Meet Dr. Chaffee

Board Certified Orthodontist

Michael Chaffee OrthodontistDr. Mike Chaffee grew up in Houston, Texas. He received his undergraduate education at Texas A&M University, and attended dental school at the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. He completed his residency and practiced general dentistry for four years in the U.S. Air Force. He then returned to the University of Texas to specialize in orthodontics.

Dr. Chaffee has practiced in Coeur d’Alene since 1993. He finalized his ABO Board Certification in 2003, becoming the first board certified orthodontist in the Coeur d’Alene area. He now serves as an Examiner for the American Board of Orthodontics. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. He is a member and past president of the Idaho Panhandle Dental Society.

Having a commitment to continuing education in order to provide his patients with the highest quality care possible, Dr. Chaffee is a member of the Texas Orthodontic Study Club and Border-to-Border Study Club. He is also a member of the prestigious Northwest Component of the Edward H. Angle Society. These organizations are unique in that they require members to demonstrate their abilities in orthodontic treatment planning and finishing in front of their peers, and as a result they all push their members to be the best that they can be. In 2000 he received the C.T. Roland Award from the Texas Orthodontic Study Club, an award given to the new member with the most impressive and well-treated cases.

Dr. Chaffee strongly believes in evidence-based orthodontics and individualized treatment planning for each patient. He is one the leading experts in the United States in the area of orthodontic skeletal anchorage. He has published several recent articles, as well as a textbook chapter. He lectures both nationally and internationally, including presentations at the annual conventions of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

He loves spending time in the outdoors, enjoys gardening, backpacking, photography, pack goats, and fishing. He and his wife Susan have two grown children (Kyle and Rachel) and one granddaughter. Since the kids are grown, Dr. Chaffee decided to take up photography and hiking with his new “kids” – pack goats.

Dr. Chaffee has been published in many professional books and journals. He is also a member of the Texas Orthodontic Study Club.
  • Texas Orthodontic Study Club
  • Dr. Chaffee Case Report Article March 2009
  • Dr. Chaffee TAD Selection and Placement Article
  • Dr. Chaffee Case Report – PCSO Bulletin Winter 2006
  • Ortho Tribune 2007, Vol 2, “Vertical control utilizing temporary anchorage devices in the correction of class II malocclusion
  • Journal of Clinical Orthodontics – Dec 09 Article – Controlling the vertical dimension during extraction treatment in both growing and non-growing dolichofacial patients