarity and subtlety that Invisalign aligners will. Invisalign boasts clear, virtually invisible plastic aligners rather than brackets and wires.

Length of treatment: Patients will wear their traditional braces all day every day for an average of two years. The length of time will vary depending on the severity of your dental issues. Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, can be removed when eating or brushing your teeth and treatment time is anywhere from six to 18 months.

Expense: Traditional metal braces tend to be less expensive than Invisalign. You should also consider how much your dental insurance will cover.

Care: You will need to brush and floss your teeth regularly, making sure to get into those hard-to-reach spots between teeth and along the gumline. This can be difficult when wearing bracket-and-wire braces. Invisalign aligners can be removed for brushing and flossing, making it easier to care for your teeth during your treatment. You will also want to rinse out and clean your aligners so they remain invisible and don’t stain.

Dental visits: With traditional braces you will need to see your Merced and Mariposa orthodontist Dr. Rowan every month to make sure your treatment is going smoothly. If you are wearing Invisalign you will also need to see us every four to six weeks, and remember to replace your aligners every two weeks.

Follow-up care: After any orthodontic treatment, no matter whether you have Invisalign or traditional braces, you will still need to wear a retainer after your treatment so your teeth don’t shift back.

The only way to truly find out whether Invisalign is right for you is to see your Merced orthodontist for a consultation. If you’re ready to get that straighter smile then call our office today.

By Dr. Richard Rowan
February 12, 2015
Category: Orthodontic Health
Tags: Braces  

Though braces are most common in young people, adults are increasingly looking to braces treatments to resolve their tooth alignment problems. If you’re still hesitating to get braces, just remember that wearing them is temporary but the results are long-lasting. If you take care of your teeth and keep up with regular visits at the Merced dentist office of Dr. Richard Rowan, you can bracesenjoy your straighter, more attractive smile for life.

What Types of Braces Are There? 
There are two main types of braces that patients can wear to adjust the positioning of their teeth: 

- Traditional braces (metal braces)
- Invisalign (invisible braces)

Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wire that is used to gradually move teeth into a desired position. The brackets cannot be removed until the treatment is finished. Invisalign is a braces option that uses “invisible” plastic trays to gently re-position each tooth. The trays are custom-designed based on an impression of your mouth, and can be removed for eating and speaking in public. Your Merced dentist must evaluate your current smile to decide if you’re a candidate for Invisalign braces.

How Long Will You Have to Wear Braces?
The length of time that you will have to wear braces depends on the type you choose and the severity of the orthodontic problem. Traditional braces can take anywhere from one to three years, while invisible braces can do the job in as little as six months. In both cases, your dentist will likely recommend that you continue to wear a retainer after the treatment to ensure that your teeth maintain their new position.

Why Are Monthly Appointments Necessary?
You will have to visit your dentist every month to six weeks to have your braces checked and adjusted. With traditional braces, you will have to have the wires changes and brackets tightened, while with Invisalign, you will receive a new plastic tray at each appointment.

Set Up a Braces Consultation Appointment
If you feel that your smile can benefit from braces, have it confirmed by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Richard Rowan today. He is a Merced orthodontist that patients come to for up-to-date treatments. Call the office at (209) 384-3223 to schedule a time with a friendly receptionist or click the “Appointment Request” button.

braces white teethSome patients make the mistake of neglecting good oral care while wearing braces. Poor dental hygiene habits while wearing braces (and after) can serve to defeat the purpose of getting the braces in the first place. The goal of braces is to create a straight, white, pretty smile that will last for years. Dr. Richard Rowan, Board Certified orthodontist in Merced, makes it one of his priorities to advise patients on how to keep their teeth white, fresh and clean while wearing braces and when they’re finally removed.

Maintaining a White Smile With Braces

At Dr. Rowan’s Merced dental practice, he sees a lot of patients for whitening treatment, especially patients who have braces and aren’t sure how to maintain a white, healthy looking smile. The first tip he offers is to utilize the dental cleaning tools that are given as soon as the braces are applied.

1. Use Proper Dental Tools for Removing Debris

One of the most important tools is the brush that resembles a pipe cleaner that fits in between the brackets and wires of the braces. That helps remove food particles in a way that a standard brush can’t. To maintain whitened teeth, patients are encouraged to brush for at least two minutes per instance with a paste that consists of a teaspoon of baking soda and few drops of hydrogen peroxide.

2. Minimize Consumption of Food and Beverages that Stain Teeth 

Another tip that Dr. Rowan offers is a bit harder for some patients to commit to—they have to avoid overindulging in food and beverage products that are known to stain the teeth, like coffee, dark tea, red wine and blueberries. A lot of staining can be avoided by using a straw when drinking red wine, coffee and other beverages. Finally, flossing after each meal is imperative to good oral hygiene when wearing braces—the dentist provides special flossing tools designed to work around the brackets.

3. Think About a Whitening Treatment in Merced After Braces are Removed

When the braces finally come off, Dr. Rowan can perform a professional whitening to improve the color of the teeth significantly. The finished result leaves many of his patients very happy and excited.
For braces and teeth whitening in Merced, residents have Dr. Rowan in town, right down the road on West 26th Street. Appointment scheduling can be initiated online at or by calling (209) 384-3223 to speak with a friendly receptionist.

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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