Blog Articles

My Jaw Pops: Do I Have TMJ Dysfunction?

It’s not uncommon for your joints to make noise when you move them, and jaw popping isn’t usually a cause for concern. However, frequent cracking might be a sign of TMJ disorder.

Sep 1st, 2021
Adjusting to Life Without Braces

You’ve waited all this time to get your braces taken off, but how will you adjust to life once they’re gone? Here are some tips to help smooth out the transition.

Jul 19th, 2021
What Does a Smile Makeover Entail?

Are you unhappy with your smile? The answer could be a smile makeover, which can address multiple problems in one cohesive treatment plan for an amazing grin you can be proud of.

May 31st, 2021
The Difference Between Invisalign and Spark Aligners

You’ve probably seen lots of commercials for Invisalign® and understand how clear aligners are an excellent way to straighten your teeth without the hassle of traditional braces. But did you know that there is now a second option when it comes to clear...

Feb 14th, 2021
How Long Will It Take to Straighten My Teeth?

That’s a question we hear at almost every consultation. There’s no universal answer. Since every person’s dental issues are different, we create a plan that is specific to you. It’s important that not only your teeth are straight but that...

Dec 10th, 2020
Is Invisalign the Right Treatment for You?

If you think your teeth are scarier than the headless horseman at Halloween, it might be time to talk to Dr. Chapman about getting started with Invisalign® orthodontic treatment.

Oct 19th, 2020
Three Reasons Chapman Smiles is the Right Choice!

Deciding to have your teeth straightened is a big decision. Time, money and commitment to the process have to be considered, but one of your most important decisions is who to go to for your orthodontic treatment.

Aug 24th, 2020
Virtual Consultations Are As Easy As 1-2-3

We all have more to smile about these days! As our communities are slowly opening back up for business, we are all thankfully able to begin resuming some of our normal routines. While it’s great to have more options for shopping, haircuts and other...

Jul 13th, 2020
A Little More About Dr. Chapman

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...

Feb 14th, 2020
You And Your Retainer – A Happy Marriage

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...

Oct 14th, 2014
My Path To ChapmanSmiles

It all began with a car accident. Or at least, that is the way it felt. I was involved in an accident in 2010 in which I was rear-ended, and then a second incident when my entire family was on the way home from dinner,...

Oct 14th, 2014
Day One With Insignia Braces!

I am now the proud owner of a set of Insignia Braces! Insignia is the latest and greatest technology for braces. I was pretty nervous at my appointment yesterday, and made sure to take some Advil before I went in!

Oct 14th, 2014
I’m Sporting Rubber Bands!

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...

Oct 14th, 2014
The Orthodontic BIG FOUR

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.

Oct 14th, 2014
Braces Problems On Summer Vacay! What To Do?

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...

Oct 14th, 2014
Happy Holidays To All!

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,...

Oct 14th, 2014
Wearing Your Rubber Bands

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?

Oct 14th, 2014
An Update On My Braces!

Happy New Year! I am now in my 3rd month of wearing Insignia braces. The process has been surprisingly easy – I’ve only gone in to see Dr. Chapman and his team at ChapmanSmiles twice!

Oct 14th, 2014
The Need For Speed!

The Need for Speed – How many orthodontic patients ask “When will I get my braces off?” 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...

Oct 14th, 2014
The Splint!

I was fitted for my splint and wore it DAY and NIGHT for about 6 months. I would go into Dr. Chapman’s office every couple of weeks to have it adjusted so that eventually my bite was in the correct position.

Oct 14th, 2014
Brush And Floss Your Teeth And Gums Well EVERYDAY

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...

Oct 13th, 2014