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Category "Orthodontic Resources"

If you’ve been thinking about Invisalign®, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment!

Does your smile beam with confidence? Are your teeth shifting? Never wore your retainer? Take advantage of our Invisalign® Special!

The Invisalign® process has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide. However, only a certified orthodontist like Dr. Schnepper can undertake this procedure. At your appointment, we’ll evaluate where your smile is today and confirm that you are a good candidate for Invisalign® treatment.

Contact our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation (360-260-5113). The offer ends Nov 30, 2018. 

Dr. Gretchen Schnepper, DDS, MS

Dr. Gretchen Schnepper has been practicing orthodontics in Vancouver, WA since 2007. She graduated from and completed an additional 27 month, advanced educational program in orthodontics at Loma Linda University. Dr. Schnepper is rated with Invisalign® as being a Diamond Provider. She is one of only two practitioners with this ranking in the entire Portland/Vancouver metro area.

Invisalign clear aligners fit your life — they don’t interrupt it.

What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® clear aligners are removable instead of being cemented or bonded to your teeth like traditional braces. That means you’ll be able to take them out to eat, brush your teeth, floss or for social occasions. Overall, Invisalign® braces are more pleasing aesthetically and have lower maintenance requirements, while being just as effective at correcting dental problems. Plus, the treatment times are up to 50% faster with technological advances to the Invisalign system, including SmartTrack® material. Our patients know that every visit is going to be comfortable and fun. We want to be your Invisalign provider in Vancouver WA, so contact us today for more information!

Watch the video of our office tour.

Our Office
Inspired by the love of art and smiles, our team is drawn together to create a fun-loving atmosphere that will make you feel like you are family. We combine modern technology with skillful artistry to provide you with the beautiful smile you deserve.

 Don’t miss out on this great offer! 

» Space is limited to first 25 patients
» Must start treatment by Nov 30th, 2018
» New patients only
» 0% Financing available
» Insurance and Flex Dollars may apply
» Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions.

Get in touch with us!

Have a question? Call us at 360-260-5113. We’re open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday thru Friday.

2702 NE 78th St. Suite 106
Vancouver, WA 98665


Category "Orthodontic Resources"

Stay Happy, Healthy, and Active with TMO!

Our Summer Photo Contest is now closed! We have a winner!!!

Congratulations to Gianna. She was very excited to win the Mountain Bike last week, but she also told us that she’s planning on auctioning it off to raise money for a children’s charity. Such a generous & sweet gesture. We sure do have the BEST patients!! 


Show us how you are staying active and healthy this summer, and win a brand new mountain bike, worth $200. Simply follow the two steps to qualify for a Prize. The contest ends on Sunday, September 9th, 2018 at 12:00pm PST.

Go to to enter the sweepstake.


Follow the below steps:

STEP 1: Click here to upload your photo and fill out the form

The individuals are allowed to submit one photo per person in this contest. Please complete all the enquired fields in the entry form.

STEP 2: Share this giveaway with friends on social media

After you submit your photo, share it with your friends and family on social media. Encourage them to vote for your photo and help you win! Be sure to use the hashtag #TMOcontest in the comment along with your uploaded photo.

PLUS, each photo submission will earn 25 reward points with TMO.

An individual may vote for as many photos as he or she wishes, but only one vote per photo will count. The photo, which receives the most votes, will be featured right here on our blog, and on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat).

While we would love to display all submissions, any images that are blurry, dark, washed out or otherwise difficult to see will not be presented. Don’t forget to submit by Sept 9th, 2018!

We can’t wait to see your pictures – so good luck and stay healthy!

Love, TMO Team

Please be sure to follow these easy rules:

Entrants can enter the Contest online starting on July 19th, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. PST and ending on September 9th, 2018 at 12:00 noon PST. Photo must be in either a JPG, JPEG, PNG or GIF file. The Contest is only open to residents living in Vancouver, WA, and neighboring cities, towns, and suburbs (Portland, Gresham, Camas, Salmon Creek, Troutdale, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Beaverton, Minnehaha, Milwaukie, Fairview, and other). A picture can only be entered once (one entry per person). Entrants may opt to enter via Facebook or Instagram, however, the Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook or Instagram. Only an Entrant may be eligible for a prize. Any other person who contributed to the Photo (e.g. a professional photographer) will not be eligible for a prize. The Prize Winner will be announced on social media and in-person by Sept 16, 2018.  By submitting the photo an Entrant agrees that his/her photo will be shared with the public on The Modern Orthodontist website ( and the social media channels during the Contest. For any inquiries related to this contest, please email

Category "Orthodontic Resources"

Straight Teeth in Less Time

Advanced 3D Technology for Damon System Braces and Treatment Techniques

Smiles are a big part of every person’s identity. We take great pride in being part of this creative process, helping our patients achieve a healthy and natural looking smile that they’ll be able to enjoy for a lifetime.

With Insignia™ Advanced Smile Design™ treatment solution, we’re able to offer our patients a truly exceptional orthodontic treatment, as it allows us to design a treatment plan developed specifically to everyone’s unique facial structure and dental anatomy. 

How is this different to other orthodontic treatments?

When beginning Insignia treatment, Dr. Gretchen first scans the patient’s mouth, generating a virtual 3D model of their smile structure. Unlike most orthodontic cases, this 3D model creates a visual representation of patients’ anticipated results, giving them a clear vision of their new, beautiful smile transformation before treatment even begins. Insignia brackets and wires are 100% customized to fit your teeth and only your teeth.

As a result, patients’ get faster treatment times and fewer office visits than traditional braces.

Whether you prefer braces, Invisalign or want a clear option like Damon Clear with Insignia, we believe you should choose the treatment that is completely custom-tailored for your unique teeth and smile.

If you’re thinking about orthodontic treatment for yourself or your teen, please contact Dr. Gretchen’s office to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about braces and the Insignia orthodontic system.

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Category "Orthodontic Resources"

We are Proud to Be The ONLY Platinum Provider of Invisalign® in Vancouver, WA!

Dr. Gretchen Schnepper DDS, MS, has been setting the highest standards of excellence in orthodontics for over 11 years. She is the only Platinum (formerly ‘Elite’) provider of Invisalign® in the area and is ranked in the top 15% in the United States. Dr. Gretchen and her team are known for their mastery of very sophisticated technology, attention to detail and friendly service to keep patients’ families coming back for years.

Whether you are an adult or a teen, Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® offer a discreet way to get the straight smile you have always wanted, without braces. The clear aligners are designed with SmartTrack® material to move teeth with the right amount of pressure at the right time. The results are amazing!

Why Invisalign®?

Virtually invisible: most won’t even notice that you’re wearing them, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle

Greater comfort: easy to brush and floss, no metal wires or bands and no dietary restrictions

Up to 50% faster: on average it takes about 12 months for adults, and treatment time for a teen varies and will be determined by Dr. Schnepper

Custom-made: customized options for each patient’s smile and a comfortable fit

Unique feature for teens: clear aligners contain compliance indicators that fade from blue to clear to help gauge wear time

Credible: no other clear aligner is backed by the data and experience of 5 million cases, and the number of Invisalign smiles grows daily

Rewarding: Invisalign has a more than 96% patient satisfaction rate.

Dr. Schnepper has an eye for beauty, I have gone so far as to call her an artist. She was able to use Invisalign to improve the functionality and appearance of my teeth. I am very happy with the outcome of my treatment.” (Erika C.)

Call Dr. Schnepper’s practice today at 360-260-5113 for a FREE Invisalign treatment consultation. Find out how the advanced Invisalign system can now give you the smile you want up to 50% faster.

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Category "Art Show"

4th Annual Spring Art Show featuring our local middle schools

The Art Show opens on Friday April 28th

Opening night will be from 5pm – 8pm.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Art will remain on display until May 26th


April 28th will be a night for the middle school kids to remember.  They will walk into our modern practice and see their art displayed for all to see. How many kids their age can say they are “showing artists?” Well, now these students from our local middle schools can say they are. I say this qualifies for bragging rights!!!  The students are working hard and will surely wow our guests with the one of a kind masterpieces they are creating. One art teacher contacted us to ask if her student can display some small sculptures he has created out of beeswax (from the bee’s he raises!) and of course we said YES! We can’t wait to see what he is creating 😉  This is what our Art Show is all about. We love showcasing how young artists use various mediums, in various ways, to create a wonderfully diverse show.

We are so excited to partner with Jason Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Alki, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Mcloughlin, Gaiser Middle School and Cedar Tree Classical Christian.

This is a great family event so bring ’em all down. The more the merrier. We want to show these students what hard work can produce. So invite your friends, co workers, family, etc to come to The Modern Orthodontist on opening night or any time within the subsequent 30 days and you will be amazed at the art you see.   FYI, some of the art that will be displayed will be for sale.  100% of the proceeds go to the artists.

                   SAVE THE DATE 

  • Friday April 28th from 5-8pm
  • 2702 NE 78th ST. Suite 106, Vancouver. 98662
  • light hors d’oeuvres served
  • specified art will be for sale.
  • Art remains on walls of our practice until May 26th. If you can’t make opening night don’t worry, we got you covered 😉 Come by any time during business hours.

Hope to see you all there!


Art Show 2016 Flyer



Category "Community"

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Halloween 2015 here we come!

Every year the kids (and lets be honest here, some adults) spend a lot of their free time dreaming up the coolest costume ever!  What a thrill it is to dress up and do the annual trick or treating with your family and friends.  The community loves handing out treats to the super scary witch or coolest Mario or the latest super hero. halloween gools

If you’re anything like me…. all the candy that the kids come home with can be a bit overwhelming. I have 4 children and we get quite the haul.  If I’m honest here, my first thought is “I hope there is Reese’s peanut butter cups in there…” hahaha and then, my first RATIONAL thought is,… “I don’t want my kids eating all THAT candy!”

We’ve come up to a solution to that problem….. Candy Buy Back!

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What’s that you say?  Candy buy back is when you bring your kids WITH THEIR CANDY to our office on Monday November 4th between 9:00-4:30pm and we buy the candy from your scary witch, Mario.. or super hero (no costumes needed this time though)  😉  We will pay them $1.00 for EVERY pound they bring, up to $10.00!  We will take the giant bin of candy that we buy from the kids and donate it to the local firefighters!  And, just to sweeten the deal, we are donating $1.00 for every $1.00 spent to buy back candy, to a local charity in Battle Ground that offers housing and services for Homeless Women who are pregnant or have children. The name of the charity is Moms Place Maternity, you should look them up on Facebook 😉

1st Annual Candy Buy Back and it’s gonna be spooky… err scary…. err awesome!

….. now I need to find a costume 😉




Category "Orthodontic Resources"

The Mysterious World of Orthodontic Insurance Including Delta Dental!

Confused about insurance for your orthodontist? You’re not alone. Many insurance companies, such as Delta, have a list of participating providers. If you go to a provider listed in your network you can usually save on your out of pocket costs. Some insurance companies offer PPO (preferred provider organization), a lower level participating provider which is not PPO, and non-PPO benefit levels. Each employer chooses their benefit level with the insurance company. The in-network providers have a separate agreement with each insurance company on the maximum they are allowed to charge for each service. Many of our patients save $300+ more than a patient who is not in a participating insurance.

Not all plans pay a different fee for non-PPO providers. Many insurance companies will pay the same benefit regardless of the provider status. 

The Modern Orthodontist participates in Aetna, Delta Dental Premier, Delta Dental PPO, Delta Dental Preferred, United Concordia, Cigna radius, Regence, and Guardian networks.  

We have an in office Insurance Coordinator, Levon, who will help navigate your questions regarding your insurance and will directly work with the insurance company to obtain your benefit for you.

Now on to the part of orthodontic insurance that differs from almost any other insurance benefit

-Orthodontic treatment is nearly always a lifetime benefit and does not renew yearly. It is usually separate from the dental benefit but may include some oral surgery procedures.

-The orthodontic insurance benefit is commonly a set dollar amount with a percentage.  The insurance will pay for the % of treatment up to the lifetime maximum dollar amount whichever is less. For example if your benefit is $1500 at 50% and your treatment fee is $400 it will pay 50% or $200.  But if your treatment is $3000 or more, no matter how high the fee, the maximum you will receive is $1500. 

-Nearly all insurance companies will make an initial payment when the appliances are placed then make payments over the length of treatment. They do this because the adjustment visits are not performed all at once. This means that if you lose or cancel your insurance before treatment is finished you may lose a portion of your benefit. Always check with your provider before canceling your insurance.

-Also some orthodontic benefits have a longer waiting period. So although you may have met the wait period for general dental benefits you may have to wait 6-12months longer before your orthodontic insurance benefit will begin making payments.

-If you have two orthodontic insurances, there is a coordination of benefits that has to be checked to see how the benefits will work together. Usually the birthday rule applies meaning whoever’s birthday is first in the year not which is older. If you are lucky they will coordinate and you will get the full benefit from both insurance companies.

Category "Orthodontic Resources"

What is Acceledent

What is AcceleDent® Aura?

Developed by OrthoAccel® Technologies, Inc., Leader in Accelerated Orthodontics, AcceleDent Aura is a simple-to-use, hands-free device designed for faster orthodontic treatment with only 20 minutes daily use.

It’s Fast.

  • Clinically proven to move teeth up to 50% faster in a U.S. clinical trial.1

It’s Safe.

  • Cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and available only by prescription from your orthodontist.1

It’s Gentle.

  • AcceleDent patients have reported reduced discomfort with their orthodontics.1

References: 1. Data on file.  


AcceleDent® Aura Components:

Activator only


The heart of AcceleDent Aura, the small, lightweight Activator generates gentle micropulses to accelerate bone remodeling. It includes a USB interface, which can be plugged directly into a computer to view patient usage history via the FastTrac Report.





Mouthpiece only


Provides a comfortable fit and snaps easily on and off the Activator for transport and cleaning.



Power Adaptor and Cable wide


USB extension cable with power adapter
Allows for easy, convenient charging.




AcceleDent Aura Travel-Case



Travel Case
Keeps the components safe, clean and secure.

Category "Orthodontic Resources"

How Acceledent works

By inserting the mouthpiece fitted around your existing orthodontics and wearing the activator for 20 minutes everyday, AcceleDent Aura can speed up tooth movement through the use of SoftPulse Technology®. Faster tooth movement may decrease the duration of your orthodontic treatment and may help to make your orthodontics more comfortable.

Check out our Use & Care Videos to see it in action.

AcceleDent Aura Speeds Orthodontic Treatment

  • Exclusive SoftPulse Technology® applied precisely calibrated micropulses to gently accelerate the movement of your teeth as they are guided by your orthodontics.
  • Safe acceleration of the bone remodeling process complements conventional orthodontic treatment.
  • Clinically proven to move teeth up to 50% faster. 1

SoftPulse Technology Illustration


AcceleDent Aura is Approved by FDA

  • AcceleDent has been prescribed to thousands of patients worldwide, since its introduction in 2009.
  • Cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and available only by prescription from your orthodontist.

AcceleDent Aura Helps Make Orthodontics More Comfortable

  • SoftPulse Technology® micropulses are gentle and exert up to 8x less force than a power toothbrush.
  • These micropulses can also help make your orthodontic treatment more comfortable.

Aura vs Sonic

References: 1. Data on fileOral-B® is a registered trademark of Proctor & Gamble.

Category "Orthodontic Resources"

Braces food list

Each time a bracket is broken it can mean longer time in treatment.  Avoiding some foods or eating them differently can prevent broken appliances get you out of braces faster. Here are some things to think about to help your treatment go smoothly.

THE HARD CRUST OF PIZZA is the best part, and the place where bent wires start. Cut up the crust and eat with a fork.

HARD ROLLS, BAGELS, & PRETZELS knock off brackets and wires so leave them alone.

DORITOS, CHEETOS, FRITOS, HARD TACOS and all the rest will make your braces a mess.

POPCORN at movies is fun to eat, but avoid the “un-popped” as loose brackets are no treat.

BEEF JERKY & SLIM JIMS are fun to eat, but for wrecking your braces their hard to beat.

RIBS & MEAT on the BONE are destructive so leave them alone! Cut the meat off the bone to eat it.

CORN ON THE COB is a treat, but cut the corn off the cob before you eat.

RAW CARROTS, APPLES, and rabbits go together well, but the damage it causes is easy to tell. Cut those hard foods into small, thin bites instead of biting into the whole food.

SUCKERS AND JOLLY RANCHERS are always a sweet delight, but damage your braces with every bite.

CARAMEL CANDY, TAFFY, & Ju-Ju BEANS are known to be great, but broken braces just don’t rate.

NUTS are hard on braces so keep them away from your faces.

PENS & PENCILS are food for thought, but in your mouth they belong not.

ICE is nice in the summer heat, but with braces you must avoid this hard treat.

Remember the rule of food – HARD AND CRUNCHY or STICKY/CHEWY need to be avoided.

Eating these foods will break braces, causing delays in both treatment time and improvement of faces. So please help yourself by watching what you eat. Be creative and you can still have many of your favorite treats.  You can always refer back to your braces food list during your treatment.

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