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
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:
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
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
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.