What Sets Us Apart

We recognize you have a choice when it comes to selecting an orthodontist. Our goal is to treat each patient in a caring, individualized way, just as we ourselves would want to be treated. Here are a few details about our office that we believe help to set us apart.


Woman Smiling One orthodontist, one office location. For continuity of care, you will always see the same orthodontist for every appointment. As Dr. Burkey is in solo practice, you can count on his personal attention. He is available 24 hours a day in case of emergency.

Dr. Burkey has been committed to a single office location in Vernon Hills since 1985.

Dr. Burkey is committed to continuing education and staying abreast of the most current procedures and technologies, and he is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.  See Meet Dr. Burkey for more information about his qualifications.

Dr. Burkey is a SureSmile provider. Instead of manually bending wires to move the teeth one-by-one into position, SureSmile uses 3-D technology to move your teeth more efficiently and directly to the proper place. Wires are robotically bent based on Dr. Burkey’s specifications. SureSmile has been shown to reduce treatment times by 30% or more, saving you an average of 8 months in treatment! With SureSmile, your teeth move more directly to their finished positions, so you’ll spend less time in braces and have high-quality results. Visit suresmile for more information.

Treatment options are always communicated when we present recommended treatment to our patients and their families. We also endeavor to keep you well informed regarding your or your child’s progress throughout treatment.

We use hi-tech, self-ligating In-Ovation brackets. These are the newest generation of hi-tech brackets that have a little door that can be opened and closed to allow the archwire to be attached. These brackets provide for faster and gentler tooth movement due to reduced friction as the brackets slide along the archwire. Visit In-Ovation Brackets for more information.

We offer a wide variety of appliances for treatment.  Not only is Dr. Burkey a SureSmile provider and utilizes the hi-tech metal self-ligating braces, but he also offers clear ceramic Clarity brackets, invisible lingual (behind the teeth) braces, Invisalign therapy, and orthopedic growth modification treatment.

Dr. Burkey communicates promptly with your family dentist as well as any dental specialist involved in your or your child’s care.  He is a strong advocate of communication and a team approach for successful orthodontic treatment.

We use Dolphin imaging, the latest and most advanced program available for computerized analysis of diagnostic x-rays and images.

Dr. Burkey enjoys treating children as well as adults of all ages. Children and adults have different needs biologically and often have different concerns. Dr. Burkey is well aware of these differences and tailors the treatment and delivery of care accordingly.


Our Facility


Our office is a free standing building with English Tudor architecture. We offer plenty of parking right near our front door.  We are conveniently located next to Westfield Hawthorn Shopping Mall and close to Hawthorn Schools in Vernon Hills.

We have a comfortable reception area with a convenient beverage service, free wifi, and a homelike décor with a working fireplace and vaulted ceiling.

Our treatment rooms offer spectacular views of scenic wooded and wetland areas. Occasionally we have wildlife sightings that include deer, fox, coyote, owl, blue heron, mallard and others.  Click on Office Tour to see pictures of the interior and exterior of our facility as well as the views from our treatment rooms.


Our Service


We offer a complimentary initial examination, diagnostic records, and consultation so that you can meet Dr. Burkey and his team and have a chance to tour our office. Dr. Burkey will do a thorough examination & provide you with a diagnosis as well as treatment plan options. We also provide complimentary supervision reassessment examinations to monitor growth and eruptions of permanent teeth.

We have a personable, friendly staff who are well trained and have a desire to make your orthodontic experience a positive one.

Our office offers interest free, flexible payment plans tailor made to meet your budget, making orthodontic treatment affordable. We offer discounts for other family members needing treatment, and we provide discounts for those requiring two phase treatment.

We will be glad to file all insurance claim forms on your behalf, inquire about your available benefits, and assist you in any way we can with your insurance. We are also happy to customize your payment plan to maximize your benefits should you have a flexible spending program.

We provide automatic appointment reminders via text, e-mail, or telephone call for those that sign up.

We offer incentive programs to motivate our patients to the highest level of cooperation in order to achieve the best results.   We have a Wooden Nickel Rewards system where patients earn wooden nickels for excellent cooperation and for going to their family dentist for checkups and cleanings. These nickels can then be turned in for a variety of fun prizes! Click on Wooden Nickel Rewards for more information.

Contests and cool prizes.   Our office periodically has fun contests and gives away great prizes to help make the orthodontic experience a positive one. Click on Office Events to see what we have been up to!

Our office never charges for retainer check appointments.  Following completion of active orthodontic treatment, Dr. Burkey is pleased to check and adjust your retainers for years to come as a courtesy.