Dr. Guthrie P. Carr is your trusted and experienced orthodontic specialist for braces in Greater Lafayette Indiana, offering outstanding customer service combined with over 25 years of experience. With a patient-focused approach, using advanced 3D technologies, we can customize treatment plans and provide our patients with an exceptional orthodontic experience and results.
The Carr family has over 100 years of continuous practice in Greater Lafayette. There’s a good chance that Dr. Carr, his father, uncle or grandfather has treated someone in your family. We take that tradition seriously in our relationships with our patients. We value the trust the community has placed in our family over the past 100 years.
Meet Dr. Carr
I love the creativity of problem-solving in orthodontics, and doing that within the wants and needs of our patients and their parents. Each patient has unique treatment goals, and it’s my job to find the solutions that will create a healthy smile for them, in an affordable, timely manner. When I see the changes we make for our patients, and how those changes positively affect their lives, I know we’ve done a good thing. In that, I find every day rewarding.
We offer complimentary consultations for all new patients and their parents. This is an opportunity to learn more about us and your orthodontic needs.
Helping Patients Achieve Their Goals is Our Mission!September 5, 2016
At the end of the day, our real reward is who we helped.
Orthodontics can change lives, particularly in children who gain confidence and smile more after their treatment is complete. Our greatest compliment is the referral of family and friends from our patients. Many patients have chosen to reward us with 5 star reviews.
We are gratified by our patient’s referrals and their kind words.
Below are some recent comments posted by our patients:
Lafayette, IN | Aug 11, 2016
My daughter had a great experience at Dr. Carr’s office. She loved everyone there and was always treated kindly and with respect. We never had to wait for any of her appointments~ they were always ready for her! Dr. Carr always explained things thoroughly and made sure we understood different options that were available.
-Julia in Lafayette, IN | Apr 06, 2016
Dr. Carr is not only an extremely knowledgeable orthodontist but one that also develops relationships with his patients that make their visits pleasant and enjoyable.
-Jill S. in Lafayette, Indiana | May 01, 2016
I had a wonderful experience my smile is beautiful Dr. Carr and his staff was very friendly and did a wonderful job on my teeth! Thank you everyone!
-Sarah W in West Lafayette, IN | May 18, 2016
I have sent both my kids to Dr. Carr for braces and had excellent results. Both went through his Sure Smile system and were done in 14-15 months.
Lafayette, IN | Jul 027, 2016
The level of care is excellent. The saying you get what you pay for is confirmed in this situation. Your staff is always so polite. I find it refreshing to see an office full of women get along and handle themselves so comfortably with one another. Sara is always a joy to be around!!! And today I met a lady who probably handled my impressions. It says a lot about Dr Carr’s character that 40+ years later she is still in the same spot doing the same thing!
Lafayette, IN | Jul 27, 2016
My daughter feels comfortable enough to leave me in the waiting room while she has her procedures and check ups. The staff is friendly, professional, and helpful, and I feel good about the investment we’ve made in our daughter’s health!
-Susan Z in West Lafayette, IN | Nov 11, 2015
Dr Carr and his entire staff were very professional, very prompt and very informative at each appointment. My sons teeth turned out better than we could have ever imagined. Dr Carr came very highly recommended to us by our dentist and I would definitely recommend Dr Carr to friends and family.
-Ann S in Lafayette, IN | Dec 08, 2015
Dr. Carr’s office is very organized! Will had a great experience with his braces and they were removed several months early because we used the Sure Smile system. Thank you to Dr. Carr and all of the staff who work there.
Lafayette, IN | Jul 01, 2016
I recommend Dr. Carr! Dr. Carr and his staff are upbeat and positive and make your visit as smooth as they can. My child loves going in for her checkups and talking to the staff!
Pediatric Airway Diagnosis and TreatmentJune 19, 2016
Does your child have trouble in school? Do they snore?
Many bright children experiencing behavioral problems and difficulty in school may have sleep disorders caused by airway issues. Only a sleep doctor can diagnose problems such as pediatric sleep apnea, but when the airway on a child is small it can result in sleep apnea and poor sleep. The airway size can often be improved with expansion of the dental arches allowing the tongue to posture forward and open the airway in the pharynx and improve sleep.
Dr. Carr’s ultra low dose 3D scanner will allow him to visualize many hidden problems including an airway analysis in just seconds. Combining this technology with Dr. Carr’s 25 years of experience you will know if your child needs early intervention or can wait until adolescence for a single treatment with braces.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have their first orthodontic exam by age 7. Our ultra low dose 3D scanner allows us to do an airway analysis for your child in conjunction with our examination.
Digital Orthodontics is Revolutionizing Diagnosis and TreatmentMay 14, 2016
Over the past three years a quiet revolution of digital technology has been changing the way orthodontists diagnose and treat orthodontic patients.
ICAT flex is an ultra-low dose three dimensional dental scan. I am able to obtain a 3D image of a patient with less radiation than a single digital panorex radiograph. Often, I can get the image I need with the same exposure that comes from bitewing films (the ones you bite on and get every six months at the dentist). This 3D image offers me insights and views that were previously unobtainable.
Suresmile is an amazing technology that combines a low dose 3D dental scan with a 3D intraoral video (in the mouth) of the teeth. I get back a dynamic model of the patient’s jaws, teeth, roots and facial photo. This model allows me to design and simulate the final result including smile design. I can move each individual tooth to its desired final position. When I have the plan finished (all of the teeth positioned where I want them), a computer algorithm calculates the complex bends required to achieve the goal and then soft memory shape wires are bent by a robot to micron precision to achieve these goals. This technology not only speeds up your treatment, but offers more precise results. I am constantly impressed with the additional information I learn about each patient’s case when I am customizing their treatment plan. Suresmile allows me to offer my patients treatment that was not possible before using traditional orthodontics.
Anatamodel is another product that lets me use my 3D scan to model complex problems before I make treatment decisions. It is a fantastic communication tool for patients, parents, and fellow dentists.
3D digital intraoral scanner. Our intraoral scanner takes a 3D video of your teeth (like a digital impression) with superb accuracy. This data is combined with our 3D scan in suresmile to obtain the most accurate results. It can also be used to make orthodontic appliances.
Welcome to Our BlogMay 10, 2016
Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about our orthodontics, and the latest news about our practice.
We hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!
Dr. Carr is recognized in Greater Lafayette as the only SureSmile orthodontist. SureSmile 3D technology allows Dr. Carr to design and prescribe your individual treatment plan through 3D visualization of your end result. SureSmile is engineered to maximize therapeutic efficiency.
What Is It?
SureSmile is a fantastic technology that allows Dr. Carr to use the 3D scans we take of our patients and create a dynamic 3D model of his patients.
Why Would I Want It?
Suresmile patients experience shorter treatment time, fewer visits, less discomfort and higher quality results than in conventional treatment. Many patients experience 33% less treatment time.
How Does It Work?
Dr. Carr will use your dynamic 3D model from SureSmile to visualize your teeth, roots, bone, and the braces. Dr. Carr will link your 3D model to your smile photo. This allows Dr. Carr to simulate and plan your desired final result with more information than is available in conventional orthodontic treatment. While Dr. Carr simulates the final result, he will also design your final smile using the photo linked to the 3D model. From this plan Dr. Carr will prescribe custom memory shape wires that are bent robotically for to maximize their accuracy. These custom wires allow Dr. Carr to make the simulations come true. This is very powerful because often the smile is why our patients come to us, the bite and the function is what orthodontists are focused on. With SureSmile Dr. Carr can optimize both.
The Clear Alternative to Braces
Invisalign is the ultimate in terms of aesthetic treatment options. We use custom molded clear trays to move your teeth to the ideal position. Because they are removable, patient compliance is extremely important with aligners. Invisalign is a terrific option for working professionals or patients seeking a discrete solution to improve their smile, however it is not ideal for every case.
What Is It?
Invisalign offers a cutting-edge approach to orthodontics by using a series of custom-made, invisible aligners. Using 3-D computer imaging, each aligner is specific to your teeth and gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you are wearing the aligners. So you can smile with confidence, both during and after your treatment.
Why Would I Want It?
There are no metal brackets or wires to tighten. The clear aligners are virtually invisible to other people so no one will notice you are wearing the aligners. The aligners are also removable, which means you can eat what you want, brush your teeth with ease and floss with no problems. With the complete, virtual treatment plan, you can see the anticipated results before even starting your treatment. Since you have a series of aligners instead of metal wires and brackets, you actually need to go to our office less often to get adjustments.
How Does It Work?
Using modern 3-D imaging technology, a custom set of aligners is made for you. Every two weeks, you switch to a new aligner. As you switch aligners, your teeth gradually and comfortably shift, resulting in a beautiful smile. Dr. Carr will have you come by their office every six weeks to confirm the progress of your treatment. On average, you will be in treatment for 9 – 15 months and wear 18 – 30 different aligners. However, actual treatment times will depend on your particular case.
Ultra Low-Dose 3D Scans
Our ultra-low dose ICAT 3D scanner is amazing technology. It allows Dr. Carr to get a 3D scan of a patient with less exposure than a digital panorex which is the most common orthodontic X-ray. This scan offers a clear and vivid insight into the current malocclusion at a level far beyond traditional orthodontic 2D radiographs. Diagnosis is the first step in a treatment plan, and this low dose3D scan is ideal for gathering information. It is not uncommon for Dr. Carr to find information that was not seen on a previous traditional X-ray.
Dr. Carr can submit this ultra-low dose scan for creation into a dynamic model. This model is useful in pretreatment simulations for early treatment expansion, surgery cases, and cases that might need restorations or implants when the orthodontic part of the treatment. It is a great communication tool for the patient and their dentist.
3M Impressionless Scanner
Our 3M digital scanner takes a 3D intraoral scan of the teeth using video technology. This can eliminate the need for traditional dental impressions. This scan is as accurate or more accurate that a traditional dental impressions. We use these scans for SureSmile patients, Invisalign and custom lab appliances.