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Children’s Orthodontist in Burlington and Hillsborough, NC

An experienced children's orthodontist understands that you have many concerns when it comes to your children’s teeth. Will my child need braces? If they do need braces, when should they get them and for how long? Orthodontics plays a big role in the lives of many children and teens, which is why you need to be selective about whom you take them to for orthodontic services.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your family see a leading kids’ orthodontist as early as age seven. Dr. Mack is an outstanding local option and will thoroughly evaluate the depth of which your child will need orthodontic treatment. He knows how to make you and your loved ones feel comfortable and at ease while providing the necessary treatments for a healthy jaw and teeth.

Early treatment (also known as Phase-One) typically begins around age eight or nine while Phase-Two will begin around age 11 or older. The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems. Early treatment may also help to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, which will lessen the chance of future extractions.

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Caring & Gentle Kids’ Orthodontist

Dr. Mack is a kids' orthodontist who understands that kids, teens, and adults have different levels of care and needs depending on the treatment they're getting. This is why he takes the time to get to know your son or daughter to help them through the process of screening and orthodontic treatments. If you're concerned about whether or not your child might need early orthodontic treatment, here are a few of the signs to look for:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth*
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Your child continues to suck a thumb after age five
  • Speech impediments
  • Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other)
  • Teeth that don't come together in a normal manner or even at all
  • Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes the mouth (cross-bites)
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

*Your child should typically start losing teeth around age five, and will have all the permanent teeth around age 13.

Children’s Orthodontics: Early Evaluation & Treatment

The reason the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an initial screening by the age of seven is that all of the permanent incisors (front teeth) and the permanent first molars should have erupted by this age. Children's orthodontics could be necessary if your children exhibit any of the symptoms listed above. There are also many benefits for your child when it comes to an early evaluation. Getting braces at a reasonably young age will provide an opportunity to:

  • Guide the growth of the jaws
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches
  • Guide erupting permanent teeth to desirable positions
  • Improve personal appearance and self-esteem
  • Gain space for permanent teeth that are appearing
  • Lower the risk of traumatic injury to protruded upper incisors (front teeth)
  • Help eliminate harmful oral habits, such as thumb sucking, which can cause open bites
  • Reduce or eliminate abnormal swallowing or some speech problems
  • Potentially simplify and/or shorten treatment time for later comprehensive orthodontics
  • Reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth (teeth that have not come in)

Promoting Complete Oral Health

Having healthy teeth and gums is an essential part of your overall health regimen. For children in particular, it’s important to promote the ideas of proper oral hygiene and care as much as possible. When teeth and gums aren’t properly aligned, it makes your mouth more susceptible to complications that can affect your daily life. Dentistry and children’s orthodontics go hand in hand, and Dr. Mack is always team player. Rest assured he, along with your dentist, will help set your child down the path towards a healthier, happier smile.

Encouraging Self-Esteem

Braces are no longer surrounded by the social stigma they once had. Nowadays, many individuals consider having braces to be a rite of passage. Children and teens even look forward to getting them because they know they’re on their way to the smile they’ve always dreamed of. A skilled kids’ orthodontist is the final piece of that puzzle. Dr. Mack has transformed the smiles of our community’s young people and understands how to accommodate their varying issues. Your son or daughter will feel great and so will you.

A Focus on Exceptional Patient Care

Dr. Mack recognizes that you have a busy schedule and your children have school to attend. That’s why he offers flexible appointment times for anyone seeking children’s orthodontics. He also understands that seeing any kind of medical professional can be scary for people of all ages, which is why he goes out of his way to stay friendly, patient, and welcoming to whoever walks through the door. Most importantly, he offers the highest levels of care and professional insight when tending to his patients’ teeth. You’re always in the most capable hands at Dr. Mack’s conveniently located office.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask. Your child’s safety and wellbeing is always a top priority, so you can feel confident you’ll know what’s going on every step of the way. When you come to a children’s orthodontist, your loved ones get the specialized attention they need and deserve. Whether it’s a simple fix or a more complicated procedure, Dr. Mack’s services are completely customized to the patient. No two mouths are alike, but the end result for everyone he sees is always a drastic improvement. For more information or to schedule your next appointment, give him a call today. Someone from the office will get back to you as quickly as possible to finalize your visit.

Contact us today to receive a free consultation on any of our orthodontic services. We proudly serve Burlington and Hillsborough, Graham, Snow Camp, Chapel Hill, and McLeansville, NC.