Thornton Orthodontics
Benjamin Thornton, DDS:
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Thornton Orthodontics
Benjamin Thornton, DDS (Orthodontist)

Eugene, OR













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:


Clear aligners


Comprehensive orthodontics

Space maintainers

Palatal expanders


Interceptive orthodontics


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Barb W. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I highly recommend Thornton Orthodontics — especially if you’re an older adult wanting to get your teeth straightened. Of course most of the other patients are youngsters, but I was always made to feel welcome and comfortable, even though I’m a retiree in my 60s. I got my upper teeth straightened as a teenager, but not the lowers, and their crookedness bothered me more the older I got. Now they are straight and even. They look better, they’re easier to keep clean, and they even work better — finally I can eat an apple without cutting it up first! Dr. Thornton and his staff were always careful, considerate, and patient. There was a single flat fee with no extra charges, even when one particularly stubborn tooth required quite a bit of extra time and work to get that last bit of crookedness out. I could not be happier with their services.

Laurel Fooks (Source: Google)


I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Thornton and their staff! I interviewed a number of orthodontists before coming to Thornton Orthodontics and from the moment I walked through the door there was an atmosphere that set me at ease and also assured me that we were somewhere where the staff and doctor were knowledgeable, interested in their patients, excited to connect with the kids they work with, up to date on orthodontic information and were going to stay in a reasonable price range that would work for our family. It was a distinct contrast to the offices where the doctor was rushed, the staff was abrupt and more concerned about visiting with each other or the office with free mochas and cookies, high tech video games and other electronics that told me why they were priced higher and where my money was going. Dr. Thornton and the techs are friendly and put both the patient and family at ease. Financial questions and billing concerns are addressed quickly and very competently by Mary, who is sweet as can be and always has a smile on her face. The front desk receptionist Kayla is quick to greet you and start the appointment process so you never feel ignored. From start to finish the experience of having an appointment in their office is a pleasant one. Considering the number of times you visit an office over the course of orthodontic treatment and in our family with multiple children needing correction, I don’t think I could have picked a better place to be!

Stephen Heider (Source: Facebook)


Being in the Early Senior category, I was a tad nervous about braces – assuming incorrectly it would take years to correct what decades of growth had created. So happy to be wrong! In less than 18 months, I’ve not only got a new smile but a totally easy to clean set of choppers! Dr. Thornton’s team were all so friendly and competent – I enthusiastically recommend their work to anyone.

Karmen B. from Eugene, OR (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Thornton and his staff are not only the best in Eugene, but have truly became a part of the family. Genetics brought all THREE of my children to Dr. Thornton and he has been a blessing. In fact, my daughter was named Best Smile in her Class- if that isn’t a testament to his services, I’m not sure what is! Dr. Thornton not only offers the best orthodontic services to his clients but he offers his generosity up to the community as well. Several times he has made donations to help out my children at their local gym and school. I have recommended him to several friends who have thanked me for the referral; exceedingly satisfied with their visit and choice to use his services. My children and I will continue to recommend him. We couldn’t be more happier and proud of all their smiles!! Karmen B.

M F (Source: Google)


Dr. Thornton and the entire team at Thornton Orthodontics helped ease my anxiety and stress over getting braces, something that no other dentist or orthodontist has been able to accomplish before this. The team here is patient, caring and above all diligent. Highly recommend this family-owned local business for your Ortho needs! And thank you to Amanda and Alicia for having such a positive impact!

Kayley K. from Philomath, OR (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Ben Thornton is the best! Both of my girls are currently being treated by him for braces. We drive an hour each way to his office because he has provided us with exceptional care and has a kind and caring office staff! When my oldest daughter started her first phase of braces, at age 10, two other local orthodontists recommended she have four teeth pulled. This, she was not excited about and nor was I! She had an extreme overbite and crossbite, I knew that it would require some real work. We began looking for an alternate solution and found that with Dr. Thornton. He assured us that he could accomplish what needed to be done just as efficiently without extracting her teeth! Within a few weeks, her teeth began straightening and working into place. She was finished with her first phase after about a year and left with a beautiful smile! She is now in her second phase of ortho, back in braces after waiting for some teeth to fall out and come in, she is now 14 and has a gorgeous smile! My younger daughter has followed with a year braces so far, and also has a beautiful and straight smile! I cannot express the amount of confidence he has given both of my girls! We are big fans of Thornton Orthodontics! I highly recommend them for your ortho care needs.

Bree U. from Eugene, OR (Source: Yelp)


I just got Invisaline a couple months ago. Everyone at Thornton Ortho has been so kind and easy going! Even tho most of their clients are kids, they treat me as an adult. Another orthodontist was going to put me in the old fashioned metal braces, for longer and more money! Eight weeks into wearing my aligners and I’m already seeing a difference! I have two young kids that have to come with me to most appointments and all the staff is so accommodating.

Andrea Childress (Source: Google)


Our experience with Dr. Thornton’s team has been a wonderful introduction to the world of orthodontics. My 8 year old just had phase I braces put on and the entire experience has been flawless. We were welcomed warmly and enjoyed the initial time during out introduction and intake with Cheryl, and the placement of the initial braces yesterday went wonderful. The office/clinical area is modern, clean and welcoming for kids and adults alike. We would highly recommend this office!

Natasha Pangburn (Source: Google)


Dr. Thornton is very good at what he does. Both of my girls received orthodontic treatment from Dr. Thornton and the results are amazing. My oldest would grind her teeth at night (bad case of it), and Dr. Thornton recommended orthodontia to fix the problem, and it did. She no longer grinds her teeth at night. My younger daughter had a bite alignment issue and was seen at a very young age by Dr. Thornton, and has been in his care on and off for the last 6 years. We are very satisfied with the service, care and highly recommend Dr. Thornton to anyone who is looking for an orthodontist.

Diane S. from Eugene, OR (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Thorntons’s office is unique in health care – not only are the staff kind and attentive but we have never had to wait to be seen once we arrive in the office. My kids make a point of noticing how caring everyone is which makes seeing the orthodontist no fight at all.  I also appreciate the transparency in billing – they work with you to make orthodontia fit your budget.

Cameron L. from Eugene, OR (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Thornton and his team have been amazing, helpful, friendly and kind for the 3 years that my son has been coming here. I have nothing but good things to say and my son has a great smile to prove how awesome the whole practice has been. Debbi helped us the most and she has been so amazing, patient and kind! Thank you for building such a great team around you Dr. Thornton!! I will always recommend this practice to all my friends and family:) Thank you! Cameron

Shuangting Xiong (Source: Google)


My experience with Thornton Orthodontics has been amazing–Dr. Thornton and his staff are extremely nice and professional; their services are exceptional and thorough. It only took me 19 months to complete the treatment, and now my teeth look great and I can smile. I wholeheartedly want to thank Dr. Thornton and his staff for their work! I will recommend Thornton Orthodontics to anyone who wants to receive orthodontic treatment.

Eric A. from Eugene, OR (Source: Yelp)


Couldn’t have asked for a better Orthodontics Experience. As a 21 year old  i was extremely nervous about getting braces but knew i had to correct my smile. I went with the clear ceramic braces ,which most people believed was a retainer at first glance. The staff makes you feel like family and had an honest interest not only with my smile but things going on in my life . Every assistant was extremely knowledgeable and seemed to really care about making me comfortable. Dr. Thorton laid out a great plan prior  and every appointment went by smoothly .I can now say that my confidence has done a complete 180 due to the hard work of the staff .

L P. from Eugene, OR (Source: Yelp)


We have been going to Thornton Orthodontics for almost two years, and we have only wonderful things to say about our experiences there. We love Dr. Thornton’s flexibility and sensitivity.  He really listens to all of his patients and caters to them. All of the staff are genuinely interested in their patients as people. (Given how many patients come into the office, I can hardly believe how many details Debbie remembers about our lives.)   We feel very fortunate to have found this group of lovely people.

Linda K. from Davis, CA (Source: Yelp)


We were traveling through Eugene on vacation when my daughter’s wire came loose in her braces and it was poking her.  I called Dr. Thornton’s office first thing the next morning and they were so friendly and helpful!  They knew we were ready to get back on the road and offered that she could come in right away.  The offices were great and we were greeted warmly when we arrived.  They took care of her braces right away and wouldn’t even accept any payment!  We had a great experience and if we lived in Eugene I would definitely recommend Thornton Orthodontics!!

Andrea Phillips (Source: Facebook)


My son has never been comfortable with a doctor or dentist, requiring conscious sedation to have a filling completed. Then at 8 he needed braces in order to have a normal bite. He dreaded going to the first appointment… as soon as he met Dr. Thornton and all the nice, gentle people in the office he was calm and never felt worried about his appointments. He is now done with phase one and has a great, even smile and healthy bite! He was pleased to be congratulated by the team on the day the braces came off! He enjoyed all the extras the office has to make a kid comfortable, video games, hot cocoa, water, tokens to spend on fun prizes… He has learned to be more comfortable with other medical providers thanks the compassionate and gentle care Dr. Thornton and his team have provided! Thank you!

Constance V. from Eugene, OR (Source: Yelp)


Dr Benjamin Thornton is an excellent orthodontist. He took over my adult orthodontic treatment from my previous orthodontist who retired. I was very nervous about the switch mid-treatment at the time– but it turned out to be the best fortune for me, my teeth and my family. Dr. Thornton has excellent listening skills and is conservative in his approach (he does not over treat). My teeth turned out beautiful and it was always a joy to come to the appointments as the entire staff are friendly and good at keeping busy adults and kids on schedule without drama. I later sent my daughter to Dr. Thorton for braces and to fix a tooth that was stuck in the wrong position. She is now 16 with a fantastic smile. She was always happy with her treatment. We have one more teen who will need some minor treatment soon. I wouldn’t consider anyone else. Kids who attend Roosevelt and South can easily walk to appointments after school. In all, Thorton Orthodontics deserves a hearty five gold stars.

Lisa Alsip (Source: Google)


Dr.Thornton and his staff are exceptional. My son had a very difficult case with extensive orthodontics needed. Dr. Thornton and his staff have helped give him a beautiful smile, which I wasn’t even sure was possible. They are professional, honest and truly rock stars in their field. I would highly recommend Dr Thornton and his team.

Paris Clayton (Source: Google)


DR.Thornton and the staff are amazing my daughter and I had to get braces ;my daughter was so scared but staff made her and I feel right at home now that we are at the end of the braces road I have noticed that my daughters confidence level has boosted up majorly thanks to the Thornton team. Personally me I am the biggest baby ever and Dr.Thornton and staff made my experience so much better than it could have been. I am proud to say that Dr.Thornton and team has changed our life for the better and I would recommend their services to anyone and everyone

Juan G. from Springfield, OR (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Thornton and all the staff are amazing great folks. I recently had some work done and my experience throughout the process was great. Dr Thornton is the man when it comes to orthodontics. I would recommend anybody that’s thinking of dental work to go see this man and all the family at Thornton orthodontics. thanks Dr. Thornton and all the staff for all that you do and have done for me.

Christine B. from Springfield, OR (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Thornton and his staff are amazing!  We were so impressed from our first office consultation, that we are willing to drive from the Thurston area for both girls to get braces.  Dr. Thornton and his staff go out of their way to make sure that their patients are taken care of.  One time one of the brackets broke and we couldn’t make it on a week day.  Dr. Thornton took time from his day off and came in on a Saturday to fix her up.  If you want to be truly cared for and get top notch professional service then Dr. Thornton Orthodontics is the place to go.

Connie Dillon (Source: Facebook)


When I took my 8 year old in for an evaluation she was frightened. She would barely open her mouth, wouldn’t look at or speak to the assistants. Even so, they were very patient and worked with her in a way that helped her warm up. Dr. Thornton and all who work for him have been amazing, we appreciate the care they have taken with our girl and are sure to recommend his office to everyone who asks. Its been 4 months and My daughter is doing great, they will work with your payments, and even offered fun shaped brackets on her teeth at no extra cost. Thornton Orthodontics has been amazing, great client care every single time we are there.

Naomi Bishop (Source: Google)


Dr. Thornton and his staff treated my daughter for approximately 3 years. She had a complicated case, but he and his team handled it with ease. She is very happy with her new smile! We highly recommend Dr. Thornton for all orthodontic needs, but especially for complicated cases where his high level of expertise is needed.

Becky Guptill (Source: Google)


The staff at Dr. Thornton’s office are fantastic! They are friendly, kind, easy to talk to and also incredibly proficient at their jobs. Alicia got me in on short notice, even on a busy day. Cheryl did a fantastic job coordinating everything and explaining to me what was going on. Dr. Thornton explained things to me in a way that made sense, and his plans seem common sense based. Ashley and Amanda were also so pleasant and kind. Highly recommend.

Ashley J. from Eugene, OR (Source: Yelp)


We couldn’t be happier with Thornton Orthodontics. From the initial consult through treatment it’s clear that Dr.Thornton is knowledgeable and thorough yet conservative in his treatment. We feel like our son has received exactly what he needed, nothing more, nothing less. The staff is friendly and well organized. The office is always in tip top shape.

Carmel L. from Eugene, OR (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Thornton and his staff are wonderful! My son has been seeing Dr. Thornton for more than a year, and we have only had a great experience. The staff are helpful, kind and professional. Dr. Thornton is patient with us worried parents and is a great educator. Our son’s pediatric dentist recommended Dr. Thornton and said that he sends his own kids to see him.

Lyndsie R. from Springfield, OR (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Thornton and his team are nothing short of amazing! I just completed two years of braces, and now my two daughters have started on their journeys. My oldest has a pretty straightforward case and always feels comfortable in the office. My 8 y/o has a very complicated tooth situation and will have to go through two phases of treatment, including exposing a tooth that is 180 degrees backward and upside down, then getting it into the place it should be. Dr. Thornton is very excited to meet this challenge. His enthusiasm makes the situation way easier on this worried mommy

Angela F. from Springfield, OR (Source: Yelp)


I had visited 3 different ortho’s before deciding on Dr. Ben. In my consult he was the only one who hadn’t mentioned any kind of surgery or traumatic sounding treatment. I’m extremely dental phobic and quite frankly freaked out by anyone in my mouth and my teeth are severely sensitive. I was having a hard time not freaking out just being there in general (I get shots to numb just for dental cleanings even) Him and his staff made me feel very welcome and comfortable. I even got numbed up when it was time for removal and cleaning the glue off! they were very empathetic of my apprehensiveness. My 8 yr old daughter had a consult with Dr. Ben as well and the welcome back for me when we were seen by front office felt very heartfelt… Like I belonged. We very well could be starting treatment with Dr. Ben next month for her!

Crystal Thomas (Source: Google)


Dr. Thornton and his staff were amazing throughout the 5 years my son had braces and continue to be so with his next adventure with a retainer. They are very personable, highly knowledgeable, extremely patient, and my son has always enjoyed his appointments. We highly recommend Dr. Thornton for all of your orthodontic needs!

Michelle Peterson (Source: Google)


Our experience with Dr. Ben Thornton and staff has been exceptional. Our oldest son recently had his braces removed, and not only does he have a beautiful smile, it was a seamless process. Dr. Thornton is very knowledgeable and thorough, as is his staff, and they have the most innovative methods for straightening teeth to offer. Not only did they remember my son’s name with every visit, but mine as well, and they always explained exactly what the goal was after each appointment. I would recommend Thornton Orthodontics to anyone, and we will be back when my youngest son is ready for braces.

Teri B. from Springfield, OR (Source: Yelp)


Thornton Orthodontics is a wonderful establishment and Ben Thornton is amazing, professional, and exceptional with children, and adults! I first brought my pre-teen to Dr. Thornton after being referred by our dentist. Not only did they do a great job on her smile, but I returned to have them do my smile next! Now, my two younger children are receiving treatment from Thornton Orthodontics and I couldn’t be happier or any more pleased. To come back not once, but four times really says something about the service and care they provide.

Michelle R. from Eugene, OR (Source: Yelp)


Our experience with Dr. Ben Thornton and staff has been exceptional. Our oldest son recently had his braces removed, and not only does he have a beautiful smile, it was a seamless process. Dr. Thornton is very knowledgeable and thorough, as is his staff, and they have the most innovative methods for straightening teeth to offer. Not only did they remember my son’s name with every visit, but mine as well, and they always explained exactly what the goal was after each appointment. I would recommend Thornton Orthodontics to anyone, and we will be back when my youngest son is ready for braces.

Jeremy Chandler (Source: Facebook)


Just finished our third phase of braces between two daughters. We have had nothing short of a perfect experience with Dr Thornton and his wonderful staff. They have always treated us with kindness, they all know our names when we walk through the door, and the treatments have produced great results. I have recommended Dr Thornton to several friends and they have all had the same great experience. Thank you, Dr T and company for being superb!

Matt Eichner (Source: Google)


Friendly service, great work. My daughter’s first orthodontist tried to tell us hr had to pull a bunch of her teeth. Dr. Thornton and staff said that wasn’t necessary. Instead they created a plan that worked great without pulling teeth. She has really nice teeth now. Phase I wasn’t fully covered by our insurance, but Phase II is. Our daughter also liked the rewards program, and loves her lava lamp. We would recommend Thornton Orthodontics.

Deanna Tough (Source: Facebook)


PLEASE READ!!! My daughter Casedee Tough was born on September 10th 2007, with cleft clip and palate. She has been a patient at Shriners Children’s Hospital since the day she was born, undergoing 4-5 surgeries in her young life. The dream team at Shriners were the ones who referred my daughter to Dr Thorntons office for her orthodontic care. She became a patient of Dr Thorntons when she was just 5 years old. he and all of the lovely people in his office, have been welcoming understanding and caring the entire time we have been with his office. My daughters treatment was, for the most part, paid for by her daddy’s insurance. On our way to one of our most recent appointments, I received a phone call from my father in law with horrible news. He was calling to inform me that my mother in law, who is only 50 years old, was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal cancer earlier this year, had two more tumors show up on a recent MRI. Our family means a lot. My mother in laws treatments for chemo, just to keep her with us a little longer, cost $589 a week. We helped sharing the cost to ease the burden for my mother in law and father in law. My husband and I have 5 children and three grandchildren in addition I take care of my mom who lives with us. This last year’s events have taken a toll on our finances. We are currently in the process of a foreclosure on our home. Receiving this news was very devastating and it took all I had to hold it together with my daughter in the car. We arrived at her appointment and my daughter was quickly taken back as usual. Sarah, the office manager, asked if she could speak with me a moment. She was informing me that she has been in a back and forth battle with my husband’s insurance, who was refusing to pay for any more ofCasedee’s orthodontic care. We had an unpaid balance of over $2,500, which obviously we could not afford. I lost it. I broke down in tears sobbing uncontrollably right there in her office. I’m sure this made Sarah feel a little uncomfortable, but she did not show it. She said with me, she held my hand, she hugged me, even cried with me. she said to just bring the paperwork home don’t worry about it right now get ahold of her when I had some time to go over a payment plan. For the next couple weeks ignored I think 2 or 3 phone calls from Dr Thorntons office. I was in a state of complete depression. The next time Dr Thorntons office called, I accidentally answered the phone, to tell you the truth. Sarah was on the other line, stating she had great news. she said after Casedee and I left Dr Thorntons office the last time, she spoke with Dr Thornton, informing him of my family’s situation. Dr Thornton, and his gracious heart, was forgiving our past due amount of over $2,500, and continuing this phase of my daughters treatment for free. I could not believe my years! Poor Sarah, I was a blubbering idiot all over again. I could not thank them enough, & I will never have the right words to express my family’s gratitude for Dr Thornton and this miracle he gave to my family. This Christmas season, is much different than our previous Christmases as a family. Where my family is usually the givers for the season to Toys for Tots and similar Charities, this year I have to sign up to be a receiver of these charities. I am thankful for Dr Thornton and all of the wonderful and friendly people in his office and I am thankful to God for putting me in the direction of not only beautiful, loving people, like those at Dr. Ben Thornton’s Orthodontics, but also for having our mother with us during this season of memories and miracles.