Calling All Secret Agents!

The Uncommon Kid's Club gets young patients excited about being a part of the Uncommon orthodontics family while helping them learn positive habits to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Sometimes when our “under 10” patients come in for their first appointment, parents and doctors agree to hold off on beginning treatment (too many baby teeth, too young, etc.), but the Uncommon Orthodontics team understands the importance of our young patients and wants to ensure these kids remain active members of the UNCOMMON family, and that is why these young patients are invited to join the UNCOMMON “Kids’ Club” and become Secret Agents!

When a young patient signs up for our kids club, they automatically become one of our Secret Agents, receiving a packet filled with missions, secret agent files, 3 Kids’ Club referral cards for their friends, a unique “Kids Club Disguise “ tee-shirt and more! And when parent's sign the consent form, kids can  earn additional prizes for completing their missions and sharing their adventures on social media! Our staff favorite activity is the finger-printing for the “Secret Agent ID Card.”

At Uncommon Orthodontics, our “patients-in-waiting” are very important to us and we are excited to offer the Kids’ Club program. The Kid's Club is specially designed engage our young patient's imaginations and get them excited about being part of the Uncommon Orthodontics family while gently helping them develop positive habits to maintain healthy teeth and gums and ensuring they have the strong foundation they need to get the most out of their orthodontic care.

Contact us today for more information, or to schedule an appointment! The staff at Uncommon Orthodontics is excited to work with you and your family, and we look forward to welcoming you to our UNCOMMON family.

Click HERE  to read about our finace options and payment plans!

A 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.

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.

Meet Samantha at Uncommon Orthodontics

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.

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.

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!

“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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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!