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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 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: Yes, you can play sports with braces but be sure to wear a mouth guard.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: Inflation, material costs, cost of living meaning we have to pay our staff more. In fact, everything has become more expensive and will continue to do... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Jaw surgery: The average healing time is 4-6 weeks but varies with each person and depends on health factors.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Orthodontist: These days the internet is very helpful. Try a google search and type: orthodontist, city where you live. Then look at their websites. Don't just look... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Dental Check-ups: At least every 6 months unless you have other needs such as gum and/or bone disease then every 3-4 months. The danger of not going every 6 months coul... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
TMD diagnosis: The best thing to do is find out what type of TMJ issues you are having. A thourough evaluation of your teeth, jaw alignment, and health of your jaw j... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: I assume the question is small mouth and overbite? This really is a subjective question because it depends on your age. If you are an adult then some ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: Not always but often times it does. In the end it will all fit together properly and look great.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: Yes. Even if the tooth erupts, it probably will not come out correctly aligned and this could affect the bite.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Invisalign: Depends on who you talk to. I'm an orthodontist and do my reaction is an orthodontist. All i know is that if i need a heart surgery, i'm going to a he... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Crooked teeth: Almost everyone has crooked teeth on some level. It may be 1 mm to something much more substantial like 12 mm of crowding.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Crooked teeth: No, not necessarily. There are plenty of people with normal palates yet they have crooked teeth. The palate can be a factor but it's not the only one.... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Crooked teeth: Basically it comes down to genetic factors, environmental factors and developmental factors. Just like some people are more inclined to have heart dis... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: It really depends on how severe of an overbite you have. 1-3 years would be an average.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Crooked teeth: Why would you pull teeth for dentures if they are crooked? It's better to keep your teeth as long as you can. Dentures are like a wooden leg. They wil... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Crooked teeth: Yes. Unfortunately those little teeth have a mind of their own. If they come in crooked, don't worry too much about it because it is not an indication... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Brace time: It really depends on how severe your teeth are and all that is involved to fix them. An orthodontic exam should give you an idea.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: There are always different options and you should consult with an orthodontist to discuss the benefits, limitations, and risks associated with each op... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: Maybe but not necessarily. This is difficult to answer without seeing your bite and doing an exam. Teeth grinding can be due to a bad bite, stress, te... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: Not necessarily; however it will be a factor. It really depends on the amount of bone loss and the areas. Sometimes a combination of treatments will b... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Invisalign: Its a series of clear trays like retainers that are made to move your teeth. You change them out for a new one every 2 weeks. Each new tray moves your... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: New molds are needed because if your teeth have shifted even a little, making a new retainer on the old molds will result in a new retainer that won't... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Cranial Nerve VII: Many of the facial muscles are controlled by the facial nerve (cranial nerve vii). There are many different causes of damage to this nerve. You should... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: If teeth were severely rotated or had to move a lot then those fibers connected to the teeth will want to pull the teeth back to where they were befor... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Retainer wear: It depends on the type of treatment offered and how much your teeth moved when they were straightened. If your teeth were really crowded or spaced you... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Halitosis: Some people have bad breath because of stomach digestional issues and the smell comes up from the stomach. Take her to the dentist to discuss options ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
TMJ: It can be a useful tool for some people. It doesn't work for everyone but helps many. Western medicine cannot explain why it helps but I have seen peo... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Orthodontia: Usually just fine to do and it's a really good way to show off your new smile. There are some restrictions so check with your orthodontist and dentist... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
6-10 months old: The average age is 6-10 months old. Obviously this can very with each individual. My oldest son didn't get his first tooth until he was 13 months old.... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Tooth pain: It would be impossible to tell you what may be between her teeth. However, she must be feeling something. Try flossing between her teeth and see if yo... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Clean teeth: No. Oral hygiene is up to the individual. We either brush and floss our teeth or we don't. It is true that it's harder to clean your teeth with braces... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Smiles: Socially our society places a lot of emphasis on smiles. People do pay attention and notice; however, a smile is not the only thing that makes us beau... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Invisalign Teen: Once all the baby teeth have fallen out, then you can consider invisalign teen which will leave room for erupting adult teeth. Average age is 12 and o... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: It will be worth it so talk with your parents and grandparents to get some help.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Oral health: Brush 2-3 times a day and floss once a day. Go to the dentist at least every 6 months unless instructed to go more frequently. Avoid too much sugar an... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Brushing: No aids is a result of the HIV virus and has to be transmitted from one person to another not because you didn't brush your teeth.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Decalcifications : This is a scientific word that means the calcium has been sucked out of the teeth. The cause almost always is due to improper brushing or failure to b... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Invisalign: Really depends where you live. Here in colorado it ranges between $6000-7000.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Tetracycline: Yes, this antibiotic has the tendency to discolor teeth.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Teeth: Oral hygiene is important and can help prevent a lot of infections in the mouth. However, this sounds like a bit more. Schedule a visit with your dent... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Invisalign: Probably not a major concern but you should consult with your provider. I recommend tring not to chew so much on them though.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Invisalign: Yes, you can do invisalign after grafting but some considerations will be needed to get a good result. Not to mention that there is the risk of having... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Braces: Yes, you can get braces if you've had sealants placed.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Food and braces: Eat what you enjoy right now. After you get braces you need to eat very soft food for the first 24 hours. Then you have to avoid hard foods like nuts,... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Orthodontia : It depends on your plan within the insurance company. Blue cross blue shield may have 50 different plans. Some with orthodontic coverage, some not. Ch... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Phlegm: Most often phlegm that is deeper green and brown are indicative of an infection. It could be respiratory or a sinus infection. Some of these situation... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Recovery time: 4-6 weeks usually but best to ask your surgeon the expected time of recovery since he or she will be doing the surgery.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
TMJ Splints: Many general dentist get upset with this type of question so i'll try to be sensitive. Orthodontist are specialists so they have more training; howeve... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Grinding teeth: Grinding teeth excessively will wear the teeth and make them sensitive. If you grind a lot your gums will recede. Once the gums recede the roots get e... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Invisalign: Yes., you can get invisalign with either scenario. However, i recommend a comprehensive plan be in place for the missing teeth.
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
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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This saved my life. Thank You! I thought o was going to die or something

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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