By Jen Bakken
Dr. Mike McDermott may not be new to practicing in Delano, but his building is.
After seeing patients at Delano Family Dental Clinic for the past three years, McDermott recently built his own clinic next door. Being on Elm Avenue is a convenient location for students at Delano Schools, or anyone in the area.
With plenty of parking spaces, a comfortable waiting area, and video games available for children, it’s clear this clinic strives to please patients of all ages.
McDermott attended St. Olaf College, and then went to dental school at the University of Minnesota, finally performing his orthodontic residency at St. Lewis University. Along with his practice in Delano, he has a clinic in the Brainerd Lakes area, where he has practiced for the past eight years.
Brainerd is also where he lives with his wife, Tanya, their 4-year-old son, Miles, and 2-year-old daughter, Lily. When asked about traveling between Brainerd and Delano McDermott said the distance doesn’t bother him.
“I’m used to the drive,” McDermott said. “I have relatives in Delano and I like this area.”
His sister is Judy Madden, who is married to Mark Madden, one of the dentists at Delano Family Dental Clinic.
Although McDermott is only in the Delano office one or two days per week, he has two dental assistants, Jeanne Schansberg and Julia Maass, both from Delano, who staff the office each day; and he is available for emergencies.
On any given day, the orthodontist has nearly 50 appointments scheduled for various treatments.
According to information provided on the clinic’s web site, www.mcdermottortho.com, a typical orthodontic treatment involves using appliances made of metal, ceramic, or plastic.
They may be removable or brackets bonded directly to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle pressure in a controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. In the past, a metal band with a bracket used to be placed around each tooth, however, now there are choices available.
A patient can choose brackets that are clear or a metallic color, and ties used to hold wire in the brackets are available in many colors.
“The kids enjoy changing colors,” he said.
Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be, and with less discomfort, teeth are moved faster using the latest materials.
“Braces are smaller and lighter than they used to be,” he added.
Along with being board-certified, McDermott is also a Certified Invisalign Provider.
Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable clear aligners. They are made with 3-D computer imaging technology.
A patient wears each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As an aligner is replaced with the next in the series, teeth will move a little each week until they have straightened to the final position. Visits every six weeks will ensure treatment is progressing, and total treatment times average from nine to 15 months.
As an aid to patients, the clinic uses Sesame Communications, which provides the ability to view appointments and account information via the Internet, on a password- protected screen. This technology conveniently sends reminder notices and information through e-mail.
McDermott said there are many benefits to proper jaw alignment, and treatment by an orthodontist can be less costly than treating problems years later.
To find out if braces could be of benefit to you or your children, McDermott offers a free consultation to new patients.
An open house is currently being planned for the new facility, and you can contact the clinic at (763) 972-4444 for more information.