Cooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth can compromise the appearance of a healthy smile. But did you know that these issues can also cause excessive stress on the teeth, leading to more serious problems, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, tooth erosion, and even sleep apnea? Dr. Timothy E. Mickiewicz offers treatments in traditional orthodontics to align the teeth for a function, healthy, and beautiful smile.
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We offer orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages. Because our office is situated directly across the street from Sutter Middle School, we see many students and parents. These patients enjoy the convenience of our location, as they can easily schedule appointments before and after school. No matter what your age, we can help you achieve the smile you desire.
Orthodontics for Children
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends taking your child for their first orthodontic screening around age seven. Because many permanent teeth have erupted by this point, it is an excellent time to identify any potential problems. If misalignment or malocclusion is due to a skeletal factor, the issue is much easier to correct while your child’s jawbones are still developing. In some cases, postponing treatment could mean more costly and extensive procedures later on.
Many children will not require orthodontic treatment until they are older – around the age of 11 or 12. In these cases, Dr. Mickiewicz can simply monitor your child’s growth and development until the appropriate time.
Orthodontics for Teens
Generally, permanent teeth are fully erupted by the age of 12. Exact treatment recommendations will depend on your teen’s specific needs. However, it is common for patients to begin orthodontic treatment between the ages of 12 and 16.
Teens are unique. They are not children anymore, but not adults yet, either. Their appearance plays a significant role in self-esteem and confidence. While many teens like the idea of straightening their teeth, some are concerned about the social implications of wearing braces. That is why we offer different options at our practice. As your teen prepares for orthodontics, we will help you find a treatment solution that will keep everyone happy.
Orthodontics for Adults
Braces are not just for children and teens! Now more than ever, adults are taking advantage of orthodontic treatment. Many simply wish to enhance the appearance of their smile, while others want to improve their bite function and overall oral health. No matter what your motivation for treatment, we have options for you. Dr. Mickiewicz can help you find a solution that will fit in with your busy schedule and budget.
Types of Braces
The type of treatment recommended for you will exclusively depend on the severity of your condition. At our practice, we offer several different treatment combinations to meet your unique needs:
- Traditional metal braces: Probably what you think of when you picture braces, the traditional type is comprised of metal brackets, wires, and bands. These elements work together to gently move your teeth into their new, desired positions. Made from surgical steel, today’s braces are far more sleek and elegant than their older counterparts. Braces are incredibly effective for correcting a wide array of orthodontic issues, both mild and severe.
- Invisalign®: For teens and adults who want a more discreet version of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign could be an option. In contrast to metal braces, Invisalign moves the teeth using a series of removable plastic trays. Because the aligners are virtually invisible, most people will not be able to tell you are straightening your teeth. Learn more about Invisalign here.
- AcceleDent® Optima™: “Is there a way to make my treatment go faster?” This is a question we hear quite a bit. Fortunately, innovations in technology have made it possible. AcceleDent can accelerate your treatment by up to 50 percent! This revolutionary device can also make your orthodontic treatment more comfortable. Learn more about AcceleDent here.
“I have had headache issues for the last 35 years. Every morning greeted me with a headache. I’ve been to many doctors and have had many X-rays and cat scans of my head and neck. I was treated for migraines and neck issues. Nothing worked. I went to Dr. Mickiewicz two months ago and his diagnosis was TMJ. He fitted me with an appliance and the results are amazing. I have been back twice to have him adjust the appliance as my jaw loosens and adjusts, and he is always very patient with my extra-long explanations. I wish I had known him 35 years ago. FYI – I am now waking up without headaches – it is a good start to any day. Thanks Dr. Mick!”Lily S.
“I have been seeing Dr Mickiewicz for over two years and am very satisfied with his services. I have a sleep apnea problem and rarely was getting any good nights rest. My medical doctor suggested I wear a large breathing machine… so I went ahead and got one and tried it out and and had nothing but problems trying to sleep with this large breathing machine strapped to my head. Then I saw Dr Mickiewicz and he has found the simplest and most affordable solution with my custom made mouthpiece that reshapes my jaw position just while I sleep! Bingo– no more sleep issues and also no more large breathing machine to struggle with! I am very grateful for his expertise and experience with sleep issues.”Tony A.
“I recently visited Dr. Mickiewicz after years of suffering from sleep apnea and no success using conventional CPAP machines. I was fitted with dental appliance in an effort to resolve the problem. Frankly, I was skeptical, but I am so pleased with the early results. I just started using the device last week and I am already seeing an improvement in the quality of my sleep. From my first contact with Dr. Mickiewicz, it was immediately apparent that his grasp of the issues surrounding sleep apnea were light years ahead of his peers. He is a true professional and I enthusiastically recommend him.”Don B.
“Always a great experience at this dental office. The front office has your paperwork prepared before you arrive. Everyone is very nice and friendly and hardworking. My teeth are thoroughly cleaned when I visit. This place is a step above the rest with the right amount of class and comfort.”Kara S.
“When I went to see Dr. Mickiewicz my jaw was locking up on me because my TMJ was so bad and my doctor didn’t really know what to do for me. This man changed my life. At my first visit I couldn’t even yawn without my jaw locking in the open position. At my last visit I could yawn and even chew steak without my jaw hurting.”Jewel L.
“I have spent thousands of dollars out of pocket to dentists for my TMJ problems with no lasting relief. Dr. Mickiewicz was able to give me relief after years of pain. I am also able to utilize my medical insurance for his services adding credibility to his level of service that goes beyond common dentistry. His extensive knowledge of the disorder was clear; combined with his personable disposition put me at ease. His staff also deserves mention they are true professionals with a clear constitution for compassion.”Cathleen J.
“My husband and I have gone to Dr. Mickiewicz for years after a recommendation of a coworker. Kind of strange to say that going to the dentist is an enjoyable experience – but it is! After years of having tense and painful visits to other dentists in Sacramento, we have found the right DDS for us: above average in all areas. He is an excellent practitioner, listens to all symptoms and concerns, answers all questions patiently and repeats as necessary. Gives us time to make any decisions about our dental care if we are hesitant, and encourages second opinions. His chair-side manner is relaxed and personable – which helps me relax. He is stuck with us for life! Thanks Dr. Mickiewicz and staff!”T.P.
Contact Us to Learn More about Orthodontics
If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or a family member, Dr. Mickiewicz can help. To schedule a consultation or get answers to you questions about braces and other orthodontic appliances, contact our Sacramento, CA dental practice today.