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Meet Louie: Our Therapy Dog in Training

Meet Louie: Our Therapy Dog in Training

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Overcoming dental anxiety with our therapy dog (in training!)

Here at Sturgill Orthodontics, we know that orthodontic appointments can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming, especially the first one. It’s not unusual to feel nervous about that initial visit, and even the ones that come after. That’s exactly why we decided to adopt Louie!

Louie is a Golden Retriever, a therapy dog in training, and a big old bundle of furry love. When considering how to make appointments as stress-free as possible for our patients, we knew we wanted to find a way to help them relax and focus on something other than their anxiety. Research has shown that therapy animals, especially canines, can provide emotional, psychological, and physical support to those who need it. In fact, just seeing a dog can have positive effects on the body, while petting one can improve our mood and even lower our blood pressure. 

Dr. Sturgill and his family have always loved golden retrievers. Many of our patients are familiar with Patton, the resident pup at Dr. Riley Sturgill’s endodontic practice. Having a therapy dog at Sturgill Orthodontics has been a goal of ours for a long time, so when the opportunity arose locally to give Louie a home, Dr. Sturgill jumped at the chance! 

Meet Louie: Our Therapy Dog in Training

Louie is still a bit of a baby at just 9 weeks old, but he’s growing and learning more every day. As he gets older, he’ll be receiving professional training to become our office’s official emotional support animal. His training will focus on obedience, impulse control, and how to maintain a gentle temperament around his human friends. 

By welcoming Louie into our office, it is our hope that he will help patients feel more connected and grounded, with less stress and more zen. We also believe that Louie will contribute to a more relaxed and laid back office environment, one that feels calm and welcoming. All of these improvements increase the likelihood of a positive orthodontic experience, something our practice truly strives for. 

Sturgill Orthodontics is devoted to creating beautiful smiles, and Louie will truly give you something to smile about! We’re proud to be the first orthodontic practice in the Tri-Cities area to utilize pet therapy. Our ultimate goal is for every patient to enter our office feeling welcomed, safe, and happy! We know that Louie will be an important part of that going forward.  

Plus, he’s adorable! Just look at that sweet face—who can resist the power of paw-sitivity when this happy ball of fluff is around?!

If you or your child are feeling anxious about an upcoming visit, give us a call and we’ll schedule Louie for an appearance during your appointment! You can also ask one of our team members what he’s up to when you’re in the office. If he’s not in the middle of an epic puppy snooze, we’ll be happy to bring him to you for a quick cuddle. 



Do You Know How to Care for Your Braces? Take Our Quiz to Find Out

By | Orthodontics

Getting braces can be a totally life altering experience. You look different, your teeth feel different, and it can be tough to get used to the change. The best thing you can do right now is take care of your braces (and your teeth) to make sure your new smile stays on track. As your orthodontist in Johnson City, Dr. Jeremiah Sturgill is always here to help make your treatment as smooth as possible.

As the school year comes to an end, it’s time for one last quiz. Answer the questions below to find out how much you know about taking care of your braces. Keep track of your guesses and check them against the answers at the bottom — no peeking! And remember: if you’re ever unsure how best to care for your braces, call Sturgill Orthodontics for support. Read More


Am I too Old for Braces? Your Adult Orthodontics Questions Answered

By | Orthodontics

Adults are seeking out orthodontic treatment in record numbers. In fact, about 27 percent of patients in the United States and Canada are 18 years old and older. As a Johnson City orthodontist, Dr. Sturgill has experienced this surge in adult patients firsthand. Sometimes, patients never had the opportunity to straighten their teeth in their teenage years and, in other cases, they experienced a relapse after forgetting to wear their retainer for a while. Whatever their reasoning, thanks to so many advances in the field, there’s never been a better time to achieve your dream smile, regardless of your age. We’ll be covering the questions about adult orthodontics we hear most often at our practice to help you get a clear idea of the benefits. Read More


A Parent’s Guide to Invisalign® Teen

By | Orthodontics

Years ago, most of our Tri-Cities Invisalign patients were grown-ups. However, as the treatment has evolved, it has become a really effective option for younger patients too. In fact, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of teenagers opting for Invisalign Teen instead of braces. It makes sense. After all, what’s not to love about a smile solution that is removable, virtually invisible and has no food restrictions? However, parents often have questions when they’re considering Invisalign vs. braces for their child. Well, Sturgill Orthodontics has answers! Here’s what parents should know about Invisalign Teen:

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Big Changes at Sturgill & Storie Orthodontics

By | Orthodontics

So far, 2019 has been a year of big changes at our orthodontic practice. Most notable to you will be our name changing from Sturgill & Storie Orthodontics to Sturgill Orthodontics. Why? Well, our very own Dr. David Storie is retiring after decades of perfecting smiles as a Tri-Cities orthodontist. Dr. Sturgill said it best: “I have been so fortunate to take over the Norton and Johnson City orthodontic practice from such an amazing doctor and individual. While the team, the patients and I will miss seeing him every day, we’re genuinely thrilled that he’ll be able to spend more time with his family.” Read More


Winter Activities for Kids in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee

By | Community

As a Johnson City orthodontist, Dr. Sturgill and his team chat with a lot of families, so we tend to get the scoop on all of the fun stuff to do in the area. We know with winter underway, it can be hard to keep the kids entertained, especially on days when the weather isn’t great. Well, Sturgill Orthodontics is here to help. We’ve rounded up some of the best winter activities for kids in the Tri-Cities. Without further ado, here’s our guide to what to do with kids in Johnson City and the surrounding area. Read More


Youth Volunteer Opportunities in Johnson City, TN and the Surrounding Area

By | Community

At Sturgill Orthodontics giving back to the community is so important to us. Dr. Sturgill feels privileged to be a Johnson City, TN orthodontist. Sponsoring community and school programs and events, as well as donating orthodontic care through Smiles Change Lives are small ways he and the team can show their gratitude. We’re not the only ones who embrace the spirit of giving back either. A lot of our awesome patients are dedicated to making a difference too. We absolutely love that because volunteering is an excellent way to teach kids and teens the importance of helping those in need. Now that the holiday season is underway and many of us are reflecting on all of the things we’re thankful for, it’s the perfect time to start or continue those volunteer efforts. To help, we’re sharing some youth volunteer opportunities in Johnson City, TN and the surrounding area. Read More


How Orthodontic Treatment Can Fix a Gummy Smile

By | Orthodontics

Excessive gingival display, which is doctor speak for a gummy smile, is when too much gum tissue shows when you smile. It can make you feel self-conscious and patients sometimes hide their smiles because of it. The good news is, gummy smile correction is possible! At Sturgill Orthodontics, we offer a customized approach to care and once Dr. Sturgill determines the underlying cause of your gummy smile, he can create a treatment plan that will bring about outstanding results. Here are the basics of excessive gingival display and some of the ways we’re able to fix it. Read More

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What are My Sleep Apnea Treatment Options?

By | Community

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can be potentially serious and because it makes getting a good night’s rest virtually impossible, it can have a significant negative impact on your quality of life. Unfortunately, it’s becoming increasingly more common and as many 80% of people with the disorder are never diagnosed. When untreated, sleep apnea has been tied to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, cardiovascular issues, including heart failure, and traffic accidents. That’s why if you suspect you have sleep apnea, it’s important to seek help. An orthodontist is actually a great person to turn to and we offer several sleep apnea treatment options at Sturgill Orthodontics.       Read More


Match Your Braces Color to Your Personality

By | Community

At Sturgill Orthodontics, many of our Johnson City, TN braces patients love choosing elastics colors that show off their style. It’s an opportunity to customize your hardware and make a statement while you straighten your teeth. Now that school is back in session, why not start the school year off right with a colorful smile? As for what braces colors to wear, consider the psychology of color, which is the study of how we perceive colors and how different hues affect our mood, emotions and behavior. We’re tapping into these theories in this guide to picking a braces color to match your personality. Take a look at the meaning behind some popular colors:
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