Beyond Braces: What Else Does an Orthodontist Do?

Orthodontics is synonymous with braces for most people, but the field extends far beyond this iconic treatment. Dr. Michael Payne and the team at American River Orthodontics are experts in a range of orthodontic services that cater to diverse patient needs, from aligning teeth to repositioning jaws.

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Braces: The Classic Choice for a Stunning Smile

Braces, consisting of brackets, wires, and bands, are a time-tested solution for creating beautifully aligned smiles. Modern braces are more discreet and comfortable than ever, offering options like clear and ceramic brackets that blend seamlessly with your teeth.

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Aligners: Clear, Comfortable, and Convenient

Aligners, like Invisalign, are a popular alternative to braces. These clear, custom-made trays gently guide teeth into alignment, offering a virtually invisible treatment option that’s perfect for adults and teens alike.

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Early Intervention Treatment: A Head Start on a Healthy Smile

Orthodontic care isn’t just for teens and adults. Early intervention treatment, also known as Phase I treatment, can have a profound impact on a child’s oral development. By evaluating and treating orthodontic issues at a young age, we can guide the growth of the jaw, make room for incoming permanent teeth, and reduce the risk of future extractions. Early treatment can simplify later orthodontic work, potentially reducing treatment time and complexity down the road. It’s a proactive approach that sets the stage for a lifetime of radiant, healthy smiles.

Palatal Expander: Breathe Easier, Smile Brighter

The palatal expander does more than just widen a narrow upper jaw; it opens up a world of benefits. By gently expanding the palate, this device creates additional space for crowded teeth, fostering a beautifully aligned smile. But its advantages extend beyond aesthetics. A widened palate provides ample room for the tongue, preventing it from obstructing the airway when you lie down. This means better, quieter sleep and a reduction in snoring. It’s a change that impacts not just your oral health, but your overall quality of life, promoting better sleep and breathing.

Jaw Repositioning: A Pathway to Comfort and Alignment

Jaw repositioning appliances, or splints, are more than a solution; they’re a pathway to comfort and optimal oral health. For patients with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), these devices can dramatically relieve pain and improve jaw function. But the benefits don’t stop there. Jaw repositioning can also correct bite issues, aligning the upper and lower jaws harmoniously. This alignment promotes more effective chewing, clearer speech, and a balanced facial appearance. It’s not just about adjusting a jaw; it’s about enhancing your overall well-being.

Space Maintainers: Preserving a Path for Permanent Teeth

For children who lose baby teeth early, space maintainers prevent neighboring teeth from shifting into the vacant spot, ensuring the path is clear when permanent teeth are ready to emerge.

Lip and Cheek Bumpers: Comfort for Every Smile

For patients whose lips and cheeks exert pressure on their teeth, lip and cheek bumpers can alleviate discomfort, making the orthodontic journey smoother and more comfortable.

Removable Retainers: Protecting Your Beautiful Results

After the active phase of orthodontic treatment, retainers are the unsung heroes that keep smiles looking perfect by preventing teeth from shifting back to their original positions.

Orthodontic Care: More Than Meets the Eye

Dr. Michael Payne and the dedicated team at American River Orthodontics are committed to offering comprehensive, compassionate orthodontic care. From the first consultation to the day braces come off and beyond, they’re here to guide patients on the journey to a healthier, happier smile.

Ready to explore the transformative power of expert orthodontic care? Contact Dr. Payne, your family orthodontist at American River Orthodontics, to schedule your free consultation today. Call us at 916.786.2442 – your brilliant new smile is closer than you think!


Michael H. Payne, DDS, MSD

About the Author

With a curious mind that journeyed from engineering to dentistry, Dr. Michael H. Payne, DDS, MSD, discovered his passion lies in transforming smiles through orthodontics. A former Major in the U.S. Air Force, he excelled in various dental specialties before choosing orthodontics for its intricate challenges and rewarding patient interactions. Today, Dr. Payne is not just an orthodontist but a dedicated educator, keen on guiding his patients through their treatment journeys with personalized care. Board-certified and a member of prestigious dental societies, Dr. Payne’s commitment to excellence is evident. He cherishes the writing of articles for our website, fostering trust and sharing his expertise, making orthodontic care approachable and transparent for all.

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