Whitlock Orthodontics - Springdale & Fort Smith, AR

3 Ways to Know if Invisalign is Right For Your Teen

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At my orthodontic practice, offering clear aligners is an important treatment option for patients, especially teenagers. When indicated by a trained orthodontist, Invisalign, the leading clear aligner brand, can provide teens with the beautiful straight teeth they’ve always wanted — without braces. A consultation with an orthodontist is the only way to know for sure […]

What is SureSmile and How Does It Improve My Orthodontic Treatment?

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Your orthodontic treatment may look like brackets and wires from far away, but a closer look tells a different story. Those same wires and brackets change the look of your smile as well as the time it takes to achieve it. SureSmile also looks like brackets and wires that your friends and family used to […]

Protect Your Kid From a Bad Night’s Sleep

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Does your child seem drowsy during the day? Does he or she snore or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? They could have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – a chronic condition where breathing stops periodically during sleep because soft tissue is relaxing and obstructing the airway. These periodic stops can happen as […]

Get Paid For An “A” Grade

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BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON IS IN FULL SWING! And with the ringing of the school bells comes new friends, new classes, and new opportunities to learn. We know how much you care about your student’s education, so we want to help give them a little extra motivation to do well on that first big test! […]

April marks National Facial Protection Month

With spring here, many children, teens and adults will once again pick up the ball, bring the bat out of seasonal retirement, and lace up their cleats to hit the fields for the return of spring sports! April, which is only a few days away, is National Facial Protection Month, and during this time, we […]

Can you believe that it is already spring?!

Wouldn’t you believe it, it’s already springtime! The spring months, however, bring an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it’s important that you take some special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard is advised for […]

Patient question: “What is malocclusion?”

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This is a question we hear all the time. Malocclusion, or what we call having a “bad bite,” is the improper alignment of teeth and/or jaws. When your teeth and jaws are not properly aligned, it may impact your bite, the ability to properly care for your teeth, your gum tissue health and even your […]

What’s On Your Mind?

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By now, you’re probably familiar with our blog-writing process: Each week, we write about important orthodontic topics and your well-being, including the treatments we proudly offer. This week, though, we thought we’d step back and ask you, our amazing patients: what’s on your mind? What would you like to know about the always-changing and exciting […]

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

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Each February for the past 63 years, our friends at the American Dental Association have sponsored National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health at a young age, and especially during your orthodontic treatment. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular visits with your dentist—even while […]

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