So, you’re unhappy with your smile and ads keep popping up on your Facebook to straighten your teeth at home with clear aligners on the cheap. No office visits, a steep discount and a promise of results in under a year…it’s not hard to see the appeal. However, just as the old saying goes, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Direct-to-consumer aligner companies claim to be “disrupting” the orthodontic biz.
Even though we have plenty of adult and child orthodontic patients at Sturgill & Storie Orthodontics, the majority are teenagers and that’s because the teen years, especially between the ages of 10 and 13, is an amazing time to begin comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Since teenagers are still growing, when they see a pro like Dr. Sturgill, he can harness the growth spurts and their superstar metabolisms to more effectively move the teeth and jaws and make treatment quicker and more comfortable.
It’s not uncommon for our Johnson City Invisalign and braces patients to ask about getting braces on the top teeth only or, less frequently, wondering if they can just have bottom teeth braces or aligners. On the surface, it does make sense. If, say, you’re happy with how your bottom teeth look or you don’t see the point in straightening them since they’re less visible, wouldn’t it be easier to just focus on the top teeth? Well, it can actually be a lot more complicated than that and there are a variety of factors that come into play with single-arch treatment.
As a Johnson City, TN orthodontist, Dr. Sturgill meets a lot of moms who are either accompanying their kids at appointments or receiving treatment themselves. That’s not to mention the Sturgill & Storie Orthodontics team members who are parents too. As such, we hear about some really great Tennessee Tri-Cities mom blogs and meetups and we’re sharing. Here’s our guide to blogs and groups for Johnson City, Bristol and Kingsport moms.
The word “radiation” makes people nervous, which is why patients and parents frequently ask, “Are dental x-rays safe for me?” or “Are dental x-rays safe for my kids?” The answer is, absolutely! We understand the concern, however, dental x-rays, particularly the low-dose, digital x-rays we use at Storie & Sturgill Orthodontics, emit a negligible amount of radiation. It accounts for just a tiny sliver of the radiation you’re exposed to on an overall basis by just walking around, eating (even food contains radiation) and breathing. Our patients’ safety is our main priority and we invest in the most up-to-date technology and equipment to reduce the already miniscule risk even further. X-rays are a crucial component in the diagnostic and treatment planning processes, so it’s unfortunate that there’s incorrect information abound about them. We’ll help shed some light on the subject by discussing dental x-ray myths and facts.
It’s exciting to be on the path to achieving your dream smile so, of course, it’s only natural to want orthodontic treatment to run smoothly. That’s why people occasionally get nervous about something going wrong, particularly in the very beginning. It might give you a little peace of mind to know that it’s extremely, extremely rare for a genuine braces emergency to occur. When the unexpected does crop up, it’s usually minor, such as a poking wire or broken bracket, both of which can be fixed quickly and easily. Dr. Sturgill and the team provide our Johnson City, TN Invisalign and braces patients with the information they need to care for their aligners or hardware. However, we thought we’d give you an extra boost of teeth-straightening confidence by putting together a reference guide containing orthodontic emergency information and tips for dealing with common issues at home or while traveling.
Dr. Sturgill is an avid traveler and he’s been to some far flung destinations on mission trips. Yet, in all of his adventures, he hasn’t found a place quite like Johnson City. The amazing community, his awesome Tri-Cities braces and Invisalign patients, his family and friends and the mountain views are major contributing factors to his deep connection with the area. Another factor? The food! Thankfully, if you’re also a big fan of the culinary scene, there’s no reason for you to miss out just because you’re undergoing a smile makeover. Of course, there are a few things that will have to wait until your hardware comes off (we’re looking at you, Starburst) but, otherwise, most of your favorite treats are still fair game. We’ll cover what foods are safe to eat with braces and then give you recommendations for some of the best Johnson City, TN restaurants perfect for anyone in orthodontic treatment.
As a Tri-Cities orthodontist, Dr. Sturgill has seen potential Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport Invisalign patients, as well as those in Southwest Virginia, who were rejected for the treatment at another practice. There are the occasional instances where an individual can’t get Invisalign, or at least shouldn’t, because they’d be better served by another treatment option. However, many times, when someone is rejected for Invisalign, it’s actually unnecessary and seeking out an orthodontist with a high level of expertise will mean their smile can be perfected using the clear aligners after all. Dr. Sturgill specializes in complex Invisalign cases and even teaches the treatment modality to aspiring orthodontists. We’ll tap into his knowledge to share some reasons you could be told you’re not a candidate for the treatment, why they may or may not be valid and how to choose an orthodontist who can set you up for smile success.
Our Tri-cities, TN adult Invisalign and braces patients are typically most concerned with how long treatment will last, how much it will cost and whether they can straighten their teeth discreetly. We know the majority of grown-ups have busy lives, financial commitments and a desire for an esthetic option. We totally get why programs like Six Month Smiles are appealing. Who wouldn’t want a stellar smile at warp speed? However, before you get your hopes up and shell out your hard-earned money, let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of Six Month Smiles.
Storie & Sturgill Orthodontics is thrilled to announce we’ve been named one of the best orthodontic practices in Southwest Virginia in the “Best of Virginia 2017” issue of Virginia Living Magazine. As orthodontists with offices in Johnson City, TN and Norton, VA, we’re passionate about helping patients in the Tri-Cities achieve beautiful, healthy smiles and we’re honored to be recognized for our grin-perfecting efforts!