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Dr. Jeremiah Sturgill

Merry Christmas from Your Sturgill Ortho Family!

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Community is hugely important to the Sturgill Orthodontics team. We love the TriCities and are so grateful for the opportunity to give back to that community. And what better season for giving than the holidays?

For the past several years, Sturgill Orthodontics has sponsored Christmas Angels through the Salvation Army. This year, we were fortunate enough to “adopt” four angels. Together, we shopped for gifts (toys, clothes, needed items) which were then delivered unwrapped to the Salvation Army and distributed as needed. We had so much fun shopping together. This tradition holds a special place in our hearts. We hope to continue it for many years to come!

“This tradition holds a special place in our hearts.

We hope to continue it for many years to come!”

Here at Sturgill Orthodontics, we believe we have the absolute best patients. We love serving your families and creating beautiful smiles. Thank you for being part of our Sturgill Ortho Family! We hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

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Having a Happy Halloween with Braces

By | Orthodontics

It’s about to get spooky! Do you have your costume ready?

Halloween can be a challenging holiday for kiddos with braces. Those pumpkin-buckets full of sweet treats can be tempting, but don’t forget to take care of your braces this year! No need to feel left out though; there are still several yummy options that you can enjoy while in orthodontic treatment.

Sweet treats to avoid on Halloween (or anytime):

  • Hard candies

  • Caramel

  • Popcorn

  • Candied apples

These goodies could cause damage to your brackets or appliances. No one wants to worry about poking wires or broken brackets on the spookiest night of the year!

Swap hard and sticky candy for these delicious sweets instead: 

  • Chocolate bars without nuts

  • Peanut Butter Cups

  • Kit Kats

  • 3 Musketeers

  • Soft cookies

  • Peppermint patties

  • Apple bites dipped in caramel sauce

  • Apple cider

  • Root beer floats

  • Ice cream

Remember even “safe” candies can cause cavities. Be sure to brush and floss after enjoying your Halloween haul! You can use your Christmas-tree brushes to clean around individual brackets. Also, if you need a treat bag, use your Sturgill Orthodontics drawstring backpack. Feel free to come pick one up if you don’t have one already! 


The Sturgill Orthodontics Team wishes you a safe and Happy Halloween! 

Vote on our Third Annual Dentists Pumpkin Contest! And don’t forget to wear your costume to your appointment and receive a gift card! Stay spooky, everyone!


Care for a Coke? Norton + Sturgill Orthodontics Unveil Renovated Sign

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“What’s more American than a cold Coke?”

Our Norton patients may recognize the rusty landmark hanging outside our downtown practice. Beneath decades of chipped paint and corrosion lingered an iconic symbol of Americana: “Drink Coca-Cola in bottles!” This vestige of Norton’s past whispers of a long-forgotten era before Google, Twitter, or Youtube. A time when roads winded through picturesque communities like Norton rather than austere highways. A time when roadsigns and murals were companies’ only way of advertising to the American people. And what’s more American than a cold Coke?


Community has always been important to Dr. Sturgill, a native of Big Stone Gap, VA. In fact, his affection for Wise County is a large motivator behind his maintaining a practice in Norton and purchasing the historic building that houses it. So when he learned of City Manager Fred Ramey’s goal to restore the old Coke sign hanging outside our practice, Dr. Sturgill was immediately on board.

Coca-Cola Consolidated operates a Ghost-Sign Restoration Program, which primarily focuses on building murals. However, Norton’s unique clock sign (apparently the only one known to Coke archivists) caught the program’s attention. Historians estimate our sign was erected circa 1930 and has endured everything from mountain weather to a neighboring fire to a collision with  a passing truck. Yet since 1960, the sign languished in disrepair. 


Coke Consolidated, the City of Norton, and Sturgill Orthodontics unveiled the renovated sign on August 20th. Bright poppy red with neon lettering and a functioning clock — the sign brightens downtown and reminds us of our past. 

Sturgill Orthodontics was so proud to participate in a project that meant so much to so many. We hope this beautiful sign hangs proudly for another 100 years! 

“We were so proud to participate in a project that meant so much to so many!”


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Tour Our Office Remodel

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“….our patients deserve the best of everything: doctor, treatment and office.”


Here at Sturgill Orthodontics we put patients first. It’s part of our mission and our lifestyle: the daily goal to better serve you.

Last year, Dr. Sturgill purposed to bring the most innovative orthodontic practice in the country to East Tennessee. Why? Because we believe our patients deserve the best of everything: doctor, treatment, and office.

Dr. Sturgill hired one of the best architects in the country to actualize his vision of a beautiful state-of-the-art orthodontic practice. Consider how cell phone technology has changed in the last twenty years; orthodontic treatment and technology have changed as much! It was time to update and refresh our office to represent those changes. A floor-to-ceiling remodel launched in February. Nearly seven months later, on August 5th, we officially opened the new space.

Our remodeled facility furthers our mission of offering family-friendly, cutting-edge care. Everything from the floorplan to the fixtures to the dental chairs have been upgraded in order to provide our patients with the best experience.

Take a walk through our new office below!

Here is what Dr. Sturgill says about the remodel.


When did you come up with the idea to remodel the practice? 

When I took over the practice in 2016, I saw that the office was past-due for a remodel. Nearly twenty years had passed since its last update, and the orthodontic industry has seen many changes in that time. The practice had also grown tremendously in the past 20 years. Accommodating patients in the old space was becoming difficult. So I began researching the best way to remodel the practice without interfering with patient treatment. Our team spent months analyzing and planning so that every single detail allowed maximum efficiency while ensuring patient comfort and beautiful style.

Why did you choose Joe Architect for the project? 

Joe Architect has a sterling reputation as a world-renowned dental and medical architect. Initially, we hired them to design my wife Dr. Riley Sturgil’s practice: Sturgill Endodontics. After seeing their completed work, we knew we wanted to work with them again. Their designs are unparalleled for creating unique spaces that endure.

Name the biggest challenge and how you overcame it.

The two biggest challenges were logistics and finances. The Sturgill Ortho Team had to relocate the entire practice down to the dental chairs in one weekend. We were so fortunate when an office space became available in the same professional park, allowing us to move with relative ease. Also, we wanted to ensure that the remodel was financially feasible and that increased efficiency would make it worthwhile. The increased space and improvements will allow us to accommodate new patients as well as the ones we already serve and love.

What is your favorite element of the new space?

My favorite element is the reception area. There are so many fun aspects for families to enjoy. We now have a coffee station equipped with sparkling water and a wide variety of gourmet coffee selections. We also have laptop stations to accommodate parents who may need to catch up on work. For our youngest patients or their little siblings, we have a fantastic play area. Now waiting at your orthodontic appointment won’t be wasted time. You can read, work, or just enjoy some downtime with a warm cup of coffee.

What patients are saying: 

Patients and parents love the new space. Some kids have remarked that it doesn’t even feel like the same building. One mom said “Am I even in Johnson City anymore?” The space really strikes the perfect balance between modernity and warmth. We love it and hope you do too!

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Or stop by and pay us a visit to see the new space for yourself! We would love to meet you.

“DIY” and “Braces”: A Dangerous Combo?

By | Orthodontics

Are at-home aligners a smart choice for your wallet or your oral health?


Conduct a quick Google or Facebook search about orthodontic care — you’ll be bombarded with ads touting at-home aligners. These companies promise to cut treatment costs and provide an alternative to traditional orthodontic care. 

While these companies may provide convenience and savings, what are you being asked to sacrifice in order to achieve those aims? Your budget is an important part of your treatment choice, and no one likes the idea of assuming another bill. But when it comes to your teeth, you want your money’s worth. 

Here’s what you’ll be sacrificing if you choose at-home DIY treatment:

1. The team of office professionals devoted to your wellbeing

When you call Sturgill Orthodontics, the phone will be answered by a knowledgeable individual who knows you by name, knows your interests, knows your unique financial situation, and knows your schedule. You are not a customer, but a patient. You are not one of many, but one that matters.

2. The team of skilled dental assistants and lab technicians

At-home aligner companies cut costs by shifting responsibility for certain orthodontic tasks to unlicensed auxiliary staff and to their customers. Moreover, they limit the amount of correction to only extremely minor corrections. For example, customers are expected to take their own molds and are provided with the materials to do so. Sounds simple, right? In actuality, taking and making dental molds is a complicated task best performed by a licensed dental professional. Slight errors in the process could result in aligners that do not fit or do not properly shift your teeth. Still sound simple?

3. The licensed, highly-educated orthodontist of your choosing

While at-home aligner companies state that a dentist reviews each case, customers are not permitted to choose which dentist, do not know how much time the dentist spends reviewing their case, and do not receive a proper clinical exam. Many of these dentists are foreign-trained and pressured to never deny a case. 

When choosing your orthodontist, you should consider their educational background, their work, and their patient reviews. You want a care-provider who fits your needs; and you should be able to choose that dentist. Moreover, clinical exams are a vital part of your treatment. Your orthodontist examines you, talks to you, and considers factors such as your oral health and skeletal structure when reviewing your case. At Sturgill Orthodontics, you will see Dr. Sturgill at every visit: reviewing your case, chatting with you, and making sure you are progressing well.

4. The full comprehensive treatment you deserve

Many at-home treatment companies limit the number of trays provided as the movement that occurs is very minimal (1mm or less). In actuality, comprehensive aligner treatment could require several rounds of aligners, not to mention enameloplasty, occlusal equilibration, elastic wear, or interproximal reduction. “Straighter” teeth does not necessarily mean “straight” teeth. At Sturgill Orthodontics, additional aligners — called a “refinement” — are part of your fixed treatment quote. We will do whatever it takes to get you the perfect smile you deserve, without cutting corners. Furthermore, at Sturgill Orthodontics, you pay for your final results. This means that even if Dr. Sturgill determines that you need braces to get ideal results, he will do so at no additional cost, because we guaranteed a Sturgill Smile. We won’t settle for a job half-done; your teeth won’t be “a little better” but beautiful!

Remember that moving teeth is a medical procedure best performed by a licensed orthodontist. When choosing your care provider, make sure you have all the facts and make the selection that best suits your needs. 

Curious about your smile? Call us to schedule your free consultation and learn about your options! Or follow us on Instagram and Facebook to hear directly from our wonderful patients.