How To Make Your Invisalign Treatment Quick and Easy

Invisalign Marion County IN

Invisalign patients of Dr. Peter Chapman enjoy a more comfortable and convenient orthodontic treatment with Invisalign in Marion County, IN. The Invisalign system of plastic aligners are effective at providing the wearer with a straighter smile while being much less noticeable in the mouth. Invisalign offers benefits that traditional braces can’t offer; they are removable by the wearer. This is a critical reason why many Chapman Orthodontics patients have chosen Invisalign for themselves.

How Do I Ensure Success with Invisalign?

Although Invisalign is one of the most advanced orthodontic treatments available today, patients are reminded that their teeth and the aligners need regular attention during treatment. To get the best results from treatment with Invisalign, Dr. Peter Chapman recommends to his patients:

  1. Keep Invisalign in a safe place: Invisalign aligners are compact and clear, and some patients find them easy to misplace. Always keep the Invisalign clear aligner trays in a case or safely tucked in a plastic bag within your pocket, purse, or bag. Do not wrap them in a napkin when taking them out to eat. Many patients end up accidentally tossing the napkin out in the trash! If you have pets at home, make sure too that your aligners are always high up and out of reach of probing paws. The plastic material may be appealing to them as a chew toy.

  2. Remove Invisalign to eat and drink: One of the great benefits of Invisalign is that they are removable. Dr. Peter Chapman says to take advantage of this! Always take your Invisalign trays out when you’re eating or drinking. Leaving them in may lead to staining of the trays or other damage, such as distortion of shape due to hot food or drinks. Plus, removing them makes eating much easier.

  3. Clean your Invisalign properly and thoroughly: To keep your Invisalign working well for your smile and for your oral health, be sure that you are always cleaning them correctly and completely. Invisalign trays should be cleaned at least twice a day, preferably after meals. Dr. Peter Chapman recommends his patients use a small toothbrush to softly brush the insides of the aligners with just a tiny drop of toothpaste. Some patients use denture cleaner as a soak for their Invisalign aligners. (Simply fill a cup with warm water, put the tablet in, and let the aligners soak.) Chapman Orthodontics says both methods will keep your Invisalign looking clean, feeling fresh, and working effectively.

  4. Wear Invisalign as directed: The most important aspect of treatment with Invisalign clear aligners is to use the system properly. Always follow the exact instructions from Chapman Orthodontics. Likely, this means never leaving the Invisalign trays out of your mouth for extended periods of time, and always being aware of updating the set of trays when the 2-3 week time period has elapsed. Patients should remember that the longer the Invisalign clear aligner trays are out of a patient’s mouth, they are not working to correct their orthodontic issue. This will extend the treatment time for the wearer.

Get Started!

Invisalign is designed to be comfortable and convenient, and by following Chapman Orthodontics easy instructions, patients can ensure their successful treatment outcome. If you have any questions about the Invisalign clear aligner system and how to care for it, schedule a consultation with Chapman Orthodontics today!


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, Pittsboro, IN, Avon, IN, Mooresville, IN, Danville, IN, Wayne Township, IN, Speedway, IN, Marion County, 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

Braces vs Invisalign; Which Is the Real Winner?

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Of all of the treatment plan options Dr. Peter Chapman of Chapman Orthodontics, most patients choose treatment with either traditional metal braces or Invisalign in the Pittsboro, IN area

When considering a plan for orthodontic treatment, it can be difficult to decide which plan is best for you or your child’s needs. So many factors need to be considered (price, length of treatment, comfort and convenience, visibility). It can be difficult to divine which pros outweigh which cons.

No matter which treatment plan you choose, braces or Invisalign, they both address similar issues and offer similar treatment outcomes. Invisalign provides patients with an invisible, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic appliance; braces provide patients with a reliable and proven solution that is designed to treat even the most difficult cases. 

Dr. Peter Chapman offers both types of treatments and is here to explain the upsides and downsides of each orthodontic treatment approach.

Some differences between braces and Invisalign:

Braces

Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and less noticeable in the mouth. Braces are constructed of a bracket, bonding, or band and an archwire that controls the movement and realignment of your bite, teeth, and jaw. Braces provide the quick treatment outcomes that some patients are looking for. Younger patients tolerate metal braces especially well. Metal braces:

  • Can handle all types of orthodontic cases.
  • Require extra care and handling when brushing and cleaning teeth.
  • Come with some common-sense food restrictions.

Invisalign

Invisalign aligners give the patient a more flexible approach toward treatment and is recommended more for adults and teens. Invisalign clear aligners give patients easy-to-care-for usability, form-fitting comfort, and the flexibility needed to function confidently throughout their day while wearing an orthodontic appliance. Orthodontic treatments with Invisalign with Dr. Peter Chapman allow patients to eat almost any type of food (because they are removable by the patient);  brush and floss their teeth normally (i.e., without the hassles involved with brushing and flossing while wearing a fixed appliance), and ultimately take on their day-to-day activities without the worry of being pegged as a braces wearer. 

  • Aligners are clear (virtually invisible).
  • Aligners are removable (so you can floss, brush, and eat as usual).
  • Aligners are made of a plastic (which won’t irritate the soft tissue inside your mouth).

Invisalign is an essentially invisible fix that let patients conduct their day without their orthodontic appliance affecting the appearance of the teeth and mouth. Invisalign clear plastic aligner trays are easy to keep clean and ensure healthy dental development for the wearer. Invisalign aligners do require the patient to wear the appliance as long as 22 hours a day.

Get informed

Dr. Peter Chapman and Chapman Orthodontics near Pittsboro, IN can help you make the most appropriate decision for your orthodontic treatment. Whether you are considering traditional braces or treatment with Invisalign, don’t hesitate to contact Chapman Orthodontics today!


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, Pittsboro, IN, Hendricks County, IN, or the 46167 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Peter Chapman contact Chapman Orthodontics at: 317 – 852 – 5566

 

How Old Does My Child Have to Be to Start Invisalign in Wayne Township, IN?

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Dr. Peter Chapman and the team at Chapman Orthodontics are the leaders for Invisalign in the Wayne Township, IN area. They can explain to you the ins and outs of the Invisalign process, including the most appropriate ages to start the treatment.

What You Need to Know About Invisalign

Opportunity

Treatment with Invisalign clear aligners is not indicated if a child has not yet lost all of their baby teeth (primary teeth), and full permanent dentition is not yet complete. A child’s full set of adult teeth (permanent teeth) typically is in position by the ages of twelve or thirteen years old. For those ages and up, treatment with Dr. Peter Chapman and Invisalign can be a convenient and effective method of orthodontic treatment. 

Responsibility

Parents and treatment providers must always consider the maturity and ability level of a child when prescribing treatment with Invisalign. Invisalign is removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and cleaning the aligner trays. That makes it easy to wear and maintain, but it is also a responsibility for the child to keep track of the tray when it is not being worn. The professionals at Chapman Orthodontics may be able to make replacement aligner trays, but they are expensive and the wait may delay the course of treatment. 

Treatment

Treatment with Invisalign clear aligner trays are virtually invisible to the casual observer. The trays are made of a thermoplastic material and fit snugly over the wearer’s teeth. They exert a gentle pressure to gradually and progressively move the teeth into a more natural position. A child being treated by Dr. Peter Chapman with Invisalign may experience less discomfort than with traditional braces. Kids can be active and social and not feel self-conscious that they are being treated for their orthodontic issues. 

Support

Dr. Peter Chapman and the team at Chapman Orthodontics in Wayne Township, IN are sensitive to the needs and lifestyles of all their active young patients. They understand the commitment required from a child toward their treatment, like that Invisalign clear aligners need to be worn 22 hours each day to be effective. Young patients being treated with Invisalign clear aligners rely on the supportive and compassionate care of Dr. Peter Chapman and the team at Chapman Orthodontics for the best treatment outcomes possible.  

Outcomes

Results vary with each patient; typically treatment with Invisalign clear aligners provides approximately a 43% improvement compared to treatment with traditional braces, which has the potential to show a 90-95% improvement. Invisalign is not indicated in all cases of malocclusions (e.g., crossbites) and other common problems. Depending on the treatment needs and goals of the patient, Invisalign is a manageable and comfortable method of orthodontic treatment for children. 

A child’s life is complicated and can get more so with orthodontic treatment. Dr. Peter Chapman and everyone at Chapman Orthodontics know that treatment may be a necessity for a child, but it’s also an opportunity for them to learn responsibility and self-confidence while correcting their smiles. Invisalign may be the right treatment for your child. For more information about Invisalign clear aligners, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Peter Chapman, contact Chapman Orthodontics in Wayne Township, IN: 317 – 852 – 5566


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 Wayne Township, IN, Brownsburg, IN, Plainfield, IN, Indianapolis, IN, in the Marion County or 46122 zip code area, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Peter Chapman contact Chapman Orthodontics at: 317 – 852 – 5566

 

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

 

Simple Tips to Find an Orthodontist near Mooresville, IN

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Dr. Peter Chapman and the team at Chapman Orthodontics have a few handy guidelines to help you find a competent and qualified professional orthodontist. 

Licensed and Certified

Know your treatment provider’s qualifications like their education and professional associations before considering treatment. An orthodontist in the Mooresville, IN area that is experienced, licensed, and certified, like Dr. Peter Chapman, is the first step to ensuring successful orthodontic treatment. 

The American Association of Orthodontists

An orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), like Dr. Peter Chapman, has at least two years of special orthodontic training beyond dental school and is an orthodontist who has achieved a high level of skill and accreditation. An AAO-certified orthodontist specializes in treating their patients with the utmost care, knowledge, and competency. An AAO certification, as well as other discipline-specific accreditations, are important to note by prospective patients when considering an orthodontist.

Up-to-date technology 

Professional orthodontists keep up with the latest technology and orthodontic treatment techniques. In a world of ever-changing technology, the orthodontist with the most advanced technology is also the orthodontist who most often provides their patients with the best results. Chapman Orthodontics has a highly qualified staff of orthodontic professionals who work at the forefront of orthodontia with the latest technology, like the Itero Digital Scanner. They offer their patients the latest and most effective treatment options possible.  

Options

Does the orthodontist offer advanced treatment options such as Invisalign, Damon, Incognito, or surgical procedures in addition to traditional braces? The professionals at Chapman Orthodontics offer traditional braces, advanced traditional braces, ceramic braces, clear braces, lingual braces, Invisalign, and more. They are experienced in every type of braces and surgical oral health treatments currently available.

Flexibility 

Finding the orthodontic practice that fits your budget is as important as finding one that fits your needs. If you’re concerned about paying for orthodontics treatment, Dr. Peter Chapman or an associate from the Chapman Orthodontics team will take the time to discuss your options with you. Orthodontic treatment can get expensive quickly. Most orthodontic practices today have flexible payment options, and many will work directly with your insurance company to cover most of the costs of treatment.

Be confident in your choice. 

These tips will make your search for an orthodontist around Mooresville, IN a little easier. Remember, choosing Dr. Peter Chapman and the team at Chapman Orthodontics for your orthodontic treatment needs will bring you your best smile ever and provide you with the best treatment possible! 

Chapman Orthodontics is board certified, offers top-of-the-line technology, is experienced in many different treatment options, and you can trust them to work with your insurance company and within your budget. To learn more about orthodontic treatment in the Mooresville, IN area, or to make an appointment with Dr. Peter Chapman, contact Chapman Orthodontics today at: 317 – 852 – 5566


Dr. Peter Chapman is the expert orthodontist at Chapman Orthodontics. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Mooresville, IN, Brownsburg, IN, Plainfield, IN, Indianapolis, IN, Morgan County, IN, or the 46158 zip code area, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Peter Chapman, contact Chapman Orthodontics at: 317 – 852 – 5566

 

Adults Can Get Braces, Too!

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Today, adults wearing braces make up about half of all orthodontic patients in the United States. It is never too late for an adult to attain a healthier mouth, straighter teeth, and a perfect smile. Dr. Peter Chapman and the team at Chapman Orthodontics near Pittsboro, IN are experts in adult orthodontic treatment.

There is a general misconception that braces are worn only by children and teenagers. But, orthodontic treatments with braces have evolved considerably in recent years. Braces have become more lightweight and easier to install and remove. At Chapman Orthodontics, adults are choosing orthodontic treatments with adult braces more and more frequently.

Why Adult Braces?

Misaligned or crooked teeth (malocclusions) affect our appearance and our self-esteem, and poor dental and oral health care can be a contributing cause to a number of adult-related health care concerns.

Improperly aligned teeth can cause problems chewing food, which may lead to gastrointestinal complications. Misaligned teeth and crossbites can trap food and increase the likelihood of plaque buildup. These conditions increase the chances of an adult patient developing gum disease and other more serious health-related complications (tooth decay, toothaches, earaches, and headaches). A crooked-toothed smile may also cause problems with public speaking, cause self-image concerns, and even prevent professional growth and advancement.

Dr. Peter Chapman understands the reasons why an adult may need to wear braces, and he helps each patient attain their treatment-outcome goals with sensitivity and compassion.

What are the Different Types of Adult Braces?

The Chapman Orthodontics team offers a wide range of orthodontic treatment options currently available for adults.

  • Traditional Metal Braces: These are made of high-quality stainless steel, and many orthodontists feel that they are the most effective devices for straightening teeth, especially in cases where there may be severe misalignment. They often produce the desired treatment outcomes faster than any other type of braces.
  • Clear Ceramic Braces: Clear ceramic braces for adults are fitted to the front of the teeth and match the color of the individual’s teeth. Many people who want their braces to be less conspicuous, for aesthetic or professional reasons prefer clear ceramic braces.
  • Lingual or Concealed Braces: Lingual braces have brackets that keep them in place and are affixed to the back of the teeth. These braces are not outwardly visible.
  • Invisalign a.k.a clear aligners: Clear, easily removed plastic tray aligners that are ideal for adult patients with mild teeth-spacing issues. The aligners are able to be removed while eating, when brushing teeth, and when flossing. This is a healthy and hygienic choice for adults considering braces near Pittsboro, IN. These braces are almost invisible and are preferred by people who feel self-conscious about appearing in public with braces on.

At Chapman Orthodontics, Invisalign treatment is quickly gaining popularity and often a top choice for our adult patients. 

If you have misaligned or crooked teeth, or just want to improve your smile, adult braces may be the right choice for you. Remember, there is no age limit for treatment for an existing orthodontic problem. The only way to find out what adult orthodontic treatment procedure is right for you is by scheduling a free consultation with Chapman Orthodontics near Pittsboro, IN. Call Dr. Peter Chapman today at: 317 – 852 – 5566

Three Techniques An Orthodontist Can Use To Fix Crooked Teeth

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Dr. Peter Chapman of Chapman Orthodontics works every day with patients who are looking to fix their crooked teeth (malocclusions) and other orthodontic issues. An orthodontist is a dentist that has received special education and training after graduating from dental school. They deal mainly with the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of the malposition of teeth and jaws. The professionals of Chapman Orthodontics near Avon, IN can help you better understand the benefits of orthodontic treatment for crooked teeth.

Treatment Process

A typical consultation with the professional orthodontics practitioners at Chapman Orthodontics may include:

  • An analysis and diagnosis of each patient’s unique needs and outcome expectations.
  • A report on the issues presented by the patient and a discussion with the doctor about treatment options.
  • A treatment plan designed to correct the problems presented and to provide for the ongoing oral health of the patient.
  • A strategy of treatment that is affordable, comfortable, and convenient to the patient while ensuring a maximal treatment outcome.
  • A preliminary schedule to start treatment.

Assessment

Dr. Peter Chapman will assess the current state of your teeth and diagnose if a patient can benefit from orthodontic treatment. The team at Chapman Orthodontics will perform a full medical and dental health history review, take X-rays of your teeth and jaw, do a clinical examination, and cast a plaster model of your teeth to determine the most effective treatment options in each case. Many orthodontists offer an initial consultation where these services will be provided free of charge.

Malocclusion Treatments

A malocclusion refers to crooked or misaligned teeth and is a flaw in the relationship between the bottom and top dental arches.Some examples of malocclusions include crossbite, overbite, underbite, open bite, reverse bite, asymmetrical teeth, and impacted teeth. Three orthodontic techniques doctors use to treat malocclusions include: 

Fixed Appliances

Fixed appliances are used in cases of malocclusion where precision is key.  Appliances that are regularly used are braces, fixed space maintainers, or specially made fixed appliances. Although patients usually can eat normally with these appliances, Dr. Peter Chapman advises patients near Avon, IN to avoid some foods and drinks that may damage their appliance (candy, gum, soda). 

Removable Appliances

Chapman Orthodontics use, in some treatments, removable appliances like retainers, lip or cheek bumpers, splints, aligners (like Invisalign), palatal expanders and headgear. Removable appliances can be taken out of the patient’s mouth at any time, unlike fixed appliances. However, they should only be taken out when cleaning, eating, flossing, or if the doctor recommends that they be removed for activities like sports or playing an instrument.

Orthognathic Surgery

Also referred to as “corrective jaw surgery,” orthognathic surgery is used to correct conditions of the face and jaw; problems that cannot be easily treated with braces. These conditions may be related to other issues like sleep apnea, malocclusions, jaw- or teeth-growth problems, or issues in the structure or function of the jaw. This surgical process involves realigning the bones of the jaw and then keeping them held in place with plates or screws. 

Dr. Peter Chapman and the team at Chapman Orthodontics near Avon. IN can answer any questions you might have about correcting your crooked teeth, brightening your smile, or for any orthodontic treatment you might be considering.  To find out how you can get the healthy, beautiful smile that you deserve, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Peter Chapman and the team at Chapman Orthodontics near Avon, IN. Call: 317 – 852 – 5566

Does Invisalign Hurt?

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Dr. Peter Chapman and the team at Chapman Orthodontics near Mooresville, IN are knowledgeable and experienced orthodontic professionals. They are sensitive to their patient’s lifestyles, needs, and treatment goals when undergoing orthodontic treatment. A concern that patients express when considering orthodontic treatment is the amount of discomfort they may experience throughout the course of treatment. Different treatments have different pros and cons. 

Braces Can Be Uncomfortable. 

Invisalign clear aligner trays are an effective and convenient alternative to traditional braces. Treatment with Invisalign can help the patient achieve the same results they would achieve with traditional braces, but without the discomfort of traditional braces with metal brackets and wires.  

Will Invisalign Hurt Too?

Treatment with Invisalign involves graduating progressively through a series of trays over a period of time (the trays are switched out about every two weeks). Invisalign uses a lightweight and nearly invisible removable plastic tray to straighten teeth. The Invisalign trays gradually move your teeth into their new, optimal positions. Invisalign is made of a smooth, pliable thermoplastic material that fits snugly over the wearer’s teeth. Invisalign aligners exert a gentle pressure to move teeth into their new optimal position, and the adjustment period is brief. Invisalign is less likely to cause pain to the wearer than traditional braces. 

How to Cope.

Over-the-counter pain relievers are often all that are needed to treat any discomfort experienced while being treated with Invisalign. Dr. Peter Chapman and Chapman Orthodontics help their Invisalign patients relieve any uncomfortable feeling of pressure with Invisalign Aligner Chewies. These small cylinders of a pliable synthetic material are often distracting to and effective for the patient when they experience discomfort from the Invisalign trays. When chewed on, they can help relieve the sense of pressure and help to better fit the Invisalign tray around teeth.

Moving Forward.

Wearing a retainer after treatment with Invisalign is often indicated to keep the teeth from drifting back to their old positions. A retainer is the best insurance to maintaining a newly aligned, functional, and healthy set of teeth.

Invisalign has quickly become the most popular orthodontic treatment option at Chapman Orthodontics. Treatment with Invisalign is more comfortable than treatment with traditional metal braces, and it goes almost completely unnoticed by others. Dr. Peter Chapman can help you achieve your dream smile with more comfort and more convenience than with traditional braces. To find out more about Invisalign or to schedule an appointment with the team at Chapman Orthodontics near Mooresville, IN, call Dr. Peter Chapman at: (317) 852-5566

Do Braces Hurt?

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Orthodontic treatment with braces can be uncomfortable occasionally, but most often, the “hurt” reported by a patient is more of a feeling of pressure and can be more accurately described as “discomfort.” The best way to avoid or reduce any discomfort that may be associated with braces is to keep a conscientious care schedule. Dr. Peter Chapman of Chapman Orthodontics near Speedway, IN knows that a patient who is consistently experiencing pain or discomfort associated with their braces near Speedway, IN should be examined for any problems with their orthodontic appliances. 

What is this feeling?

The mouth is a very sensitive part of the body. Adding any kind of braces includes new brackets, wires, and other appliances to the teeth, and this may cause an orthodontic patient some occasional discomfort. But most people don’t understand or even care why they are feeling this way. Discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment with braces may be caused by a variety of factors:

  • Irritation inside the mouth: Your mouth will need a few days to adjust once your new braces have been fitted and your teeth and gums are interacting with your appliances for the first time. These new additions to your teeth require your mouth to get comfortable with their presence. However, once the two are comfortable, the irritation will ease over time.
  • Broken bracket: Your braces are constantly working. Because of this, there is always a possibility that something can break. Broken brackets should be expected, and they happen to almost everyone at least once during treatment. This can cause some pain and irritation because the broken bracket may poke at or tear the delicate surfaces in the mouth (especially if you have traditional metal braces). If this occurs, make an appointment with Dr. Peter Chapman and Chapman Orthodontics as soon as possible to fix the problem and make sure no further problems or pain occurs.
  • Shifting of teeth: Braces shift your teeth to give you the healthy, picture-perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of. It’s important to know that the shifting of the teeth is what causes the most pain when it comes to braces. When your braces are tightened, they are working harder to align your teeth and essentially changing your teeth’s position in your mouth.

How do I keep my braces comfortable?

To help you avoid any discomfort you may experience during your course of treatment with braces: 

  • Avoid hard foods. Dr. Peter Chapman says that hard foods should be avoided, especially after an adjustment appointment. The extra effort to chew these foods may cause or exacerbate any discomfort the patient may already feel. When your braces hurt, stick to soft foods such as pasta, mashed potatoes, yogurt, bananas, etc.
  • Take over-the-counter or doctor-prescribed medication. When your teeth are hurting because of braces, Dr. Peter Chapman recommends taking an over-the-counter medicine that to lessen any pain. Medicines such as Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve can help ease the pain until your teeth and gums get used to their new positioning.

Braces may hurt, at least initially, because of how they work inside the mouth. The result of orthodontic treatment with braces, however, is a mouth of straight, functional, and healthy teeth and gums. 

For more information about why braces may hurt during treatment or to make an appointment with Dr. Peter Chapman and Chapman Orthodontics near Speedway, IN, call: 317 – 852 – 5566

Dentist or Orthodontist? What’s the Difference?

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Dr. Peter Chapman of Chapman Orthodontics has some tips to help patients in Plainfield, IN to distinguish between a dentist and an orthodontist. The difference between an orthodontist and a dentist may be indistinguishable to some people. Something that many folks don’t know is that all orthodontists can be dentists, but not all dentists can be orthodontists. They are both certified oral health care professionals, both treat and maintain the health of your teeth and gums, and both have the education and experience to be called doctors. In these areas, they are pretty comparable. However, there are more differences than similarities. 

What’s the difference?

All orthodontists require further schooling and more experience in their specialty (orthodontics) beyond their dental school training. A similar example would be if a medical doctor elects to take special training to become a surgeon. So, if a dentist has a patient with a dental malocclusion, they will refer them to an orthodontist for treatment.

What services do they provide? 

Dentists typically deal problems like:

  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth Decay
  • Root Canals
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Veneers
  • Tooth Whitening

An orthodontist is a dentist that specializes in the alignment of your teeth, and their services typically are employed to correct common problems like:

  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

Traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners, and other corrective treatments are methods an orthodontist might use to treat these issues.

What Kind of Care Do You Need? 

Orthodontists help with crooked teeth, underbites and overbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, overcrowded teeth, and the effective treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. An orthodontist should be consulted for other jaw issues as well. While your dentist may be qualified to offer their patients fillings, TMJ treatments, and other orthodontic care, putting your smile in the hands of a qualified professional orthodontist can help a patient to experience better treatment outcomes. 

Any Questions?

Dr. Peter Chapman and the team at Chapman Orthodontics can help answer any questions you might have about orthodontics in Plainfield, IN. If you still have questions about the differences between dentistry and orthodontics, or to schedule an appointment, call: 317 – 852 – 5566