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5-Star-Rated Care for Your Award-Winning Smile
Many people don’t realize that problems such as bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, or misaligned jaws can be corrected with orthognathic surgery. Orthognathic simply means “straight jaws” and when coupled with orthodontics afterward, will result in the realignment of your teeth.

Typically, surgical orthodontics is recommended as a last-resort treatment option, but there may be certain situations where opting for surgery can produce your best result. If you need surgical orthodontics in Coralville, North Liberty and Iowa City area, our experienced orthodontist, Dr. Mergen, will work closely with an oral surgeon to prepare your teeth for the surgery.
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When Should You Consider Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery can help you to chew, speak, and breathe better. Frequently, it can also help to enhance your appearance. Here are some common reasons surgery may be recommended:

 

 
  • Chronic headaches
  • Chronic jaw pain or jaw joint pain
  • Chronic mouth breathing or dry mouth
  • TMJD pain
  • Breathing problems while asleep (sleep apnea)
  • Difficulty chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • Difficulty closing lips completely
  • Excessive wearing of the teeth
  • Open bite (i.e., space left between your upper & lower teeth when your mouth is closed)
  • An uneven facial appearance from the front or side
  • Receding chin or protruding jaw
  • Facial injury or birth defects
Our highly trained team knows that the success of any orthodontic treatment depends on the health and position of your teeth and jaw. If your orthodontic treatment requires the expertise of an oral surgeon, Dr. Mergen will personally oversee the necessary pre- and post-operative orthodontic procedures. This is just another way we make providing our patients with healthy, beautiful smiles our top priority!
 
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 To learn more about our 5-star-rated orthodontic treatment, schedule your Mergen Smile Assessment today by calling or clicking below to use our convenient online form. Your appointment includes: 
 
  • Office Tour
  • Complimentary Snack & Beverage
  • Thorough Exam
  • Digital X-Rays
  • 3D Digital Imaging of Your Teeth
  • In-Depth Consultation
  • And More!
A $567 Value – Yours for FREE!

During your assessment, our team will be happy to answer all your questions about our orthodontic treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!

 
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 We’re so confident your will love their experience at Mergen Orthodontics, we back it up with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are less than satisfied with the care you receive from our team, simply let us know and we’ll do what it takes to make it right. It’s our promise to you!
 
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MEET DR. JOHN MERGEN

Coralville, North Liberty and Iowa Citys Top Choice for Invisalign® & Clear Braces

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Dr. Mergen is devoted to creating amazing, “Mergen Orthodontic Smiles”. His signature smiles are said to change the life of his patients. He is known for his dedication to providing patients with exceptional service and advanced clear options that always exceed their expectations. Dr. Mergen creates a fun, relaxed environment where patients love to visit. The treatment options that Dr. Mergen offers are less obtrusive (clear) and he operates in an efficient manner in order to make orthodontic treatment short and sweet.

Dr. Mergen has dedicated his career to providing the most advancing orthodontic care and service for his patients.  He specializes in Invisalign the most advanced technology in orthodontic care providing it for all ages earning him the Top 1% VIP provider status in North America. Orthodontic treatment for Dr. Mergen is so much more than just straight teeth and a nice smile. Dr. Mergen is dedicated to complete patient care including proper jaw and facial growth, airway development, space for permanent teeth, stable bite, balanced TMJ relationship, aligned teeth and of course an amazing smile. 

BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Dr. Mergen’s interest in orthodontics started in high school when he made retainers in his father’s orthodontic practice. He was so excited about the field of orthodontics, he committed to an accelerated 3-year honor program at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa in 1995, graduated with honors and second in his class of 87 students.

Then, Dr. Mergen accepted 1 of 5 spots into the top orthodontic graduate program in the country at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and earned his Master’s in 1997. Dr. Mergen is dedicated to advancing orthodontic care and service for his patients. His has a specialized interest in Invisalign orthodontics earning him the TOP 1% VIP Invisalign Specialist status.

ACADEMIC AWARDS

  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society
  • American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Student Award
  • American Academy of Prosthodontics Dentistry Student Award

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Association of Orthodontics
  • Iowa Society of Orthodontics
  • Midwest Society of Orthodontics
  • American Dental Association
  • University Orthodontic Society

Professional Publications

Author:
“Treatment outcomes of growing Class II Division 1 patients with varying degrees of anteroposterior and vertical dysplasias, Part 2. Profile silhouette evaluation.” American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics 125 (4): 457-462, 2004.

Co-Author:
“Evaluation of profile esthetic change with mandibular advancement surgery,” American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics 117(6), 2000.

Case Publication:
“Treatment of a Class III malocclusion with maxillary constriction and an anterior functional shift.”

This case was chosen by the CDABO student case selection committee for publication in the AJO/DO.

(Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 1999;116:324-8).

 
Outside the Office

Dr. Mergen loves having fun and spending time with his wife and two boys. His favorite sports are windsurfing, surfing, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, boating, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.

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IOWA CITY

1570 Mall Dr., Suite 1
Iowa City, IA 52240

Phone:  319-688-0800
Email: frontdesk@mergenorthodontics.com

Hours:
Mon: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tues: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thur: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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CORALVILLE

3268 Crosspark Rd., Suite #101
Coralville, IA 52241

Phone:  319-626-2142
Email: frontdesk@mergenorthodontics.com

Hours:
Mon: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tues: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thur: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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