Superior Orthodontic treatment for the whole family
Traditional metal braces are so last generation! Our family orthodontist straightens your teeth faster and with less appointments using LightForce™ braces or 3M™ Clarity™ Aligners. American River Orthodontics offers Elk Grove the most esthetic and technologically advanced treatment options around. Getting braces has never been so easy!
Advances in orthodontics have made treatment more comfortable and less noticeable than ever. Straight teeth are attractive and create confidence.
Planmeca ProMax 3D Xray Imaging
The Highest Quality of Orthodontic Care
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 done incorrectly?
American River Orthodontics near Elk Grove uses advanced 3D x-ray imaging to see the thickness of your bone, 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 a lifetime of good oral health - and lots of smiles, of course!
Elk Grove woman getting a 3D xray scan to see the density of bone for ideal treatment with ceramic brackets at American River Orthodontics.
3D xray 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 residents of Elk Grove can see how their face will look before and after straightening their teeth.
Treatment Options Based on your Stage of Life
Orthodontics for 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 kids 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 teen.
Dr. Payne is one of the best orthodontists near Elk Grove to treat children. Having a 3D x-ray in-office, our orthodontist is able to evaluate not only the position of teeth 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.
Traditional Braces vs. LightForce Braces
Want a great option for your kids that makes this stage of life easy? You're in the right place. The LightForce braces we use...
- are less painful than metal brackets
- have less appointments
- don't disrupt your day with emergencies like broken brackets
- offers the least disruption to your child's life
Braces today are nothing like what parents had as kids. We no longer treat patients 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 every, individual tooth.
LightForce Braces 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.
Kids typically LOVE picking out the colors for their braces, and with LightForce braces, those colors can really pop! Your child can have fun expressing themselves with over XX colors to choose. Or if your child prefers for their braces to blend in, tooth-colored, tiny elastics are available too.
Orthodontics for Teens
Invisible Braces for Pre-Teens & Teenagers
Middle school and High School in Elk Grove 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 treatment option at American River Orthodontics. Our goal is to make it easy!
A teen's smile or a teen's teeth should never be a source of embarrassment! This is where clear braces 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 orthodontic services that keep them looking good during treatment.
We have good news...traditional metal braces are not your only option. American River Orthodontics offers Elk Grove teens multiple orthodontic options that are hardly noticeable and are more comfortable so a poorly aligned natural smile can become a beautiful smile quickly.
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.
"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
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 Braces for Teens
LightForce braces are a game changer! They are nothing like the traditional braces your parent's had. These high-tech, 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!
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.
The Difference is Clear
LightForce Braces vs. Shiny Metal Braces
Orthodontics for Adults
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 systemic disease, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, respiratory diseases and Alzheimer's.
Options for Adults & Seniors
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!
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.
MEET THE DOCTOR
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.”