Bracing for the Future: Bulleigh Orthodontics

Written by T.E. Cunningham  /  Photos by Jami Marshall

In 2005, Dr. Chad A. Bulleigh opened his first practice in Shawnee, Kansas. Today, Bulleigh Orthodontics proudly serves Johnson County with three locations—Shawnee, North Overland Park, and South Overland Park. Dr. Bulleigh brought on Dr. Kristen Sander in 2016 and together they created a shared vision: To enhance the lives of patients by creating beautiful smiles and improving facial aesthetics.


If visiting the dentist or orthodontist makes you nervous, Bulleigh Orthodontics is able to help. They offer free consultations in an inviting, warm atmosphere, which the team believes is a key point of difference from their competition. 

“I just had a patient tell us she went for multiple consultations, and the reason she chose our organization is we felt like ‘home’—from the front desk to assistants to the doctors, we make our patients feel important and special. We believe in creating and maintaining a culture of caring,” says Ashley Duxbury, who handles the company’s marketing.

Sommer Saunders, a customer of Bulleigh Orthodontics, says, “The entire team is fabulous! Some of the staff even knew me when I called. They did a fabulous job with my smile and my daughter’s smile. The team is very patient and understanding of what the client wants. I highly recommend them, and I will be returning for my two other children!”


Bulleigh Orthodontics is diligent about staying on top of emerging technology as well. For instance, the Invisalign process that straightens your teeth by using clear aligners recently received an upgrade in equipment: an I-tero scanner.

“The I-tero scanner provides 3-D computer graphics. Now there is no need for goopy, yucky impressions having to be made. This new machine makes the Invisalign process a breeze and our patients love it,” enthuses Duxbury.

The practice also tries to make a beautiful smile affordable to all. In addition to taking most insurance, they also offer financing with low monthly payments for those who need it.

Some people wonder when the right time is to see an orthodontist. Experts maintain that there is, in fact, an optimal time. According to The American Association of Orthodontists, the initial evaluation should occur as early as the age of seven or at the first sign of any orthodontic issue. Your dentist is also a good resource for making a recommendation to visit an orthodontist. 

Bulleigh Orthodontics offers treatment to individuals of all ages because it is never too late for a beautiful smile! The types of braces offered include:

  • Metal braces. The most common type of braces, these are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive than they used to be.

  • Clear braces. Clear ceramic braces are made of a translucent material and are popular among patients of all ages due to their cosmetic appeal. 

  • Gold braces. Bling it up with some metallic color! These braces are made of steel and coated with 24-karat gold. 

  • Damon braces. The Damon bracket utilizes sliding-door technology that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket and do not require the use of elastic or steel ties, thus creating greater comfort for the client. They can also reduce treatment time and the number of visits necessary to achieve success.

  • Invisalign. This type of treatment is a system of clear overlay templates, called aligners. The aligners are generated by computer simulation and gradually move the teeth. This system is a great choice for teens and adults, but can be implemented at any age.

The company’s commitment does not stop with its clients. The Bulleigh Orthodontics team also believes in supporting the community. For example, around Thanksgiving and Christmas the team collects donations for Shawnee Community Services, a local food pantry and free clothing resource serving the entire KC metro.

Recently the practice completed a fun promotion as well with the Girl Scouts of America. “We bought cookies from any Girls Scout Troops that wanted to stop by, and then the cookies were donated to first responders,” explains Duxbury.

Dr. Bulleigh also volunteers with many charitable and civic organizations, such as Smiles Change Lives Community Orthodontic Program, Operation Smile, the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce and the Dental Public Health Children Outreach Program.

Bulleigh Orthodontics •
Shawnee Office / 6804 Silverheel St., Shawnee, KS • 913.441.7321
Overland Park South Office / 14424 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS • 913.441.7321
Overland Park North Office / 8600 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS • 913.441.7321

Suzanne Steiner