Dr. Hiller to Transition patients in El Dorado, AR to Dr. Kirchhoff

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Local orthodontist Dr. Bryan Hiller announced on Monday that Dr. Shanon T. Kirchhoff has joined the Westrock Orthodontics team.

Dr. Hiller will be transitioning his patients to Dr. Kirchhoff’s care throughout the next several months.

During this transition, all current patients of Dr. Hiller’s will continue to be treated by Dr. Hiller along with Dr. Kirchhoff. As a result, Dr. Hiller’s patients will not see a change in their custom treatment plans.

The addition of Dr. Kirchhoff will allow Westrock to see patients two days a week, giving patients access to more appointment times.

Dr. Kirchhoff was born and raised in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

He attended Southeast Missouri State University and earned his Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and Biology. He then went on to Dental School at University of Missouri in Kansas City, where he also completed his Orthodontic residency.

Dr. Kirchhoff is interested in all aspects of orthodontics, but particularly enjoys working with patients whose bite requires a little extra care.

“I have always wanted to be a dentist. As a sixth grader, I loved looking at the instruments and playing with them,” said Dr. Kirchhoff. “Later, I discovered orthodontics. Being able to create spectacular smiles is a truly marvelous gift to have. I am blessed.”

In addition to creating beautiful smiles in the community, Dr. Kirchhoff also looks forward to exploring his newfound home of El Dorado.

Westrock Orthodontics is a group of private practitioners that have banded together to provide the highest quality care possible through peer review as well as the sharing of ideas, techniques, management skills and doctor-to-doctor consultation.

Westrock Orthodontics is a part of Rock Dental Brands.

To read the article from its source, please visit the El Dorado News-Times article published here.

Dr. Bryan Hiller Named Arkansas Business’ 40 Under 40

Dr. Bryan Hiller followed in his father’s footsteps and became an orthodontist. After graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia, Hiller, 37, practiced with his dad in New Hampshire. But the relentless snow proved too much for Hiller, and he moved to Arkansas in 2010.

In 2012, he started buying dental practices in southern Missouri and central Arkansas with his business partner, Dr. Mark Dake, also an orthodontist. The practices’ names were changed in 2015 to Westrock Orthodontics.

“What we were setting out to do is focus on patient treatment and efficient processes in our office,” Hiller said. “And we started to see that we could replicate our model.”

Hiller and Dake began partnering with other orthodontists, pediatric dentists and oral surgeons.

Hiller and Dake founded Rock Dental Brands in 2015. It now has about eight owners and 20 doctors in the group, said Hiller, who is the president of company.

Rock Dental also has offices under the names Leap Kids Pediatric Dental and Impact Oral Surgery. Hiller has helped grow the group to more than 30 locations in Arkansas and Missouri.

Hiller also partners with the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation, which provides free braces to 11- to 18-year-olds.

Hiller said his guiding principle is to always do the right thing. “We really try to put the patient first,” he said.

To read the article from its source, please visit the Arkansas Business article published here.

Dr. Hiller interviewed by Savvy Magazine in Little Rock, AR

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If a pediatric dentist creates positive experiences in the beginning, amazing dental groundwork can be set both physically and mentally for the child. In a perfect world, a parent will begin taking their child to the pediatric dentist around age 1, and continue to schedule visits twice a year after, all the while enforcing healthy dental hygiene practices at home. When a child reaches age 7, the first adult molars and some of the lower incisors will begin coming in, and then a parent and pediatric dentist must make the vital decision on if an orthodontist is needed.

“The most common age for kids to begin navigating the need for braces is age 7,” said Dr. Bryan Hiller, orthodontic specialist at Westrock Orthodontics. “This is a great age because their adult molars are coming in. There are so many things that can be done when children are younger to help intervene and make sure corrections don’t get too dramatic later on in life.” When a skilled pediatric dentist can recognize early on when a child needs to see an orthodontist, the corrections can begin earlier and end up saving a lot of time.

“Parents will sometimes say that as young as 9, their children are aware of dental imperfections, sometimes due to other children pointing it out,” Hiller said. Making these corrections early can help boost a child’s self-esteem, especially if the issues can be addressed before they enter their teenage years.

While any kid or teen will groan at the idea of getting braces, there are many options available today to make orthodontic correction a breeze. “When choosing what correction to use, ceramic and metal brackets are still the overwhelming patient preference. They both treat the same type of mouth collusion, and the technology has gotten so much better,” Hiller said.

Invisalign, which hit the market in 2000, consists of clear aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that are worn over the teeth to subtly and gently move them. It is growing in popularity, and can be used when the severity of the correction is minimal.

“If you’ve got intervention early on, your ability to use Invisalign is much greater. However, the thing with Invisalign is it’s great that you can take it out, but it’s also terrible that you can take it out, and it must be worn 95 percent of the time,” Hiller said. He’s found that, surprisingly, teens will keep up with it better if being allowed to use Invisalign is viewed as a reward option. Adults seem to have trouble remembering to wear the device.

Correction doesn’t end when the braces come off. Post-braces care almost always involves either a permanent or removable retainer. Permanent retainers offer guaranteed placement and a no-loss factor, but they also provide a space for plaque to build. If your child opts for the permanent retainer, there will be a need to place extra focus on hygiene. “It would be nice if I could follow kids around all day long and tell them to wear their retainer, but we obviously can’t do that, and parents can’t either, so we advocate for permanent retainers,” Hiller said.

No matter what age, you want your kids to have a healthy smile to allow them to be a happier and healthier person, and you must start with a good pediatric dentist to achieve this. “The best part about my job is that it doesn’t feel like a job. Having the ability to make an impact in another’s life is a such a privilege.”

To read the article from its source, please visit the Savvy Magazine article published here.

Open for Business: Westrock Orthodontics in Springfield

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Westrock Orthodontics moved its Springfield practice March 16 to 2800 S. Fremont Ave. from 1320 E. Kingsley St. after buying out the practice of Dr. Farhad Moshiri in January. Drs. AnnaKate Tatum and Mark Dake run the Springfield office, and Westrock comprises 21 offices in Missouri and Arkansas. Tatum said the Springfield clinic offers complimentary orthodontic exams, and specializes in temporomandibular joint disorder treatment. She said the company uses Damon-brand metal and ceramic braces and is a provider of Invisalign braces. Westrock spokeswoman Olivia Geels said the new 3,500 square foot building was designed by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, the general contractor was Canyon Construction LLC, and Warren & Goodin Engineers-Architects PC was project engineer. The estimated construction cost was $850,000, according to a city building permit. Westrock employs 160 systemwide, with six full- and two part-time employees in Springfield.

To read the article from its source, please visit the Springfield Business Journal article published here.