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 & Storie Orthodontics. Read More
At Sturgill & Storie 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:
What’s not to love about Tennessee? There’s delicious food, Southern charm, gorgeous scenery and amazing music. At Sturgill & Storie Orthodontics, we don’t just offer braces and Invisalign in Johnson City, TN, Dr. Sturgill and our team members all live in the Tri-Cities area too. So, as far as our favorite blogs, we’re partial to lifestyle bloggers from Tennessee who make the most out of all the cool stuff to do in our state. If you’re looking for some new blogs to bookmark or Instagram accounts to be inspired by, be sure to check out our favorites. Read More
The most common questions we get from our Johnson City, TN Invisalign and braces patients are about the cost of orthodontics. They want to know things like: How much do braces cost? Can I afford Invisalign? Are clear braces more expensive than metal braces? The concern is understandable. Orthodontic treatment is an investment and it’s always a good idea to know what the cost will be before kicking off the process. Unfortunately, sometimes, people will come across what seems like a great deal only to find out about additional fees that really drive up the final bill. At Sturgill & Storie Orthodontics, we’re one of the few practices in the area to offer pricing that is truly all inclusive, which makes our Johnson City orthodontic treatment affordable and gives patients complete transparency. There are never any surprises or hidden fees, so you can just focus on achieving your amazing new smile.
Getting fresh air and exercise isn’t just good for your health, it’s also a fun way to spend time with your family. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of exciting Tennessee outdoor activities. In fact, aside from giving patients fantastic smiles with braces and Invisalign in Johnson City, TN and Norton, VA, Dr. Sturgill’s favorite pastime is taking advantage of all of the recreational opportunities the area has to offer. On weekends, you can usually find him hiking, horseback riding or camping with his wife. With the warm weather in full swing, now’s the time to get out there and explore.
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.