Comprehensive Orthodontics in Greenfield

orthodontic treatment in GreenfieldA healthy, straight smile can do wonders for your self-confidence and long-term oral health. At Kirkwood Dentistry, we provide early orthodontic treatment for children and adults of all ages across Greenfield and the surrounding communities, including New Palestine, Mt. Vernon, and Eastern Hancock. Our team can identify potential dental alignment issues, address current concerns, and prevent future complications so that you and your family can maintain healthy, stunning, and functional smiles.

Dr. Brian Kirkwood and Dr. Trent Kirkwood are passionate about providing high quality dentistry and orthodontics to Greenfield and all our neighboring communities. Our extensive knowledge and experience in comprehensive dentistry allow us to tailor services for all your dental needs regardless of age. We can't wait to meet you and help you achieve your optimal oral health. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.


What Is Orthodontics?

braces for children in GreenfieldOrthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in correcting teeth and jaws that are not properly positioned. It involves diagnosing and correcting various dental misalignment and jaw issues as early as possible. By taking a proactive approach before or as soon as orthodontic issues arise, you can protect the aesthetics and function of your smile in the future.

Our team diagnoses, treats, and prevents jaw and bite irregularities, also known as malocclusions. Improperly positioned teeth are harder to clean, at risk of decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra strain when chewing, which can lead to head, neck, shoulder, and back pain, as well as TMJ disorders.

Our Greenfield orthodontic treatments help you achieve a healthier and more pleasing smile and increase the chances of your teeth lasting a lifetime.

Do I Need Orthodontics?

It's important to note that only your dentist or orthodontist can determine whether you need orthodontic treatment. At Kirkwood Dentistry, we employ various technologies and techniques to determine whether orthodontics would be the most effective solution for you and then customize a treatment plan that is best suited for your situation.

If you have any of the following signs, you may benefit from orthodontics.

  • Crowded, crooked, and rotated teeth
  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Open bites
  • Crossbites
  • Sizeable gaps between teeth
  • Overjet (protrusion)

We begin each treatment with a detailed and thorough consultation to document and understand any diet, genetic, and lifestyle habits that could be impacting your oral health. Our dentists then take time to carefully evaluate your teeth, gums, and jaws to develop a precise diagnosis and treatment recommendation.

When Is the Best Time for Orthodontic Treatment?

orthodontics in GreenfieldOrthodontic treatments work exceptionally well during childhood, particularly while children are undergoing growth spurts. At these stages of development, the treatment sets the child on a path toward a healthy and beautiful smile. 

Our dentists take a proactive approach to correcting alignment issues and guiding developmental changes in children and young teens once the majority of the primary teeth are gone. Orthodontic care can take anywhere from six months to a couple of years to complete, depending on the complexity of your needs. 

Early intervention can help avoid more invasive treatments in the future. However, orthodontic treatment can be just as effective for teens, adults, and seniors. Our team can tailor orthodontic treatment to meet your needs effectively, regardless of age or complexity. Our Greenfield orthodontic services include adult braces, braces for children, Ortho-Tain®, and occlusal guide treatments to help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile.

The Ortho-Tain and occlusal guide treatment provide children with a removable appliance that straightens crowding, overbites, overjets, and gaps while guiding teeth into their optimal positions. Depending on your situation, our team will work with you to recommend the most effective treatment solution.

How Do Metal Braces Work?

Traditional metal braces consist of metal brackets that are fixed to each tooth with dental cement. A metal archwire is woven through to connect the brackets and help guide the teeth into their optimal position by applying light pressure.

At Kirkwood Dentistry, we often recommend traditional braces in cases of moderate to complex malocclusion. Metal braces remain a reliable orthodontic treatment solution for children, teens, adults, and even seniors.

What Are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are a more modern solution for straightening teeth without the use of metal components. They comprise a series of clear orthodontic trays that are virtually invisible. Each set of clear aligners is designed to comfortably fit your bite and provide targeted pressure that guides the teeth into their optimal position. At Kirkwood Dentistry, we often recommend our clear aligners to correct mild to moderate alignment issues in responsible teens and adults.

Promoting Healthy Smiles With Orthodontics in Greenfield

At Kirkwood Dentistry, Dr. Brian Kirkwood, Dr. Trent Kirkwood, and the rest of our team understand the impact of a straighter, healthier smile on your confidence and quality of life. We are happy to use our skills, expertise, and experience to help every resident in our Greenfield community achieve a healthy and stunning smile. Our team is here to provide comprehensive care that promotes long-term oral health, comfort, and confidence. If you're looking for orthodontics in Greenfield, get in touch with us to schedule an appointment today.



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