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Options That Fit Your Life

A lot of things have changed since Carlson Orthodontics first began creating beautiful smiles. There have been tremendous advancements, making treatment faster, more comfortable and more enjoyable. Many orthodontists are content to do things “the way they’ve always been done” but not Dr. Carlson and Dr. Hammer. We continually invest in technologies that improve both results and the patient experience. That’s what you’ll find as you scroll down this page. Then, you can find out which option(s) are best for you at your complimentary initial exam.

Treatment for Children

While there is no wrong age for orthodontic treatment, Dr. Carlson and Dr. Hammer believe that the best time to have your child evaluated is between the ages of 7 and 9. At this age, the first permanent teeth (molars) have usually come in and issues with the bite, such as cross-bite, crowding and other problems can be evaluated. In some instances, we will recommend early interceptive treatment to address things that, left for a later time, would take more invasive measures. In many cases, our orthodontists will recommend waiting until the child's permanent teeth are all in, around age 12.

There is no cost for this early evaluation and we’ll even set up periodic exams, and include any photographs or digital x-rays needed to monitor your child’s growth and make sure treatment, if needed, starts at the optimum age. We also use these years to help start your child off on a lifetime of good dental health by making trips to our office fun. They can even earn rewards for good dental hygiene. If you have children between 7 and 9 years of age be sure to set up a free consultation today.

Treatment for Teens & Adults

Options for teens and adults have never been better. At Carlson Orthodontics we offer the Suresmile® System, the Invisalign® System, Invisalign Teen, Clear Braces and Lingual Braces that hide on the back of your teeth for the ultimate invisible option.

Invisalign Treatment from Carlson Orthodontics for Straight Teeth Without Braces

With the Invisalign® System, Dr. Carlson and Dr. Hammer can give teens and adults a beautiful smile, without braces. Invisalign is a great choice for anyone who wants to straighten their teeth without having to change what they eat or how they look during treatment. Sure - lots of doctors say they "do" Invisalign®, but it's important to remember that while Invisalign is a great tool - it's still the experience of the person using the tool that makes it work. Dr. Carlson and Dr. Hammer are orthodontic specialists and Invisalign® Preferred Providers, so you can rest assured they’re a great choice to provide this amazing treatment.


Carlson Orthodontics is the only practice to offer suresmile treatment in Northern Minnesota. It's just one of the ways we live out our commitment to make your experience the best it can be.

suresmile is a great option for children, teens and adults because everyone gets a beautiful smile - and they get it up to 50% faster than with other options, plus enjoy these other benefits:

  • fewer office visits
  • more comfortable (smoother) tooth movement
  • precise movement for beautiful results

Braces That Hide Behind Your Teeth

For the ultimate in control and esthetic treatment, many of our patients choose lingual or hidden braces. Lingual braces hide on the back of your teeth. With lingual braces, Dr. Carlson and Dr. Hammer can straighten your teeth without any visible mechanics. Plus, this approach also works with the Suresmile System so you’ll get to the finish line faster. With lingual braces you’re the only one who ever needs to know you’re in treatment.