Meet Dr. Avila

Specialist in Orthodontics

Dr. Avila was born to Brazilian immigrants in the city of Castro Valley, California, a suburb of Oakland. His father was an accountant, and his mother was a school teacher. Both of his parents had large families. Dr. Avila has 16 aunts and uncles in Brazil along with dozens of cousins.

Dr. Avila's first job came when he was 6 years old. Since then, he has experienced many jobs from janitor to registered investment advisor. He has owned five patents and still operates media equipment at his church.

Dr. Avila has lectured to orthodontic residencies in the U.S. and Canada on the SYNERGY Orthodontic Appliance. He has practiced orthodontics in Indiana since 1997 when he moved here from California. He received his rigorous orthodontic training at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California.

He feels especially privileged to have had the opportunity to spend many hours with world-renowned orthodontist Ruell W. Bench. Dr. Bench has lectured extensively around the world on many orthodontic topics, including authoring a series of articles in the American Journal of Orthodontics on predicting how and when growth affects the human face.

Orofacial Pain Specialist

When Dr. Avila was a Senior in dental school one of his patients told him they were diagnosed with TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDER (TMD aka TMJ).  The patient told Dr. Avila TMD was a dental problem.  During his four years of advanced dental training he had never heard of TMD.  This began a frustrating, challenging, and exciting journey for Dr. Avila.

Long story short, Dr. Avila has a natural ability to fix things and he learned a predictable way of fixing TMD pain.

Dr. Avila is involved in significant research regarding TMD treatment.  He is a Co-Primary Investigator on a new medication providing predictable relief of TMD pain as well as research to make TMD diagnosis easier and more predictable.

Many days Dr. Avila has a peculiar happy halo around him -- those are the days a patient who has been suffering from head pains for years has found significant relief during 14 days of treatment.

Professional and Personal Life

Dr. Avila is currently employed as part-time faculty at Indiana University School of Dentistry.  He works under the Department of Oral Pathology, Medicine, and Radiology. He also teaches in the Department of Orthodontics.

Dr. Avila actively participates in dental research. His current research at Indiana University School of Dentistry focuses on The Medicinal Relief of TMD and Self-Assessment in the Identification of TMD.

Dr. Avila's wife of 25 years, Trish, is a nurse at IU Health Ball Memorial, and together, they have two children. Their son is studying Business at IU Bloomington, and their daughter is pursuing an Education degree. Together as a family, they enjoy skiing, scuba diving, board games, and traveling.


Schedule an appointment with Dr. Avila by calling 765-282-3200.

Value We believe orthodontic treatment should be available to anyone who desires a better smile. Without compromising quality, we make treatment affordable by monitoring fees and offering payment plans.
Innovation We use innovative treatment modalities including indirect bonding, interceptive orthodontics, Class III and Class II orthodontics, direct palate expansion, INSIGHT radiography, and orthodontic retention routines.
Personal Touch We’ve created an orthodontic practice where patients feel at home. From our inviting reception area to advanced technology and leading-edge processes, everything here is about your comfort.
Muncie Office3303 W Bethel Ave
Muncie, IN 47304
Anderson Office706 Walnut St
Anderson, IN 46012
Hartford City Office1200 N Walnut St
Hartford City, IN 47348
Indianapolis Office1935 North Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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