Dr. Richard Ziehmer grew up in Tucson, Arizona. It was during a routine visit to his family dentist as a junior at the University of Arizona at Tucson that he realized that’s what he wanted to do. That summer, he job shadowed his dentist, and that fall he began focusing on courses that would help him prepare for dental school. He attended dental school at Indiana University and graduated in 2003. He began his orthodontic training at St. Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education, graduating in December, 2005 with a Master’s in Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
After graduation, he returned to Tucson and began working for a dental company, where he quickly realized he did not want to work in a corporate environment, but wanted to open his own private practice. In June, 2006 he opened Grinz Orthodontics in Tucson, Arizona and grew his practice there through hard work and determination.
He met his wife, Gina, in December, 2009. She was working for a local media outlet in Tucson and filming a show called Tucson Treasures, showcasing cool local “off the beaten path” kind of things. They were married in October, 2011. Originally from Florida, Gina wanted to move back East to be closer to her family. Her first job out of school was located in Greensboro, NC and she fell in love with the area, so Dr. Ziehmer began researching orthodontic offices for sale in the area. He found two small offices, James Rich Orthodontics in Asheboro and Jerry Clark Orthodontics in Greensboro, and purchased both practices.
They relocated to Greensboro in October, 2015 and began looking for a new office location for the Greensboro office. They moved to their current location on Battleground Avenue in December, 2016. When Dr. Ziehmer first saw the space and the light flowing in through the large windows at the front of the office, he envisioned it decorated with bright, happy colors. The office is in a growing area next to Starbucks and di’lishi Frozen Yogurt. The office is decorated in bright orange, and it’s warm and welcoming, with fresh cookies offered in the waiting room. When your appointment is over there is even a selfie station to take a photo and upload to Facebook or Instagram. Every detail is well thought out to make your visit more enjoyable and relaxing.
Grinz Orthodontics utilizes the latest technological advances, such as self-ligating, invisible ceramic braces and Invisalign®, along with the latest in computer technology (digital imaging and advanced computer graphics) to ensure you receive the most effective care possible with an impeccable level of personal attention.
The Grinz Orthodontics mission statement, which is posted on their website and at all their offices, is simple:
• From the moment you enter our practice, we want you to feel comfortable, welcome, and appreciated. We are here for you, and it’s our goal to build your trust in us so we can help you smile.
• Be efficient with your time and money. We know you have a busy schedule, and we don’t think your appointments should interfere with your life. All our appointments are appropriately scheduled so you will spend less time in the waiting room and dental chair, and more time out enjoying the things that make you smile.
• Provide an office environment that is lively, inviting, and professional. Dr. Ziehmer firmly believes that the clinic should be a vibrant, exciting and fast paced environment. He believes that when he and his staff are busy, it forces them to focus that much more on being precise and efficient, which in return results in better treatment and quicker appointment times.
In addition to the exciting environment, Grinz also offers financing for their services. For a small down payment, and reasonable monthly commitment, you can get the care you need and don’t have to worry about breaking the bank. Their financial specialist will work with you to set terms that work within your budget.
Follow Grinz Orthodontics Asheboro on Facebook and Instagram for more information, contests, giveaways and specials.
Grinz has nine staff members in North Carolina and eight in Arizona. The North Carolina team travels between Greensboro and Asheboro on a rotating schedule. One week the office is open Monday & Wednesday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, the next week it’s Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. At least one Friday a month the office in Asheboro is open for a ½ day. They are currently considering opening on Saturdays once a month and adding additional evening hours to be as convenient as possible for working parents and school age kids. Dr. Ziehmer has a full-time orthodontist on staff in Tucson, but he travels back once a month to manage the office.
Braces have changed a lot since I had them in 1976! What used to take three years, can now be done in as little as 18 months, or even less. The efficiency of the appliances and the forces that they use offer a much more comfortable treatment plan than they did in my day.
There is no age limit for braces, but by the age of seven, Dr. Ziehmer strongly recommends bringing your child in for a complimentary consultation. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for him to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery. Even though your teeth may look perfect, it’s recommended that you get a free exam which includes x-rays – sometimes there are things going on below the surface that are not visible to the naked eye. Dr. Ziehmer can assess the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite. Early treatment can help to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of extractions in the future. Orthodontic problems such as crowding of the teeth, too much space between the teeth, jaw growth problems, protruding teeth, and bad bites can be inherited or caused by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb-sucking habits.
Most children lose all their baby teeth by age 13, and by the end of their teen years, the jaw bones will harden and stop growing, which can lead to irreversible changes to the skeletal structure. Orthodontic procedures for adults often take more time and can involve tooth extraction or oral surgery. Receiving early orthodontic treatment as a child can help prevent or lessen the severity of the need for orthodontics as an adult, leaving little to no chance of extraction or surgery in the future.
Dr. Ziehmer and his staff are very involved in the communities they serve, and support a great many charities through donations and volunteering their time. Most of the North Carolina staff live in or around Asheboro. Dr. Ziehmer, his wife Gina, and their two year old daughter, Zia live just outside Greensboro, and are avid college football fans, although he likes Notre Dame and she’s a Florida gators fan.
If you or someone in your family is in need of orthodontic care, contact Grinz Orthodontics today and schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Ziehmer to see what your options are. Grinz Orthodontics is located at 513 White Oak Street in Asheboro or 4016 Battleground Avenue, Greensboro. You can reach them at 336.625.2044 or visit them on the web at www.grinzortho.com.