The Benefits of Seeing an Orthodontist In Your Local Community

Here at Parks, Schmit and Fuller Orthodontics, we value your dental health and our goal is to be your orthodontic treatment provider of choice.  All four of our doctors are board-certified in orthodontics.  We are locally owned and are raising our families in the Cedar Rapids and Marion communities. Keep reading to learn the benefits of eeeing an orthodontist in your local community

What are the benefits of seeing a local orthodontist? 

Professional consultation 

In-person orthodontic care includes a personalized visit with one of our trained specialists. Dr. Parks, Dr. Schmit, Dr. Fuller or Dr. Wittchow will quickly put you at ease while providing an individual approach so that you will be confident knowing that you can have a great-looking and healthy smile! 

Moment-to-moment updates 

Oftentimes, treatment plans may need adjusting between visits based on reactions to your realignment procedures, newly-discovered issues, or a variety of other factors.  Dr. Parks, Dr. Schmit, Dr. Fuller and Dr. Wittchow are on-hand and ready to make personalized adjustments to your care. 

Face-to-face Treatment Plans

Dr. Parks, Dr. Schmit, Dr. Fuller, and Dr. Wittchow are award-winning professionals with years of experience. They will quickly put you at ease while providing an individual approach to your process that will ensure a great-looking and healthy smile! 


Parks, Schmit and Fuller Orthodontics is open Monday through Friday.  We offer convenient appointment options and have locations throughout the Cedar Rapids and Marion communities.  Our phone is answered 24 hours-per-day- 7 days-per-week, in the event you experience an emergency outside office hours.  

The Benefits of Seeing an Orthodontist In Your Local Community

What are some reasons to see an orthodontist? 


In the case of an overbite, the upper front teeth overlap or cover part of the lower front teeth. This can lead to excessive wear of tooth enamel or inflammation of the palatal tissues. 

Traditional braces or clear aligners (Invisalign or 3M Clarity) are necessary to correct an overbite. 


Also known as an anterior crossbite, this is where the lower jaw sits out in front of the upper jaw. When not corrected, underbites make chewing difficult and prevent normal jaw function.

Dr. Parks, Dr. Schmit, Dr. Fuller, or Dr. Wittchow will work closely with you to help reshape the jaw or redirect jaw growth to develop a proper bite.


This refers to the misalignment of either the teeth, jaws or both, in which upper teeth sit inside lower teeth. Untreated crossbites may lead to chin asymmetries (deviation forward or to the left or right side of the face) which, left untreated, may become permanent.  

Also, crossbites resulting from a narrow upper jaw are easier to treat in 7-10-year-old patients. At this age, patients experience almost no discomfort while widening the maxillae.  As patients age, the amount of pressure necessary to create expansion increases, until the age at which the only way to widen the jaw requires surgery.


Crowding results from not having enough space for teeth to erupt normally.  This may be due to the jaw being too small, the teeth being too large, or baby teeth being lost prematurely.  As we monitor dental development and tooth eruption, we will help to ensure teeth have the space to erupt properly, which often-times will save the need to solve other problems later.

The Benefits of Seeing an Orthodontist In Your Local Community

Join Our Family! 

And there you have it! You’ve learned all about why it’s important to have your very own orthodontist! Not only that, but you are all caught up on a few of the typical bite problems you may want to come in for. Here at Parks, Schmit & Fuller Orthodontics, we know that an informed patient is a happy patient, so great job on taking the initiative to learn more!! We offer complimentary consultations, flexible scheduling, and (if we don’t say so ourselves) the warmest, most inclusive environment you will find for all your orthodontic care needs. Call today at 319-363-3575 to schedule your visit!