Early Treatment

Orthodontics for Kids


Braces for Kids in Sacramento, CA!

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends taking you child to see an orthodontist around age 7. However, if you missed that age window, the next best time for your child to see an orthodontist is now! There is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment. If your child is between the ages of 10 and 15 it’s still early and a great time to begin orthodontic treatment. Check out our “invisible” or colored braces.

young girl wearing clear braces on her teeth

Photos Courtesy American Association of Orthodontists.

young boy with open mouth showing crowded teeth needing early orthodontics
Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.

Early treatment allows Dr. Payne to:

  • Guide jaw growth so permanent teeth come in straight
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Create more space for crowded teeth
  • Avoid permanent tooth extractions later in life
  • Correct thumb-sucking and improve minor speech problems

How will you know if your child needs orthodontic care?

Here are a few things you should look for:

  • Early/late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Mouth-breathing
  • Finger- or thumb-sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked teeth or overbite
  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth that do not come together normally, or at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the face
  • Crowded front teeth by age 7 or 8
young girl wearing braces and smiling with her mother in sacramento, ca

Permanent solution


Efficient treatment


Beautiful, straight teeth


Custom-made for you


All digital treatment plan


Shorter treatment times


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Shorter treatment times


Fewer office visits

Dr. Michael Payne, orthodontist for early orthodontic treatment of kids

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Michael H. Payne, DDS, MSD, is a board-certified orthodontist and member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, California Association of Orthodontists and California Dental Association. He has practiced orthodontics exclusively in Sacramento since 1998.

American River Orthodontics is committed to creating beautiful, confident smiles throughout Sacramento, California. A special orthodontic experience awaits you here at American River Orthodontics. Request an appointment to schedule your free consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. Michael H. Payne.

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