Nicholson Orthodontics: Building Better Smiles Since 1982

James R. Nicholson, D.D.S., M.S., has been providing his patients with exceptional comprehensive orthodontic care since 1982. Dr. Nicholson and his staff strive to give their patients the best orthodontic care available. At Nicholson Orthodontics, the staff is highly trained and experienced, which is just the beginning of what their office has to offer.

Read About How Nicholson Orthodontics Builds Better Smiles

January 2018


Writer // Janelle Morrison                             Photography // JJ Kaplan

Nicholson Orthodontics has two convenient locations in downtown Zionsville and in Lebanon, Indiana. Dr. Nicholson and his staff enjoy working with patients of all ages and are able to provide early orthodontic treatment to correct any upcoming issues that children may experience. They provide several different options of braces to meet the needs of their patients.

Their adult patients will find excellent results with an attractive smile and correctly aligned teeth that provide ideal jaw function and eliminates other related ailments as a result of the treatment.

Dr. Nicholson offers both Invisalign® and ceramic braces for patients with aesthetic concerns. Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It’s virtually undetectable.

The Invisalign System combines advanced 3D computer graphics technology with the 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign Dr. Nicholsonaligners are designed to move the teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by Dr. Nicholson. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit the patient’s mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As the patient replaces each aligner with the next, his or her teeth will begin to move gradually, week by week, until the final prescribed alignment is reached.

An orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat with the Invisalign system. Invisalign is not appropriate for every patient. A skilled and experienced clinician can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. “Any practitioner can use Invisalign, but how you use the computer programming to develop the treatment makes all the difference,” Dr. Nicholson said.

Patients of Dr. Nicholson also have access to the latest state-of-the-art technology in imaging and impressions. Gone are the days of the antiquated, messy and unpleasant putty impressions. Nicholson Orthodontics uses the iTero® digital impression system by Align Technology. Using a digital scanner, Dr. Nicholson’s experienced staff takes 3D digital images, of the patient’s teeth and bite. These 3D images help them formulate a personalized treatment plan that meets the specific orthodontic needs and desires of their patients.

They can also use the scans/images to visually show the patient their treatment options and help them stay up-to-date on the treatment progress. “Generally, in five minutes or less, we can scan the entire mouth,” Dr. Nicholson said. “It is much easier and far more comfortable for our patients.” Dr. Nicholson is proud to offer his patients the highest quality orthodontic services that also includes the use of digital radiographs, or x-rays, in his offices. The radiographs provide him with invaluable information about the patient’s oral and dental health that he shares with his patients on a 55-inch screen.

Staying on the cutting-edge of orthodontics and the technology that is evolving within the industry is a priority for Dr. Nicholson. He is an accredited orthodontist through the American Association of Orthodontics and maintains memberships in many prestigious organizations, such as the Indiana Dental Association. He is also a charter member of the Hoosier Orthodontic Forum Study Club. Accredited orthodontists like Dr. Nicholson have earned their dentistry degree and completed an advanced post-doctoral course, accredited by the American Dental Association, of at least two academic years in the specialty of orthodontics.

Dr. Nicholson’s passion for orthodontics began when he was a patient himself. Highly educated, he attended DePauw University before obtaining his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1976.

Dr. Nicholson has been recognized by his peers as a top dentist numerous times. He then served with the U.S. Navy Dental Corps in Italy. After his tour of duty, Dr. Nicholson earned his Master of Science in Orthodontics from Northwestern University in 1982. Afterwards, he opened his first practice on the east side of Indianapolis. In 1992, he and his wife moved to Zionsville where they raised four sons.

“A friend of mine introduced me to Zionsville back in 1972,” Dr. Nicholson recalled. “We moved to Union Township in 1992. I had opened a satellite office in Lebanon in 1986 and have always enjoyed Zionsville and the “Village.”

In 2002, he took over the practice where he is located in Zionsville, and in 2004, he sold his practice on the east side. He has been proudly serving Boone County for 31 years.

Many of his staff members have been with him for more than a decade and share his passion for bringing comfort and confidence to their patients. “Having the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of young people at a formative time is what attracted me the most to orthodontics,” Dr. Nicholson emphasized. “My staff and I share the common thrill of treating and caring for people and seeing the changes that we make in their smiles and in their lives. We have a compassionate staff that is dedicated to serving people.”

Dr. Nicholson and his staff’s level of care goes above and beyond the boundaries of their office. As part of their commitment to serve Zionsville and West Carmel families, they offer free transportation in the Brace Bus. That means they can get your child from school to their appointment and back without inconveniencing you!

Interested in learning more about what Dr. Nicholson Orthodontics can do for you? Call to schedule an appointment or visit today

95 E. Oak St., Zionsville, IN 46077
Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 317-873-6927
Fax: 317-873-0195

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