How we’re keeping you safe during COVID-19

As we resume seeing patients with non-urgent dental needs in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown, we want to lay out for our patients exactly what we are doing to keep you safe as you return to our clinic for your dental care. Thankfully, our practices follow very strict infection control, personal protective equipment, and sanitization protocols every day as part of our normal course of business. Even amongst our high standards, we have added increased measures during this time to ensure our clinical environments are safe.

We have crafted our plan to ensure that we are exceeding the guidelines laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAmerican Dental AssociationAmerican Association of OrthodontistsAmerican Academy of Pediatric DentistsOSHA, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Missouri Department of Health and the Missouri Dental Association.

Our Patients

  • Offering masks to patients who do not have one. Please note: Our clinics have the adequate number of face masks to offer to patients. However, if you have your own face mask, please wear it and it will allow us to save masks for patients who do not have them.
  • All patients will be asked to wait in the parking lot until they are called in for their procedure. All guests of the patient will be asked to remain in their car until the procedure has been completed. Please call (417) 625-1114 upon arrival.
  • Limiting the number of patients and guests in the clinic at any given time. Adult patients will be asked to enter alone, while children and adults requiring special assistance will be permitted only one caregiver to enter the facility at a time.
  • All patients will be screened for fever, symptoms, and underlying health conditions before entering the clinics. All patients will use an antimicrobial mouth rinse as a pretreatment measure.
  • Sick patients will not be allowed to enter the clinic.
  • Offering live video appointments for patients who are at risk, or are infected to be screened safely.
  • Offering live video appointments for patients whose appointments do not require an in-person visit.

Our Staff

  • Screening doctors and staff every morning for fever and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Staff and patients will be limited in number based on CDC guidelines for each facility.
  • Providing all proper personal protective equipment (PPE) including N95 masks, surgical gowns, gloves, masks, and face-shields.
  • Observing excellent hand hygiene.
  • Sick employees will not be allowed to enter the clinic.
  • All procedures that create aerosols will require the use of a rubber dental dam to reduce the bacterial spread of aerosols.

Our Facilities

  • Reducing the number of people coming into the office each day by limiting patient visits, limiting accompanying parties, and staff in each location.
  • Removing all unnecessary items including magazines, remote controls, pamphlets, brochures, etc. from all waiting rooms and treatment rooms.
  • Making hand sanitizer available all throughout the clinic.
  • Disinfecting all surfaces in treatment rooms before and after each procedure.
  • Extending time between appointments to allow for thorough disinfecting of spaces.
  • Sterilizing all instruments.
  • Patients will be separated by at least 6-feet for all procedures.
  • Delivery personnel, vendors, etc. will be prohibited from entering the clinic. And if necessary, will follow the same procedures.

The Spooky Secrets On Candy This Halloween

We will let you in on a spooky secret….Orthodontists eat candy too! However, not all sugar is created equally. We’ve put together a trick-or-treat list for you on the sweet stuff this Halloween!

Treats:

Dark chocolate

Yum. Dark chocolate is by far the best candy option!  We love this indulgent treat for many reasons. It has less sugar than other chocolates and candies, but recent studies suggest there is a compound in cocoa that can actually fight plaque and help harden tooth enamel. Now that is sweet….

Reeses Pieces

Reeses melt away quickly and do not stick to your brackets, wires, or your gums. Chocolate can be easily rinsed away with water, which is why it makes the top of our list! 

Sugar-free

Sugar-free gum and candies are good alternatives to regular sugary options. Sugar feeds bacteria in the mouth, so sugar-free disrupt that system. Sugar-free gum is the only option for brackets! 

Tricks:

Sticky candies

The stickier the candy, the worse! Sticky candy sticks to your brackets, wires, teeth and can cause you to not only to break brackets and wires, but your treatment time could be lengthened with excess breakage. Gummies, taffy, caramels, and even dried fruit fall into this category.  

Hard candies

Hard candies, including lollipops, are just a continued stream of sugar to your teeth! This amount of sugar over the amount of time it takes to dissolve can break down your enamel over time. Speaking of break, many broken brackets have come from lollipops! Stay away!

We know from personal experience, a sweet tooth can be very stubborn! If you fall victim to some tricks listed above this Halloween, we’ve got a few tips to lessen the damage. 

Timing

Eat your Halloween candy with your meals. Saliva production is increased that helps clean your mouth which makes candy particles and acid have a more difficult time sticking to your teeth.

Water

Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. This will help combat your Halloween candy damage.

Brush

It is important to brush your teeth, especially after eating sugary Halloween candy. However, you should wait 30 minutes after eating. Brushing your teeth immediately can spread acid from candy onto more teeth. 

Call

If you do break a bracket or a wire, call and let us know! The sooner we can get you in for a repair, the better!

 

Sources:

The Worst and Not As Bad Candy For Your Teeth

The 3 Best And Worst Candies For Your Teeth

The Best (And Worst) Candy For Your Teeth

Halloween Tips

Whitening Services

Smile Whitening!

When you meet someone for the first time, do you remember their eyes or their smile first? One study reported that 94% of people say that the smile was the most memorable! We know that big, beautiful smiles say a lot about people…their confidence, openness, and the importance given to personal hygiene, just to name a few.

Good news: if you are our patient, you are already taking action toward having that beautiful powerful smile that will serve you for a lifetime! We work together to achieve that goal and when it has been met, you may want to consider whitening your teeth to maximize the impact of that new smile!

 

Our UNCOMMON patient offer

If your account has been set up in the beginning on “autopay” and remains active throughout your treatment, you will receive a FREE bleaching at the end of treatment. If not, you may purchase one for only $378.00 when the time comes. Both options include the whitening, instructions and the Essix-type retainers that will be used as the bleaching trays.

This offer is only extended to our patients who have finished their braces with us and will in no case be offered to family members or the public in general. Anyone else who is interested in whitening is encouraged to contact the family dentist, who will be happy to assist you with that.

And finally, PS, there is extra value here for our patients. Not only can you get the whitening process for FREE very easily through “autopay”; BUT the Essix-type retainer “whitening trays” are yours and the whitening gel refills are very economical. So, you can keep your new smile straight and very white forever.

Contact Our Office to find out more or set up your Auto Pay today!

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Book your appointment to get started on your straighter, whiter smile today!

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We love going to the Dentist!

At Uncommon Orthodontics, we love going to the Dentist!

And we bring candy!

Whoever heard of bringing candy to a dental office? Well at Uncommon we say "why not"?

 What better place to deliver sweet treats than to a dental office?  We know that EVERYONE loves sweets, and dental offices provide easy access to toothbrushes and toothpaste. Plus dental offices encourage a culture of good oral health!

If your dental practice serves patients within 37 miles of our Joplin office, you have probably met our Practice Representative, Faith Knight. Faith is a personal link between our office and your practice. That's where the candy comes in. Part of Faith's job is to visit local practices every 6-8 weeks and bring specially prepared treats for the team!

Treats aren't the only thing Faith brings to the office. She also delivers current referral cards, customized for your practice. During her visit, Faith will update you on any upcoming special programs and offers our office offers to benefit your patients. Faith will also keep you up-to-date on the status of patients we have referred to each other.

Faith is our way of sharing the UNCOMMON difference with local dental offices. We understand the importance of good relations between orthodontists and local dentist. We are working together to provide our patients with the healthiest and happiest smile possible.

Sharing an UNCOMMON Goal

Open communication and good relations are essential for the success of our mutual goal, to provide every patient with the best care possible. That is why Faith works  so hard to answers any questions you might have, and provide a link between our practices.

We believe that providing a personal representative is an UNCOMMON way for us to keep in touch with our dental colleagues and ensure the best patient care possible. That's the UNCOMMON difference!

Does Faith visit your office? Contact us today to get on the list!