Meet Ashley S!

We asked the Uncommon Team members to answer some interview questions to get to know them better. Here is our interview with Ashley S!

What is your life motto or favorite quote and why?

Yolo, "You Only Live Once".

Tell me the 3 best things about you.

1. Compassionate
2. Caring
3. Loyal

Describe your perfect date . . . in Joplin!

A nice quiet dinner "609" one on one quality time with a nice atmosphere. Possibly a movie to follow with popcorn at home. I am a home body if with the right person.

What color would you use to describe you and why?

Reds - Describes love, enthusiasm, passion, and kind heartedness.

If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Caiper - since my early childhood years seeing "Goonies" I have loved this up-beat song.

Who would play you in a movie of your life and why?

Kardashian (look similar so I'm told) and never a dull moment in my life. Big extended family <3

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile from people who will put your needs first, contact us today! Our goal is to make you a top priority and give you the smile you deserve from people you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon!


Cleaning Retainers: Keeping your Uncommon Smile Healthy

Retainers are an integral part of orthodontic treatment. Without them, teeth may move back to their original positions after your braces come off. That’s why it’s crucial to wear yours throughout the retention phase of treatment. The length of this phase depends on the type of treatment and severity of the issues.

No matter how long you wear your retainers, you need to clean them thoroughly every day. Just like your teeth can collect bacteria and build up plaque from food, retainers can get equally as dirty in your mouth. Below are some tips to clean your retainers.

Brush after meals.

After eating, remove your retainers and brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and lukewarm water. Gently scrub to remove plaque and food particles caught in your mouth. Be sure to never put your appliances in hot water as it may warp the material.

Use mild dish soap instead of toothpaste.

While toothpaste may be the easiest to use, mild dish soap may be safer. Toothpastes may be more abrasive to your appliance. You should also wash your storage case once a day as well.

Soak in denture cleaner.

For a deeper clean, you may even wish to soak your appliances in denture cleaner. If you use this option, be sure to follow the instructions and remove them from the cleaning solution as instructed.

No matter how you clean your retainers, remember to keep them away from extreme heat and strong chemicals. If your material becomes warped, you may need to pay for a new set of retainers. If you have any questions about the retention phase or need help with a broken or warped appliance, contact our office immediately. While you may not want to pay for a new set, continuing to wear a broken appliance may cause your treatment time to lengthen. This can mean additional treatment time and even more associated costs down the road.

Uncommonly Common: Avoid Orthodontic Emergencies

Protecting Uncommon Smiles

Orthodontic emergencies can happen when you least expect it during meals or playing sports. This can include anything from severe pain to broken appliances. At Uncommon Orthodontics, we compiled some strategies to help you fix common problems and protect your uncommon smile.

Keep Teeth Clean.

To keep your smile in great shape, it’s important to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout orthodontic treatment. Be sure to brush twice a day, preferably after every meal, and floss every night. If food gets trapped, plaque can form around your braces and teeth, leading to gum disease. To ensure your smile is beautiful when the braces come off, practice good oral hygiene every day. You should also continue to see your general dentist every six months.

Watch What You Eat.

Eating sticky, chewy, crunchy, and hard foods can damage your braces, possibly lengthening your treatment time and increasing costs. We recommend that patients try to eat soft foods and take smaller bites. If your brackets or wires break, call our office immediately to schedule a repair appointment. Keep in mind that you may incur additional orthodontic fees to replace broken appliances.

Protect Your Teeth.

Always remember your mouthguard! During treatment, you can continue to play sports as normal. However, to protect your teeth and braces, we strongly encourage you to wear a mouthguard. Injuries to the mouth are incredibly common during sports, so it’s better not to risk it even during practice. At your next appointment, let us know if you need a mouthguard. We can help you choose the right one for your uncommon smile.

Call Our Office.

Even if you practice these tips, you may still experience an emergency. If this happens, contact our office immediately! If you leave a broken appliance in place, you risk lengthening your treatment plan and may end up doing even more harm to your teeth.

Braces for Adults

Adult Treatment is Not Uncommon!

Adult treatment has become increasingly popular over the last several years. With more subtle treatment options available, adults are seeking the help of an orthodontist more than ever before. If you think braces are just for kids, think again! At Uncommon Orthodontics, many adult patients are coming to our office to improve their smiles.

Why Orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment has multiple benefits. By correcting your bite and spacing between teeth, we can make it easier for you to clean your teeth and gums. This can greatly reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. It can also alleviate pain and headaches associated with TMD/TMJ. Plus, nothing compares to the newfound confidence you'll feel with your beautiful, straight smile.

If you had braces as a child and your teeth have returned to their original positions, or if you’re simply wanting to stop feeling self-conscious about your smile, we can help! Uncommon Orthodontics has multiple treatment options available.

Braces for Adults

We offer a wide array of braces options, including traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces without elastic bands or ties, clear braces, and even Invisalign®. During your initial consultation, we can assess your smile and determine the best treatment option for your unique orthodontic needs.

While many adult patients prefer invisible braces like Invisalign, it’s important to note that not every patient is a good candidate for this option. In some cases, traditional metal braces or other treatment types can ensure you get a straight smile more quickly and efficiently. No matter what type of braces you get, we guarantee you will love the result!

Ready to Start Treatment?

No matter what your age, contact ustoday to schedule your FREE initial consultation. We can’t wait to get you started on the path to a beautiful new smile

Keeping your UNCOMMON Smile Safe

Mouthguards: Keeping Your Uncommon Smile Safe

Mouthguards protect your orthodontic appliances as well as your teeth, gums, and jaw from injury. If you play sports or participate in activities that may cause injury to your mouth, Uncommon Orthodontics recommends wearing mouthguards. It’s not worth the risk to your oral health or your braces.

Stay Safe Before, During, and After Treatment

Whether you’re in braces or not, it’s important to keep your teeth protected from injury. An otherwise healthy mouth may require orthodontic treatment after sustaining an injury to the teeth, gums, or jaw.

If you’re currently in treatment, you can also risk damaging your brackets and wires. This may result in an increased treatment length and additional fees, depending on the severity of your injury. The same is true if you’ve finished treatment. You don’t want to risk having to receive additional care later down the road.

Choosing the Right Mouthguard

There are multiple options when it comes to mouthguards. At Uncommon Orthodontics, we can use impressions to match your unique smile for a near-perfect fit. While this is the most expensive option, it provides the best protection and is the most comfortable.

Boil and bite versions are also available, which are made from thermoplastic. Before wearing, you must submerge the mouthguards in hot water to soften the material. Then, when you place it in your mouth, you can adjust the fit to adhere to your teeth.

At your next appointment, we can help you determine which type of mouthguard is right for you.

Uncommon Smiles for Life

Throughout your treatment, we want you to continue to enjoy the activities that you love without compromising your smile or your braces. To ensure successful treatment in the least amount of time and the lowest costs, simply wear a mouthguard! If you would like more information on protecting your teeth, contact our office today.

Summer Smiles

We love summer!

Get in the Smile Spirit this season with Summer Smiles at Uncommon Orthodontics! Celebrate the lazy season when the days are long and the weather warm. We love to enjoy this time of year when school is out, the pool is open, and you are free to let your summer smile shine! Be sure to grab a pair of UNCOMMON sunglasses at your next orthodontics appointment to celebrate the season!

Selfie Stars

Snap a selfie in your sweet shades and upload it to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show off your summer spirit and UNCOMMON Smile. We love to hear about your summer vacations, staycations, and adventures, so be sure and use our hashtag #UNCOMMONSMILES to share your summer with us and get featured on our page as A Summer Selfie Star!

Frames for Facebook Friends

Want to show your UNCOMMON smile off on Facebook?  Facebook Friends can now use our Uncommon Facebook frames, with themes to showcase your Uncommon smiles, unique styles, and Joplin pride!
Be sure and connect with us by following @UncommonOrtho on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be features. In addition to showcasing your smiles, we also use these methods to keep our UNCOMMON family up to date on current promotions, events, and contests! So be sure to “Like” Uncommon Orthodontics!
Up Next: Back to School Smiles read on to find out how to receive a FREE CONSULTATION and FREE X-RAYS (a savings of $388).

Why Uncommon Orthodontics?

Uncommon Orthodontics believes everyone should have a smile they can be proud of! Unlike other orthodontics practices, we take an uncommon approach to customer care. Check out the uncommon ways we’re helping to change our patients’ lives, one smile at a time.

Affordable Treatment

While the cost of orthodontics can vary, we want all of our patients to get the best smile possible without worrying about how they’re going to pay for it. We will work with you to ensure your payments work within your budget. At Uncommon Orthodontics, we offer zero-down payment plans with 0% interest and no credit check.

We also offer discounts for our colleagues in the dental profession as well as a retainer replacement program to affordably replace or repair lost retainers at a fraction of the price. Retainers are an integral part of treatment because it keeps teeth from returning to their original positions. Keeping up with your retainers can ensure your orthodontic treatment remains a lasting investment.

Easy Scheduling

We know that your time is valuable. That’s why we pride ourselves on running early or on time for each scheduled appointment to get you back to your busy day.

At Uncommon Orthodontics, we truly value human interaction. If you need help after hours, we have a live customer service line available to help you 24/7. No more leaving voicemails that go unanswered until the next business day. We can help you immediately with any minor emergencies, scheduling appointments, paying bills, and any other questions you may have.

Uncommon Results

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile from people who will put your needs first, contact us today! Our goal is to make you a top priority and give you the smile you deserve from people you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon!

first orthodontic visit

First Orthodontic Visit

The first orthodontic visit should occur when your child is seven years old. At this time, braces may not be necessary. However, we can at least begin monitoring the development of your child’s teeth and jaw bones to ensure everything is progressing as it should. By this age, some of your child’s adult teeth have already begun to erupt, allowing us to evaluate the spacing of permanent teeth and check for any developmental delays or abnormalities.

What to Expect

Before the first appointment, you can help your child prepare by letting them know what to expect at the initial consultation. Right when you walk through our doors, we will greet you and help you feel right at home in our comfortable waiting area. When we call you back, we will take your child to get photos taken of their teeth as well as digital x-rays. During this time, you can complete our new patient forms on our iPads if you weren’t able to complete them at home.

After we finish the x-rays and photos, we will take your child back to the new patient room where you will be waiting for your child. We fully encourage you to stay in the new patient room throughout the consultation to be there for your child and so we can answer any questions you may have.

Once in the new patient room, our new patient specialist will go over your child’s medical and dental history with you. Then, our orthodontist will perform a thorough exam, looking inside your child’s mouth and reviewing the photos and x-rays to evaluate the teeth and jaw bones. During this time, the orthodontist will explain any problems, how to fix them, and how long treatment should take.

At the end of the consultation, we will discuss treatment fees and answer any questions you may have. In certain cases, if no cleaning or dental work from your family dentist is necessary, we may be able to begin treatment after this appointment.

Contact Us

If you’re ready to schedule your FREE initial consultation, contact us today!

Facebook Frames

Introducing Uncommon Facebook Frames!

Uncommon Orthodontics is now offering a new way for you to express yourself, celebrate your smile, and support your Joplin community!

The newest feature for our Uncommon Facebook Friends includes a variety of fun Facebook frames, with themes to showcase your Uncommon smiles, unique styles, and Joplin pride!

At Uncommon Orthodontics, we celebrate the diversity of our community and the uniqueness of you. We are honored to be a part of your UNCOMMON journey, and we are excited to be able to offer yet another way for you to showcase your smile and highlight your UNCOMMON adventure.

Don’t Follow Uncommon Orthodontics on Facebook?

We want to be your Friend! Add us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on our latest news and offers! Be sure to tag us in your UNCOMMON smile photos and try out our new Facebook Frames to add an extra dash of UNCOMMON to your smile.

Want to join the UNCOMMON Family?

Our UNCOMMON approach to Orthodontic treatment includes providing our patients with a TEAM of highly trained orthodontists and dentists to care for your UNCOMMON smile. We understand that every mouth is different with its own set of challenges and unique needs. That is why our team of doctors works with you to create a customized plan just for you.

Whether you choose traditional braces or Invisalign clear aligners, we promise to work with you to craft your very best smile.

Contact our office today to set up your FREE smile consultation.

Worried about the cost of Braces?

It is our belief that EVERYONE deserves a beautiful and healthy smile. That is why we offer our UNCOMMON payment options! Orthodontics, paying for your new smile is easier than ever. We have multiple payment options to fit your family’s budget.

Our payment options include:

  • No down payment
  • 0%-interest financing
  • No credit check

Whatever your financial situation, we want to help you achieve your new smile! Come in for your FREE consultation and let us help you find a plan that works for you!

oral hygiene

BTech: Brushing with Braces

Proper teeth cleaning can be hard to do with braces! But good oral hygiene is an essential part of your orthodontic success, and so we’ve created a simple, step-by-step guide to help you keep that UNCOMMON smile bright and healthy!

To start: place a pea size drop of toothpaste on your brush. Next, place the toothbrush against your teeth at a slight angle to help get the bristles around your brackets while brushing. Move your brush in a circular motion to be sure to get all the nooks and crevices as well as the hard to reach places created by your wires and brackets. Don’t forget to brush the backs of your teeth as well!

Doctors recommend you brush your teeth for 2 whole minutes. That can seem like a really long time, so we've put together a list of our favorite 2 minute songs to help you pass the time and jam out while brushing!

Once your teeth are thoroughly brushed, move on to the mouthwash! Mouthwash helps kill any germs or bacteria left in your mouth after brushing, and is an important part of your oral hygiene routine! Good news is this is the easy part! Just place a capful (or 2 tablespoons if you aren’t using the cap) in your mouth and swish it around for 1 whole minute. Do your best to make sure you get the mouthwash on all of your teeth, gargle, and spit! Remember: never swallow mouthwash!

Now on to everyone’s favorite part: flossing! Flossing can be difficult with braces, and there are several nifty tools you can use instead of traditional floss to make the process more convenient. BUT if you are using the good ol’ fashion string of floss, try threading it through a needle to help get the string in all those hard to reach places. Go on both sides of your tooth in a “C” shaped motion to “scoop out” all the tough little bits wedged between your teeth.

If you have appliances, does this still apply to you? YES! Your appliances are in your mouth, so they need to be brushed! Even your retainer will start to smell bad if not kept clean. Plus, it’s a breeding ground for bacteria when not properly cleaned. YUCK!

Consistency matters!

You have to brush your teeth everyday! We do our part to make smiles possible, but you have to do your part too! Brush, floss, and gargle after every meal!