Meet Dr. Andrew Grillo
Orthodontics has much more to offer than just straightening teeth with braces, plastic trays, or retainers. Getting to know the person beyond just their smile is what makes this job so rewarding for me. As for the technical aspect of orthodontics, the unique challenge that no two smiles are the same motivates me in the process of achieving an esthetically pleasing result. I am a perfectionist by nature. Personally, I think of orthodontics like a complicated puzzle, with the diagnostic models, photographs, and radiographs as essential puzzle pieces required to put together the final arrangement, or the final plan of treatment. Aligning every tooth in just the right orientation and making everything fit and function together harmoniously is a tedious process that I thrive upon and enjoy. Having the ability to not only create a beautiful, confident smile, but also create lifelong relationships with individuals and families in my hometown community is something unique and special that I take great pride in. I feel fortunate to have a role as a leader and mentor in the Great Lakes Bay region that served me so well in my youth.
I grew up in Midland as the youngest of six children and graduated in 2008 from Midland High School – where I met my wife, Lindsey (Dulude), who is an elementary teacher for Midland Public Schools. We have a one-year old daughter, Addison, that has daddy wrapped around her little finger. My wife and I both completed our undergraduate studies as student-athletes at Central Michigan University, where I was a discus thrower on the track team and my wife was an outside hitter on the volleyball team. We both were the representatives on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for our respective teams. I then received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2016 as the president of my class at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Most recently in 2018, I was awarded a Master of Science in Dentistry degree and Certificate in Orthodontics from the orthodontic residency at Indiana University. I enjoy spending time with family and friends and anything that involves sports. I also have a passion for the outdoors, particularly spending time in northern Michigan.
Providing the highest standard of care for my patients is something I take very seriously. I am completing the final stages of the American Board of Orthodontics board certification process in September, which is a voluntary examination. Being a Board Certified Orthodontist is a designation held by only 30% of orthodontists. I am also a member of multiple organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists, Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and Michigan Dental Association.