Scottsdale, AZ — When Grace walked into Dr. Chris Murphy’s Scottsdale orthodontics practice for the first time, she brought with her the tepid, self-conscious smile that she’d spent years hiding from her friends and classmates. Twin canines she referred to as “vampire teeth” hung resolutely out of place as she and her mother signed the patient information forms and took a seat. Grace and her mother had found Dr. Murphy’s office through a referral from a family friend and were hoping to restore pride and assurance to her eroded self-confidence.
As an orthodontist in Scottsdale, Dr. Murphy says he regularly sees cases of patients like Grace who have found school and other social interactions uncomfortable because they are afraid to reveal their smile. Whether they are suffering from a protruding overbite or spacious gaps between their teeth, he says children often lose valuable self-esteem when they are hindered from freely expressing the joys of childhood. As in the case of Grace, Dr. Murphy says thankfully there are a number of solutions for correcting misalignment through efficient and effective procedures such as traditional or clear braces that draw teeth into a healthier, more aesthetically-pleasing position.
Following an in-depth, individual consultation with Grace and her mother, Dr. Murphy recommended a year and a half long treatment of upper and lower Damon® braces, an innovative procedure designed to make space and straighten her asymmetrical teeth without the need for any extractions. He says self-ligating braces like the Damon® System utilize body heat-activated alloy wires to efficiently and gently move teeth into the proper alignment. Because they do not rely on steel or elastic ties, but rather shape-memory technology, Dr. Murphy says Damon® braces reduce the required amount of treatment time, meaning Grace would only need to come in for appointments once every two months until the procedure was complete.
Dr. Murphy says providing treatment for patients like Grace has allowed him to make a tangible difference in the lives of others, one of the feelings that inspired him to pursue orthodontics in the first place. Through innovations such as the Damon® System and Invisalign in Scottsdale, he also says the countless advancements in orthodontic technology over the past few years have provided a wider range of treatment options for addressing patient concerns, and aided his pursuit of the highest quality care. Dr. Murphy says because of these developments, he has been able to focus more on the gratifying doctor-patient interaction and providing more personalized treatment to all his patients.
“Grace’s case was rewarding because the self-confidence that she now has is amazing. She is excited to smile now instead of being insecure about her teeth. Also, the fact that we didn’t have to extract any teeth was particularly great because it gives her a broader, fuller smile that will last a lifetime,” says Dr. Murphy.
About Christopher Murphy, DDS
Dr. Chris Murphy received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors from the University of the Pacific Dental School, as well as a Master’s degree in Orthodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Board-certified in Orthodontics, he has been selected by Phoenix Magazine as one of Phoenix’s Top Orthodontists. Dr. Murphy’s publications are required reading for orthodontists seeking board certification and he is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, and the Arizona Orthodontic Study group.
Murphy Orthodontics has two locations at 4910 E. Greenway Road Suite 1 in Scottsdale, AZ, reachable at (602) 482-0022, and 13210 W. Van Buren Street Suite 106 in Goodyear, AZ, reachable at (623) 932-9212. It can also be contacted online via the website www.murphyorthodontics.com or the Murphy Orthodontics Facebook page.Previous Post Next Post