Options to Fit Your Needs
When you’re ready to explore the many options available in orthodontics, choosing a specialist is the first step. Choosing a specialist committed to offering the correct patient-friendly options available is an important second step. That is why so many residents from Anchorage and beyond choose Murray Orthodontics. No matter your age, we have options that can be custom tailored not only for your teeth – but for your life.
We are also committed to making the very best treatment affordable. We want you never to need to compromise between quality and affordability. Murray Orthodontics has a number of payment options available to fit your family and your budget.
Our team is experienced with maximizing any insurance benefits you may have available to you.
Anchorage Braces Success Story: The Horning Family - Video
Treatment for Younger Children
The AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) recommends and Murray Orthodontics encourages parents to bring their child for an initial orthodontic exam at age 7. Rarely does Dr. Murray perform any orthodontic treatment on a child this young. However, your child is a story, and every time Dr. Murray sees your child for an exam, he is “reading” another chapter of that story.
In some cases (about 10% of the time), Dr. Murray will recommend Early, Interceptive Treatment, frequently referred to as Phase I Treatment. Children are usually 9 or 10 at this time.
With Early Treatment we can take the least invasive approach to address any skeletal deficiencies or tooth crowding issues your child may have while developing. Addressing these issues early helps avoid a more invasive approach in the future, such as the removal of permanent teeth. However, the vast majority of children do not need Early Treatment.
That's why we've created our Growth & Development Program better known as “Murray’s Musketeers/Kid’s Club”. If your child is in this program, that means they are not in need of orthodontic treatment at this time, but we’re monitoring them in case treatment is needed in the future. These very important growth and development evaluations will be scheduled every 6 to 12 months. They are free. They allow us to monitor your child's dental development and give you peace of mind that you're making the right decisions for your child's oral healthcare.
Early Orthodontic Treatment Success Story: Andrew Butcher
Wasilla Teen Braces Success Story - Destany Mervyn
Options for Adolescents
Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common timeframe for orthodontic treatment. And for good reasons. By age 12, most, if not all, of the permanent teeth are in place. Crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites are highly visible. We can often take advantage of the remaining skeletal growth to make the necessary orthodontic corrections to create an exceptional smile for your child without being too invasive. Orthodontic treatment is usually shorter during this stage of development.
Most of the time, adolescents LOVE sharing the braces experience. After school visits at Murray Orthodontics are busy and fun. Many patients see their friends from school, church and various sports teams!
Anchorage Braces Success Story - Ruth Ann Bushue
Teen & Adult Treatment
At Murray Orthodontics the options for teens and adults include Invisalign - for straight teeth without braces, clear braces - when fast, efficient treatment also needs to be discreet and, of course, metal braces - with colorful elastics. So whether you want to show the world your braces or you’d prefer an option that gets the job done less visibly, we have both the technology and the experience to make it happen.
Treatment options today are faster, more comfortable and require fewer visits to our office so you can enjoy your time in treatment almost as much as you’ll enjoy having your beautiful new smile.
Dr. Murray is committed to using technological advances in orthodontics to make the patient experience better and more enjoyable. Every patient that chooses braces also receives:
- precision bracket placement to make tooth movement more efficient and precise through the use of “indirect bonding”; a procedure perfected in our lab.
- thermal wires that move teeth using the natural heat of your body
- digital scanning of all teeth to minimize having to take impressions
- digitized x-rays
- digitized photographic images