Meet Invisalign, The Top Orthodontic Treatment


Invisalign is rapidly becoming the most desired orthodontic treatment near Brookside, MO. Invisalign’s clear, virtually invisible aligners and ability to remove the trays make it much more popular than traditional metal braces which are seen as unattractive by many patients. Luckily, for those prospective orthodontic patients interested in Invisalign, Dr. Heidi Harman of H2O Orthodontics is extremely experienced in providing orthodontic treatment with Invisalign near Brookside, MO. To better understand what makes Invisalign so popular, Dr. Harman and the H2O Orthodontics team have asked a few of our patients what they believe are the top benefits of Invisalign is!

Before diving into the benefits, it is important for you to know exactly what Invisalign is. The treatment consists of a series of clear plastic aligners which are created to gradually move your teeth into the desired place in a gentle and virtually invisible manner. Using advanced 3-D technology, Dr. Harman is often able to predetermine your treatment plan and show you the results you will achieve at the end of treatment, before you even begin! Now, here are four benefits of getting Invisalign according to some of our amazing patients at H2O Orthodontics!

  1. Virtually Invisible: Because Invisalign is made out of a thermoplastic material, it is almost invisible. One of our friends at H2O Orthodontics says that this appeals to many patients because you will be the only one who knows you have anything in your mouth that is adjusting your teeth and improving your smile. There will also be no uncomfortable and unsightly traditional metal braces on your teeth!
  2. Completely Removable: Unlike traditional metal braces which are in your mouth 24/7 during orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is completely removable and can be taken out whenever you want. This means that there are no restrictions on your diet. Patients with traditional metal braces cannot eat foods which are extremely sticky or hard. Those with Invisalign, however, do not have to change their diet because Invisalign aligners need to be taken out every time they eat. It is also easier to brush your teeth and keep your mouth sparkling clean with Invisalign because you can take them out of your mouth and brush your teeth as you would normally without any orthodontic appliances. Although they are removable, that does not mean they can stay out of your mouth for long periods of time. Dr. Harman recommends that Invisalign aligners be in the patient’s mouth for at least 22 hours a day, only being taken out for meals, brushing, and flossing.
  3. Faster Treatment Time: Patients with Invisalign usually experience a shorter orthodontic treatment time than those with traditional metal braces. However, each treatment plan depends on the individual patient and how much work they need to have done. Most patients with Invisalign have it for a year or a year and a half while patients with braces usually have them on for a year and a half or two years.
  4. Less Pain than Traditional Metal Braces: Patients with Invisalign usually experience a lot less pain than those with traditional metal braces. This is because there is no metal and no possibility of having wires or brackets break and scratch the inside of your mouth. Dr. Harman says the most pain experienced with Invisalign is when aligners are changed every two weeks however, this is only small discomfort and typically disappears after the first 12 hours of changing sets.

Invisalign treatment can help you achieve stunning results through your very own, customized treatment plan. Dr. Heidi Harman and the team can help you to get the straight, confident smile you’ve always hoped for without the pain and hassle of traditional metal braces. For more information about Invisalign or to make an appointment please visit H2O Orthodontics near Brookside, MO or call us today at (913) 782-7223!


Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist near Brookside, MO

Many people suffer from crooked, misaligned, discolored, or even painful teeth. We have good news for those who have struggled with the appearance of their crooked smile, and some of the health implications that it may bring.

There’s no better way to get started than a complimentary consultation with Heidi Harman Orthodontics. During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Heidi Harman will address your questions, concerns, and outline a treatment plan that will best suit your specific case. 

 We would like for you to feel prepared and in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind when you come into our orthodontist office near Brookside, MO

1. If my goal is to have a straighter and healthier smile, what kinds of treatment options do I have? Could any of the alternatives to traditional metal braces be right for me? – Asking this is important   because it helps Dr. Heidi Harman get an idea of your goals, and helps her to help you decide which treatment options will work to help you accomplish your goals.

2. What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will it take? – It is always a good idea to ask a question like this to ensure that your orthodontic treatment will fit comfortably and   conveniently into your schedule.

3. Can I expect any pain when getting braces? – This is a common concern, and one that you should bring up if it is worrying you. The staff Heidi Harman Orthodontics will explain exactly what to expect, and can reassure you that any discomfort will be short and minimal.

4. What determines how long I have to wear braces? – This is another very common concern. The length of treatment will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation, we can evaluate your   teeth and jaw alignment to determine the correct course and length of treatment.

5. How will braces affect my lifestyle; the foods I can eat; and the activities I can do? – While it is inevitable that you will need to make certain changes to your lifestyle and dietary habits, you will likely  find that you just need to make a few changes to your daily routine to have a successful outcome with your orthodontic treatment. We will discuss any of these changes during your complimentary consultation so that you’ll be prepared by the time your treatment with braces begins.

Other important questions you may want to ask include:

  • Who will be involved in the orthodontic treatment that I receive?
  • Whom can I expect to see during my adjustment visits?
  • What will my orthodontic work cost? 
  • What is the “average” cost and what could be the maximum? (Make sure you are clear about what your insurance covers, who contacts the insurance company for preauthorization, who files the insurance forms, and what flexibility there is to pay the remaining amount not covered!)

Your initial orthodontic consultation is just the first step towards that perfect smile that awaits you. Going in with the right questions will help you to understand the entire process and prepare you to do your part for your orthodontic experience. Be sure to bring a list of your questions! To schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Heidi Harman, please call (913) 782-7223 or visit our Orthodontic office near Brookside, MO.



Halloween Candy Tips for Children with Braces in Edgarton, KS

Halloween is a favorite holiday among children due to the festive games, imaginative costumes, and candy. Modern celebrations stem from a combination of traditions from Pagan and Christian traditions throughout the centuries. The original holiday was called Samhain and derived from the ancient Druids of Ireland. In their belief system, November 1st marked the beginning of winter, and Pagans began their Samhain celebrations at sunset on October 31st.

Modern Celebrations of Halloween

Children and adults love dressing up for Halloween, and this tradition comes from the ancient belief in spirits. From sunset on October 31st until sunrise on November 1st, the souls of the dead entered the physical world. Some spirits were benevolent and wanted only to cross over to the afterlife while others harbored malicious intents of revenge and trickery. Pagans wore masks and disguised themselves so that the malevolent souls would mistake them as fellow spirits.

Families left food and ale outside of their doors to appease the spirits. With the rise of Christianity in Europe, the church encouraged its members to offer food and money to beggars. In exchange, the beggars would agree to pray for the family’s deceased loved ones. Eventually these traditions led to the development of today’s customs where children dressed up and received candy from their neighbors while circling the community.

Teeth-Friendly Treats

With all of the excitement and free candy on Halloween, it is easy to get carried away on a sugar high. Parents warn their children not to eat too many pieces in one night to avoid tummy aches and cavities. Our team at Harman Orthodontics especially wants to remind children with braces to be extra cautious about the treats they eat because some varieties can get stuck in between the brackets and damage the devices. Sticky candy, such as caramels, fruit chews, and gum should be avoided when wearing braces. Children can trade with their friends and siblings to get only safe candies. The following list offers some alternative treats that children with braces in Edgarton, KS can safely enjoy.

  • Solid chocolate, including milk, white, or dark
  • Nougat-filled candy bars, such as Three Musketeers
  • Candy-coated chocolates like M&Ms
  • Powdery candy, such as Sweet Tarts or Pixie Stix
  • Mint-flavored candy
  • Malted milk balls
  • Peanut butter crackers or cookies

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!