Trusted Orthodontics in Plymouth
At Kottemann Orthodontics, quality orthodontic care is important to us. We are proud to produce beautifully aligned smiles for patients of all ages in Plymouth, Maple Grove, Orono, Chaska, Watertown and the surrounding communities.
Plymouth’s trusted orthodontists
Dr. Bill Kottemann was born in Iowa City, Iowa, but has lived in Orono for nearly 40 years. His father, an orthodontist himself, inspired Dr. Bill to follow in his footsteps. He attended the University of Iowa as a pre-med, before entering their School of Dentistry after only two years of undergraduate work. He attended the University of Minnesota for his orthodontic degree and Master’s degree in 1978. Dr. Bill became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1989.
Dr. Kraig Kottemann has seen first-hand the amazing effects that orthodontic treatment has in the lives of patients throughout his life. Dr. Kraig attended the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a double degree in Biology and Art Studio. He then attended the University of Arizona School of Dentistry for his Doctorate of Dental Medicine, and completed his formal education at the University of Minnesota, receiving his Master of Science degree and Certificate in Orthodontics.
Dr. Scott Kottemann has always been drawn to orthodontics. Before he was even old enough to drive a car, he loved to spend time in the lab making retainers and other orthodontic appliances for the family practice. Dr. Scott graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame where he studied Biology before heading to the University of Michigan, where he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor society, was chosen to receive a grant to research cell signalling, was elected a council member, and graduated second in his class.
Dr. Rosemary Lelich is a proud Minnesotan who attended college at the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate degree. After its completion, she lived in Washington, D.C. working for the DC Volunteer Lawyers’ Project before returning to UPenn to earn her DMD at their School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Rosemary then went on to complete her orthodontic training and Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota.
When it comes to straightening teeth, traditional braces are one of the most efficient tools we have. Metal or ceramic brackets are attached to the teeth, then connected by wires and tiny rubber bands or elastics. Through regular adjustments, these components apply gentle pressure that will gradually move the teeth into the desired positions.
Plymouth braces are an excellent choice for correcting oral issues that range from simple to complex. Because they sometimes work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other options might, overall treatment time may be slightly reduced. In addition, braces don’t require some of the more complicated technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments can, making them a cost-effective option for patients on a budget.
Instead of brackets and bands, the Invisalign system uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually move the teeth into alignment. These aligners are very popular with our teen and adult patients, and Invisalign is currently the top alternative to traditional braces.
Invisalign aligners are made of a comfortable plastic material that is virtually invisible. The trays are designed to fit snugly over the patient’s teeth, and are generally switched out every 1-2 weeks for the next in the series. This keeps teeth moving in the right direction. Aligners must be worn 20-22 hours per day throughout treatment in order for them to do their job. Neglecting to wear the aligners as directed can have a negative impact on the end results and also add time to the orthodontic process.
Invisalign tends to be most effective when used to correct many of the most common orthodontic issues. For certain complex cases, Invisalign may not be a viable option. A consultation with Kottemann Orthodontics will be able to help determine your eligibility for Invisalign.
Braces + Invisalign in Plymouth: customized treatment for unique smiles
At Kottemann Orthodontics, we provide customized treatment plans for every patient we see. When you visit our office for your initial consultation, we’ll take special care with your specific orthodontic needs, paying close attention to your particular tooth shape, the movement of your lips, and the shape of your face. Using these as the basis for your treatment will result in a beautifully aligned smile that’s just right for your face!
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