Dr. Shawn Murray

Dentistry
Johnstown, CO
17 years experience male

Locations

Murray Orthodontics of Johnstown

Johnstown, CO

Address

257 Johnstown Center Drive, Suite 201, Johnstown, CO, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Metlife Insurance Company of Connecticut

Murray Orthodontics of Greeley

Greeley, CO

About

Bio

I'm so very passionate about life and I truly love being an orthodontist. I love working with my patients and seeing their lives improve. I'm a father of 4 children and I've been married to my lovely wife for almost 17 years. We all enjoy being outdoors in the mountains camping, hiking, fishing, etc. we're highly involved with community service and helping each other.

Specialties
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Dentistry

Orthodontics

Doctor Q&A

208 Answers
60 Agrees
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Halitosis: In some cases bad breathe is the result of gastric juices and the smell is therefore coming up from the stomach. Braces can make it more difficult to ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Oral Lesions: There are a number of things that can cause ulcers and/or lesions in the mouth. It's best to go to the dentist to do a thorough evaluation and diagnos... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: Did you actually mean 1 cm? I'm afraid that if you meant 1 cm then braces alone will not fix your overjet. You most likely will need jaw surgery in co... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Invisalign: Most things that can be fixed with braces can be fixed with invisalign. However, each individual has a unique situation and so you should visit with a... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Risks of braces: As with any type of treatment, there are always risks. Usually these risks are very minimal and never life threatening. Consult with an orthodontist a... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Jaw surgery: All surgeries have complications and risks. It's very important to meet with your oral surgeon and discuss these risks and possible complications.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Ceramic braces: The ceramic braces won't stain but your teeth will over time. The ceramic reflects tooth color and will give the appearance of being stained.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Bad bites : A class i maloclussion means that your bite on the sides lines up correctly. So you have a good bite with crowded teeth most likely. Teeth that are st... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Mouth Sore: The most important thing to do is not disrupt the healing process which will take 7-10 days. Don't eat or drink anything hot. Don't brush the roof of ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Invisalign: This really depends where you live. Costs vary throughout the nation. In my area it's around $6000 but depends on what's needed.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Voice and braces: No. Your braces are not attached to your vocal cords but to your teeth.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Broken jaw: It depends on the type of break, where the break took place, whether or not surgery was needed to reset the jaw alignment, etc. Could take weeks.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Orthodontia: Usually a panoramic and cephalometric x-ray to start treatment. Both while in treatment and both at the end of treatment for a total of 6. There may n... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Brace Removal: No, in most cases it does not hurt; however, your teeth may be a little sensitive. Your orthodontist and the assistant will be very careful i'm sure.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
TMJ: Most people make this mistake. The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint (tmj). Probably what you meant is tmd which stands for temporomandibular dysfunc... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Teeth clenching: Most people clench their teeth due to stress. Visit with a dentist or orthodontist to discuss your options. Maybe just a night guard will be needed bu... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Invisalign : Invisalign is a great tool in the right hands and utilized by someone who knows how to use it correctly. However, every tool has limitations even brac... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Jaw surgery: Most situations are 4-6 weeks for full recovery; however everyone is different and this will vary depending on health factors.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: No. Braces are also used to improve bad bites. It is true that braces are used to improve appearance but we must not neglect the benefits of a good he... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: I'm not sure if i fully understand your question but i'll try to answer it. If you're wondering if you can have braces with fluorosis then the answer ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: It depends on the situation and your particular needs but in general: psychosocial benefits including self esteem, periodontal benefits due to greater... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Tooth Pain: Any swelling should be discussed with the doc that pulled the tooth. Best to call your doc and talk about it.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: Braces themselves usually doesn't require you to change posture when sleeping unless you have headgear.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: I'm not sure i understand your question. An overbite is not corrected by rubber bands. A 100% overbite means you have a deep bite. An overjet means yo... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: There are so many adults today with braces and it's never too late to get a healthier, more beautiful smile. However, you can expect some soreness wit... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Tooth Replacement: Yes, orthodontics can be a good alternative to replacing a missing tooth; however, there are a few factors that need to be considered by the orthodont... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Invisalign: It's made of a plastic material.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Creoles teeth: Unfortunately not. There are things we can do to give teeth more room to erupt but this will not prevent them from being crooked. Teeth have a mind of... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Pokey wire: It may be due to a long wire that is rubbing your cheek. Call your orthodontist and have it checked.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Teeth shift: Sometimes it will be ok and other times your treatment could be delayed. Your teeth could shift enough that you can't progress to the next wire. In fa... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: If the pain is a result of the braces rubbing your lips and cheeks then yes bees wax will work or sugar free gum to cover the areas that are rubbing. ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Crowded teeth: A high palate is not as much of a concern as a narrow palate; however they often go hand in hand. If the palate is narrow and you are younger than 16-... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Keep teeth straight: It can be a good idea if your teeth had to move a lot to be straightened. A retainer will be necessary as well.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Brace age: There is no set age for braces, it's completely individualized. Some things are better to be fixed at an earlier age. If you wait too late then someti... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: Difficult to answer. Let me better phrase it this way. Almost everyone can benefit in one way or another from orthodontics. However braces do remain t... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Brace removal: Not usually. The pliers that remove braces pinch the brace and it pops off.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Bleaching: It really depends on the type of staining. If you have white scarring then you may need a procedure called icon or even dental restorations such as fi... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Salt water: Warm salt water rinses 2-3 times a day and use sugar free chewing gum which sticks better than wax.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Brace soarness: Recent research studies have shown that sugar free chewing gum helps people get over soarness from braces faster. The chewing action helps the blood f... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Orthodontia: Traditionally yes. The overall cost of living in ca is higher than other places. Other expensive areas are ny and hi.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Wisdom teeth: Maybe but not necessarily. There are a lot of unknown factors here. If all the crowding is in the front, then it's unlikely that your front teeth coul... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: There can be some limitations to who can get braces but most people who want a better smile. The limitations are based on health of the gums and bone ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Brace sores: Warm salt water rinses will help and be sure to place wax on the brackets or wires that are rubbing and causing sores. If wax won't stick then use sug... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
HIV: Blood is one of the ways that HIV is transmitted; however, it's more complicated then you think. The blood coming out of the mouth would have to get i... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: Braces themselves should not make your speech worst. Appliances that are on the inside near the tongue however will affect the speech. There are lingu... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Jaw: It depends. I conducted a chewing research study involving people who had jaw problems. The findings were that chewing gum had different effects on di... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Dental Exams: It is recommended that you have a dental exam at least every 6 months.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Depends on the cause: First you have to figure out what is causing you to grit your teeth. If it is due to stress then you will need to reduce your stress. If it is due to ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Teeth: You cannot get rid of a cavity. That is why you need a dentist. If the cavity is real small then you can discuss with a dentist about a type of tooth ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: The amount of root torque is one of the biggest challenges. If you need to flare the front teeth out or decrease the amount of flaring of the teeth th... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dec 6, 2012
I commend Dr. Murray for his consistently excellent, thorough, articulate, and to the point advice.
Mar 19, 2015
Great DDS!!!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Murray is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! And i will check that website! ^_^
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This was very helpful. Thanks! thank you so much for answering my question...
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry
Graduated 2006MD

Awards

Most Influential, Second Place, Greeley Region - Spring
2015
Thought Leader, First Place, Greeley Region - Spring
2015
Top Dentist, Second Place, Colorado - Spring
2015

Affiliations

ADA
AAO
Colorado Dental Association
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