Quality Orthodontic Care in Sedalia & Kansas City, MO

Young African American boy wearing a red shirt and braces.At Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves to take genuine pride in their smile – and our mission is to help our patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile through convenient orthodontic treatment. As a leading orthodontic practice serving the Sedalia and greater Kansas City, MO area, we're proud to provide a range of convenient orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign. We work hard to customize treatment to suit the unique needs and lifestyle of each individual patient, and no matter what orthodontic condition you may be dealing with, we'll correct it and set you on the road to a lifetime of beautiful smiles.

Common Orthodontic Problems

While we can treat even the most severe orthodontic cases at our office, most of the conditions we see fall into a range of common problems or malocclusions, also called "bad bites". We have over 30 years experience with every issue on this list, and we can correct them all with a convenient form of orthodontic treatment.


This is a condition where the lower jaw extends out too far forward, causing the lower front teeth to sit outside the upper front teeth. This can cause functional and aesthetic problems with the smile and may also cause jaw problems.


The opposite of underbite, this is where the upper jaw extends too far forward past the lower jaw. This can cause problems with bite function and aesthetic problems. In extreme cases, the lower jaw may actually bite into the roof of the mouth.


Spacing issues occur when there's too much room in the dental arch, creating gaps between the teeth. This may have functional implications or may be a purely cosmetic issue.


Crowding occurs when there isn't enough room in the dental arch to accommodate all the teeth, causing teeth to grow in crooked and out of alignment. We can often treat spacing through expansion and avoid tooth removal, although if spacing issues are caused by wisdom teeth, we'll usually recommend removing them.


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

Open Bite

Open bite is a condition characterized by a gap between the upper and lower front teeth, such that they don't overlap when the mouth is closed. Open bite can impact appearance, bite function, and cause speech problems. Open bite is commonly caused by prolonged thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.

Mismatched Dental Midlines

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

Schedule a Consultation with Your Kansas City, MO Orthodontist

If you think you may be suffering from one or more of the problems on this list, don't worry – they're all easily treatable. Through orthodontic treatments like Invisalign and traditional braces, we can correct any of the problems above and help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that'll last a lifetime. Contact us today if you want to learn more about how orthodontic treatment can help you, 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!