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Twin Cities Orthodontist Welcomes A New Staff Member!

Zapfel Orthodontics Welcomes Newest Staff Member

Zapfel Orthodontics always strives to achieve top-quality results while at the same time offering our patients great service.  That is why we are proud to announce the addition of our newest staff member, Jeni!

Jeni is a dental assistant.  She has years of experience in orthodontic assisting, and she fits very well with Zapfel Orthodontics because of her friendly nature and excellent clinical skills.  Jeni loves being an orthodontic assistant because she likes to see big improvements in her patients’ smiles, and she loves getting to know patients over the course of their orthodontic treatment.

Some things Jeni likes to do in her spare time include camping and spending time outdoors.  Please say ‘hi’ and help us welcome Jeni at your next visit!


For More Information

Please call (763) 784-0420 or visit www.ZapfelOrthodontics.com for more information or to schedule a complimentary initial examination and x-ray.  Zapfel Orthodontics is located at 1130 NE County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 and serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities including Coon Rapids, Blaine, Fridley, Roseville, Anoka, Brooklyn Park, Columbia Heights, and Mounds View, Minnesota.



Minnesota Orthodontist on Braces and Sports

Braces and Sports

Many people in braces have active lifestyles.  We here at Zapfel Orthodontics would like to take this time to remind you how important it is to wear mouthguards while playing contact sports.  Wearing a mouthguard is recommended even for sports such as soccer and basketball.  Sports guards, or mouthguards, are very important in protecting your teeth, lips and cheeks, and even your brain (from concussion).  Even a minor bump to the lip can cause a cut in the lips or cheeks of a person wearing braces.

If you do happen to get bumped in the mouth while wearing braces, first make sure that you are okay.  If it is a severe injury, be sure you visit your doctor or go to the hospital for an evaluation.  For more minor injuries, you may use ice for any swelling if needed.  Keep any cuts in the mouth as clean as possible with warm saltwater rinses.  If a brace is loose, please call your orthodontist so they can advise you on what to do.  If a tooth is loose, please call your dentist or orthodontist.  Depending on the severity of the injury, your dentist or orthodontist may refer you to another specialist or a medical doctor.

After braces are removed, it is still important to continue to wear a mouthguard during contact sports.  Your orthodontist can fabricate a special custom-made mouthguard for you, or you may purchase a sports guard at a store.  After completing orthodontic treatment, it is important to protect your investment for a lifetime of beautiful smiles!

For More Information

Please call (763) 784-0420 or visit www.ZapfelOrthodontics.com for more information or to schedule a complimentary initial examination and x-ray.  Zapfel Orthodontics is located at 1130 NE County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 and serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities including Coon Rapids, Blaine, Fridley, Roseville, Anoka, Brooklyn Park, Columbia Heights, and Mounds View, Minnesota.



Your Customized Orthodontic Plan


Twin Cities Orthodontists customize treatment for each patient

Zapfel Orthodontics is committed to providing excellent service and high quality orthodontic care.  Because no two patients are exactly alike, Twin Cities orthodontists Richard Zapfel and Alisa Madson work hard to customize treatment plans to fit the needs and desires of each individual patient.  Every patient who begins orthodontic treatment at Zapfel Orthodontics will have a comprehensive initial exam.  Before we place braces, we will also collect information at a “records” appointment.  During this appointment, we will take some photos and any indicated x-rays, as well as records of your teeth and how your bite fits together.  With all this information, Drs. Zapfel and Madson will discuss your case in order to present each patient with options and recommendations for his or her most ideal orthodontic treatment plan.

Of course, the main goal of orthodontic treatment is to achieve the best functional and esthetic result for each patient.  There are many types of malocclusions, or “bad bites.”  Treatment for correcting malocclusions may differ from patient to patient.  Some patients may benefit from just braces.  Many patients may need to wear elastics (rubber bands) or other appliances in order to achieve the most ideal correction.  Some patients may also benefit from the use of a “functional appliance,” which can be used to direct growth and development of the jaws toward a favorable direction.  After orthodontic correction is completed, each patient receives customized retainers to wear in order to maintain the beautiful result we’ve achieved together!

During treatment, the goals of each patient may also differ.  For example, some patients look forward to choosing colors to show off their braces.  Other patients may choose clear braces or Invisalign in order to minimize the appearance of their orthodontic appliances.  Whatever your desires are, we can discuss the most effective and efficient treatment that best fits your needs, desires, and lifestyle.

Regardless of the type of orthodontic treatment plan you choose, we strongly encourage each of our patients to continue to see their general dentist for regular exams and dental cleanings.  The best orthodontic results are achieved when the orthodontists, dentist, and patient all work together to successfully follow each patient’s individualized treatment plan.

For More Information

Please call (763) 784-0420 or visit www.ZapfelOrthodontics.com for more information or to schedule a complimentary initial examination and x-ray.  Zapfel Orthodontics is located at 1130 NE County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 and serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities including Coon Rapids, Blaine, Fridley, Roseville, Anoka, Brooklyn Park, Columbia Heights, and Mounds View, Minnesota.