Your Marion Orthodontist
Dr. Clayton T. Parks is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Master of Science, and Certificate in Orthodontics.
Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics in 2005, Dr. Parks enjoys treating children, adolescents, and adults.
Dr. Jason Schmit was born and raised in Austin, Minnesota. While attending the University of Minnesota, Morris, for his undergraduate education, was named to the Academic All-American Golf Team.
In 1998, Dr. Schmit graduated from the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He earned the highest academic honor by being elected to OKU.
He completed his master’s degree and earned a Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Iowa in 2000.
It has been Dr. Jessica Fuller’s lifelong dream to help people reveal their most beautiful smiles, and she's thankful to live that out today.
Dr. Fuller truly enjoys her work as an orthodontist and values the trust of her patients and their families. She prides herself on providing the highest possible level of care and enjoys working with patients of all ages.
Dr. Fuller is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2009. Upon graduation, Dr. Fuller served four years as a dental officer in the United States Air Force before returning to the University of Iowa to earn her master’s degree and Certificate of Orthodontics.
Dr. Mark Wittchow takes pride in the quality of care he provides for his patients by treating everyone like family. His favorite part of his job is developing relationships with the patients and families he treats.
Dr. Wittchow was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, graduating summa cum laude.
Dr. Wittchow went on to earn his Doctorate in Dental Medicine (DMD) from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. After dental school, he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he completed his Master’s degree in oral biology and earned his Certificate in Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
Traditional braces are one of the most efficient orthodontic tools we have. They're made out of metal or ceramic brackets that are attached to the teeth, then connected by wires and tiny rubber bands or elastics. These brackets, wires, and bands work together to apply the gentle pressure that will gradually move the teeth into the positions we want them to be in if you have regular adjustments with our doctors.
Marion braces are an excellent choice for correcting complex tooth issues. Because they can sometimes work faster at aligning teeth and closing gaps than other treatments might, overall treatment time may be slightly reduced. Braces don't need some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments can, making Marion braces a cost-effective orthodontic option.
Invisalign is incredibly popular with both patients and orthodontists and is the top alternative to traditional braces. Instead of brackets and bands, Marion Invisalign system uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten your teeth.
Invisalign aligners are made of a comfortable plastic material and customized to fit snugly over your teeth. In order to keep your teeth moving in the direction you want them to, you'll generally need to switch your invisible trays out every 1-2 weeks for the next in the series. The Invisalign system can only work if the recommended guidelines are followed exactly! Aligners should be worn 20-22 hours per day throughout treatment. If patients neglect to wear the aligners as directed, it can impede the results and also add time to the orthodontic process.
Invisalign is at its most efficient when correcting many of the most common orthodontic issues. For some complex cases, Invisalign may not be a good option. A free consultation with Parks, Schmit & Fuller Orthodontics will allow us to determine your Invisalign eligibility.
Marion Orthodontics: the right treatment for your smile
Our doctors have many years of experience in providing customized treatment plans for each individual patient. When you visit our Marion office for a free consultation, our talented team will pay special attention to your particular orthodontic needs, as well as your specific tooth shape, the lip movement, and face shape. Using these as the basis for braces of Invisalign treatment results in a beautifully aligned smile that's just right for you.
To learn more about Marion orthodontics, click here to schedule your free consultation with Parks, Schmit & Fuller Orthodontics.