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.schedule my evaluation
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No one should have to wait for a beautiful smile. We offer flexible payment plans with no interest financing for your orthodontic treatment.Request a Payment Plan
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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!
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.
Orthodontic and General Dentistry Informational Links
Below we have provided links to other sites that include valuable information regarding maintaining good oral hygiene. We hope you find these sites helpful and informative!
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.
No. Although family dentists may refer patients, many patients schedule orthodontic examinations on their own.
No. 1 out of 5 orthodontic patients is an adult.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontic specialist by the age of seven.
Foods that are hard and sticky that break brackets and bend wires should be avoided.
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.
Treatment times vary depending on the individual and the difficulty of the case.
In some cases, patients must have teeth extracted. Your orthodontist will discuss your options with you during your orthodontic exam.
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.
We offer flexible payment plans for braces and also accept most insurance plans.
We use rubber bands in conjunction with the braces to move and correct the bite.
We do not recommend any bleaching toothpaste or products while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontists have specialized training that allows them to offer you the best comprehensive orthodontic care.
No there is no referral needed to see an Orthodontist.
In most cases yes. Properly aligned teeth are essential to overall oral health and possible prevention of oral diseases.
We will provide you with information on necessary treatment, timelines for treatment care, and the total cost with payment plan options.
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.
There are other types of braces. Tooth-colored or invisible braces and ceramic braces are available to straighten your teeth.
Yes, but studies show that there is a 98% chance that most children will need braces.
Treatment times depend on the difficulty of the case and what needs to be done.
Appointment times can vary between 4-8 weeks.
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.
Yes. You can play sports, but a mouth guard should be used to protect your braces and teeth.
Yes. You should see your general dentist every 3-6 months while you are wearing 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.
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.
Following the recommended guidelines of brushing after every meal and flossing at least once at night.
Yes, you do. Food particles should not be on the brackets or wires.
Yes, it is very important to maintain excellent oral hygiene while in orthodontic treatment to avoid gum disease and cavities.
Yes, you can still play an instrument while wearing braces.
There is the option of clear aligner therapy if you qualify.
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.
Yes. Orthodontic treatment is necessary either via braces or clear aligners to properly align your teeth.
No. Modern braces are much smaller and the wires are lighter allowing for faster, gentler tooth movement.