What is Two-Phase Orthodontics?

Every patient in Paola, KS is completely different, and their orthodontic treatment should be as well. At H2Orthodontics, our primary goal is to help our patients achieve beautiful and functional smiles, easily, comfortably, and successfully. One of the ways we do this for some patients is through two-phase treatment. But what is two-phase treatment? What are its benefits? Is it right for you? H2Orthodontics will answer all these questions, below.

What is Two-Phase Treatment?

Two-Phase Treatment in Paola, KS is an orthodontic approach that allows patients to get straighter, better smiles, earlier on and with less complexity. It does so by breaking the treatment into 3 sections: phase I treatment, a resting period, and phase II.

Phase I, also sometimes referred to as early intervention, begins in childhood, and is meant to alter the jaw and mouth. During Phase I, children typically ranging 7-10 years old, undergo minor orthodontic treatments that help to eliminate any bite problems, correct jaw misalignments, and create a better environment for the adult teeth later on. Dr. Harman will provide Phase I patients with expanders, removable appliances (similar to retainers), or braces, to get the desired result.

Then, H2Orthodontics recommends a resting period, during which the adult teeth erupt. Throughout this time, patients in Paola, KS should continue to visit the H2Orthodontics office for checkups, and begin planning the Phase II orthodontic treatment.

Phase II often begins between the ages of 11-13, and is the final stage of orthodontics in Paola, KS. During Phase II, Dr. Harman puts traditional metal braces, Invisalign, or another kind of braces on the teeth to realign the new adult teeth, and complete the correction of any remaining bite problems. This phase is short, and is meant to make final, minor adjustments to the new teeth, solidifying the proper positions and achieving the desired results.

What are the benefits of Two-Phase Treatment?

The goal of Two-Phase treatment is to reduce the complexity of treatment required later on. In other words, by creating a better environment for the adult teeth in Phase I, the steps needed to complete treatment in Phase II will be much less complex, require less time, and be more convenient for patients in Paola, KS. Two-phase orthodontics often eliminates the need for extractions and other potentially painful procedures, and Dr. Harman says that two-phase treatment could open up the option of Invisalign or other appliances that may not have originally been suitable for some cases. Additionally, patients who get two-phase treatment from H2Orthodontics spend only a small time in the final phases, as opposed to patients who elect only to undergo treatment with braces in Paola, KS once.

Is my child a good candidate for Two-Phase Treatment?

Two-Phase treatment is not for everyone, however many patients in Paola, KS may find this to be the best orthodontic approach for them. Dr. Harman would be happy to set up an appointment with you and your child to determine if Two-Phase treatment is right for his or her specific case. To learn more about how Two-phase treatment works, and how it could work to your child’s benefit, Contact H2Orthodontics at (913)782-7223.


Learn the Parts of Your Braces in Stillwell, KS

You can’t be a Heavy Metal musician if you don’t know anything about the electric guitar right? Well the same goes for the cool heavy metal in your mouth. Learn the different parts of braces and how they all come together to give you the perfect smile with Dr. Heidi Harman and her orthodontic team at H2Orthodontics near Stillwell, KS.

Archwire: The main wire that acts as a track to guide the teeth along with the use of pressure. The archwire is shaped specifically to fit around the arch of each tooth and into the bracket slots, and it’s changed periodically throughout treatment as teeth move to their new positions.

Band: A thin ring of metal, usually stainless steel, which is fitted tightly around the molar and sometimes premolars and sealed in position using dental cement that contains fluoride to prevent any decalcification during treatment. The band provides a way to attach the brackets to the tooth

Bracket: A small attachment that is secured to the tooth (most often, cemented directly onto the tooth’s surface, eliminating the need for a band) for the purpose of holding the archwire against each tooth. The archwire fits into a slot in the bracket. Brackets can be fabricated from metal, ceramic or plastic.

Coil Spring: Fits between brackets and over archwire to open space between teeth.

Elastic (rubber band): Used to move the teeth in prescribed direction (commonly connected to the molar band and upper ball hook).

Elastic Tie: A tiny rubber ring that ties the archwire into the bracket. Found in numerous colors for better appearance.

Headgear Tube: Round, hollow attachment on the back molar bands. The inner bow of the headgear fits into it.

Hook: Small welded or removable attachments on the brackets used to attach elastics (rubber bands).

Loop in Archwire: Frequently used for closing space left by an extraction. Many archwires don’t have a loop.

Tie Wire: Fine wire that is twisted around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

If you know anyone near Stillwell, KS that’s interested in braces have them contact H2Orthodontics at 913.782.7223 or stop by one of our 3 locations to see if braces is right for them. As for you, Dr. Harman will see you at your next visit, until then, keep rocking out with the biggest smile! Contact us if you have any other questions or concerns. 

It’s Never Too Late to Straighten Your Teeth

The discouraging connotation surrounding braces that implies that they’re solely for kids and teens has kept the idea of adult orthodontic treatment on the outskirts of many adult’s minds in Overland Park, KS. Invisalign®, however, is becoming increasingly popular within the adult demographic, and at H2Orthodontics we encourage adult orthodontic treatment.

Here are a few key points to keep in mind in preparing for orthodontic treatment:

1. If you have sensitive teeth, Sensodyne is a great toothpaste to help desensitize your teeth.

2. It is encouraged to practice excellent oral hygiene to prepare your gums for orthodontic treatment. Ask Dr. Heidi Harman for suggestions during your initial consultation.

3. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but this feeling will go away and become more natural.

4. Chewing may also be difficult and consumption of certain foods may be impossible at first, but unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® treatment is designed for you to be able to remove during meals and to brush and floss. Ask Dr. Harman for a list of foods to avoid during those first few weeks as well.

5. Your brushing routine may need to be amped up a bit or altered to fit into your schedule.

There are many benefits that come with Invisalign® including improved self-esteem and better dental health, and thanks to Invisalign®, you can straighten your teeth invisibly. Contact Dr. Harman at 913.782.7223 or visit H2Orthodontics when and if you are in the Overland Park, KS area to start your journey with Invisalign®

3 Things That Set Us Apart From Other Orthodontists

For some, looking for an orthodontist in the Overland Park, KS area can be a tough decision for there are many orthodontists in the area offering the same services that we do here at H2Orthodontics. We also understand that you may need to make sure that H2Orthodontics is the right orthodontic practice for you before scheduling an appointment with Dr. Heidi Harman, so here’s a few things that set us apart from other orthodontic practices in the area:

1. When looking for an orthodontist one should reach out to friends, colleagues and people whose recommendation you trust. Patients compliment us all the time, and patients who are referred to us say our reputation in the community is what brings people in! Stop by H2Orthodontics in the Overland Park, KS area to experience the great customer service provided here for yourself.

2. Financing orthodontic treatment is a concern for many patients and most insurance companies have a strict list of providers that are in your coverage network. H2Orthodontics works with several insurance providers and offers affordable payment plans, even for popular treatments like Invisalign® and Invisalign® Teen!

3. It’s always encouraged to look up an orthodontist’s credentials, i.e., their degrees and training before you make your first appointment. Visit our office to learn about Dr. Harman’s educational and professional success!

Does that narrow your decision? Contact Dr. Harman TODAY at 913.782.7223. You won’t regret it!

Brushing up on Dental Care Basics

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 enough time to do a thorough job.

Use the proper equipment. We at Harman Orthodontics recommend using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Electric/battery-operated toothbrushes reduce plaque and the chance of gum disease more than does manual brushing, and these devices are helpful if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.

Practice good techniques. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle — aiming the bristles toward the area where your tooth meets your gum. Again Dr. Harman reminds patients that keeping the area where your teeth meet your gums clean can prevent gum disease. Also, don’t forget to gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue, with short back-and-forth motions.

Keep your equipment clean. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing. Dr. Harman  also stresses that you store your toothbrush in an upright position, if possible, and allow it to air-dry until using it again. Toothbrush Tip: don’t routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers, it can encourage the growth of bacteria.

Know when to replace your toothbrush. Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

Follow these basic tips daily and keep up with your appointments to Harman Orthodontics and you’ll have the best smile in town! Call Dr. Harman TODAY at 913.782.7223, if you’ve missed or need to schedule an appointment.