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

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!

2018 Fees

A Message From Uncommon

2018 is now in full swing and Uncommon Orthodontics has been holding the line for you! That is, we've continued to offer 2017 fees for as long into 2018 as we can. Uncommon Orthodontics is excited to announce we will continue to hold fees at the 2017 rates through May 2018. But you need to hurry! To lock in the 2017 fees, contracts must be signed by May 31, 2018, AND patients must start their treatment by the end of August. This means new patients must have signed their contract by the designated date, and started treatment by August 31st 2018 to lock in their guaranteed lowest rates!

Please note that there will be an increase in fees this year, so now is the time to get started on that new smile! Whether you are a new patient or one who has delayed starting, we encourage you to plan that new smile into your budget now!


Whether you’ve never been to our office or are a long time member of the Uncommon Family, you should know that we are CONSTANTLY working to make your new smile attainable and affordable. That is why at Uncommon Orthodontics we always offer our ZERO down payments, ZERO interest; ZERO financing fees, and ZERO credit check standards, because at Uncommon Orthodontics, affordable braces are the cornerstone of our UNCOMMON financial protocol.

We promise that even after the necessary modest increase; the team at Uncommon Orthodontics will continue to work our very hardest to make your new smile possible, Joplin! Regardless of your financial situation, Uncommon Orthodontics believes that you deserve a beautiful smile, and we promise to continue to work our very hardest to provide that for our community.

In addition to our flexible policies and low fees, we also offer a very generous referral program for patients who recommend Uncommon Orthodontics to their friends and family!

Contact us today for more information or to schedule your free consultation! Call today to lock in your lowest rates before they are gone forever!

New Year and UNCOMMON News

Looking back on 2017, we can say simply that it was a year of change at Uncommon Orthodontics. We appreciate every patient, parent and referring dentist, along with the entire Joplin community, for continuing to support our practice and be a part of the Uncommon Family during this time of transition and change.

With the New Year comes a new set of changes. We are so excited to announce the next chapter in our uncommon journey and share our New Year’s News! We are welcoming THREE new doctors to the Uncommon Orthodontics team! 

Welcome Dr. Dake, Dr. Field and Dr. Sharp to the Uncommon Family!

This team of experienced doctors has come together to provide patients with stable and specialized care while also bringing the UNCOMMON guarantee of overseeing the individual care of each patient.

What to Expect

We are confident that this dynamic team of doctors provides the senior clinical leadership and conservative approach to orthodontics that align with the vision and passion Dr. P. had for Uncommon. Their progressive approach to orthodontics, as well as their conservative philosophy of non-extraction and arch development, align with the vision of Uncommon Orthodontics.

What we are bringing to 2018: a competent and passionate doctor team that will work daily to continue Dr. P’s legacy through their dedication to excellence and continuation of care for the office and the Joplin community.

What Won’t Change?

Joplin’s UNCOMMON spirit and Dr. P’s unparalleled passion is still the heart and soul of Uncommon Orthodontics.

Uncommon Orthodontics remains committed to the vision and legacy of Dr. P. In 2018 we will continue to offer every patient the same opportunity for an UNCOMMONLY beautiful smile through our low fees, (including no down payment, no interest, and low monthly payments) an office that is open 5 days a week to serve your needs, and UNCOMMONLY great service.

Thank you, Joplin

Thank you Joplin for reaching out to us and embracing us as a part of the community. Our heart is in the Joplin community, and the team at Uncommon Orthodontics is blessed to have a New Year to continue providing the opportunity and affordability of UNCOMMON Smiles to everyone. We continue to move forward with Dr. P’s dream of providing Uncommon Care for the community, and we are very excited to usher in the next chapter of our UNCOMMON journey.

sweet deal

A Sweet Deal

Check out this delicious offer: share your #UncommonSmile with a friend and you both get a sweet reward from Uncommon Orthodontics!

Our Sweet Deal referral program is an opportunity to share your uncommon smile with a friend. So how does it work? It’s easy! Share our referral card, attached to a bag of candy, with a friend who is in need of orthodontic care. When your friend comes in to Uncommon Orthodontics with their Sweet Deals referral card, they will receive a FREE consultation, FREE records and a FREE shirt! And what are you getting out of this Sweet Deal? A FREE month’s payment when your friend signs up! Now doesn’t that sound like a delicious opportunity? Call or stop by the office to get started today!

We Want You to Smile

We Want You to Smile!

Where has the time gone? Another year has passed and once again we all find ourselves in the midst of tax season. That means that for many people, mailboxes and bank accounts are beginning to see those tax refunds. Yippee! A tax refund can feel like a much needed gift, bonus or jackpot win… whether a small or large amount, you suddenly have a bump in your budget, and an opportunity to invest in your future!

Before you go off and spend that extra cash, stop and consider our uncommonly brilliant idea for your 2017 tax returns. Use it to get that dazzling smile you’ve always wanted!

Just like using your insurance coverage to decrease your monthly payments, you can use your tax refund [and possibly health insurance coverage] to make your monthly orthodontic payments more affordable. To help you out even more, we are offering 2016 pricing for all patients who get their new smile started before April 2017! That means that those of you who put off braces last year can still get your new smile for 2016 prices… a $388 saving!

As always, our policy is ZERO down payment, ZERO interest, ZERO financing fees and ZERO credit check and we promise that will not change. While we never ask for a down payment, using your tax refund to reduce your monthly payments (especially when combining that with insurance payments) is a smart way to stretch your budget AND have the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always wanted! Call us today: 417-625-1114 to schedule your appointment! Don’t put it off any longer, make 2017 the year you get that smile you’ve been longing to have!

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