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Having a Happy Halloween with Braces

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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!

 

“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.

 

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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

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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

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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

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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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How Our All-Inclusive Pricing Makes Orthodontics Affordable For Our Patients

By | Orthodontics

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.

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At-Home Aligners: Too Good to be True?

By | Orthodontics

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.

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What are the Positive Effects of Braces for Teenagers?

By | Orthodontics

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.
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