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.

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Oral Hygiene Recall Program

At Uncommon Orthodontics, exceptional patient care is important to us. You may expect something a little “outside the box” from us to ensure our patients get the very best care possible. With that in mind, we will be providing a very unusual approach for patient care, something so uncommon that, as far as we know, is unique to us!

If you are a current patient with Uncommon Orthodontics, during the months of February and March your family dentist will receive our annual “Hygiene Recall Letter” from us. It contains your contact information and a place for your dentist to respond about your current hygiene checkups.

Partnering with your dentist

This may seem like an uncommon practice for an orthodontic office to provide, but as your dentist knows, it is crucial to the health of your smile. You see, sometimes patients confuse their orthodontic visits with their dental exams and begin “skipping” their biannual hygiene appointments. And while we always hold high standards for brushing excellence, we do not provide routine dental exams at each appointment.

For the healthiest smile possible, you need the expertise of your dentist to make certain little routine issues do not become big problems! By interacting with your current dentist, we are doing our part to ensure that when those braces finally come off, the teeth underneath will be vibrant and healthy so you can proudly show off that smile we’ve all been working so hard to see!

The annual recall letter is just another example of how we go “above and beyond” to serve you and ensure you receive the very best care we can offer. Your dentist, hygienist and your friends at Uncommon Orthodontics care about your smile and we happily partner together to make sure you are well served.

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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.