About Us

Dr Lints About Us

We treat patients of all ages!

At Dr. Lints in Traverse City MI, we not only change your smile – we transform your life. We believe that a smile is the most important thing you wear and we want you to wear yours proudly. Our philosophy is all about putting patients first, because frankly, that’s what you deserve.
We treat children and adults who need comprehensive treatment planning. We like to describe our orthodontic practice in two ways.



Dr. Lints is an American Board Certified Doctor with an extensive CV you can view here– Dr. Lints Bio. We are open 4 days per week in Traverse City, Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids. Our practice participates with delta dental to help save you money. We offer payment options for parents. Dr. Lints lives close to the practice to respond to emergencies. We use self ligating braces for shorter treatment times–these include colored braces or Invisalign retainers. We proudly offer affordable orthodontic treatment to patients from Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Empire, Frankfort, Interlochen, Grawn, Kingsley, Suttons Bay, Omena, Leelanau County, Northport, Leland, Elk Rapids, Boyne City, East Jordan, Charlevoix, Crawford County, Antrim County, Benzie County, Leelanau County and the surrounding areas.

What happens at the first visit?

Dr. Lints will listen to your concerns and to provide an orthodontic examination. Dr. Lints will be able to indicate whether or not treatment is needed and if needed, when the best time to start treatment would be. Typical steps prior to beginning treatment include gathering orthodontic records to provide specific information to tailor a treatment plan for that patient.

Often, this is a time when the doctor and staff discuss fees for orthodontic care, general payment options, and insurance benefits.

What is an orthodontist?

Orthodontists are qualified dentists, who after graduating from dental school, go on to additional full-time university-based education in an accredited orthodontic residency program supervised by orthodontists.  That training lasts at least two to three academic years—sometimes more. Click here to find out about Dr. Lints education.  By learning about tooth movement (orthodontics) and guidance of facial development (dentofacial orthopedics), orthodontists are the uniquely educated experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and align jaws.

Orthodontists diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities.  Orthodontists limit their practices to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.  That means that orthodontic treatment is what they do, and that is all they do.  Orthodontists treat a wide variety of malocclusions (misaligned teeth and/or jaws).  They regularly treat young children, teens and adults.

Dr. Lints Bio

Dr. Lints

Staff Bio

Dr. Lints Staff Bios

Selecting an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is your assurance that you have chosen an orthodontist: the dental specialist with at least two to three years of post-doctoral, advanced specialty education in orthodontics in a university-based program accredited by the American Dental Association.  Specialty education includes the study of subjects in biomedical, behavioral and basic sciences; oral biology; and biomechanics.


Everyday you see many patients in your office, with different histories and financial backgrounds. Many probably just need some fine tuning or it’s just the thing to do at a certain age. As a single mom I just wanted to express my thanks to you and your staff for always treating my son and I with respect and dignity whether or not my account was up to date. You all have changed my son’s life, you’ve given him his smile back and his confidence. He doesn’t realize what you’ve done for him long term. But I do and I just wanted to say thank you so much! – Blessings Michelle


Traverse City Office
4020 Copper View #240
Traverse City, MI 49684

Suttons Bay Office
408 N St Joseph St
Suttons Bay, MI 49682

Elk Rapids Office
126 Ames St
Elk Rapids, MI 49629

Meet Dr. Lints