How to Get Braces for Free in Central Indiana

August 18, 2019
Jason K. Bunch, DDS, MS

Think for a moment about the qualities you’d like for your child to have. For many parents, qualities like kindness, thoughtfulness, and confidence top the list. But did you know that one of those qualities is actually greatly affected by orthodontic care?

That’s right! A bright, beautiful smile can make all the difference in your child’s confidence and self-esteem!

While orthodontic care could be the missing link in allowing thousands of children feel the confidence they need to succeed, the cost of braces is often a barrier. We’re excited to let Central Indiana families know how to get braces for free!

How to Get Braces for Free in Central Indiana

Relationship Between Orthodontic Care and Confidence

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, orthodontic treatment does so much more than just straighten teeth. An attractive smile has lots of emotional benefits as orthodontic care brings teeth, lips, and face into proper proportion. Treatments like braces and retainers have been shown to drastically improve patients’ confidence, self-esteem, and overall health as well!

Bringing FREE Orthodontic Care to Central Indiana Families in Need

At Gorman & Bunch Orthodontics, we believe every child deserves a beautiful smile, as well as the confidence and improved general health that comes with it. However, we understand that the cost of braces can be a major factor in getting children the orthodontic treatment they need.

That’s why we launched Stats 4 Smiles™, our new program offering free braces to families in need through all of our seven offices in Carmel, Westfield, West Carmel/Zionsville, Fishers, Kokomo, Marion, and Wabash.

Through the program, we’ll be teaming up with local athletes like five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon to change lives through the gift of free braces. Each time one of our partner players win, score big, or make a big play during a game, we will gladly donate our time, skill, and resources to treat a deserving child in Central Indiana at no cost!

Top Signs Your Child May Need Braces

How to Apply for Stats 4 Smiles

We believe that proper orthodontic care can change a community! We would love to serve everyone in financial need, we can only consider candidates who meet the following guidelines:

  • Do not have family income that exceeds 200% of federal poverty level.
  • Must be no younger than 11 and no older than 19 years of age.
  • Live within a 60-minute drive of one of our 7 offices.
  • Maintain good hygiene practices and visited a dentist in the past 6 months.
  • Showcase an esthetic or functional need for braces.
  • Currently enrolled in school with satisfactory performance.
  • Demonstrate a positive demeanor.
  • Adhere to our treatment plan.
  • Exhibit a desire to impact their local community through volunteer service and/or extracurricular activities.

Are you wondering how much braces cost, or how to pay for braces? Visit our Stats 4 Smiles page to apply! Stats 4 Smiles scholarship candidates can qualify by either applying themselves or via nomination from a teacher, healthcare professional, coach, community leader, etc. Potential candidates will be kept on file, and when our partner athletes achieve their goals, our selection committee will name the next recipient of a brand new smile.

All of us at Gorman & Bunch Orthodontics are excited to bring free braces and Invisalign to Central Indiana children in need. By partnering with professional athletes, Stats 4 Smiles helps us play to win for our community!


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  • I can’t say enough great things about this office. I am legal guardian of my sister and she is going through Invisalign with them… She’s almost done and I am amazed by the results.
    I also go there for continued orthodontic care because orthodontic retention is for life! So glad I have such great people to care for our teeth!!!

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    Veronica Boyle

    Very great place! Went there for my first time today and i felt so comfortable and they are helping me fix my mouth!! Love love love!

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    Haley Elston

    We were very pleased with the staff and services at Gorman & Bunch. From the beginning, they were very friendly and made us feel comfortable with our first ortho visit. Dr. Carly was very nice and attentive. We ended up with braces for my son on the first visit and they were quick and thorough and made our experience very positive. Definitely would recommend them! They are awesome!

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    Donia Shackelford

    Personal and professional, everyone always takes great care of my sensitive mouth teen!

    This is our first experience with needing orthodontia, when it’s time for my youngest to get braces, we’ll choose this place again in a heartbeat.

    From the team up front to the team in the back, everyone is so nice and yet so efficiently on task, it is quite impressive.

    They have reasonable pricing and are willing to help with a payment plan.

    Keep up the great work!!

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    Robert Cassidy
  • Amazing office! My daughter was home from college and had an orthodontic emergency. She was not a previous patient. Dr Moran was kind enough to see her. The entire staff was amazing. I would never go anywhere else!

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    Sharon Hoover

    Excellent every time we’ve brought our kids. Thorough evaluations, knowledgeable doctors/staff, great with kids, and great results

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    This 64 year old had teeth that had begun to overlap in my adult years, which was attributed to having 4 good teeth removed as a child for "Crowded teeth". I waited to fund Invisalign until incurring no penalty for taking IRA funds, other than taxes. I was fortunate to be referred to Dr. Jason Bunch by my dentist, Dr. Jack Nicewander. Dr. Bunch and his Carmel, IN office staff see numerous children and young adults, but welcome the young at heart as well. I trust them and find them accommodating, efficient, professional and compassionate.

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    Joyce Eggleston

    I love this office. The staff and Dr. Carly are great. I’m having amazing results with my program! I highly suggest it to any and everyone!

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    Mark Roberts
  • Love this office! Helpful, professional, and knowledgeable doctor and staff. Haven’t had 1 issue with them. They’ve got their routine down pat.

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    Courtney Amos

    Heather and Dr Carly were awesome! Friendly, informative, and professional. Office was very inviting. We had a great appointment and look forward to the next couple of years of working with them.

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    Andy Tebbe

    I received Invisalign treatment and had a lot going on. As a mom of two children ,under two years old, it’s tough making doctor appointments but let me tell you they make it work! I was with Dr. Carly at the Westfield office and she always encouraged my little sons to come during my appointments. This made things so much easier for me. The staff at Gorman and Bunch were always welcoming and inviting. They would remember you and are honestly genuine people. Let me tell you it is hard finding good medical practices these days but these people are the best. I forever will recommend Gorman and Bunch to young kiddos and adults.

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    Casey Hood

    Amazing experience all around. The staff is super friendly and Dr. Carly always makes my daughter feel comfortable with the work being done. We are thrilled with the progress we are seeing, and the customer service is always top notch.

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    Alyssa Lozier
  • Amazing experience all around. The staff is super friendly and Dr. Carly always makes my daughter feel comfortable with the work being done. We are thrilled with the progress we are seeing, and the customer service is always top notch.

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    Ryder man 645 Lozier

    I just started my first week with the Invisalign. The staff has been extremely friendly and helpful through every step.

    Dr Carly’s initial evaluation of my case was extremely thorough and the options were explained in detail to help make an informed decision.

    They’ve certainly exceeded my expectation and from the looks of it, they do a great job with their younger patients as well!

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    Patrick May

    Cannot say enough good things about this practice! I've been to Westfield and Carmel locations, both are beautiful with helpful and friendly staff. Dr Bunch is experienced, knowledgeable, and truly cares about his patients and strives to get the best results possible for each one!

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    Karen Caudle

    This is the best place to go! Dr. Carly and her staff have made my daughter's smile beautiful.

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    Ruth Perkins
  • Amazing experience they all made my daughter and I feel very comfortable, all the ladies were extremely nice. Very well informed. Wouldn't go anywhere else!

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    Erica Wood

    Fantastic staff who put the person (and their teeth!) at the center of the experience. Child-friendly waiting areas. I've had nothing but good experiences over my nearly 10 years with Gorman and Bunch. Cannot recommend highly enough!

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