American River Orthodontics

Family Orthodontist Midtown Sacramento, CA

Superior Orthodontic treatment for the whole family

Welcome to American River Orthodontics! We invite you to visit our family orthodontist with a free consultation. Our family orthodontic office near Midtown Sacramento, CA, specializes in giving kids, teens and adults the healthy, stunning smile you've always wanted.


Advances in orthodontics have made treatment more comfortable and less noticeable than ever. Straight teeth are attractive and create confidence.
– American Association of Orthodontists

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 Midtown Sacramento 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!

Midtown Sacramento 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 Midtown Sacramento can see how their face will look before and after straightening their teeth.

Treatment Options Based on your Stage of Life


"82% believe straight, bright teeth help you get ahead in life." - The American Dental Association

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 Midtown Sacramento 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.

With LightForce, patients can choose to go bold with brightly colored brackets.

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.

Colored 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.


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!

Orthodontics for Teens

Invisible Braces for Pre-Teens & Teenagers

Middle school and High School in Midtown Sacramento 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 Midtown Sacramento 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

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

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.

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

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!

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. 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.


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.”


Conveniently Located

American River Orthodontics
3406 American River Drive, Ste E
Sacramento, CA 95864

American River Orthodontics proudly serves the following Midtown Sacramento, CA zip codes: 95816


Sacramento, Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Land Park, Citrus Heights, Roseville, Midtown Sacramento, East Sacramento, North Sacramento, Elk Grove

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3406 American River Dr

Sacramento, CA 95864


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