When most patients hear “orthodontics,” they tend to imagine the quintessential mouthful of metal we all remember our friends and peers wearing in middle school. At MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, 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 with cosmetic orthodontics or braces in Fairfax, VA.
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 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 dental office!
Invisalign treatment avoids the need for wires and brackets together 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.
Like the name suggests, Six Month Smiles offers patients orthodontic correction in an accelerated time frame, usually completing in just six months or less. Better yet, the brackets are clear and the wires are tooth-colored resulting in 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.
As a relatively new orthodontic system, Spark clear aligners offer patients of all ages a chance to embrace a straighter smile without undergoing the bulkiness and visibility of metal braces. Although similar to Invisalign and other similar solutions, Spark is made with TruGEN™, which ensures a more comfortable, stain-resistant, and results-driven approach.
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