Adolescent orthodontic care.Tweens and teens dread getting braces. They fear teasing even more than the pain associated with wearing braces. Still, misaligned teeth must be aligned, and there is no better time to do this than between the ages of 11 and 16. At Mack Orthodontics, we seek to provide top-flight orthodontic care with minimal pain through Invisalign.

Adolescent Treatment

Tooth Development

Young adults gain most of their permanent teeth between the ages of 11 and 13, hence the term "12-year molars." Several things can happen, however, that might affect the alignment of those teeth. Previous bad habits can create:

  • Malocclusions, or misaligned bites
  • Uneven tooth spacing
  • Crooked teeth

We use Invisalign to correct these issues with your child's permanent teeth. It's imperative to correct any issues as soon as possible. Otherwise, the problems your child experiences will only become harder to correct later. Acting swiftly when problems arise is just good preventative medicine. Correcting orthodontic problems in adulthood is tricky, difficult, and much more painful than if we take care of the problems in adolescence.

Handling Orthodontic Problems

According to the National Library of Medicine, "... there was substantial consistency among studies that the Invisalign (sic) system is a viable alternative to conventional orthodontic therapy in the correction of mild to moderate malocclusions ..." Of course, if your case is more complex than moderate, then we will seek other alternatives. But, the ease of use and lack of serious pain involved with Invisalign braces make them the No. 1 choice at Mack Orthodontics if at all possible.

Treating Orthodontic Problems

The first time you come into our Bettendorf, Eldridge, or Maquoketa, IA office our team will take pictures and radiographic (X-ray) images of your mouth, and possibly make a model of your bite. Then your orthodontist will develop your treatment plan.
Types of Braces

Other Orthodontic Treatments in Scott County

In the most severe cases, your child might have to wear external headgear. Anymore, drastic options such as this are only temporary. The aim is to transition to Invisalign braces as soon as possible if such treatment would be effective. When you come to Mack Orthodontics for the first time, we will discuss all of your treatment options and make recommendations based on our years of experience.

Getting Started

Your child needs straighter teeth for a winning smile. Dr. Mack is quite committed to successful orthodontics and will make every effort regarding your child's teeth. Our in-office team is both friendly and compassionate, so we'll strive to make you feel right at home while you're in the office. A little apprehension is normal, which is why we're eager to put your mind at ease.

Dr. Mack has received glowing reviews through U.S. News and World Report, with patients remarking quite clearly that they admire and appreciate his wonderful listening skills. All reviews indicate that patients would have no qualms about recommending Mack Orthodontics to friends and family members. To take advantage of everything we have to offer, including other orthodontic treatments in Scott County, be sure to contact our office today.