Orthodontic Treatment at Gillum Dentistry
Thank you for choosing Gillum Dentistry to care for your orthodontic treatment concerns. Our passion is to provide excellence in orthodontic treatment for children and adults in the greater Greenwood and South Indianapolis community. We provide a personalized one on one service. Our doctor and orthodontic assistant have over 60 years of combined experience in the field of orthodontic and early treatment care. Dr. Gillum is a general dentist providing orthodontics services for the majority of his patients. We work closely with the finest local orthodontic specialists for extremely difficult and surgical cases.
Orthodontic Treatment for Everyone
Orthodontic treatment is becoming as popular today, for adults, as it has been for children and teens in the past. Today more adults than ever want to look and feel better about their appearance. Orthodontics is a great way to permanently upgrade your appearance at any age. Today, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Cosmetic Dentistry is no longer the only concern. Today adults are choosing orthodontic treatment to better maintain their gum, dental and general health. Popular options, such as Six Month Smiles, cosmetic short-term braces, make orthodontic treatment faster, easier and more comfortable than ever before.
Why you should consider Orthodontic Treatment?
Crowded teeth often contribute to poor bites, gum disease, jaw bone loss, tooth decay between the teeth, abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
Teeth that are aligned and fit together properly are much easier to keep clean making brushing more effective and flossing more comfortable. Healthy bites, teeth and gums promote good dental, mental and general health, protecting you from headaches and chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Orthodontic treatment can boost your self-confidence, helping you feel better about your appearance, potential and future. Smiles attract attention. There’s nothing like being able to smile with confidence! Smiling brings out the best in others.
Not receiving orthodontic treatment, when it’s most desirable, creates long-term issues costing you more in the future. For example, children with untreated narrow arches tend to become snorers, develop breathing and sleep problems and excessive wear of the chewing surfaces of their teeth from grinding and clenching. As an adult, the damage may become irreversible. Chronic headaches and Migraines are strongly associated with unresolved orthodontic, orthopedic and breathing problems.
What is known as interceptive, early or phase one orthodontic treatment utilizes the child’s potential for growth and strives to eliminate the underlying functional problem that created the crowding and improper bite relationship in the first place. When you correct functional problems, such as mouth breathing, tongue tied, thumb habits and improper swallowing, often as early as 3-5 years of age, you may prevent the need for orthodontic tooth loss and extended complex orthodontic treatment and surgery as a young adult. We recommend all children have their first orthodontic evaluation by 5 years of age.
Orthodontic Treatment Options:
At Gillum Dentistry, we offer updated treatment solutions that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Gillum Dentistry offers the following options:
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional Ceramic Braces
Clear Removable Aligners (Invisalign & Invisalign Teeen)
Six Month Smiles Cosmetic Short-Term Braces
Traditional braces with metal brackets and metal bands are the most common type of braces. They work faster and are more comfortable than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using stainless steel brackets and super elastic arch wires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile. This option is most appropriate for children and teens where aesthetics may be less of a concern.
Ceramic braces are made of hard clear tooth like materials. They are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. For this reason ceramic braces are used on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less noticeable, they do require more attention to oral hygiene, may extend treatment and you must avoid hard food as ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on the upper front teeth and rarely on lower teeth.
Clear aligners, such as invisalign, are a series of clear, removable, and comfortable acrylic plastic trays that straighten your teeth similar to braces. Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Brushing and flossing your teeth are less of a hassle. Aligners are comfortable and rarely cause mouth irritation during treatment. They may be perfect for the patient that requires minimal cosmetic correction and the ultimate in aesthetics.
Six Month Smiles clear cosmetic braces treatment straightens your front teeth without relying upon traditional braces. We apply tooth-colored brackets and wires, which are hardly noticeable once they have been placed, and we get the job done in just 6-9 months!
To learn more about the benefits of orthodontics, please contact Gillum Family Dentistry to schedule a complimentary evaluation. During your evaluation, we will be able to determine the best treatment option for your individual needs. During this evaluation, we can outline a treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as efficient and convenient as possible.