Fairfax, VA Orthodontic Treatment is Available For Your Smile
When most patients hear “orthodontics,” they tend to image the quintessential mouthful of metal we all remember our friends and peers wearing in middle school. At Dental Care at Main Street Marketplace, Dr. Malcolm Murray is happy to offer both traditional braces and a world of more sophisticated, aesthetically pleasing alternatives beyond it so patients of all ages can achieve their ideal smile in the way that best fits them. We welcome patients from Vienna, VA and surrounding areas to contact us today if you’re ready to schedule a consultation or if you have any questions for our team.
Traditional braces have been an essential staple of orthodontic care for many years now, and today, they’re still a highly effective, durable, and affordable option for children, teenagers, and adults alike. The silver brackets are bonded to the front of teeth, and metal wires are attached with the help of elastic bands to guide the teeth into their proper position over a significant period of time – usually one year or more.
One fun benefit of traditional braces is patients enjoy their choice of multicolored elastic bands as a way to showcase their personality. They also stick with more subtle colors like silver and white if they prefer to maintain a professional appearance.
Understandably, many older patients can’t stomach the thought of wearing noticeable metal braces for such a long period of time, preferring to maintain their appearance instead of pursuing orthodontic improvement. Thankfully, both can be done at our Fairfax, VA practice! Invisalign treatment avoids the need for wires and brackets altogether utilizing a series of clear, customized aligners instead. These plastic aligners practically blend into your smile when worn, and they’re removable for added convenience. The patient’s only job is to wear each aligner for a certain amount of time before switching to the next one in the set. They also attend brief check-ups with Dr. Murray every four to six weeks so he can ensure the treatment’s going smoothly.
ClearCorrect also relies on the power of clear, customized aligners to suitably reposition teeth and create the ideal smile you’ve been hoping for. Dr. Murray will provide you with your personalized set straight from the ClearCorrect laboratory; while wearing them, those around you are unlikely to even notice that you’re undergoing treatment. Plus, it’s easy to remove the aligners when it’s time to eat, or when you want to look your very best at a big event for an hour or two. Treatment can be completed in as little as a few months depending on the complexity of the case.
The issue with traditional braces is that they’re typically designed to move teeth in stages – first starting with the tooth roots, then following with the crowns. While effective, this is why treatment can be lengthy going on for multiple years in many cases. Fastbraces technology significantly speeds up this process by moving the tooth root and crown in unison, dramatically shortening your treatment time down to as a little as 3 to 12 months.
Six Month Smiles
Like the name suggests, Six Month Smiles offers patients orthodontic correction in an accelerated timeframe, usually completing in just six months or less. Better yet, the brackets are clear and the wires are tooth-colored resulting a much less noticeable appearance overall that image-conscious adults are sure to appreciate. Following the initial placement, you’ll visit Dr. Murray every four to five weeks for a brief adjustment appointment.