American River Orthodontics

Family Orthodontist Citrus Heights, CA

Superior Orthodontic Treatment for the Whole Family

American River Orthodontics specializes in family orthodontics for Citrus Heights. Dr Michael Payne is a family orthodontist who offers the most esthetic and technologically advanced treatment options for a healthy, stunning smile. Come in for a free consultation to see how we can straighten your teeth faster and with less appointments than traditional orthodontics.

Advances in orthodontic care have made treatment more comfortable and less noticeable than ever before. Straight teeth are attractive and create confidence.

– American Association of Orthodontists
Happy excited teenager rocking clear aligners to straighten her teeth in Citrus Heights


The Highest Quality of Orthodontic Care for Citrus Heights

Did you know that the movement of teeth can affect the position of the lips and jaw, changing the overall appearance of a face? Did you know that teeth can be moved right out of the bone if Treatment is done incorrectly?

American River Orthodontics near Citrus Heights uses advanced 3D x-ray imaging to see the thickness of your jaw, enabling us to customize your tooth movement. This is particularly important in children and teens as their bones grow and develop. Having this 3D imaging technology in-office enables us to safely change a child’s smile setting them up for their full oral health needs and a lifetime of good oral health – and lots of smiles, of course!

A Testimonial for Patients of Citrus Heights…

Not only is Dr. Payne a fabulous Dr., but he is also a genuinely good man. He also hires only the best staff and they all truly care about their patients. Thank you all! – Lisa T.

Woman getting 3D X-ray scan to check bone density at American River Orthodontics near Citrus Heights, CA
A patient gets a 3D x-ray scan to see the density of bone for ideal dental care with ceramic brackets at American River Orthodontics.
3D xray scans show the thickness of bone around each tooth Citrus Heights
3D x-ray scans show the thickness of bone around each tooth to ideally treat patients with ceramic braces, Damon braces, lingual braces, or any traditional braces.

With Planmeca ProFace®, we can adapt a photo of a patient’s face to the tooth movement planned so that patients can see how their face will look before and after straightening their teeth.

Treatment Options Based on your Stage of Life

Children 7-10

The best time for your child to have a first orthodontic exam is when they are 7 years old.

Pre-Teens & Teens

The field of teen orthodontics has come a long way!


Advances in technology and orthodontic techniques have created new opportunities for adults.


Straight teeth can help preserve bone and prevent tooth loss, improve dental hygiene and even extend your life!


Orthodontist for Citrus Heights Kids

Children 7 to 10

The American Academy of Orthodontics recommends that a child’s mouth be evaluated for orthodontic treatment at 7 year’s old. This is the age where most youths are losing their baby teeth and the permanent teeth are coming in. An orthodontic evaluation at this age is crucial as we can help guide the adult teeth to a good position – reducing the amount of time the child is in full, orthodontic treatment as a teenager.

Dr. Payne is one of the best orthodontists near Citrus Heights to treat children. Having a 3D x-ray in-office, the doctor is able to evaluate not only the positioning, but the density of bone in which those teeth lie. Everyone’s jaw bone develops differently and we use this advanced technology to help ensure that every child smile is functional for a healthy life.

Young boy is happy about his new family orthodontist near Citrus Heights, CA
82% believe straight, bright teeth help you get ahead in life. – American Dental Association

Orthodontic treatment can reduce the risk of dental trauma in children by up to 50% by properly aligning protruding front teeth.

Smiling girl with braces on skateboard near Citrus Heights, CA

Traditional Metal vs. LightForce™ Braces

Want a great option for your kids that makes this stage of life easy? You’re in the right place. LightForce braces…

  • are less painful than metal brackets
  • require fewer appointments
  • don’t disrupt your day with emergencies like broken brackets
  • offers the least disruption to your child’s life

Dental braces today are nothing like what many parents had as kids. We no longer treat individual with traditional metal, one-size-fits-all brackets and wires in our office! We use LightForce – small, clear brackets that are each custom made for each individual tooth.

LightForce Cost the Same as Traditional Braces in Our Office

The idea of 3D printed brackets makes most people think this option is too expensive. At American River Orthodontics, we charge the same price for our high-tech, translucent braces as we would for traditional metal braces.

Colored Braces

Kids typically LOVE picking out the colors for their braces, and with LightForce, those colors can really pop! Your child can have fun expressing themselves with all the colors of the rainbow to choose from – or if your child prefers for their braces to blend in, tooth-colored, tiny elastics are available too.

Girl with colored LightForce brackets Citrus Heights, CA
With LightForce, patients can choose to go “invisible” or go bold with fun, colored braces.


Teenagers hanging out together in the Sacramento area

The ADA found that 33% of young adults avoid smiling due to the condition of their mouth & teeth. At American River Orthodontics we create smiles that change lives!


Invisible Braces for Pre-Teens & Teenagers

Middle school and High School in Citrus Heights can be hard. Smiling shouldn’t be! Wearing braces can make any teen self-conscious. Give your child or teen a boost of self-confidence with a nearly invisible option at American River Orthodontics. Our goal is to make it easy!

A teen’s smile should never be a source of embarrassment! This is where clear brackets for kids and teens become important. Several studies have demonstrated that smiling can increase confidence and often lead to a more successful career at work and in the community.

We know that teen patients want professional orthodontic services that keep them looking good during treatment, not just after.

We have good news…traditional metal braces are not your only option. American River Orthodontics offers Citrus Heights teens multiple orthodontic options that are hardly noticeable and are more comfortable so a poorly aligned natural smile can become a beautiful smile quickly.

Orthodontic treatment helps 75% of teenagers maintain better oral hygiene and prevent gum disease, according to the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research.

Clear Aligners for Teens

3M™ Clarity™ Aligners

There’s no doubt that Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are the most popular removable aligners on the market. In fact, American River Orthodontics was a significant provider of Invisalign for many years. But new technology has been developed in recent years that has converted our office to provide exceptional orthodontic treatment with 3M Clarity Aligners.

American River Orthodontics offers 3M Clarity aligners for Citrus Heights, CA

“As an orthodontist, I feel I’m able to provide superior results for both teens and adults with 3M™ Clarity™ aligners for two reasons. First, I am able to choose between two aligner materials throughout treatment enabling us to customize tooth movement with light pressure or more pressure as needed. Second, back teeth such as molars can be very hard to move with aligners alone. If needed, I am able to incorporate braces seamlessly into my 3M digital treatment plan ensuring the child’s permanent teeth are in an ideal position for a life-long, stunning smile.”

– Dr. Michael Payne

Citrus Heights woman smiles as she inserts clear aligner
3M Clarity uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. You can smile more during treatment and after.

Change your smile, not your lifestyle

These aligners enable teens to get their best smile without interfering with their life. Clear aligners fit in with any extracurricular activities. So whether you’re swimming the 50-meter race, throwing the football out on the field, or playing the clarinet in the school band, you don’t have to worry about your braces getting in the way.

  • Eat Whatever You Want
  • Keep Oral Hygiene Simple
  • Have Less Appointments
  • Have a Beautiful Smile While Your Teeth are Moving

Aligners are a great option for teens who don’t want to wear traditional braces. 3M Clarity aligners are very similar to Invisalign aligners in terms of being clear, removable aligners that straighten teeth. But our teen patients love that 3M aligners appear to be more clear than Invisalign aligners – making treatment nearly invisible!

Clear Braces for Teens

LightForce Clear Braces for Teens

LightForce braces are a game changer! They are nothing like the traditional braces your parent’s had and are much more high-tech than common ceramic braces. These translucent braces offer convenience and faster results. They are cutting-edge dental braces that unite modern 3D-printing technology with a fully digital treatment plan to provide a great experience as you journey toward a confident, amazing smile.

Wearing braces has never looked so good!

Smiling teen girls wearing LightForce braces near Citrus Heights, CA
Unlike traditional braces, LightForce braces and 3M Clarity aligners are 3D printed, clear braces customized to the contour of your teeth. The journey to a confident, healthy smile is easier than ever.


LightForce Braces vs. Shiny Metal Braces

LightForce Braces

Shiny Metal Braces

3D printed to the contour of each tooth One-size-fits-all, flat backed brackets
Digital treatment plan before we start A manual plan that commonly needs modification
Virtually No Emergencies Broken brackets & pokey wires are common
A digital plan means less appointments A manual plan means checking progress regularly

Adults & Seniors

American River Orthodontics provides orthodontic treatment for adults and seniors near Citrus Heights, CA


Clear Braces for Adults & Seniors

Never got to straighten your teeth? Or maybe you did and they’ve shifted over the years?

Adult orthodontics has come a long way since those noticeable braces you had as a kid. The benefits of seeing an orthodontist are numerous. Not only do you leave looking incredible, but straighter teeth are easier to clean and therefore gives you a healthier mouth.

Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. Numerous studies show a significant link between oral health and dental health, and systemic disease, such as heart attack, strokediabetesrespiratory diseases and Alzheimer’s.

Retirement Age ≠ Bad Teeth

Straight teeth can:

  • preserve bone and prevent tooth loss
  • improve dental hygiene
  • save money by preventing dental issues
  • increase confidence
  • improve general health
  • extends your life – really
Grandpa and granddaughters playing and smiling in the kitchen of their Citrus Heights home
Unlike traditional braces, LightForce braces and 3M Clarity aligners are 3D printed, clear braces customized to the contour of your teeth. The journey to a confident, healthy smile is easier than ever.

88% of adults who received orthodontic treatment reported improvements in social interactions and relationships, according to the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

Senior couple smiling outside the family orthodontic office after an appointment

Options for Adults & Seniors in Citrus Heights

3M™ Clarity™ Aligners

Just like Invisalign, 3M Clarity Aligners are nearly invisible, making the journey to a beautiful smile discreet. The removable aligners are comfortable and don’t interfere with your lifestyle. Patients love wearing these new aligners and the results are amazing!

LightForce™ Braces

Modern LightForce braces are built for you – and only you. Each bracket is customized using some of the world’s most sophisticated 3D Printing technology. This precision results in shorter treatment times, fewer office visits and more comfort.

Beautiful Smiles for the Whole Family

American River Orthodontics is your single source for the entire family’s orthodontic concerns and dental visits. We offer clear braces and clear aligners for kids, teens, adults and seniors. Dr. Payne can provide whatever treatment options are best suited for you and your family’s needs.

3 generations of a family all with stunning smiles after visiting the family orthodontist for Citrus Heights

Top Doctor for Citrus Heights

Dr. Michael H. Payne

Creating Smiles that Change Lives

“When I was in college, I spent a great deal of time evaluating different careers from engineering to computer science. I returned to the original suggestion of medicine and concluded that dentistry would be the best fit for my interests and abilities. I have always enjoyed mechanics and helping people. I spent eight years as a general dentist on active duty in the United States Air Force attaining the rank of Major. During those eight years, I had the opportunity to practice within all the specialties and selected my favorite, orthodontics. This provides the most challenge and favorable interaction with patients.”

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Dr Michael Payne, one of the best family orthodontists for Citrus Heights near Szymanowski Orthodontics, Markham Orthodontics and Holt Orthodontics

FREE Consultation at Citrus Height’s Top Family Orthodontist: Don’t Miss Out!

At American River Orthodontics, we understand that choosing the right family orthodontist is a big decision. That’s why we’re offering new patients a FREE consultation with Dr. Michael Payne, a leading family orthodontist near Citrus Heights, CA. This is the perfect opportunity to discuss your orthodontic needs, explore treatment options, and get expert advice tailored to your unique situation.

During your free consultation, you can expect:

  • A thorough examination of your teeth, bite, and facial structure
  • An in-depth discussion of your orthodontic concerns and goals
  • A customized treatment plan, including recommendations for braces or clear aligners
  • A detailed estimate of treatment costs, insurance coverage, and payment options

Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer! Book your FREE consultation today and start your journey toward a healthier, more confident smile with Dr. Michael Payne and the American River Orthodontics team.

Schedule Your Free Consultation Now

Ready to claim your free orthodontic consultation? Click the button below to request an appointment or give us a call at (916) 486-4233. We can’t wait to welcome you to the American River Orthodontics family!

Orthodontist Near You

Conveniently Located Near Citrus Heights, CA

Transform your smile with the help of an expert, family orthodontist near Citrus Heights
American River Orthodontics
3406 American River Drive, Suite E
Sacramento, CA 95864

916-486-4233 Phone

Call or text us today!

916-486-3626 Fax

American River Orthodontics proudly serves the following Citrus Heights, CA zip codes:

95610 / 95611 / 95621 / 95841

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