The Need for Speed – How many orthodontic patients ask “When will I get my braces off?” ALL OF THEM! Orthodontic treatment is never, ever fast enough. We are limited by the biology of the body, specifically the bone biology. Did you know that your skeleton turns over 100% every seven years? Yes, that’s right!… Read more »

Summer . . . no school, lots of sun, sleeping in, going on vacation.  It’s my favorite time of year, yours’ too?  As our office is always striving to educate our patients about their orthodontic treatment and how to have the best experience possible, I thought it would be a good idea to address summer… Read more »

Remember when Dr Chapman asked you how long do you want to wear braces?  The best answer of course is “not at all, or for the least amount of time”.  The ChapmanSmiles team is dedicated to providing you with the best orthodontic result possible in the least amount of time.  Let’s explore how we can… Read more »

Rubber bands and braces, they go together like pie and ice cream.  Almost every orthodontic patient will wear rubber bands at some point in their treatment.  What do they do?  Wear them 24/7, Really?  I eat with them on? Rubber bands are used to coordinate your bite in all three planes of space, align upper… Read more »

Everybody knows that you need to brush and floss your teeth well to keep them in good shape.  Modern diets contain a lot of sugar which leads to decay in teeth if the bacterial plaque (that gooey stuff on your teeth and gums that builds up if you don’t brush well) is not cleaned away… Read more »

Successful orthodontic treatment requires several factors to be accomplished in a predictable amount of time. The patient and orthodontic team must work together to accomplish our mutual goal of a great smile and proper bite. We hope you have chosen ChapmanSmiles for our fantastic care delivery, short treatment times, great results, and of course the… Read more »

You will notice big changes in our office starting next week. We have been preparing for the last 6 months to switch our practice management software and go paperless. Both of these changes will be difficult at first, please be patient as my team and I learn the new pathways and procedures of a paperless… Read more »

Welcome to my first blog about orthodontic treatment!  My name is Gary Chapman, and I’m an orthodontist in Clackamas, Oregon.  Before I begin discussing orthodontics, I thought I would outline my qualifications to discuss this subject.  I graduated from Santa Clara University in 1986 with a bachelors degree in Combined Sciences with an eye on… Read more »

Patients always want to know, “how long do I have to wear my retainers?” The standard answer is “forever.”   Yes, retainers are for life, but the good news is, your teeth are straight for life as well! You can always depend on your retainers to keep your teeth straight, but can your retainers depend on… Read more »

It’s been a while since my last post, but things have been progressing well! At my last appointment, Dr. Chapman told me it was time for me to wear (gulp) rubber bands. I’d been anticipating this, but was hoping that I may be the lucky patient who wouldn’t need them. Ha! Dr. Chapman explained that… Read more »