Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic misalignment not only affects your appearance and confidence, but it also has a negative impact on your oral health and function.

Straight teeth support proper dental function and are easier to clean. Orthodontics can optimize your bite and move your teeth into alignment.

Dr. John Goodman offers clear aligner orthodontic treatment at our Kansas City, MO, dental practice.

How Do Clear Aligners Work?

Clear aligners use a series of smooth aligner trays instead of metal wires and brackets to gently guide your teeth into alignment. A set of trays is worn for about two to four weeks before you switch to the next set. Just like with traditional braces, your doctor will monitor your progress to help you achieve the best results. 

Schedule an Orthodontic Consultation Today

If you are concerned about the appearance or health of your smile, consider scheduling a complimentary consultation at our Kansas City, MO, dental office. Dr. John Goodman has over two decades of experience and our state-of-the-art office is equipped to address virtually any dental need. We accept CareCredit® financing to help patients receive the care they deserve with a payment plan they can afford.

Dr. Goodman can provide clear aligner orthodontic care for the majority of our patients. When necessary, he can also refer you to an orthodontist for further consultation and treatment with braces. Dr. Goodman works alongside several orthodontists to provide top-tier care for our patients.

To learn more about orthodontics or any of the services offered at our Kansas City practice, contact us online anytime. You can also reach us by phone:

Call Us: (816) 842-8585

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Transforming Smiles Transforming Lives

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Before Orthodontic Treatment
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After Orthodontic Treatment
Our patient received orthodontic treatment as a teenager but experienced misalignment over the years due to wisdom teeth crowding and not regularly wearing a retainer. With a combination of orthodontic treatment and veneers, Dr. Goodman was able to realign the patient's smile in just four months.

Concerned About the Cost of Your Orthodontic Treatment?

Because every patient is different, it is impossible to provide an accurate quote without an initial consultation at our Kansas City dental office. However, we do not want financial barriers to prevent patients from receiving care. Here is how we help:


Our practice accepts most dental insurance plans to help reduce the cost of your treatment. We will verify your insurance coverage before treatment begins so you can accurately budget for any out-of-pocket costs.


CareCredit Financing

Do you not have insurance or need help with costs not covered by your plan? Our Kansas City practice accepts CareCredit®. This allows patients to finance the cost of their treatment and break it into affordable monthly payments.

Am I a Good Candidate for Orthodontics?

Clear aligner orthodontic systems such as Invisalign can produce beautiful smiles, but they are not for everyone. Treatment at our Kansas City office can improve your health and appearance, but candidacy requirements include:

You Can Commit to Treatment

For clear aligners to be effective, patients must be committed to wearing the trays for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours per day. To ensure compliance, it is recommended that you only remove the trays to eat and maintain oral hygiene.

Mild to Moderate Alignment Issues

Continuing advances in dental technology allow more patients to qualify for clear aligner orthodontics, but severe cases such as rotated teeth, large gaps, and severe malocclusion may require traditional orthodontic options such as braces.

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Common Orthodontic Issues

Clear aligner treatment can address a number of orthodontic conditions. There are several instances in which our Kansas City, MO, dentist may recommend orthodontics. Some of the most common orthodontic conditions include:


If the upper jaw is too large, or if the lower jaw is too small, it can cause a deep bite, also known as an overbite. This condition is characterized by front teeth that overlap the lower teeth.

a closeup of an underbite


Often caused by an underdeveloped upper jaw or an overdeveloped lower jaw, an underbite causes the lower teeth to jut out in front of the upper teeth.

closeup of a crossbite


A crossbite is a condition characterized by horizontal misalignment. This can occur when the uppers overlap the lowers on one side, but the lowers overlap the uppers on the other.

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Open Bites

When the front teeth do not come together when biting down on the back teeth, it is referred to as an open bite. This is often caused by childhood habits, such as prolonged bottle use.

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Teeth that are crowded or overlapped can be difficult to clean, leading to issues like decay and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment realigns your teeth so brushing and flossing become easier.

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Twisted or Rotated Teeth

Twisted or rotated teeth can interfere with proper bite function and have a negative impact on your appearance. With orthodontics, we can straighten your smile, restoring function and oral health.

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Gapped Teeth

If there are gaps and spaces in your smile, it can affect oral functions like chewing and speaking. Orthodontic treatment can treat gapped teeth and improve your overall oral health.

Ready to Achieve a Beautiful Smile? Call Us to Get Started

Orthodontic treatment can provide a host of benefits to both the function and appearance of your smile. Clear aligners like Invisalign can discreetly straighten your teeth so you can experience the smile you have always dreamed of without the hassle of braces. 

Wondering if clear aligners can help you? Get started by requesting a consultation today. Use our online form or call our practice in Kansas City, MO, to get started. 

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What Is the Treatment Process Like?

To determine if you are a candidate for clear orthodontic aligners, Dr. Goodman will conduct a comprehensive consultation at our Kansas City practice. During this visit, he assesses the health of your teeth and gums and checks your bite. If you qualify for treatment, here are the steps you can expect:
We use the latest digital intraoral scanners to create impressions. What does this mean for you? No messy or bad-tasting impression material.
We use the latest digital intraoral scanners to create impressions. What does this mean for you? No messy or bad-tasting impression material.

Dental Impressions

Dr. Goodman uses a digital handheld wand to capture an impression of your bite. This eliminates the need for messy and bad-tasting impression materials.

Fabrication of Aligners

Your digital impressions are then uploaded to our computer software and sent to a dental lab. A technician creates your clear aligners according to the specifications provided by Dr. Goodman.

First Try-On

When your clear aligners have been fabricated, they will be shipped to our Kansas City office. Dr. Goodman will help you try on your first set of aligners and give you instructions on wear.

Active Treatment

For clear aligners to work properly, they must be worn consistently during the treatment period. Be advised that the trays should only be removed during meals and when brushing or flossing.


You will visit our Kansas City office every four to six weeks. This allows your dentist to monitor your treatment to ensure the best results possible. It is important that you attend these visits.


When your teeth have shifted into their desired positions, a retainer must be worn to maintain your results. There are several options available, which our Kansas City team can discuss with you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontic Treatment

Q. Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

A. No. There may be some mild discomfort while you adjust to your clear aligners, but it should not be painful. If your symptoms are not easily managed at home or if your aligners are causing irritation, please contact our dental practice so we can address your needs promptly. 

Q. Shouldn't I see an orthodontist for my treatment?

A. Not necessarily! While an orthodontist specializes in orthodontic treatment, our doctor is trained in comprehensive dentistry. This means you can see Dr. Goodman for all your dental needs and you do not have to visit an orthodontist and a dentist for a full scope of treatment. If you have a particularly complex case, we can refer you to a trusted specialist.

Q. Can my child undergo clear aligner treatment?

A. There is no minimum age for clear aligner treatment like Invisalign. However, your child must be responsible enough to wear and maintain the aligner trays for the best results. Your doctor will discuss these considerations with you to determine if clear aligners or braces are best for your child. 

Q. How long does orthodontic treatment take?

A. This will depend on the severity of your concerns. Mild issues can sometimes be resolved in as little as 12 months with clear aligner treatment. More extensive issues may take up to 24 months. The average treatment is about 18 months. 

Q. Are there dietary restrictions with clear aligners?

A. No. One of the main benefits of clear aligner treatment like Invisalign is that there are no dietary restrictions like there are with braces. Patients just need to remove the aligner trays before eating and put them back in when they are done. 

Q. How long do I wear the aligner trays each day?

A. To avoid an overly lengthy treatment timeline, it is recommended that patients wear their aligner trays for about 20-22 hours a day. It is best to only remove them when you eat or to clean your teeth and the trays. If you cannot commit to wearing them for the recommended time, traditional braces may be a better option for you. 

Q. Is there a difference between Invisalign and the clear aligners your dentistry practice offers?

A. No. Invisalign is simply a brand of clear aligners. 

Q. Do I have to wear a retainer once my orthodontic treatment is complete?

A. Yes. Our doctor suggests wearing a retainer at night after your orthodontic treatment. This will help maintain your results for years to come and prevent your teeth from shifting out of place. 

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Dr. John Goodman has more than two decades of experience serving the community of Kansas City, MO. He offers a comprehensive range of services to address all types of dental problems, and he accepts CareCredit® financing to make treatment as accessible as possible. 

To request a consultation, please fill out our online form or call us at (816) 842-8585.

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