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Twin Cities Orthodontist’s Uzbekistan Adventure

Dr. Zapfel’s Uzbekistan Adventure pictures!

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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.



The Adventures of a Twin Cities Orthodontist

Minnesota Orthodontist Travels Around the World

This past May, Dr. Zapfel took an exotic trip to Uzbekistan. No, he didn’t go there to see how orthodontics is done in that part of the world… He went to visit his daughter, Kim, who is living in Tashkent. Kim is a foreign service officer who is spending two years there. Uzbekistan is a republic that was part of the Soviet Union. It plays a critical role for the U.S. government because it shares a border with Afghanistan. In many ways it is a very poor country, yet the capital, Tashkent, has a modern subway system and is becoming exposed to western culture.

Uzbekistan is part of the silk road that has been a trade route from China to Turkey for hundreds of years. To see that part of Uzbekistan, Dr. Zapfel and his daughter Kim traveled by train to Samarkand and Bukhara, two cities that are over 2000 years old that are still part of the silk trade route. Handmade silk rugs are made in small rug factories there. Typically, two women will spend 8-10 months making one average sized rug.

The architecture is a blend of traditional Islamic mosques and Soviet-inspired housing. Most homes are modest, with extended families sharing space in courtyard-style buildings. Kim lives in a very nice newer home. The state department leases homes for their officers that are quite secure.

Finding a good place to eat can be a challenge in Tashkent. Instead of supermarkets, large outdoor markets are common. Numerous vendors sell everything from spices to fermented milk balls there.

If you want know more about Central Asia or Dr. Zapfel’s trip, just ask at your next Zapfel Orthodontics appointment! Check back soon for pictures, too!!

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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.



Braces off!!

Congratulations to our newly braces-free patients!!

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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 Offers Tips for Keeping Your Retainers In Prime Form!

Retainer Tales

Summer is here, and for many people, this is the most active time of year. If you have retainers, be extra careful to keep track of them this busy season! Here are some of the most common reasons why people need new retainers, and some tips on how to avoid these retainer casualties:

– The dog or cat ate the retainer. Keep your retainer in its case anytime it’s not in your mouth!
– The waiter/waitress threw away a retainer that was wrapped in a napkin. Once again, keep your retainer in the case!
– The retainer doesn’t fit anymore. Make sure you wear your retainers as prescribed. Often, the reason a retainer doesn’t fit is because the retainer isn’t worn enough.
– The retainer fell out while swimming. Don’t wear your retainers in the pool or lake! It is especially difficult to find a clear retainer if it falls out in the water.

If you do happen to break or lose your retainer, be sure to call Zapfel Orthodontics right away to get a new impression made before your teeth shift around. Retainers are generally made to hold the teeth where they are, so if you experience shifting, a retainer may not be able to re-correct your bite.

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.



Twin Cities Orthodontist Discusses Tongue Thrust

Tongue Thrust Habit Explained

“Tongue thrust” is the habit of resting the tongue against or between the teeth. It can be caused or affected by a number of different things, including thumb or finger sucking habits, structural or developmental problems, or mouth breathing. This habit can sometimes cause the teeth to move into an unfavorable position, which makes it difficult for the orthodontist to correct a bad bite, or to keep a bad bite corrected.

Treatment for tongue thrust can range from increasing the patient’s awareness of tongue posture to undergoing myofunctional therapy to tone the muscles and establish a new habit with the correct tongue posture. Generally speaking, it is best to treat the habit at a young age to prevent more serious side effects, and also to allow for the best long-term stability. Changing a habit takes time and effort! We here at Zapfel Orthodontics are here to support you along the way, and to ensure that you achieve your best bite.

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 Strives to be The Best

Minnesota Orthodontist Always Working Toward Perfection

Summer is here! For most kids, summer means a break from school. We feel that our patients deserve the best, so for Zapfel Orthodontics, there is never a break in our quest to be the best we can possibly be. In order to keep on top of the most recent developments in orthodontics, we are sure to meet and exceed the Minnesota Board of Dentistry required continuing education requirements. We have regular staff meetings and training updates and we attend local, regional and national meetings when possible. Since technology changes so rapidly, it is important not be wooed by the “newest, latest, and greatest”. Zapfel Orthodontics is conscious about evidence based dentistry (EBD) and only uses techniques that have been proven in studies to be efficient and effective.

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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.



Twin Cities Orthodontist Discusses Brushing and Flossing

The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

“Only floss the teeth you want to keep!” Have you ever heard that quote before? Brushing and flossing is not only important for oral health, it is important for overall general health, too. We need our teeth to eat a well balanced diet. Teeth are also important for other functions such as speaking, and of course nice teeth are esthetically pleasing.

While wearing braces, it is much easier for food to get stuck around teeth. It is also more difficult to keep the teeth clean, but it is very important in order to not develop white scarring or even cavities around the braces. If plaque is left on the teeth, the enamel can become scarred and the gum tissue can become unhealthy.

At Zapfel Orthodontics, every patient who has braces gets a specially made oral hygiene kit, including floss, threaders, toothbrush, timer, interproximal brushes, and more. While wearing braces, it is important to brush at least 3 times per day (especially after eating), and floss at least once per day. If you have any questions about how you use something in your kit, just ask at your next appointment or give us a call!

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.