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    5 Tips To Keep Your Teeth Cavity Free!

    Oral health begins with clean teeth. Keeping the area where your teeth meet your gums clean can prevent gum disease, and keeping your tooth surfaces clean can help you avoid cavities. Dr. Heidi Harman of Harman Orthodontics offers the following tips to her patients in Overland Park, KS: Brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, don’t rush. Dr. Harman recommends brushing for two minutes twice a day, and more frequently if you have braces — take...

    How soon will my orthodontic treatment finish?

    Point-Counterpoint: How soon will my orthodontic treatment finish? By far the most frequently asked question in every orthodontic practice is, “When do I get my braces off?” In the fast-paced, busy lives of patients, there is little time to spend on lengthy orthodontic treatment. In the ever-advancing field of orthodontics, many barriers have been overcome, leading to healthier results and more beautiful smiles. Now, the focus is on reducing treatment time. There are many advantages of reducing the overall time...

    HELP! How does my child have another broken appliance?!?

    HELP! WHY DOES MY CHILD HAVE ANOTHER BROKEN APPLIANCE!?! We understand how frustrating this is for you as a parent because of the extra time out of your busy schedule spent to repair the braces; however it is also very frustrating for Dr. Harman and her team as well. The number one issue we face in our practice is broken appliances. We typically will see anywhere from 50 to 75 patients a day. It is our goal to limit the...

    Congratulations to the Lancer Dancers!

    Congratulations to the Shawnee Mission East Lancer Dancers!!! Taylor McCullough and the Lancer Dancer Team competed against hundreds of others in Orlando, FL last week and brought home the CHAMPIONSHIP in Large Varsity Jazz! The H2O Team couldn't be more proud!

    Wayside Waifs

    Dr. Harman has been a longtime, avid supporter of our local animal rescue providers. The animal-lovers on Team H2O have decided to hold an event to benefit Wayside Waifs and we need your Help! The goal of this event is to collect as many items from the Wayside Waifs “Needs List” as possible. For each item a patient brings in they are entitled to fill out an entry slip to win a Nintendo 3DS Handheld Gaming System! (That means if...

    Happy New Year!

    H2O welcomes the New Year with warm regards and wishes to you and your loved ones! The connections and relationships we have fostered with our "extended family" have been vast and rewarding. This not only includes you & yours, but also our involvement in many outside school and community events: Sponsoring the Blazers baseball team was so much fun! Sponsors of the 1st Annual Olathe East "Band Bowl-O-Thon"! We were proud to sponsor the Olathe Stars baseball team! Proud sponsors...

    The Braces of Today

    If you think the desire for straight teeth is a trapping of modern society, think again! Straight teeth have been on our minds a very long time! Extreme Makeovers may be new, but "braces" date as far back as ancient man! Early History According to the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists), archaeologists have discovered mummified remains with crude metal bands on individual teeth. And the first “orthodontists” used catgut rather than metal bands to slowly tighten and move misaligned teeth...

    Low Dose Digital X-Rays

    Dental x-rays are a necessary tool in diagnosing orthodontic problems and planning the right course of treatment to correct them. Without them, your orthodontist can only see about half of your tooth, and you wouldn’t want him/her making treatment recommendations based on only half of the information. There are many things not visible to the naked eye that can be seen with x-rays, including tooth caries (cavities), root tips/fragments, fractures, bone loss, pathology/cysts, impactions and so much more. At Heidi...

    SureSmile vs. Traditional Braces

    H2O Orthodontics is proud to offer SureSmile braces to our patients. There is no other orthodontic treatment which provides the accuracy of SureSmile. Your smile can be designed with great precision using this revolutionary treatment option. Better Treatment with SureSmile With SureSmile, 3-D technology is used to move teeth more efficiently and directly into their proper position. Your orthodontist does not have to manually bend wires one by one into position as the wires used are robotically bent to your...