Orthodontist in Wayne says Keep Kids Tobacco Free

Chapman Orthodontics in Wayne is proud to support the annual observance of Kick Butt’s Day which is March 19. Since 1996, Kick Butt’s Day http://www.kickbuttsday.org/ has been observed as a national day of activism that aims at empowering youths to live a tobacco free lifestyle. As a dental health care provider in Wayne, Chapman Orthodontics encourages its patients to make healthy choices and influence their peers to do the same.

Research has found that kids are three times more sensitive to tobacco advertising than adults and therefore, more likely to be influenced by cigarette marketing. Chapman Orthodontics encourages teachers, youth leaders and health advocates to participate in the Kick Butt Day and raise the awareness of the problem of tobacco in Wayne and Nationally.

Chapman Orthodontics encourages our youth to reject the tobacco industry’s marketing and to stay tobacco free. By living a healthy life style, this will eliminate preventable oral and health problems in the future. The main oral health problems that may result from tobacco use includes, but not limited to:

  • bad breath
  • stained teeth
  • inflammation
  • increased plaque and tartar build-up
  • increased risk of gum disease

All of these are preventable by choosing a tobacco free life style. According to WebMD http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/smoking-oral-health, even smokeless tobacco (such as chewing tobacco) can cause damage to your teeth. Surprisingly, chewing tobacco contains more nicotine than cigarettes making it even more addictive than cigarettes!

For more information on Kick Butt Day, please refer to the website. Chapman Orthodontics in Wayne is always available to help in your overall oral health.

Indianapolis: Does Your Bottled Water Have Flouride?

As more people turn to bottled water and away from the tap, they may be missing out on one important ingredient: Fluoride. Most brands of bottled water fail to include: fluoride! Chapman Orthodontist in Indianapolis wants to remind its patients that if they drink bottled water, they will need to get their fluoride elsewhere. Because fluoride helps strengthen teeth, it is an important component of maintaining good oral health. Our friends at the American Dental Association have endorsed both community water fluoridation and the use of fluoride-containing products as a safe means of preventing tooth decay.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also warned that “bottled water may not have a sufficient amount of fluoride, which is important for preventing tooth decay and promoting oral health.” Many townships add fluoride to their local water source. If you are avoiding fluoridated tap water in favor of the ever-more-popular bottled water, Chapman Orthodontics warns that you could be missing out on the levels of fluoride necessary to make a difference in your oral health. One 2012 study in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry found that more than 65 percent of parents using bottled water did not know what levels of fluoride it contained.

If bottled water happens to be your or your children’s beverage of choice, check the label to make sure your brand contains fluoride. Of course, simply drinking fluoridated water is not a magic ticket to perfect teeth. To keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape, Chapman Orthodontics reminds that it’s important to brush and floss daily and avoid sugary sweets, in addition to maintaining your fluoride intake.

Questions about fluoride? Give Chapman Orthodontics a call at our convenient Indianapolis office! We look forward to hearing from you and keep drinking water!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. At Chapman Orthodontics, we want to get our patients aware of this important subject. Why is this type of celebration—and year-round attention to children’s dental health–important?

Here at Chapman Orthodontics we encourage developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits. By developing these good habits, it helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. More than 40 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have had a cavity in their primary (baby) teeth, and more than two-thirds of 16- to 19-year-olds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth. Although overall rates of tooth decay have decreased over the past four decades, decay has actually increased in preschool age children in recent years.

The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth. Good oral hygiene practices such as thorough brushing with fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities. In addition, dental sealants and community water fluoridation are two other strategies that can help prevent tooth decay.

Here at Chapman Orthodontics in Indianapolis, we promote good oral hygiene and are available for our client’s questions. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your concerns.

Zionsville Orthodontist Encourages Smiling

How to you start your day?? Why not try beginning every day with a simple smile. By starting your day with that smile, you will be able to lift not only your heart but of those around you. So if you walk into the room full of busy and stressed people, smiling can make them forget their problems and they have the tendency to smile back therefore spreading good vibes around your office. The team at Chapman Orthodontics tries to start their day with an inviting smile to make all our clients feel at easy.

There are many ways to begin your day. You could start by having a cup of coffee while reading the newspaper or watching TV. You could also start your day by jogging around the park with your dog or with your friends and families. For busy individuals, their day sometimes starts by taking a shower and preparing for work. Although these individuals are very busy, Chapman Orthodontics reminds them there is a great way to start their day and that lies in that simple smile. So don’t forget how far a smile can go.

For a better smile, Chapman Orthodontics can help. Dr. Chapman is an orthodontic specialist for kids and adults in Zionsville. Call us now to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Zionsville Orthodontist Gives Valentine’s Day Advice

Valentine’s Day — a time for couples to celebrate their luck in the field of love and a time for singles to go searching for their special someone. Do you dread Valentine’s Day and fault the holiday for reminding you of your love life’s bumps in the road? Isn’t it about time to put an end to the Valentine’s Day negativity, and go in the direction of cupid’s arrow? Absolutely! This year, Chapman Orthodontics says put aside the chocolates and glasses of wine, and set yourself to a happier standard. Put a smile on your face!

In a recent survey, it was found that men prefer women who smile more than those that look serious. When male students, aged 24 to 40 years old, were asked what attracted them most about a woman, every single one said "A woman who smiles a lot." If you smile often, men think you are friendly, approachable, and happy. Nobody wants to hang around with a gloomy person, but everyone likes to be with a happy one! Being a woman who smiles a lot also attracts men because it makes you look self-confident. Confidence in yourself automatically translates into attraction from others.

Researchers have also begun to notice that showing a happy, smiling face is considered essential to social interaction. "When someone has a big smile, it shows they’re willing to open up and expose a part of themselves," says Pamela McClain, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. Someone who is more open to interaction will be easier to get to know, and therefore easier to make a connection with.

But how can you open up and express all of these through a smile? It’s easy if you let Chapman Orthodontics help! By having a beautiful smile, you will not hesitate to flash your teeth in every available situation. It has been proven that someone who is confident in their smile will show this confidence in all other areas of life. So, gain the confidence of a great smile! A smiling, confident, and approachable look is just what you need to help get out of your Valentine’s Day rut, and Chapman Orthodontics can help you out with that!

How to Brush Your Teeth Effectively

Brushing your teeth is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. For a healthy mouth and smile Chapman Orthodontics recommends you:

Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.

Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

Chapman Orthodontics also says make sure to use ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

 

The proper brushing technique is to:

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.

Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.

Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.

Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

 

Of course, brushing your teeth is only a part of a complete oral care routine. You should also make sure to:

Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.

Although you are visiting Chapman Orthodontics, Dr. Chapman recommends that you visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us in one of our locations in Brownsburg, Plainfield, Zionsville or Indianapolis.

Adult Braces for Indianapolis Patients

Chapman Orthodontics, located in Indianapolis and surrounding areas understands that every patient has different orthodontic needs, especially adult patients. This is why Dr. Chapman provides his Brownsburg, Plainfield, Zionsville and Indianapolis patients looking for adult braces with several orthodontic treatment options including the innovative Invisalign System. Today, many of our adult patients are choosing not to wear traditional metal braces and instead are enjoying Invisalign – a popular alternative to visible metal braces that are not bonded to the teeth.

Invisalign for Adults

Far different from conventional metal braces, the Invisalign System as this orthodontic treatment option consists of a series of clear, removable, smooth plastic aligners that gradually move teeth into the desired position. Just as the name suggests, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible which means you can improve your smile without most people even noticing that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Far different from conventional metal braces, the Invisalign System as this orthodontic treatment option consists of a series of clear, removable, smooth plastic aligners that gradually move teeth into the desired position. Just as the name suggests, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible which means you can improve your smile without most people even noticing that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.

If you’re an adult and would like to have your teeth straightened discreetly without having to wear visible metal braces, Invisalign is the clear choice. Many adults who have put off having their teeth straightened because they didn’t want to wear metal braces have gone ahead and improved their smiles with Invisalign.

Advantages of Invisalign

The advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces are numerous. Because the Invisalign aligners are removeble, you can take them out when you eat, brush and floss and then simply put them back in when done. This means that, throughout the treatment process, you can continue enjoying all those foods you love and maintain good oral hygiene.

Another advantage is that the soft, flexible material which the aligners are made of won’t irritate the inside of your mouth, unlike metal wires and brackets, and can provide you with a higher level of comfort. If you happen to grind your teeth, the Invisalign aligners can double as thin mouth guards that will provide your teeth with protection from excessive wear.

The Invisalign Process

When it’s been determined by Dr. Chapman that you are a candidate for Invisalign, we will use special computer software to design a plan for the movement of your teeth from their current positions into the optimal alignment. This movement will be broken down into stages. For each stage, two plastic aligners – one for your top teeth and one for the bottom will be made. You will be instructed to wear the first set of aligners for two weeks for at least 20 hours per day. You’ll then move on to the next set of aligners in the series and will continue doing so until your teeth are aligned correctly.

To learn more about Invisalign, visit our website or call Dr. Chapman at his office in Brownsburg, Plainfield, Zionsville and Indianapolis. There are many options for adult braces and Invisalign is one of the most popular options. Call for a free consultation to see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign.

Invisalign Popular Choice at Chapman Orthodontics

Invisalign is a very popular option for patients at Chapman Orthodontics. Adults and teens often ask for clear braces, with Invisalign being the premier choice. Dr. Chapman, of Chapman Orthodontics, is very knowledgeable about braces and is an Invisalign provider.

Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It’s virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you’re straightening your teeth. The aligners have been generated by computer aided design to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums.

At Chapman Orthodontics, we recognize that every patient has different orthodontic needs. Dr. Chapman will work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to ensure you achieve optimal results. Please contact us at Chapman Orthodontics at (317) 852-5566 for more information about Invisalign.