Phoenix Orthodontist Discusses Importance of Advanced Invisalign and Orthodontic Technology
Dr. Chris Murphy, an orthodontist in Phoenix, says keeping up with the latest techniques and technology in dental misalignment correction and orthodontics allows practices to provide their patients with the most effective solutions available. With a wide variety of orthodontic treatments ranging from Invisalign® to clear braces and Damon Braces, Dr. Murphy insists patients consult with a board-certified orthodontist before undergoing any procedure so as to ensure the highest quality results are achieved with the best possible aesthetic and functional outcome.
According to the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), the number of adults in the U.S. wearing braces topped 1 million in 2008, up 25% in the past 20 years. The AAO also shows in a recent study that one in five orthodontic patients is an adult, a statistic Dr. Murphy and his Arizona orthodontics practice believe to be indicative of the continued progression of orthodontic technology.
Because of their bulky appearance and discomfort, Dr. Murphy says many adult patients are hesitant to seek orthodontic care from traditional braces so as to avoid embarrassment. However, he says more and more patients at his practice are now experiencing the benefits of effective orthodontic solutions in treating misaligned, crooked teeth. With a top-of-the-line selection of discrete, yet successful treatments such as Invisalign in Phoenix, Dr. Murphy says patients now have the ability to achieve their dental aesthetic goals in less time and with less inconvenience to their daily life.
Since the emergence of the Invisalign® system in 1999, Dr. Murphy says a stronger emphasis has been placed on the subtlety of orthodontic appliances; however, he says many patients are unaware of the other effective treatments at their disposal for enhancing their structural facial aesthetics. Using a series of custom clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth over time, Dr. Murphy says Invisalign® offers patients one of the most advanced treatments on the market today.
As another alternative to traditional braces, he says Damon braces, an innovative “self-ligating” braces system that requires no steel or elastic ties to hold the wires in place, can also be a beneficial solution for patients looking for a more radiant smile through clear braces in Phoenix. Dr. Murphy also recommends In-Ovation Braces to his patients, as they can provide quicker movement of teeth with less discomfort and a less noticeable application. In-Ovation braces utilize small, metallic-looking clips and a free-sliding technology to gently reposition teeth while applying little to no pressure. He says both Damon and In-Ovation braces are also less likely to retain bits of food and moisture that may lead to dental hygiene problems later.
Dr. Murphy says one of the most important qualities of a caring and successful orthodontist is his or her commitment to the latest technology in patient care. He says he strongly urges patients to consult with an orthodontist who is active in continued education and stays up-to-date with new innovations in orthodontics.
“It is important because technology advancements allow the orthodontist to deliver better treatment options to their patients. More esthetic options are available today thanks to Invisalign and ’self-ligating’ braces like Damon and In-Ovation help give patients more efficient treatment with less appointments which helps in today’s ever-busy lifestyles.”
Regardless of which type of treatment patients decide is right for them, Dr. Murphy adds that a consultation with a board-certified orthodontist ensures they receive experienced and credible advice from a professional in the field. By attending annual conferences and polishing their skills through the exploration of new procedures, he says orthodontists can provide their patients with the highest quality results and an effective, personalized treatment plan that meets their aesthetic needs.
“I attend several conferences per year to stay on top of the latest advances. I have spent the past two weekends at two different conferences for example. This keeps my skills fresh and current with the newest technology, research, and current teachings. My patients and staff benefit from this as do I.”
About Christopher Murphy, DDS
A cum laude graduate of Southern Methodist University, Dr. Chris Murphy earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with Honors at the University of the Pacific Dental School and a Master’s degree in Orthodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He is a board-certified orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, as well as a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. Dr. Murphy has been voted by his peers as one of Phoenix’s Top Orthodontists by Phoenix Magazine and has been published in The Angle Orthodontist, where his article is required reading for gaining board certification as an Orthodontist.
With two locations at 4910 E. Greenway Road Suite 1 in Scottsdale, AZ and 13210 W. Van Buren Street Suite 106 in Goodyear, AZ, Murphy Orthodontics can be reached at (602) 482-0022 and (623) 932-9212, respectively. It can also be contacted online via the website murphyorthodontics.com or facebook.com/MurphyOrthodontics.