Quality Orthodontic Care in Sedalia & Kansas City, MO

Young African American boy wearing a red shirt and braces.Not only does orthodontic treatment help patients take greater pride in their smiles, but it also secures a future of good oral health and hygiene. The straighten your teeth, the easier they are to care for and maintain, and at Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we want to help our patients in the Sedalia and greater Kansas City, MO area achieve a healthy, beautiful smile through convenient orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign. Here are some of the common problems we frequently treat.

Common Orthodontic Problems

Orthodontic care at our office is recommended for everyone, and whether you are dealing with the mildest or the most severe issue you will benefit immensely from treatment. Our team has over 30 years of experience with every common problem on this list and more.

Underbite or Overbite

A patient with an underbite has a lower jaw that extends too far forward, causing the lower teeth to sit outside the upper front teeth. This disrupts the aesthetics of the face, can cause speech problems, affect chewing, and may cause jaw pain. An overbite is an opposite problem, where the upper jaw extends too far forward, either because of an overgrowth of the upper palate or a receded lower jaw. This causes problems with the appearance and function of the mouth, and In extreme cases, the lower jaw may bite into the roof of the mouth.

Spacing or Crowding

When there is too much room in a patient’s dental arch, the teeth have gaps in between them. This may affect the functioning of the teeth or be a purely cosmetic issue. Crowding occurs when there isn’t enough room in the dental arch, and the teeth are forced to come in crooked and misaligned. This can be treated with palatal expanders to avoid tooth removal.


In patients with a crossbite, some of the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth. This can cause tooth damage and wear over time, misaligned jaw growth, and problems with bite function.

Open Bite

Open bite is a condition where the front upper and lower teeth do not meet or overlap even when the mouth is closed. An open bite can impact appearance, bite function, and cause speech problems. It is commonly caused by prolonged thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.

Mismatched Midlines

This problem occurs when the back bite fails to align properly, impairing jaw growth and bite function.

Schedule a Consultation with us Today

If you or a loved one are suffering from one of the conditions listed above, don’t worry - they are all easily treatable. Through treatments like Invisalign and traditional braces, we can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that'll last a lifetime. Contact us today to learn more, and don't hesitate to schedule a consultation online if you're ready to get started. We're excited to help you improve your smile!