I fully believe that a smile can make all the difference for someone. Whether that means a kind smile, a confident smile or a ginormous, joyful smile, a day full of big smiles is a happy day, and wouldn’t it be nice if every day was nothing but toothy smiles? I’ve noticed, however, that if someone isn’t confident or comfortable with their smile, they tend to hold back, and no one should hold back on showing their joy. Closed mouth smiles are usually because the teeth behind the lips may not look the way the person would like them to be. Whether they’re crowded or spaced apart, there are ways to shift them. Our teeth help us in so many ways – more ways than I think we realize. When you hear the word “braces” you probably cringe, but don’t! Show those teeth some love and find your smile with the help of Dr. Clayton Owen at Owen Orthodontics.
Dr. Owen, located in Cabot, is hands-down the best at what he does. His practice is available for all ages. From the age of 7 to 75, he can hook you up with the smile of your dreams. Hunter, Savvy and myself have all gone to Dr. Owen for braces and Invisalign, and we are the happier for it. He and his staff are always so kind. On the topic of smiles, there are only happy faces in his office which really makes a difference when you go in.
He uses state-of-the-art equipment and stays up-to-date with modern methods and products for his patients. “We do everything from metal braces to clear braces to Invisalign to any kind of treatment in today’s climate. I like to let the patient pick what they would feel more comfortable in and what fits in with their daily lives,” Dr. Owen says. He really does listen to his patients and understands their needs. “Some people choose the aesthetic approach and others want to do standard metal braces with colors, so we make work for whatever they want.”
Invisalign is not limited to one clientele or age group, it’s for all if that’s what you or your children are interested in. When Invisalign first started, all the advertisements showed adults on the go popping in their trays, but there are now Invisalign sizes for all. “There is Invisalign First for kids aged seven to ten that is made for kids that have not gotten all their permanent teeth in yet,” Dr. Owen says. Metal braces may not be preferable to some kids because of rubber bands, the wires poking, and all that fun stuff. So this option for Invisalign First is great to have, so long as you believe your child can remember to put in their tray. “I tell this to all age groups that use Invisalign: You have to put in your tray or you will not see results,” Dr. Owen explains. “I have some patients that say they don’t want to have to remember to put in their trays so they would rather do standard metal braces.” His ultimate goal is to get a smile on his patients’ faces one way or another. “I tell them either way I’m going to give them a beautiful smile, so it’s up to them which way they want to get that smile.”
He’s been practicing at his office in Cabot since 2004, and he’s ready to keep on going until everyone in Arkansas is sporting a one of a kind smile. “Nobody has regretted getting their teeth aligned whether it was for a functional issue – a bite that was off or for cosmetic reasons. I think everyone is happy with a smile that makes them feel confident,” Dr. Owen shares. He says that this past year in the pandemic has sent more adults his way than ever before because close-ups on Zoom and other online video-calling sites showed them that they’re teeth could use a little bit of fixing. “If someone can feel more confident about their smile and how they carry themselves, it emanates in their personal life. I love when people get their braces taken off and can’t stop smiling,” he says with his own smile.
Dr. Owen and I go way back. I was pregnant with Savvy the same time his wife was pregnant with their sweet Eloise, lovingly nicknamed Wheezy. She was born with a severe congenital heart defect called HypoPlastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), but even after a few open-heart surgeries before the age of five, Wheezy was an active and competitive little girl that was always playing a sport or dancing – you couldn’t get that girl to slow down. In 2016, Wheezy went to be with Jesus after a series of pulmonary hemorrhages. Her conditions made Wheezy a “one of a kind” case just as her fiery spirit was one of a kind. The Owen family hosts “Walk for Wheezy” each year as a fundraiser for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The Owens are the sweetest family with compassionate hearts that translate from their personal lives into their work lives.
Dr. Owen wants to put smiles on faces in more ways than one. He whole-heartedly cares about his patients and their confidence, and he and his family continue to work toward making sure the children at ACH will grow up to have big smiles for years and years to come.