Meet the Uncommon Team: Mendy

1. What is your role at Uncommon Orthodontics?
    My role is scheduling as administrative assistant.
2. What is your favorite part about working for Dr. P & Uncommon Orthodontics?
    While, One of my favorite things is definitely the fun environment, I also, love watching our patients go through their smile transformation and see how much they grow in the process.
3. Have you ever had braces? If so, how old were you?
    Yes, I had braces in my early 20s.
4. What is one thing that not many people know about you?
    I wanted to be a choreographer.
5. If you could have any celebrity be a patient of Uncommon Orthodontics who would you want it to be?
    My choice of celebrity patient would be Madonna.
6. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
    I have two cats: Ambry – who is 1-1/2 years old and Tori – who is 13 years old.
7. What job could you never do?
   Most of all, I could never be a surgeon because I am not a fan of blood or protruding body parts.
8. What is the last movie you watched?
    Probably the last movie I watched was Caddyshack.
9. What celebrity has the best teeth?
    I think Bruno Mars has the best teeth.
10. What do you love about the Joplin area?
    I love all of the great choices of restaurants in the Joplin area.
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We love the Dental Community

We love the dental community…at every level…and we “put our money where our mouth is!”

If you are [or know] a dentist or a dental hygienist, we are happy to treat you, your spouse and your immediate family at no charge!

Furthermore, if you hold an administrative position or are a dental assistant in a regional dental practice, we gladly give you, your spouse and your immediate family a beautiful new smile for 50% off the fee you would normally be charged…and we accept your insurance on top of that!

For further information, contact us today to get started! Call our uncommon office manager 417-265-1114 or Faith, our uncommon practice representative, 417-540-8424.

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Meet the Uncommon Team: Samantha

1. What is your role at Uncommon Orthodontics?
    I am an administrative Assistant working at the front desk.
2. What is your favorite part about working for Dr. P & Uncommon Orthodontics?
    I love how motivated everyone at Uncommon Orthodontics is to make everyone’s smile beautiful.
3. Have you ever had braces? If so, how old were you?
    Yes, I had braces at the age of 12.
4. What is one thing that not many people know about you?
    I love to barrel race and be outdoors.
5. If you could have any celebrity be a patient of Uncommon Orthodontics who would you want it to be?
    I would love to have Channing Tatum as a patient.
6. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
    Yes, I have 4 horses: Tez, Cruise, Zandee, and Shadow. I also have a dog, Dixie, and a cat, Bob.
7. What job could you never do?
    I could never work at the Humane Society – I would want to take all the animals home with me.
8. What is the last movie you watched?
    The last movie I watched was Pirates of the Carribean: Stranger Tides.
9. What celebrity has the best teeth?
    I think Jennifer Anniston has great teeth!
10. What do you love about the Joplin area?
    One of the things I love most about Joplin is how strong the community has become since
    the Tornado in 2013.
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Thank You For Liking Us!

Thank you to everyone who helped us reach 4000 Likes (and 5000 Check-Ins) even before our 2nd Anniversary! We are honored and humbled by the amazing (and uncommon) people we have met in the last couple years who have made our practice truly UNCOMMON.

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We are already booking new patient appointments far into the summer, so PLEASE CALL NOW to get your new patient appointment - or tell a friend! 

We have been working hard to keep our fees at the 2015 level for as long as possible, but our fees will be increasing after August 31, 2016…another reason to CALL TODAY and make your new patient appointment.  Lock in the 2015 fees before they are gone.

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An Uncommon Community

You may be aware that we used to have orthodontic practices in Northwest Arkansas under another name before we opened Uncommon Orthodontics in Joplin in September of 2014. During that time, we considered expanding into Joplin but for one reason or another, did not.

Things changed for us when we sold our practices in Arkansas so Dr. Pickard could “retire.” Joplin was recovering from the horrific tornado and we watched, prayed, donated and helped…from a distance.

We can clearly remember standing out in the street in Rogers, Arkansas, watching the tornado move north of us and praying that it would not touch down…and if it did, that it would choose vacant land. As the news came in that evening, our hearts were broken for Joplin. As you fought back, the country was reminded who we are as Americans and what we are made of. When we planned, built, opened our office and became a part of the community, we continued to be amazed at the resilience of this community.

We cannot know, first hand, the terror, loss, devastation and emptiness that the Joplin professional, business and residential community suffered after that horrible tragedy, but we can tell you what we observed as “outsiders.” We saw courage, resilience, determination, character and backbone…plus cooperation, unselfishness and unity.

In this election year with all the anger and division, it can seem like our great nation is losing its way. It would do America (and every single presidential candidate) much good to look at the example set by the Joplin community in the years after May 22, 2011. We honor you, remember your losses and celebrate your uncommon victory every day, but especially during this month. You are a shining example to us all!

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“Holding the Line” for you on Fees

Expenses seem to be rising everywhere (including orthodontic supplies) and we all know it is tough to stretch those dollars. We also know that some businesses raise their fees all the time and their customers/clients/patients don’t usually know the difference. Part of our uncommon financial policy demands that we keep you informed, so we want you to know our plans.

We will hold our fees at the 2015 levels throughout the summer. There will be a modest increase in September though, so now is the time to get started on that beautiful smile about which you’ve been dreaming. Whether you are a new patient or one who has delayed starting, we encourage you to plan your new smile into your budget now.

Finally, we remain committed to our ZERO down payment, ZERO interest, ZERO financing fees and ZERO credit check standards. Affordable braces continue to be a cornerstone of our uncommon financial protocols and even after a modest increase; they will continue to make your new smile possible! Contact us today for more information or to make an appointment before the summer schedule fills up!

The 2015 fees will be honored through Wednesday, August 31 at 5 PM.

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Meet the Uncommon Team: Mayra

1. What is your role at Uncommon Orthodontics?
    I work at the Front Desk and in Sterilization.
2. What is your favorite part about working for Dr. P & Uncommon Orthodontics?
    I like the amount of attention that is given to each patient and to the employees.
    This is a great place to work!
3. Have you ever had braces? If so, how old were you?
    I have never had braces.
4. What is one thing that not many people know about you?
    Most people probably don’t know that I’m deathly afraid of cockroaches.
5. If you could have any celebrity be a patient of Uncommon Orthodontics who would you want it to be?
    If we could have any celebrity patient, I would want it to be Jimmy Fallon.
6. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names? If not, what pet would you like to have?
    I have one pet, his name is Mario and he is a two year old lab.
7. What job could you never do?
    I could never be a bug exterminator.
8. What is the last movie you watched?
    The last movie I watched was The Good Dinosaur.
9. What celebrity has the best teeth?
    I think Kevin Heart has awesome teeth!
10. What do you love about the Joplin area?
    Joplin has a lot of great restaurants, and I LOVE Sushi.
    My favorite place in Joplin to eat Sushi is Hans.
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Uncommon Communication

Uncommon Communication…for Everyone!

If you find that you have questions for us, we try to make communication uncommonly easy! If you need to make an appointment, you may call the office (417-625-1114) at any time – even after hours - because we have a “live” person to answer the phone after hours and on the weekends. You may also message us on Facebook or click the “Request Appointment” button on the Uncommon Ortho website to make an appointment and we will call you right away to make one.

 

Once you have your new patient appointment, you may always call us at any time or message us on Facebook. You may also visit the Patient Portal to access your account information, pay your bill or check your appointment. You will have received a letter telling you how to access the patient portal…using your patient number and DOB (see graphic below.)

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We want to make communication easy and convenient with you regardless of your level of comfort with technology. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment, and we are serious about giving you an excellent experience!

 

Oral Hygiene Recall Program

During the past year and a half, we have shown our patients, their family dentists and the community a number of ways we are truly uncommon. During the month of March, we will be delivering yet another uncommon feature for our patients…so unique that, to our knowledge, we are the only orthodontic practice anywhere that does anything like it!

 

If you are a patient of record with Uncommon Orthodontics, your family dentist will receive a communication from us that we call the “Hygiene Recall Letter.” This letter lists all patients we have in common with your dentist, along with their contact information and instructions. The goal is for us to partner with your dentist to be certain that you are current on your dental hygiene needs.

 

You may wonder why that is such a big deal, but your dentist will not wonder at all. Sometimes patients think they are “going to the dentist” when they are coming in for their orthodontic appointments and they may let their hygiene appointments “slide.” While we are really careful to hold a high standard for brushing excellence, we are not in the business of doing a dental exam at every appointment. You need the expertise of your dentist and hygienist to make certain that little problems do not become complex…and to be sure that when the braces come off, the teeth and gums will be in tiptop shape when you show off that new smile that you worked on so hard!

 

So, your dentist should be looking out for this letter. It will be mailed by post and email and in some cases, hand delivered. Your dentist, hygienist and your friends at Uncommon Orthodontics care about your smile and we are honored to have the opportunity to serve you!

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Taxes, Refunds, & Smiles

We Want YOU!

 

It’s tax season, and Uncle Sam (sadly) wants YOU! “Nothing is sure except death and taxes,” huh? Seriously, we have an “uncommon” idea for you to consider “what to do” with this year’s tax refund.

 

Very much like using your insurance coverage to decrease your monthly payments, you could use your tax refund [and maybe insurance] to make your monthly payments even more affordable…and if you get started by April 30, 2016, you are assured of 2015 fees. Those of you who may have declined to start treatment last year for any reason can even use the “free records” offer that expired when you postponed your braces. That earns you an extra $378 savings! So, we can make your payments even more affordable than before.

 

Our policy is always ZERO down payment, ZERO interest, ZERO financing fees and ZERO credit check…that will not change. We never ask for a down payment, but using your tax refund to reduce your monthly payments (and even combining that with insurance payments) is a smart way to stretch your budget AND have the beautiful, healthy smile you want! Call us today: 417-625-1114 to schedule your appointment!

 

And, remember that your workplace may have a “flexible spending plan” that you can use too.