Blog Archive

5 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Clear Aligners Apr 27th, 2021

Orthodontia has radically changed over the last two decades. While once your only option to correct a variety of dental alignment problems was a bunch of metal, now there are two clear frontrunners in the tooth alignment market — Invisalign® and Spark™. These clear aligner systems are practically invisible, making...

The Difference Between Invisalign and Spark Aligners Feb 14th, 2021

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 aligners? Now, there are Spark™ Aligners too!...

How Long Will It Take to Straighten My Teeth? Dec 10th, 2020

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 your jaw alignment is correct and, if you are one...

Is Invisalign the Right Treatment for You? Oct 19th, 2020

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. Invisalign works by moving your teeth little by little using clear plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit over your teeth....

Three Reasons Chapman Smiles is the Right Choice! Aug 24th, 2020

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. You may have seen that some dentists offer various versions of orthodontics. So...

Virtual Consultations Are As Easy As 1-2-3 Jul 13th, 2020

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 appointments, it is still important to...

A Little More About Dr. Chapman Feb 14th, 2020

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...

You And Your Retainer – A Happy Marriage Oct 14th, 2014

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...

My Path To ChapmanSmiles Oct 14th, 2014

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, and we met a deer...

Day One With Insignia Braces! Oct 14th, 2014

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!   Once I arrived, I was greeted and taken into...

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

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....

The Orthodontic BIG FOUR Oct 14th, 2014

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...

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

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...

Happy Holidays To All! Oct 14th, 2014

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...

Wearing Your Rubber Bands Oct 14th, 2014

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...

An Update On My Braces! Oct 14th, 2014

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! The rest of the time, armed with wax and my water pik, I’ve been happy with how...

The Need For Speed! Oct 14th, 2014

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 over 100% every seven years? Yes,...

The Splint! Oct 14th, 2014

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.  Headaches are gone and am feeling much better!  However,...

Brush And Floss Your Teeth And Gums Well EVERYDAY Oct 13th, 2014

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...