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Back-to-School Extravaganza

At Christenson Family Orthodontics, we held our first ever Back-to-School Extravaganza this summer to help get our patients excited about the upcoming school year. It was a full week of games, activities, and yummy snacks!

Have you ever realized how amazingly talented our orthodontic assistants are? Do you have any idea how long it would take you to place 20 of the colored O-ties on your braces? A bunch of our patients accepted our challenge to find out! Although most struggled initially, everyone managed to get the colors on! The competition got heated between two brothers who were declared co-champions (their times were within 0.2 seconds!!). Remember to tell your assistant how awesome she is at your next appointment ūüôā

AJ, our sterilization tech who you probably saw around this office this summer, is a rising senior at Great Bridge High School and a member of the SCA. She told us about making sock-puppets with the SCA for Operation Smile that didn’t turn out as hoped.¬† Think scary looking puppets with eyes falling off! We thought that our patients would be able to create some incredible puppets for the children of Operation Smile.¬† They definitely stepped up to the plate!! Haven’t heard of Operation Smile? Check them out: Operation Smile

To complete the entertaining week, patients also played an orthodontic trivia game (did you know that an armadillo has 104 teeth?!), enjoyed coloring activities, and made apple & marshmallow mouths. If you missed the fun this year, we hope you’ll make sure to stop by next year!

Have a great school year! Study hard, but don’t forget to have fun!

Check out our story!

Did you see that Christenson Family Orthodontics was recently featured in The Shopper?! If you missed the hard copy, you can still read it online:

We were excited  to tell the people of Great Bridge a little about our history and the culture in our office.

Thank you Dads!

I feel so blessed to get to work with one of the most thoughtful, caring orthodontists in Chesapeake.  The fact that he is also my father is an added bonus!  I look forward to reviewing patient records and researching treatment options together in our rather small (and rarely tidy) office.  Out in the clinic , our assistants may think we are a little crazy when we get excited over the progress of a (previously) impacted tooth!  While all dental offices may start to feel like families, ours really is one.  I am comforted knowing that Dr C. (Dad) is open to listening to my ideas and willingly shares his years of expertise.  We both try to make the other a better orthodontist, team member, and person.

I hope that you are able to feel the love and respect when you are in our office.  And I hope that you will take a few minutes to let your father know how important he is in your life!

Sincerely, Dr. Jenn Oakley

Happy National Smile Day!!

Smiles are powerful!¬† Did you know that smiling has direct links to brain health and can actually help reduce stress?¬† Smiles can do so much!¬† A single smile can be enough to brighten someone’s day.¬† And smiling is well known to be infectious!¬† On National Smile Day we hope that you’re sharing your beautiful smile!


A healthy smile can develop confidence and generate a new outlook on the world.  Creating smiles that people want to share is what Drs. Christenson and Oakley love about orthodontics!  We love watching the transformation that patients go through from the beginning to the end of orthodontic treatment!

Can your teeth be straightened without braces?!

Orthodontists have been using clear aligners to straighten teeth for over 20 years!¬† Really, Invisalign (made by Align Technology) received FDA approval to start manufacturing clear aligners in 1998!¬† As the technology and materials have improved, clear aligners have become more effective and more popular.¬† In the past year, at least a half dozen other dental and orthodontic companies have started selling clear aligners¬† (several of Invisalign’s key patents expired in 2018).¬† Today, there are more options than ever to help you get that beautiful smile you deserve!

At your initial consult, make sure you ask Dr. Christenson and Dr. Oakley if clear aligners will work for you.  Just a heads up though, there are still some things that traditional braces do better than plastic.  The doctors may recommend at least some time in braces or with other appliances to get you the very best results.

Getting to Know Dr. C

Dr. Christenson started his orthodontic career in the United States Air Force.  He enjoyed providing orthodontic care in the military environment Рtransforming the lives of service men, women, and their families and having teams of dental professionals to work with to ensure that his patients received the comprehensive care they deserved.

After his 22 years of military service, Dr. C decided it was time to serve the people of Chesapeake! He and his family fell in love with the Tidewater area while stationed at Langley AFB.¬† When the opportunity to practice in Chesapeake became available, he and Sandy didn’t hesitate to jump on it. It’s hard to believe that was almost 15 years ago now! Chesapeake is unique because our patients include military families stationed in the area, but we also get to treat local families and see our patients grow up, go off to college, and enjoy their smiles for years to come!

Rolling out Ortho2 Practice Management Software

Today we are rolling out new practice management software.¬† You will notice that we now have laptops at every treatment chair and a wall-mounted monitor in the consultation room.¬† We’re feeling very high-tech right now!!¬† (Dr. C may be feeling a bit overwhelmed…¬† but Dr. Oakley (and her computer scientist husband, Will) are here to help get him transferred off of paper)
We are excited to be able to offer email and text appointment reminders, with quick confirmations too!  Be sure to ask Taylor about it at your next appointment.  Our new software will help us improve the overall patient experience, BUT please be patient with us while we learn all the new tricks it has to offer!!

Santa Claus Came to Christenson Family Orthodontics

You better brush well, you better not eat sticky candy, you better not pout, I’m telling you why!
Santa Claus is coming to our office!!
Santa came to visit and help promote our Toys for Tots toy drive.  We are so thankful to our patients who donated over 50 toys for children in need.  I love how the holiday season brings out the best in all of us.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you!

Annual Patient Appreciation Skating Party

All of us at Christenson Family Orthodontics had a blast with our patients who came out to enjoy a night of skating at Greenbrier Family Skating Center in Chesapeake. It was another success with some fancy (and some not so fancy…) skating, raffle prizes, and pizza for all! If you missed it this year, don’t worry, we’ll do it again next year!!