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For Patients

We know that the first step towards a beautiful smile begins with selecting a capable orthodontist that you can rely on.


Free Orthodontic Evaluation

After your exam, Dr. Griffin and her friendly staff will inform you of your specific treatment needs. We’ll also discuss the length of time for care, and cost to make it possible for you to achieve a beautiful smile.

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Flexible Payment Plan

No one should have to wait for a beautiful smile. We offer flexible payment plans with no interest financing for your orthodontic treatment.

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Visit any of our Chicago-area orthodontic locations and we will start you on your journey to a beautiful smile today!

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Patient Resources and Helpful Information

Griffin Orthodontics is committed to providing our patients with the knowledge and tools necessary to make the best choices when it comes to their orthodontic and dental care in Beverly and West Beverly, Illinois. Click on the links below for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of some of the questions we get asked most frequently from our patients. If you have a question that isn't answered below, feel free to give us a call and our team at Griffin Orthodontics will be happy to assist you.

Do I have to have a referral from my family dentist to schedule an orthodontic appointment?

No. Although family dentists may refer patients, many patients schedule orthodontic examinations on their own.

Am I too old to get braces? Nobody my age has braces.

No. 1 out of 5 orthodontic patients is an adult.

At what age should my child see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontic specialist by the age of seven.

Should I avoid certain foods when wearing braces?

Foods that are hard and sticky that break brackets and bend wires should be avoided.

How do I clean my braces? Do I need a special toothbrush?

You can use a regular toothbrush as long as you use a circular motion and clean the teeth and teeth gums. You should floss at night to remove any food from in between the teeth.

How long do I have to wear braces?

Treatment times vary depending on the individual and the difficulty of the case.

Do I have to get my teeth pulled if I get braces?

In some cases, patients must have teeth extracted. Your orthodontist will discuss your options with you during your orthodontic exam.

How long do I have to wear my retainers?

For the first year, you should wear your retainers all the time, except for when you are eating or brushing. After that, nightly wear is recommended. But, NEVER THROW YOUR RETAINERS AWAY.

Can I afford braces? How do I pay for braces?

We offer flexible payment plans for braces and also accept most insurance plans.

What are rubber bands used for?

We use rubber bands in conjunction with the braces to move and correct the bite.

Can I get my teeth bleached/whitened while wearing braces?

We do not recommend any bleaching toothpaste or products while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Why should I choose an orthodontist to straighten my teeth?

Orthodontists have specialized training that allows them to offer you the best comprehensive orthodontic care.

Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?

No there is no referral needed to see an Orthodontist.

Are braces really necessary?

In most cases yes. Properly aligned teeth are essential to overall oral health and possible prevention of oral diseases.

What type of information will I receive at the orthodontic consultation?

We will provide you with information on necessary treatment, timelines for treatment care, and the total cost with payment plan options.

What are the benefits of early treatment?

Phase I treatment is used to correct and prevent problems early while primary teeth are present which allows permanent teeth to properly erupt into the mouth.

I’m not a candidate for Invisalign – what are my other options?

There are other types of braces. Tooth-colored or invisible braces and ceramic braces are available to straighten your teeth.

Is it possible that my child’s teeth will naturally straighten out, as they grow older?

Yes, but studies show that there is a 98% chance that most children will need braces.

How long does treatment take?

Treatment times depend on the difficulty of the case and what needs to be done.

How often do I have to show up for appointments when I get braces?

Appointment times can vary between 4-8 weeks.

Does getting braces really hurt?

No, we use very light wires at the beginning of treatment to decrease the amount of discomfort while chewing. The mild discomfort will last about two days. We have patients that often say they did not experience any pain or discomfort.

Am I allowed to play sports with braces?

Yes. You can play sports, but a mouth guard should be used to protect your braces and teeth.

Is it necessary that I see my family dentist while wearing braces?

Yes. You should see your general dentist every 3-6 months while you are wearing braces.

How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

You should brush after every meal. If that is not possible, you should rinse your mouth with water until you can brush your teeth.

Is it possible for me to wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

Yes, you can wear braces with missing teeth. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to properly align the teeth so that the general dentist can accurately replace missing teeth after your braces are removed.

How do I take care of my teeth if I'm wearing braces or a retainer?

Following the recommended guidelines of brushing after every meal and flossing at least once at night.

Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?

Yes, you do. Food particles should not be on the brackets or wires.

Do I still need dental checkups every six months, when I have braces?

Yes, it is very important to maintain excellent oral hygiene while in orthodontic treatment to avoid gum disease and cavities.

Can I play an instrument with braces?

Yes, you can still play an instrument while wearing braces.

Are there any alternatives to braces?

There is the option of clear aligner therapy if you qualify.

What does "Phase I" and "Phase II" treatment mean?

In Phase One we focus on developing the dental arches, which allow the permanent teeth to properly erupt. Phase Two of the orthodontic treatment is needed after the eruption of the permanent teeth to ensure that balance is established amongst the teeth, tongue, lips, and cheeks During this phase bite correction is also finalized.

Other than making teeth look good, are braces really necessary?

Yes. Orthodontic treatment is necessary either via braces or clear aligners to properly align your teeth.

I had braces as a kid and hated them. Are they still as bad?

No. Modern braces are much smaller and the wires are lighter allowing for faster, gentler tooth movement.