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I want to personally congratulate you on exploring orthodontic treatment for you or a family member. Things aren’t like they used to be… very few extractions, no headgear, no expanders in most cases, and a lot more comfortable treatment. Believe it or not, the majority of my practice is comprised of adults (told you times have changed), but we LOVE treating children and adolescents. My background in surgery and medicine has caused me to think much differently about orthodontic treatment. Much more holistically. I’m focused on airway and breathing, on esthetics and function – in that order. Our office experience is unlike anything you’ve ever imagined an orthodontic office could be. Take a look at our reviews at your leisure, people love it here because we love what we do, and we do it in a way that nobody else does. Period.

Meet Us


Orthodontic Technician

Erin’s been straightening teeth for a while, and her smile shows it! She’s gentle and loves to watch our Salt Lake area patients progress as their smiles become amazing works of art.

Dr. John Graham

Dr. Graham is an over-achieving perfectionist that loves to put his fingers in peoples mouths. We mean that in the best possible way. It was destiny that he became a world-renowned orthodontist and bestselling author and the Salt Lake City area is quite lucky to have his services available.

Dr. Graham received his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from Brigham Young University. He received his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX, and then received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, also in Dallas. After medical school, Dr. Graham completed an internship in general surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital followed by training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Following his surgical training, Dr. Graham received his certificate in orthodontics from the University of Rochester/Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York. Dr. Graham is one of only a handful of orthodontists in the United States who is also a physician and the only one servicing the Millcreek area.


Treatment Coordinator/Office Manager

Cher has been the office manager and treatment coordinator at Graham Orthodontics since it began in 2011. She’s been through Dr. Graham’s treatment herself, as have her children – she knows what she’s talking about. Don’t be surprised if you already know her, or know somebody who does, she’s just that kind of person. She will personally walk you through the entire consultation process – she makes it look so easy! At your initial consultation appointment Cher will walk you through your initial photographs, 3D CT scan and introduction to Dr. Graham. You will leave with the cost of your treatment in hand, along with Dr. Graham’s consumer oriented orthodontic book The Truth About Orthodontics: A Consumer’s Guide, which was an Amazon bestseller in orthodontics. Everything you need to make an informed decision about your treatment will be at your fingertips.


Orthodontic Technician

Ortho is what she does, and man, she does it well! Melanie has also been in the smile creation business for a while, and we are lucky to have her talent at Graham Orthodontics. She helps bring out the beautiful smiles in everyone we see; the Millcreek area shines a little brighter thanks to her work.


Invisalign Aligner Invisalign Premier Provider 2017


Invisalign is a revolutionary teeth-straightening system that delivers beautiful smiles while addressing many of the concerns associated with wearing braces. Unlike traditional, metal braces, the plastic, clear aligners of the Invisalign system have virtually no down-sides and minimal impact on your life.

Girl wearing Damon Clear Braces

Clear Braces

If you have been looking into options for straightening your teeth, you may find yourself feeling like you have to choose either the strong results of traditional braces or the aesthetics of clear braces alternatives. However, there is now a product on the market that allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds—high-quality results and a nearly invisible appliance.

Damon Clear, from the makers of the revolutionary Damon System, is virtually invisible to those around you. In fact, most people will never realize you are wearing an appliance and even pictures won’t reveal it. Damon Clear utilizes clear brackets and eliminates some of the most visually obvious parts of traditional braces—the elastics. Instead, high technology archwires move the teeth into place.

Girl Wearing Damon Braces


Metal braces/Traditional braces These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word "braces." However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious "metal-mouth" braces than many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.


Retainers are for life?

It is so common for me to be chatting with a potential orthodontic patient and see a look of surprise when I mention that in order to keep the great results that I promise, retainers will be necessary for life.
Orthodontists have tried for decades to come up with treatment methods that will improve whatwe refer to as stability. Stability in the mind of orthodontists can be defined as keeping your teeth in the exact same position as they were the day that the braces or aligners came off.

The fact of the matter is that the research we have in orthodontics tells us that there is no such thing as stability. Or at least stability without retention. It makes sense, the human body is ALWAYS changing. Our hair grows, our skin wrinkles and sags, our bones change shape, you get the picture.

What we know is that to keep the teeth beautiful, straight and unmoved from the day the orthodontic treatment was completed, we MUST have lifetime retention. Don’t get me wrong, there will be the occasional patient that doesn’t wear their retainers as prescribed, and their teeth will hardly move at all. How do we explain this? Luck.

Expecting to devise a treatment scheme that will guarantee that the teeth won’t move after only a brief time in retention is an absolute pipe dream. It would be the same as getting a facelift at the age of 16 and expect that you would look exactly the same 20 years later. It’s preposterous. Keep in mind that the jaw bones are living structures, they aren’t cement. Bones move in response to pressure and pressure is ALWAYS present in the mouth, from the cheeks, the tongue and grinding pressure from the teeth.

Trust me, wear your retainers for life! In fact, I usually give my patients FOUR sets of retainers. Two retainers are small, flat wires that are bonded to the back of the front teeth, top andbottom. We call those fixed retainers. The reason for the bonded wires is that the first place noticeable crowding usually returns is in the front of the mouth. Most commonly the lower front teeth. On top of these retainers I will commonly fabricate clear upper and lower retainers that look a lot like Invisalign®. I ask my patients to wear their clear retainers at nighttime… FOREVER.


I’ll tell you the same thing I tell all of my patients, no matter the type of retainer made for you (different cases require different retention protocols) you must treat them like pajamas for your teeth, never go to sleep without them.

Questions? I hope so…

Whether you are visiting the orthodontist for the first time, or the fifth. Whether it’s for you or your kiddo, you need to ask questions. Orthodontic treatment by a licensed orthodontic professional is not an inexpensive investment, but it IS a worthwhile investment. Like any significant investment, your due diligence not only serves to inform you, but it also gives you the opportunity to see how comfortable your orthodontist is with being questioned. That matters.

What to ask? You should come up with a personal list of your own questions and concerns, but here are a few you might consider:

Are you a licensed orthodontist or are you a general dentist performing orthodontic procedures?
Do you have before and after photographs of patients you have treated that are similar to me or my child?
How often to you recommend extracting teeth? No matter the answer to this question it should be followed up by “why?”
If early treatment for a child is recommended, what specifically are we accomplishing by splitting the treatment into two parts?
If we should elect to have early treatment, what is done between the early and final orthodontic treatment?
What type of retainers will be required after treatment? How often and how long will they need to be worn?
If you are an adult seeking treatment for yourself, ask what percentage of patients in the orthodontist’s practice are adults?
How flexible are the payment plans in this practice?

This is certainly not meant to be a comprehensive or required list of questions, but it should serve as a guide to help you get the most out of your orthodontic consultation.

I Love My Country.

That is all.

Caveat Emptor - Six Month Smiles

The picture you see above is making its rounds on social media. It’s popping up in Facebook feeds, Instagram posts, Pinterest boards and Twitter tweets all over the USA. It’s an advertisement and it’s not for the general public, but for general dentists. If you follow the link to the website it is stunning in its deception.

What is this all about? It’s a company called Six Month Smiles. Some of you might have heard of it, most of you have not. It’s a company that markets directly to general dentists, proposing to them a false premise. What is the false premise? Take a look at the photo… it propagates the myths that orthodontic treatment always lasts 24 months, is always unattractive and is always metal.

Why would they be so deceptive? Because they are a company selling a product. The product is a promise that general dentists can make a lot of money by treating their adult patients with braces instead of referring them to a specialist. The product doesn’t require that the general dentists know how or where to place the braces. The braces locations on the teeth are determined by non-dentist technicians and are ultimately installed on the teeth by the general dentist with a special tray that places all of the braces at the same time. It’s a technique called “indirect bonding”, which is great if you are an orthodontist that knows where to place the braces. How does a general dentist learn how to provide this “service” to their patients? They take a two-day course.

Why does the advertisement say that their version of orthodontics only takes 6 months? Because 6 Month Smiles doesn’t focus on how the teeth come together. The primary focus of Six Month Smiles is the front teeth! The public is being duped by suggesting the idea that the SAME results are done in 6 Months that an orthodontist does in 24 months. Really? Would they really be so bold as to deceive the public like that? Look at the picture again and you decide. This is unethical and YOU are the unsuspecting victim! Would you be surprised to learn that there are many patients who’ve undergone Six Month Smiles at their general dentist’s office and now find themselves in an orthodontist’s office to have their treatment done correctly? It happens almost on a daily basis all over the country.

What is the truth? I can only speak for myself — an orthodontist, but here is the truth in my practice. Most ALL of my orthodontic patients are done with their treatment in about 12 months, this includes adults, adolescents and children. This includes the back teeth and the front teeth. Six Month Smiles would like general dentists to believe that orthodontists don’t like to be bothered with adult patients. That the general dentists is actually doing their patient a favor by offering this treatment. Well, most of my patients are adults! That’s right, the majority of my patients are adults. I absolutely LOVE treating adult orthodontic patients, and so do most of my orthodontic specialist colleagues. One final myth busted, most of the adults in my practice DO NOT have metal braces! They either have clear braces, or clear aligners for their orthodontic treatment.

The truth is out there. You deserve to know it, and to share it. I really hope you do just that.

Here’s to your gorgeous smile, done right.

Palatal Expanders? No Thank You!

Remember palatal expanders or splitters? For those of you who didn’t have the warm and fuzzy experience of an expander, allow me to paint a picture. Imagine lying on your couch at home while your mom or dad hovered over your open mouth with a “key” that was inserted into a crank cemented to your upper teeth. Every day for several weeks you would have your crank turned with this key.

Often, during this experience, you would have the distinct pleasure of hearing an audible pop, which was the sound of your palate splitting down the middle. It didn’t stop at your palate, though; the bone-splitting actually went all the way up to your nasal bones and the bones of your face, separating them from each other. Don’t get me wrong: nothing dangerous was happening. In fact, you were doing what the orthodontist wanted: you were splitting your upper jaw in half in an attempt to either get you out of a corset, gain room for crowded teeth, or both. Now, if this were the only way to accomplish these goals, then I would have to say “OK, let’s do it.” It’s not, however, and I haven’t used an expander to gain space for teeth since I was in my orthodontic graduate residency program.

That being said, I do think that there is a place for rapid palatal expanders, and that is in young patients who have been diagnosed with airway obstruction. In these children, palatal expansion really can provide quick relief to breathing difficulties, especially if combined with the removal of large adenoids. We have good evidence to demonstrate that palatal expansion increases the volume of the nasal airway and consequently decreases the resistance to air flow.

7 & Up!

When is the right time to have your child evaluated by an orthodontist? The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child be evaluate by a certified orthodontist by the age of 7. Many general dentists wait until all baby teeth are gone and all permanent teeth are erupted before suggesting that a child be seen by an orthodontist. Unfortunately this can be a costly mistake.

Many jaw and tooth problems are not noticed until the child has a complete orthodontic evaluation, including 3D radiographic studies that most general dentists don’t have in their offices. Putting off orthodontic treatment may sometimes relegate the child to costly surgery or unnecessary procedures which is why the AAO so strongly recommends that every child be seen by the age of 7.

Stop Covering Your Smile!

One of the first things I ask my adult patients when they come in for an orthodontic consultation is “Do you cover your mouth when you smile?” - wow. I wish you could sit where I sit during my consultations and watch their reactions. SO many of us are unhappy with the way our smile looks to the world, and selfies don’t help! At any age careful smile design can change the dynamic between the teeth and the lips, creating a youthful, healthy smile. We’ve had patients from as young as 4 to as old as 80 benefit from well crafted, artistic smile design. Could you be one of those lucky few that change their smile into something never to be covered again?

Not Just For Kids

Would it surprise you to know that in our practice, we currently treat more adults than children? Times have changed since todays adults were kids themselves, and so has orthodontic technology. The average treatment time in our practice for either clear braces or Invisalign clear retainer treatment is under a year. A year! You can do anything for a year. Imagine having people comment on your smile nearly every day. We get that a lot from our patients who have completed treament. The fact is, the return on your investment in your smile is immeasurable. No time like the present!

Mill Creek

The team at Sugarhouse Orthodontics is proud to serve the residents of the Millcreek area. Braces and other tooth straightening treatments are our specialty and we have a long history of satisfied patients to attest to our expert abilities. From traditional braces to Invisalign, we offer Millcreek the latest in orthodontic technology, brought to you by a friendly and knowledgeable team. We firmly believe that there is no case we are incapable of treating, so if you have been thinking there is no hope for you, think again. Come to our Millcreek practice for braces and more—we will turn your smile into a masterpiece. If you are unsatisfied with your smile and live in the Salt Lake area, we are here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Dr. Graham leads our team with his knowledge and expertise. And as a published author and instructor for the Damon System, he truly is an expert in orthodontics. However, he would be the first to tell you that his practice is nothing without his staff. Their knowledge, enthusiasm, and unending support allows him to provide you with the care you desire and deserve. Our two most popular forms of treatment are the Damon System and Invisalign. The Damon System is a revolutionary braces system that uses self-ligating braces to slowly and gently move teeth into their ideal position. This system provides faster treatment time and increased comfort during treatment. Depending on the option chosen, Damon can provide you with nearly invisible braces so that changes to your appearance are minimal. Invisalign, which you have no doubt heard of, is a system that uses a series of clear aligners to gently and invisibly move your teeth into the desired place. It is a highly requested form of treatment due to its invisibility and removability. When you are straightening your teeth with Invisalign, your appearance, diet, and dental care remains unchanged. We are proud to be experts in both Damon and Invisalign. With these treatments and more, we are confident in our ability to provide the Millcreek area with braces and other treatments. To schedule your initial consultation, simply give us a call.

Salt lake

Here at Sugarhouse Orthodontics, we are committed to taking the crooked teeth of Salt Lake and creating smiles that are genuine masterpieces. To us, orthodontics isn’t just a medical profession—it is a craft which enables us to create your signature to the world and improve your confidence. We cannot think of a professions more rewarding than this one. Located in the Sugarhouse neighborhood of South Salt Lake City, braces and other straightening treatments—such as Invisalign—are our specialty. Over the years, we have treated a variety of South Salt Lake patients with braces, Invisalign, and more. There is no patient we cannot work with and no case we are afraid to treat. No matter what your concern, we want you to turn to us for help. If you are in Salt Lake and suffering from crooked teeth or other dental problems, we are here to get you on the road to a happier, healthier you. Dr. Graham is truly an expert in his field—he is a published author and is one of only a handful of orthodontists certified to train others in the use of the Damon System. There is no one in the area better trained to treat you than him. So, what are some of these braces treatments our South Salt Lake City practice has to offer? As noted above, Dr. Graham is an expert in the Damon System. This is a revolutionary braces system that is designed to move teeth gently, using self-ligating braces. The result is faster and more comfortable treatment, and rarely are tooth extractions needed. He is also an Invisalign provider to the Salt Lake area. Invisalign is one of the most in demand treatments, both here in Salt Lake and elsewhere. With this system, teeth are straightened using clear aligners, making your treatment a secret that only you need to know. Perfect for anyone concerned about his or her appearance throughout treatment, Invisalign is quite popular here in Salt Lake. Offering these forms of treatment and more, Dr. Graham is ready to treat the crooked teeth of Salt Lake City. Simply give our office a call to schedule your initial consultation. If you are in the Salt Lake area, bring your crooked teeth to us! Whether with braces or other treatments, our goal is to get South Salt Lake City smiling with confidence.


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Salt Lake City, UT 84105



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