Orthodontics is About More Than Straight Teeth


A different approach to orthodontics.

The focus of almost all orthodontic practitioners today is crooked teeth, the straightening of which are the bread and butter of the orthodontic trade. But, crooked teeth, besides their impact on appearance, are virtually harmless.

However, they are a signal of a more fundamental problem – poor development of the jaws and facial structures, which influence much more vital functions.

At Sacramento Wellness Orthodontics, our approach is functional orthodontics treatment, which provides more significant long-term success as a substantial alternative to traditional orthodontics.

Functional orthodontics includes all treatments that focus on the alignment of teeth and jaws in children and adults and focuses on the facial structures and the causes of malocclusion (bad bite).

We offer a full range of orthodontic solutions for children, teens, and adults.

Modern industrial societies are plagued by small jaws and crowded, ill-aligned teeth, a condition that the dental profession refers to as “malocclusion” (literally “bad bite”). Malocclusion is often accompanied by mouth breathing. Together, the two are not only the enemy of beauty, but they tend to reduce our quality of life and make us more susceptible to disease.

Traditional orthodontics has persuaded us that braces can correct these problems. While teeth can certainly be straightened, what about the underlying causes of this rapid shift in oral evolution and the health risks posed by obstructed airways?

Functional orthodontics is concerned with how the teeth are arranged, but it works to correct problems with the teeth in conjunction with those of jaw size and facial structures.

Helping the jaws grow to their full genetic potential helps arrange the teeth far more efficiently, especially since much of the eruption can happen naturally.

Therefore, we divide our treatment into two distinct phases:

  • Phase one is devoted to laying the foundation for facial growth and airway development in the child.
  • Phase two is the arrangement of the teeth, both functional and aesthetic.

Just as in building a house, laying a foundation is necessary before doing the interior decorating.

When a house is well designed with proper room sizes and layout, placing the decor is simpler and the room spaces function well. If the house is built with odd-shaped rooms and narrow hallways, getting the furniture in place within the rooms becomes a problem. Helping the jaws to grow to their full genetic potential makes the arrangement of the teeth far easier, especially since much of the eruption can happen naturally.

The goal of the new orthodontic treatment model has little to do with the teeth. It has everything to do with helping the jaws grow fully and allowing airway spaces open up to full size. The outcomes of early treatment are lessening the need for compensations and to see that the healthy habits needed for proper growth are established.

There are at least three goals we work to achieve:

  • The first goal is to diagnose and treat any deficiency of the teeth alignment that affects overall patient health.
  • The second goal is to provide correct function, aligning the bite, and either preventing or addressing TMJ problems.
  • The third is, of course, creating a beautiful, long-lasting, healthy smile.

There are different approaches to the same problem. It is up to the parent or adult patient to choose. But there is something to keep in mind when deciding. While traditional orthodontics gives you straight teeth, functional orthodontics provides a beautiful face and straight teeth. The choice is yours!


The dentists and staff at our office fully believe in the value and improvement in health that can be achieved through functional orthodontics. We are continually learning and evolving to make the treatments more predictable and beneficial for patients.


Orthodontics is a big decision, and we believe in a thorough evaluation of each individual to provide personalized treatment recommendations. We are very grateful to be part of this journey to wellness for you and/or your child.

Serving Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Loomis, North Highlands, Orangevale, Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, Roseville, Sacramento, West Sacramento

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Comfort, Safety, Convenience

Dear Friend,

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing at Sacramento Wellness Orthodontics has remained the same: our constant commitment to your safety.

As you have undoubtedly seen during your visits to our office, infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. Our strict processes have consistently made the care you receive safe and comfortable.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We continue to closely monitor the recommendations of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

Additionally, we upgraded filtration in office air circulation, and every half hour to an hour, we wipe down the waiting room and shared spaces with disinfectant.

The primary objective of the COVID-19 Control and Prevention Plan we implement in our office is to minimize your and our team’s exposure to COVID-19. Wherever possible, we apply all necessary work practice controls. Every employee has access to and is required to use personal protective equipment (PPE).  

When it is time for your next appointment, you may see some changes, along with our already strict infection control protocols. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you ahead of your appointment to ask some screening questions. We’ll ask you those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • When entering the office, we will ask you to use hand sanitizer, which we will supply. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our reception area will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys, and other items that cannot be adequately disinfected. You are encouraged to bring your iPad, reading materials, etc.
  • We will manage appointments to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered slightly limited options for scheduling your appointment.

We will do our best to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the office at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.  

We value your trust and we look forward to welcoming you in the safest way possible.


The Sacramento Wellness Orthodontics Team