Established business Carmel Orthodontics has recently expanded to Zionsville with an office at 6857 West Stonegate Drive, Suite B. The practice has a more than 40-year history, and a Zionsville native, Dr. Sarah Baxter, is leading the charge to provide high-quality orthodontics.
The Carmel practice opened in 1972. Dr. Ronald Miller, now the owner, joined in 1995. Miller opened the Stonegate practice with Baxter, a graduate of Zionsville Community High School and University of Michigan Dental School.
“When I first met Dr. Miller, we shared the dream of expanding the practice and starting something new,” Baxter said. “He had considered Zionsville because it’s a neighboring town. I was from Zionsville and I was interested in having a location here.”
Miller is an early adopter of technological advances in the industry. Carmel Orthodontics was quick to begin using digital mouth impressions. Miller also has used Invisalign products at his practice for 14 years.
With recent Instagram ads offering straighter smiles through websites like Candid, Miller and Baxter agree that do-it-yourself dental alignment can be problematic for consumers, and clear-aligner products should be subscribed through an orthodontist.
“In our opinion, there is no place to get better care than a specialist’s office,” Baxter said. “We have extensive training in moving teeth, and it’s the safest, smartest option.”
Stonegate Orthodontics and Carmel Orthodontics offer a digital rewards program that allows patients to earn points by wearing their retainer, getting good grades and doing community service. The points add up to monetary value which can be transferred to gift cards.
“It’s rewarding to the patients but it’s also fun for us,” Baxter said. “When they come to the office they can tell us things they’ve been up to.”
Miller said they love what they do and are fortunate to have a great client base.
“We have a strong practice philosophy,” Miller said. “We take care of people and treat them well. We try to be efficient and conservative.”
Both doctors practice at both offices, though Baxter plans to make Stonegate her main location.
“It’s nice to feel like you are part of that community,” Baxter said. “You don’t just work there. Your neighbors and friends that live nearby can come see you in the office.”