Take Your Smile to the Next Level This Summer with Chapman Orthodontics

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We all know that as summer comes around, we start making goals of how we want to prepare ourselves for the excitement of the season. This year, instead of making goals to get in shape or start eating right (which, by the way, are both great goals, but tend to only last about two weeks for most of us who love a good slice of chocolate cake), make a goal that will last you a lifetime. The goal of a beautiful Invisalign enhanced smile! Chapman Orthodontics of Brownsburg, Plainfield, and Indianapolis area, IN can make that dream a reality for Summer 2017!

Invisalign Treatment from Chapman Orthodontics

Along with traditional metal braces, Chapman Orthodontics offers the technologically advanced, amazing service of Invisalign, which has some amazing benefits such as:

  • AppearanceOften, patients are worried about their looks and are afraid to hurt their confidence by starting treatment. Not anymore! Invisalign is barely noticeable and will keep you looking your best.
  • ComfortThis system allows you to straighten your smile using a series of aligner trays. Since the aligners are made of smooth, clear plastic, these aligners are extremely comfortable.
  • Removable: Invisalign is removable, making eating and brushing simple and enjoyable, and allowing you to continue with the hygienic routine and diet you are accustomed to.

Invisalign is the perfect way to prepare to be smiling all summer long, and Chapman Orthodontics is excited to offer it to patients in the Indianapolis, IN area.

So, now that Summer 2017 is well on its way, make sure your new smile follows close behind. Visit our offices in Brownsburg, Plainfield, and Indianapolis, IN, or Contact our team at Chapman Orthodontics to schedule your initial consultation.


Dr. Peter Chapman and the team at Chapman Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in , Brownsburg, IN, Plainfield, IN, Indianapolis, IN, or the 46214 zip code area, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Peter Chapman contact Chapman Orthodontics at: 317 – 852 – 5566

 

Maintaining Your Beautiful Smile After Braces

Caring for your smile does not stop when your braces are removed. Retention is a KEY component of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Chapman and his team at Chapman Orthodontics in Plainfield, IN, understand that many people do not realize the great importance of wearing retainers. Here are a few things we want our patients to keep in mind:

Always follow instructions from Dr. Chapman. Retainers are typically worn fulltime for a fixed amount of time as prescribed by Dr. Chapman, followed by INDEFINITE nightwear for the rest of your life. It is very important to follow exactly what your team at Chapman Orthodontics recommends, as these instructions are specifically designed to keep your teeth looking their best for a lifetime.

If you notice your teeth beginning to move contact us immediately. Maintaining your beautiful new smile requires wearing your retainers as directed. It is extremely disappointing when teeth move back to their original position as a result of no or poor retainer wear. If movements are minor, retainers may be able to regain correction. If the relapse or shifting is too severe, retreatment may be necessary. Dr. Chapman is here to help with any problems – call the team at Chapman Orthodontics immediately when the problem first begins at 317.839.6533 for an evaluation appointment.

Retainers are something new and different and a period of adjustment to them is to be expected. The retainers are the tightest in the first few days after delivery. Should you experience any discomfort, please call the office immediately rather than stop wearing them. We are happy to help you with adjustments or questions as needed, just call Chapman Orthodontics to schedule an appointment.

Make sure that you wear your retainers as directed and care for them properly. Because of its removable nature, it may be easy to misplace your appliances. When removing your retainers, always put them it in your plastic retainer case. Clean them as instructed and call immediately for replacements from loss or breakage to maintain your gorgeous smile for a lifetime!

Please visit Chapman Orthodontics in Plainfield, IN to learn more about retention, or give us a call at 317.839.6533.

Exploring Different Retention Options

When the day finally comes for you to get your braces removed at Chapman Orthodontics in Brownsburg, IN the next step is a retainer! Retainers are used to hold the teeth in their new positions, and are either removable or permanent.

Removable retainers are fairly easy to use and care for, and they make brushing and flossing easier and more comfortable. The retainer is placed in at night, worn while you sleep and taken out in the morning. Retainer schedules may vary from individual to individual, but there are generally times during the day where Dr. Chapman may or may not mandate wearing it. Dr. Chapman stresses however that this can lead to forgetfulness, and if you don’t remember to wear the retainer you won’t be benefiting from it completely.

Permanent retainers are more effective than removable retainers, and are a great option for patients who don’t want the extra responsibility of retainer schedules. The only thing you should be mindful of with a permanent retainer is that it may be more difficult to floss, but Dr. Chapman can help show you how to quickly and effectively do so.

Both may be recommended in some cases with a permanent retainer on the bottom and removable one on top. Whatever the case may be, be sure to follow Dr. Chapman’s advice when using and caring for a retainer.

When Dr. Chapman removes your braces he will use pliers to remove all the brackets, thoroughly scrape and clean all the glue off your teeth, and take a mold for your new retainer. You will feel a little pressure when the braces are being removed, but no pain. Noteworthy, the newly exposed enamel and your gums will be sensitive at first so Dr. Chapman encourages you to stick to your braces-friendly diet for a little while longer. Just like your braces in the beginning, it will take some time to get used to your retainer, and it will be difficult to speak normally at first. Dr. Chapman recommends practicing speaking, reading aloud or singing as much as you can.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Chapman at 317.852.5566.

Keep Your Cool Image with Invisalign Teen®

To many teens, image is everything, and at an age where image is so important, metal brackets and wires do not sound like the next hottest thing. The good news is that there is an alternative to traditional braces, and Dr. Chapman of Chapman Orthodontics want to remind you that Invisalign Teen® gives teens a whole new way of wearing braces for a “clearly” amazing smile!

How does Invisalign Teen® work? Much in the same way as Invisalign®, but with a few added characteristics tailored specifically to the teenage lifestyle. For instance, Invisalign Teen® is designed with compliance indicators that fade from dark to light during the two-week period during which that particular tray is used. Once the indicator has faded, teens know to change trays. And, each aligner comes with up to six free individual replacement aligners in case the original aligner ends up lost or broken, which is another big benefit for teens!

For Invisalign Teen® to be the most effective, the same guidelines for Invisalign® should be followed:

  1. Wear each set of aligners for about two weeks
  2. Remove the aligners only to eat, drink, brush and floss
  3. Wear the clear aligners for at a minimum of 20-22 hours per day
  4. Visit us every 8-10 weeks for an orthodontic check-up
  5. See your dentist every 6 months for regular cleanings

Sounds cool right? Call Chapman Orthodontics or visit our Plainfield, IN office for any questions. Keep enjoying being a teen with Invisalign Teen®.

Make Your Teeth a Top Priority This Year

  1. Openbites, underbites, overbites and deep overbitesDr. Chapman of Chapman Orthodontics in Brownsburg, IN specializes in the correction of all four bites. Dr. Chapman encourages that these problems are treated early on because they can be corrected without surgery a lot of times. The fix requires braces, special appliances, retainers, and/or jaw surgery.
  2. Too many teeth: hyperdontia – Having extra teeth is called hyperdontia. People who have hyperdontia usually also have another condition, such as a cleft palate or Gardner’s Syndrome (which forms tumors that aren’t cancer). Dr. Chapman treats hyperdontia by removing all the extra teeth and correcting the bite with braces
  3. Crooked teeth – The fix will improve your overall dental health, relieving symptoms like jaw pain. Dr. Chapman uses braces (metal or trays), aligners, and retainers to straighten crooked teeth.
  4. Gaps – You may not consider a gap between the front teeth a problem at all, but if you want to correct it Dr. Chapman will use braces to move teeth closer together and a special glued-in retainer to help keep the spaces closed.
  5. Clenching or grinding your teeth – Grinding your teeth is called bruxism. Stress is one of the causes. Misaligned teeth or sleep issues can also be culprits among adults (among kids, causes can include allergies). Bruxism can give you headaches, a sore jaw and cracked or loose teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, Dr. Chapman can fit you with a mouth guard. If it’s a daytime problem, meditation, exercise or other ways to curb stress helps.

If you have any of the above tooth problems please contact our practice at 317.852.5566 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Chapman. Keep smiling!

Toothbrush Timeline 3500 BC – 2015

Toothbrush Timeline 3500 BC – 2015

3500 BC

Back in 3500 BC Egyptians and Babylonians would chew on the ends of sticks until the fibers of the wood formed a brush which was then used to clean their teeth. Subsequently Miswak, branches of the Salvadora persica tree, was discovered. The Salvadora persica branches have healing and antiseptic qualities, and studies show that Miswak is superior to present day toothbrushes. Many people still use Miswak.

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Around 1500 Chinese dentists started using the hairs off of cold climate pigs and pasted them on bamboo sticks or animal bones creating the first bristle toothbrush. Other versions of the toothbrush included bird feathers, porcupine quills and boar bristles.

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William Addis introduced the Chinese way of brushing to England in 1780 being the first person to mass produce modern toothbrushes. The Addis version of the toothbrush used cow tail hair drilled and tired on to cow bones, and later versions used horse hair instead of boar hair because it was softer. Dr. Chapman of Chapman Orthodontics in Indianapolis, IN recommends using a soft toothbrush. Addis’ company still exists today but they have moved beyond oral hygiene.

1800

Patent number 18,653 marked the first toothbrush patent in the United States of America. It was registered by an entrepreneur, H.N. Wadsworth, on November 17, 1857.

In 1885, mass production of Wadsworth’s toothbrushes began.

1900

Brushing teeth became a regular thing in 1938 when a company called DuPont de Nemours introduced the first toothbrush with nylon bristles. It was called Dr. West’s Miracle-Tuft Toothbrush.

In 1939, the first electric toothbrush was invented in Switzerland.

In the 1960s, the electric toothbrush was introduced to the public market.

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Today over 3,000 toothbrushes patents exist. Examples of recent toothbrush innovations are the brushes with SmartGuide which wirelessly transmits a map of your mouth to an LCD display. The brush monitors how many times you brush your teeth, area that you missed brushing and which areas still need more work. Once your mouth is perfectly clean, it signals you to stop. Another example is the Tooth Tunes brush which uses sound waves to play a song for two minutes while you brush, two minutes being the amount of time Dr. Chapman recommends that you spend brushing your teeth WITHOUT braces and even longer if you have braces or appliances.

Dr. Chapman and his staff at Chapman Orthodontics in Indianapolis, IN will give you specific instructions to follow at your initial and regular orthodontic appointments. Dr. Chapman also stresses the importance of keeping your regular cleaning appointments with your general dentist throughout your orthodontic treatment to make sure you keep a healthy and beautiful smile!

For more information on toothbrushes, or if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Chapman at 317.484.6388 or visit Chapman Orthodontics when and if you are in the area. We look forward to hearing from you!

Leave Nail Biting in 2014

Nail biting is one of the so-called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement or boredom. Experts say that about thirty percent of children and fifteen percent of adults are nail biters, however most will stop chewing their nails by the time they turn thirty.

Here are four dental and general reasons to stop biting your nails:

  1. It’s unsanitary. Your nails harbor bacteria and germs, and they are almost twice as dirty as your fingers. Moreover, swallowing dirty nails can lead to stomach problems.
  2. It wears down your teeth. Biting your nails can put added stress on your pearly whites, which can lead to crooked teeth.
  3. It can delay your orthodontic treatment. For those wearing braces, nail biting puts additional pressure on teeth and weakens roots.
  4. It can cost you; literally. Our friends at the Academy of General Dentistry estimate up to $4,000 in extra dental bills over a lifetime.

Dr. Chapman of Chapman Orthodontics in Indianapolis, IN recommends the following to kick your nail biting habit:

  1. Keep your nails trimmed short; you’ll have less of a nail to bite.
  2. Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish.
  3. Ask us about obtaining a mouth guard, which can help prevent nail biting.
  4. Put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you get the urge to bite on your nails.
  5. Think about when and why you chew your nails. Whether you are nervous or just bored, understanding the triggers can help you find a solution and stop the habit.
  6. If you can’t stop, behavioral therapy may be an effective option to stop nail biting.

If you are interested in more information about nail biting or would like to assess your oral health, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 317.484.6388 or stop by our office in Indianapolis, IN!

Take the Time to Practice Flossing with Braces This Holiday Season

Even though it’s a little more difficult, flossing with braces keeps your smile healthy and confident. At Chapman Orthodontics, we want to make sure all of our patients with braces know how to floss with their individual ortho devices. Here are some tools to help you floss while you’re wearing braces:

Floss Threaders work like a needle threader for sewing. You put the floss through a loop at the top and then thread the pointy part under or over the wire (depending on whether you’re flossing top or bottom teeth). Once threaded, you can floss that space like normal. Then just repeat for each space until you’ve got a clean, tartar-free mouth.

Proxy Brushes are lifesavers for cleaning teeth with braces. These are tiny little cone-shaped brushes that fit under the wire and between the teeth to remove buildup.

WaterPiks are the fanciest flossers for braces. You simply point the flosser tip between your teeth and along the gum line, and it sprays high-pressure water into the spaces between your teeth, removing hard to reach buildup.

If you just can’t get it you’re welcome to stop by Chapman Orthodontics in Plainfield, IN, and we’ll show you how to floss with braces quickly and efficiently. And as always, if you have any questions or concerns Dr. Chapman is your guy! He can be reached at 317.839.6533. Keep smiling!

Oral Health Begins with Clean Teeth

Keeping the area where your teeth meet your gums clean can prevent gum disease, and keeping your tooth surfaces clean can help you avoid cavities. Dr. Chapman of Chapman Orthodontics offers the following tips to his patients in Brownsburg, IN:

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, don’t rush. Dr. Chapman recommends brushing for two minutes twice a day, and more frequently if you have braces — take enough time to do a thorough job.

Use the proper equipment. We at Chapman Orthodontics recommend using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Also consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, for it can reduce plaque and the chance of gum disease more than does manual brushing. Moreover, these devices are helpful if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.

Practice good techniques. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle — aiming the bristles toward the area where your tooth meets your gum. Again Dr. Chapman reminds you that keeping the area where your teeth meet your gums clean can prevent gum disease. Also, don’t forget to gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue, with short back-and-forth motions.

Keep your equipment clean. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing. Dr. Chapman also stresses that you store your toothbrush in an upright position, if possible, and allow it to air-dry until using it again. Toothbrush Tip: don’t routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers, it can encourage the growth of bacteria.

Know when to replace your toothbrush. Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

Follow these basic tips daily and if you have any question or concerns please don’t hesitate to call Dr. Chapman at 317.852.5566, or even to stop by Chapman Orthodontics when and if you are in Brownsburg, IN.

Orthodontic Treatment Does Not Have an Age Limit

The discouraging connotation surrounding braces that implies that they’re solely for kids and teens has kept the idea of adult orthodontic treatments on the outskirts of many adult’s minds in Indianapolis, IN. Invisalign®, however, is becoming increasingly popular within the adult demographic, and at Chapman Orthodontics we encourage adult orthodontic treatment.

Here are a few key points to keep in mind in preparing for orthodontic treatment:

  1. If you have sensitive teeth Sensodyne is a great toothpaste to help desensitize your teeth.
  2. It is encouraged to practice excellent oral hygiene to prepare your gums for orthodontic treatment. Ask Dr. Chapman for suggestions.
  3. It may feel uncomfortable at first, this feeling will go away and become more natural.
  4. Chewing may also be difficult and consumption of certain foods may be impossible at first, but unlike tradition braces Invisalign® is designed for you to be able to remove during meals and to brush and floss. Ask Dr. Chapman for a list of foods to avoid during those first few weeks.
  5. Your brushing routine may need to be amped up a bit or altered to fit more often into your schedule

There are many benefits that come with Invisalign® including improved self-esteem and better dental health, and thanks to Invisalign®, you can straighten your teeth invisbly. Contact Dr. Chapman at 317.484.6388 or visit Chapman Orthodontics when and if you are in Indianapolis, IN or surrounding areas to start your journey with Invisalign®.