Making Smiles Happen
As the father of four young children, Dr. Andy Turner understands the importance of a beautiful, balanced, and healthy smile.
“Our smile is often the first impression we leave with others,” said Dr. Turner. “A great smile also plays an important role in how we view ourselves, and our self-esteem – particularly with younger children – can impact just about every area of our lives.”
A life-long resident of Knoxville and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Dr. Turner went on to earn his dental degree and complete orthodontic training at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.
Everything Knoxville is excited to be able to feature this recent interview with Dr. Turner.
EK: Dr. Turner, many people probably share a rather generic view of the field of orthodontics, yet there have been major advancements in this area that benefit your patients. Describe some of these advancements for our readers.
Dr. Turner: That’s very true. Most people, especially adults, think of orthodontics as the bulky metal braces of the past. But the orthodontic industry has definitely come a long way since our “metal mouth” time period. The braces we use today are much smaller and much more comfortable for our patients. We use special self-ligating Damon® brackets that move teeth even faster and require fewer adjustments than your traditional brackets. They also come in clear, which is a popular option among our teen and adult patients. In addition to the self-ligating brackets, we offer a completely “wireless” option called Invisalign®, which uses clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth over time. As you can imagine, this is a top choice for adults.
EK: The father of four children, how has the patience and understanding you’ve learned at home benefited you with your younger patients and their parents?
Dr. Turner: Both at home and in the practice, we have a lot of fun. I can easily relate to my patients and their parents. I understand the struggles that parents have of getting their kids to brush properly, so it’s important that we work as a team. At the end of the day, I know as well as they do that kids will be kids. But as a team, we can work together to make sure those smiles are cared for in the best way possible.
EK: I think while many of our readers associate orthodontics with younger people, the truth is that a growing number of adults are seeking your professional services. Explain.
Dr. Turner: Yes, that is very true. More adults today are choosing to get braces.
The only regret they have is that they didn’t do it sooner. Braces today aren’t what they used to be. Treatment length is shorter, and if you opt for Invisalign®, no one will even know you are wearing them. Adults also benefit from improved self-confidence, which can lead to improvements in their professional and personal lives.
EK: How important is the communication that both you and your associates have with all of your patients and the parents of your younger patients?
Dr. Turner: As I mentioned, it’s important that we tackle treatment as a team. I want my patients and parents to understand what’s happening every step along the way and encourage them to ask questions. If my patients understand what we are doing and why, I find they are more compliant. And it definitely puts parents at ease having that open communication.
EK: You were recently honored by Invisalign® as Knoxville’s Preferred Provider. Tell us first about Invisalign® and this honor.
Dr. Turner: Invisalign® is a way to straighten your teeth without braces. Instead, we use clear aligners that are essentially invisible and can be removed. The aligners are custom made for each patient, and as you work through a series of aligners, your teeth visibly improve as you progress through treatment. This option is better suited for some people’s lifestyle and can simplify treatment. We have successfully treated a number of patients throughout the years with Invisalign® and received the designation by Invisalign® as a Preferred Provider.
EK: What words of encouragement can you offer parents whose children might require your services, or adults for that matter?
Dr. Turner: Getting started with braces is extremely easy, and it’s not a decision you will regret. I have seen first-hand how braces can change a person. It’s amazing watching timid kids covering their mouths when they laugh transform into confident, outgoing teens during just a short period of time. It makes what we do that much more rewarding. My advice to any parent is to come in for a free evaluation. You can see first-hand our office atmosphere, get to know my staff and me, and better understand the whole process. When you’re ready, we’re here.
EK: Could you tell us a little bit about your newest location in Hardin Valley?
Dr Turner: We are extremely excited about our new location in Hardin Valley. We had the opportunity to design this location from scratch with our patients in mind. We wanted to create an environment that patients didn’t mind coming to for their appointments. Our team makes every effort to make the experience a fun one for patients, with cool t-shirts, our popular selfie wall, and you never know when “Sweet Ride,” our ice cream truck, might show up. There’s never a dull moment, I can tell you that!
EK: How can people learn more about Turner Orthodontics?
Dr. Turner: Visit us online at www.knoxbraces.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/knoxvilleorthodontist.
120 Capital Drive, Suite 104
Knoxville, TN 37922