Orthodontics in Kansas City, MO

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry focused on correcting irregularities of the teeth and jaw, especially in how they align and fit together. There are several orthodontic treatment options available, and our team will make certain that you receive the one that is right for your personal needs.

Through orthodontics, we can correct teeth that are:

  • Misaligned
  • Crowded
  • Gapped and spaced

We can also correct problems with the alignment of the bite, including overbite, underbite, open bite, and crossbite. Orthodontic treatment is now faster, more comfortable, and more effective than in years past, making now a great time to straighten your smile.

While many patients think of orthodontics as an effective way to improve the aesthetics of their smile, orthodontic treatment can also be very beneficial to your oral health and function. Correctly aligned teeth are generally at a lower risk for dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease, and orthodontics can also make it easier for you to chew, eat, and speak properly.

We understand how important your smile is to both your appearance and confidence, so we offer orthodontic treatments to help get your teeth straight again. When you visit with our dentist, Dr. William D. Ledford, he can go over the options you have for aligning yours or your children’s teeth. For more about orthodontics, please call Blue Stream Dental today at 816-569-9787!


ClearCorrect™ is a modern orthodontic treatment solution that uses clear aligners to correct the alignment of your teeth. ClearCorrect clear aligners are custom created using advanced computer technology. Each set of aligners is specifically designed to make precise, calibrated changes to the alignment of your teeth. As you switch sets of aligners every few weeks, your smile will be gradually guided to its ideal position. You will also visit Dr. Ledford on a regular basis so we can make certain that your clear braces are correctly adjusting your smile.

We may recommend ClearCorrect clear braces for your smile if you are looking to correct teeth that are crooked, crowded, or gapped. ClearCorrect aligners make orthodontic treatment simple; the aligners are easily removable, so you can remove them to eat, floss, and brush your teeth. This makes it simple to maintain good oral hygiene while straightening your teeth. Since ClearCorrect invisible braces are made from smooth, transparent plastic, they are both comfortable and discreet. To see if ClearCorrect would benefit you or your child, call us today at 816-569-9787 to schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. William D. Ledford.

MTM Clear Aligner

Do you want a virtually undetectable way to straighten your teeth in less than a fraction of the time it takes with traditional braces? At Blue Stream Dental, we are pleased to offer MTM® Clear•Aligners to correct slight misalignments and that advance your teeth into an optimal position.

There are several advantages to this clear aligner, which include:

  • Less time and cost
  • Virtually invisible
  • More comfortable
  • Less risk of cavities, due to difficulty with cleaning
  • No metal
  • Individually customized to fit right

You may wonder if you are a good fit with the MTM Clear Aligner. If you are dealing with conditions that may hamper your ability to smile well or chew properly, you may benefit from a clear aligner.

These conditions are:

  • Crowding – not enough space between teeth, which results in teeth overlapping
  • Gaps in your smile or spacing – a condition where there is too much space between teeth, which can affect chewing
  • Tipping – occurs when teeth tilt at an inward or outward angle, or lean forward or backward; this can cause other teeth to incorrectly shift, resulting in crowding and an improper or “off” bite.
  • Rotation – happens when teeth are turned clockwise or counterclockwise, which can lead to tooth decay
  • Intrusion/extrusion – an issue that results in teeth sitting too high or too low, causing an increase in tooth decay and poor oral hygiene
  • Midline discrepancy – results in the center of the upper and lower teeth not being aligned, which can be an indication of an improper bite, leading to pain

Of course, when you speak with Dr. Ledford, he can determine if this appliance is the best fit for you. Contact us today at 816-569-9787 to set up your appointment. We look forward to your call!


If you suffer from headaches, jaw pain, or migraines, you may want to give Blue Stream Dental a call today! We offer a revolutionary product called TRUDental, which is a comprehensive system that assists dentists in treating a variety of orofacial disorders by adjusting the way your teeth bite together. A number of issues, such as extensive or poor dental work and physical trauma from sports or car accidents, can cause misalignment of the jaw and teeth. Since your jaw exerts a tremendous amount of force, any type of change in the way it moves can cause future imbalances that result in chronic pain in the jaw and the nerve networks of the face, head, and neck.

TRUDental, an advanced system, takes a rehabilitative approach and is only used by trained professionals, including our dentist, Dr. Ledford. Treatment time varies, but most of the rehabilitation process takes about eight treatments and is individualized for each case. What is great about TruDental, is there is no poking, prodding, or scraping; only technology that includes ultrasounds, microcurrents, and cold laser therapies.

To learn more about the TruDental services we offer, contact our office at 816-569-9787 and set up an appointment today!

Six Month Smiles

Traditional braces have led the way to new advances in orthodontics, which results in faster treatment time, as well as less cost, less discomfort, and less pain. Best of all, the Six Month Smiles® clear aligner is completely metal-free! We are proud to offer this aligner at Blue Stream Dental, and Dr. Ledford can discuss with you its benefits, and whether it is right for you.

Six Month Smiles® short-term braces are a great option for quickly straightening your teeth. Six Month Smiles can give you a straight, beautiful smile in just a few months – the average treatment time is only six months, whereas the treatment time with traditional braces is generally 18-30 months. This orthodontic process uses tried-and-true techniques with a modern twist to give you excellent results in less time. Your orthodontic treatment time is shorter, and the process is more comfortable and hygienic, so your smile will stay healthy.

Six Month Smiles is not only fast; it is also discreet. Six Month Smiles is available with clear brackets and tooth-colored wires that are barely visible in your mouth. This means that most people will not even notice that you are wearing braces, and your teeth will be straighter in less time. In addition, Six Month Smiles is very affordable and typically costs less than traditional braces, dental veneers, or clear aligner therapy. Short-term braces are a great choice for our patients who are interested in a more efficient way to gain a straighter smile, and Dr. Ledford will help you make certain this is a good treatment for your smile. If you would like to learn more about Six Month Smiles, please contact us today.