What Is An Orthodontist?

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At Chapman Orthodontics our goal is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care and treatment from the most qualified professionals available throughout Plainfield, Indianapolis, Brownsburg and surrounding areas of Indiana.

Many people believe a dentist and orthodontist are the same thing but that’s not quite the case. The two professional titles certainly have some similarities, and they do work together, but orthodontics is a specific type of dental care. An orthodontist is a specialist that treats certain types of dental problems.

What Does An Orthodontist Do?

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An orthodontist such as Dr. Chapman is a fully qualified dentist who takes on an additional 2-3 years what is an orthodontistof orthodontic schooling and gains extensive clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. The American Association of Orthodontists is the overseeing body for this branch of elite dentistry.

The most important job for an orthodontist is identifying, treating, and preventing issues with your teeth and mouth. Orthodontists are experts at treating misaligned or overcrowded teeth, as well as bite problems (malocclusions). Malocclusions can also result when the upper and lower jaws don’t fit together properly, whether from premature loss of baby teeth, developmental abnormalities, trauma, or other causes.

Orthodontic Treatment

If you suffer from any of the following issues, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:

Overbite where the upper front teeth stick out over the lower teeth
Underbite where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back
Cross bite when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally
Open bite space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together
Misplaced midline when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth
Spacing gaps between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth
Crowding when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate

 

Types of Treatments

  • Traditional Braces – made from a high-grade stainless steel with metal brackets and archwires, which put pressure on teeth to move slowly into the correct position.
  • Clear braces – work in the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made from a clear, transparent ceramic material.
  • Invisalign – custom-made removable clear aligners that are virtually invisible and work in increments.
  • Invisalign Teen – clear aligners that are removable and virtually invisible to ensure you still enjoy your favorite foods and social events.

Reasons to Visit An Orthodontist in Plainfield IN

  1. Achieving a healthy smile – a healthy smile not only looks good, but can also offer benefits such as increasing chewing functionality and improving speech
  2. Boosting confidence – a beautiful smile can provide a dramatic boost in self esteem.
  3. Starting on the right path – children can avoid and prevent arising problems when seen at the right age.
  4. Preventing future problems – when untreated, many orthodontic issues can become worse over time.

If you or someone you know is in need of orthodontic care or looking to visit with an orthodontist and located in Plainfield, Brownsburg, Indianapolis, Pittsboro, Avon, Mooresville, or surrounding areas of Indiana please contact us today to take a step in the right direction and schedule a visit. Call now 317-852-5566.


You Can Get Athletic Mouthguards From Your Orthodontist

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Dr. Chapman and the team at Chapman Orthodontics recommends to their patients who play sports in the Speedway, IN area that they wear a mouthguard so that their teeth stay protected while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

What do mouthguards do?

Mouthguards help prevent injuries to the teeth and jaws when patients get active in sports or physical activities. They are mandatory in collision sports such as football, hockey, and boxing where the risk of injury is likely. Children and adults involved in incidental contact sports like basketball, baseball, wrestling, soccer, and volleyball are now wearing mouthguards to prevent injuries to the mouth.

In fact, a study of high school athletes found that 75% of injuries occurred when mouthguards were not worn, with 40% coming during basketball and baseball. As a result, whether you’re a child or adult, mouthguards are essential for ALL ATHLETES.

Orthodontic mouthguards

Orthodontic mouthguards are available only by orthodontists like Dr. Chapman around Speedway, IN. These mouthguards may be more expensive than the others, and they are customized to fit and protect the teeth and braces. Orthodontic mouthguards offer the most comfort and protection of any other type of mouth guard available.

Playing sports with Invisalign

Dr. Chapman and the professionals at Chapman Orthodontics know that playing sports during orthodontic treatment in the Speedway, IN area is easier and more enjoyable with Invisalign clear aligners. Being treated with traditional braces often puts limits on a wearer’s physical activity like participating in sports. Traditional braces are susceptible to damage from impact, and their construction (brackets and wires) may cause discomfort for the wearer. But Invisalign is made of a clear thermoplastic material that is smoother and more comfortable for the wearer.

Invisalign clear aligners make playing a sport during orthodontic treatment easier and more comfortable for the wearer.

  • They can be worn during physical activity without metal brackets or wires causing irritation to the soft tissues of the mouth.
  • Invisalign is less likely to be damaged by strenuous activity or impact.
  • Invisalign is removable so that sports-specific equipment like mouthguards can be worn.

Get started with your orthodontic mouthguard from Chapman Orthodontics!

Dr. Chapman and the pros at Chapman Orthodontics in the Speedway, IN area care about your well-being and smile with orthodontic treatment. They want to make sure both have the best protection during any kind of physical activity. For more information on orthodontic mouthguards and/or orthodontic treatments with Dr. Chapman, don’t hesitate to contact Chapman Orthodontics today!


Dr. Peter Chapman is the expert orthodontist of Chapman Orthodontics. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Brownsburg, IN, Plainfield, IN, Indianapolis, IN, Speedway, IN, Marion County, IN, or the 46224 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Peter Chapman contact Chapman Orthodontics at: 317 – 852 – 5566