Sensitive Teeth
08/24/2018
As a trusted Kansas City children’s orthodontist, Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics proudly offers a variety of orthodontic treatments, from metal and ceramic braces to Invisalign — we do it all! However, we also realize it’s not just important to have a beautiful smile you love — we want to help you keep that confident smile healthy, too! But, according to one nation-wide study, there is a common dental pain affecting nearly 50% of the American population — tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is a sharp, often sudden pain experienced when a tooth is exposed to certain outside stimuli. However, before we discuss treatment for sensitive teeth, let’s first understand what causes teeth to become sensitive.
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Can I Get Invisalign from My Dentist?
07/09/2018
At Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we take pride in helping patients of all ages throughout the Sedalia & Kansas City, MO communities achieve healthier smiles through quality orthodontic care. While braces are the most popular treatment we offer, more and more patients are choosing the convenience of Invisalign. If you're considering straightening your teeth with Invisalign, you probably know that you can get it from an orthodontist – but can you get Invisalign from a dentist? And what's the difference between Invisalign from a dentist vs. an orthodontist?
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Braces-Friendly Recipes for the Summer
07/04/2018
Summer is here, and that's certainly something to smile about! If you're heading into the summer season with braces, you can still enjoy all the activities and pastimes that iconify summertime – but when it comes to diet, you'll have to be careful. While it may be tempting to bite into a juicy apple or crunch corn on the cob, these foods – and many more – are dangerous for braces. At Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we want all of our Kansas City and Sedalia patients to enjoy summer no matter what orthodontic treatment they're getting, so here are our recommendations on the tastiest braces-friendly summer recipes!
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Dr. Kurt Kavanaugh is a Proud Partner of Smiles Change Lives
10/20/2017
At Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we believe in providing more than orthodontic services to patients in Kansas City & Sedalia, MO. We are passionate about being involved in local charities and giving back to our community. That’s why Dr. Kurt Kavanaugh is partnered with Smiles Change Lives, a program through which he provides braces and other orthodontic treatments to children who would not otherwise have access to it.
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Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics Participates in the 2017 CCVI Trolley Run
05/01/2017
On April 30th, 2017, Dr. Kurt Kavanaugh and many members of his staff took part in the CCVI Trolley Run. The Trolley Run is the largest timed four-mile races in the country, and all proceeds from the race go directly to critical programming at the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. As the father of a child who is deaf and blind, this cause is particularly important to Dr. Kurt Kavanaugh, and his support of the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired has been ongoing for many years.
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Hygiene Tips for Braces
02/03/2017
At Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we aim to give each and every patient in Kansas City & Sedalia the opportunity of achieving the beautiful smile that they deserve. We aim to accomplish this through our high-quality orthodontic treatments, including many types of braces. However, attaining a great smile requires more than just orthodontic treatment – it requires a constant commitment to oral hygiene. If you happen to be wearing braces, here are some proper oral hygiene tips we suggest to keep your mouth as healthy as it can be.
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Tips for a Tear-Free Orthodontic Visit
01/25/2017
At Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we have years of experience working with children in Kansas City, Sedalia, and the surrounding areas. Whether your child needs an early evaluation or it’s time for a routine appointment for their braces, we've developed the skills and knowledge to make almost every visit to our office a pleasant experience for all involved. As a parent, though, there are things you can do to help - so here are our biggest tips for making sure your next visit with us is tear-free and full of smiles!
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New Year's Resolutions for Your Smile
12/27/2016
It's finally closing in on the end of 2016, and we know many of our patients are starting their lists of New Year's Resolutions to better themselves in the coming year. We're sure many patients will include important things like exercising regularly, eating better, and cleaning up the house a little more – but in 2017, why not show your teeth some New Year's love? Here are a few New Year's Resolutions that will help you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile and make 2017 the best year yet for your teeth!
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How to Have a Braces-Friendly Holiday Season
12/16/2016
At Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we strive to be your premier choice when you’re looking for a Kansas City or Sedalia, MO orthodontist. Along with providing high quality orthodontic treatments such as braces and Invisalign, we also aim to be your source for orthodontic advice and knowledge throughout the entire treatment process. As Christmas is coming up, this brings a new set of challenges for those who normally enjoy the finer parts of the holiday – namely, the candy and delicious foods! Allow us to take the time to offer you some tips on how to get through the holiday without causing any damage to your braces.
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Braces-Friendly Recipes to Enjoy This Thanksgiving
11/17/2016
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we know that means many of our patients are looking forward to some much-deserved R&R;, time spent reconnecting with loved ones, and digging into the delicious foods we all love to enjoy during the Thanksgiving feast. For patients with braces, however, Thanksgiving can pose a major dilemma. Many of the foods we love to enjoy on Thanksgiving are hard, sticky, or full of sugars, all of which can damage braces and teeth. To help you celebrate this year's Thanksgiving without damaging your braces, we've put together a couple of Thanksgiving recipes that are sure to delight your tastebuds and keep your smile healthy!
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How To Eat Healthy
10/31/2016
If you fill your car with bad gasoline - maybe some that has somehow been mixed with a bit of water, dirt, or other foreign matter - you’ll probably have a good deal of trouble getting your car to travel down the road. The same is true of food that fuels your body. What you eat has a significant impact on your attitude, health, and well-being.
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When to See an Orthodontist Instead of a Dentist
09/07/2016
It is very important to take good care of your smile as your oral health has a direct impact on your overall, body health. While both orthodontists and dentists work to keep their patients' smiles healthy and attractive, there are distinct differences regarding the types of services these two dental professionals provide. If you have an problem with your teeth, it's important to know if you should call your orthodontist or a dentist to get the treatment you need.
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The Benefits of Straight Teeth
08/02/2016
Straight and properly aligned teeth provide us with aesthetically pleasing and beautiful smiles, but did you know that there is more to straight teeth than just looks? Good oral health can actually be beneficial to your overall health, as well! Our team at Kavanaugh Orthodontics has put together what we believe are the top ten benefits of straight teeth.
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What Causes Bad Breath?
04/04/2016
The doctors at Kavanaugh Orthodontics are proud to offer personalized, high quality orthodontics to patients of all ages.
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Can Cold Syrup Lead to Cavities?
12/10/2015
Winter is coming, and that means beautiful holiday decorations, hearty feasts, and lots of friends and family gatherings that we don’t what to be sick for.
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Braces Friendly Snacks and Packs
09/30/2015
School has been in session for over a month now, and you may have been stressing over whether the cafeteria is providing your child with enough braces-friendly choices.
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