Join our family of orthodontic patients in Vernon, CT!
At Deborah S. Griffin DMD, LLCLearn more about us on the homepage, we do orthodontics a little differently. Dr. Griffin and our team aim to create a family-friendly environment where everyone feels completely comfortable and accepted. Have questions? Concerns? Contact us with any questions, we look forward to taking care of you and aligning your smile.
Convenient Orthodontics in Vernon, CT
Everything you need to start your orthodontic journey is at our nicely located office!
We acknowledge how precious your time is, which is why we provide you with various appointment options.
Do you have any questions? Feel free to contact us!
Dr. Griffin and her staff are fabulous! My daughter and son have both been using this office for years and we couldn't be happier with the service and their new smiles. I highly recommend Dr. Griffin.
Karen R. (Actual Parent)
Dr. Griffin answers the questions that matter the most about orthodontics.
At what age should my child be seen for an initial orthodontic evaluation?
The American Association of OrthodontistsOpens a new window to the AAO website recommends children be seen by age 7. This is the age that the permanent first molars are erupted and start establishing the back bite or occlusion.
Do braces or Invisalign® hurt?
Braces can cause a bit of discomfort from time to time but generally, braces do not “hurt”. If soreness occurs after braces are placed or a wire change, pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil can be used at your discretion. For Invisalign®Learn more about our Invisalign, there might be just a little discomfort for the first day or two.
Are there foods I need to avoid while I have braces?
Yes. Once treatment begins, foods which are overly hard, chewy, or sticky need to be avoided. This includes ice, popcorn, hard candy, beef jerky, raw uncut vegetables, taffy, and caramel, for example.
Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
Unfortunately, everyone cannot get an after-school appointment every time to keep it fair to all our patients. We do our best to work around your obligations to minimize missed school time and are open during school vacations.
What is an emergency appointment? How are emergencies handled?
If your braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks or becomes loose, you should call our officeClick to call. In most cases, the problem can be addressed over the phone. In some cases, a trip to our office is necessary, and we do our best to accommodate you as quickly and conveniently as possible.
Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
It is never too late for braces. Actually, 25% of all orthodontic patients are adults. There are less noticeable alternatives to traditional metal braces, including ceramic braces and Invisalign®. If you have crowns or missing teeth, this will not inhibit you from being a candidate for treatment. Teeth with crowns move just like regular teeth.
In the case of missing teeth, orthodontic treatment can help to align teeth adjacent to the area so that your dentist can recommend a suitable replacement.