Meet Your Wichita Orthodontists

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Dr. Ken Dillehay grew up in Carthage, TN and graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from the University of Mississippi, he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis, TN. A continuing interest in orthodontics compelled him to return to school, this time completing an orthodontic residency at the University of Tennessee, gaining a Master of Science degree. Upon graduation, Dr. Dillehay moved to Wichita and joined Dr. John Rogers and Dr. Terry Duncan at 460 North Terrace.

Dr. Dillehay is the orthodontic specialty examiner and a consultant for the Kansas Dental Board and has received numerous awards, recognition, and accolades throughout his career, including:

  • “Dentist of the Year” from the Wichita District Dental Society
  • ‘Dentist of the Year” from the Kansas Dental Association
  • An advocate of the Year from the American Student Dental Association
  • “Service above Self” award from the East Wichita Rotary Club
  • Professional Affiliations

Dr. Dillehay is also a Diplomate to the American Board of Orthodontics and is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the American Association of Craniofacial Pain. Additional affiliations include:

  • American Dental Association
  • Kansas Dental Association
  • Kansas Association of Orthodontists
  • Wichita District Dental Society, Past President
  • Southwestern Society of Orthodontists
  • University of Tennessee Alumni Board
Dr. JK and Patient

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 2006 from the University of Mississippi, Dr. J.K. Dillehay attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. spent four years training to be a dentist, earning his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2010. Following dental school, Dr. J.K. continued his education to become a specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. He was accepted to and attended the prestigious orthodontic program at the University of Tennessee, where he spent three years training to be an orthodontist, earning a Master of Science degree in 2013.

He is professionally affiliated with the following:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Southwest Society of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Kansas Dental Association
  • Wichita District Dental Society
  • Alumni Board for the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
  • American Academy of Craniofacial Pain

Dr. J.K. attends numerous continuing education courses throughout each year to ensure he provides his patients with the very best orthodontic care available, from interceptive orthodontic treatment and dentofacial orthopedics to disorders of the TMJ.

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Why an Orthodontist in Wichita? Orthodontist vs. Dentist: An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist.

Not every dentist is qualified to be an orthodontist, even though every orthodontist starts as a dentist. Dr. Ken Dillehay and Dr. J.K Dillehay, like all orthodontists, continued their education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. Dr. Ken Dillehay and Dr. J.K. Dillehay have spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth, as have all orthodontists. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the necessary treatment plan for you.

Why does it matter if you see your Wichita Orthodontist?

Dentists receive basic orthodontic training so they can perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treat young children who don’t need to see an orthodontist yet. Specialists, on the other hand, receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic issues.

Seeing a specialist like a Wichita orthodontist may change your braces experience by:

  • Providing more treatment options, with a variety of braces or therapies to choose from
  • Having personal experience treating multiple cases that are similar to your unique concerns and anatomical characteristics.
  • More efficient treatment and visits, because it’s the office’s main focus.
  • Knowing that you’ll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have worse than usual bite discrepancies that need to be dealt with
  • Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.

While you may think it’s easier to have your orthodontic work done by your dentist, convenience shouldn’t be a barrier to seeing a specialist. You will only be stopping by your Wichita orthodontic offices every six to eight weeks.

And don’t let price be a problem either! Dillehay Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Wichita area.

Testimonials from Wichita orthodontist patients

"My daughter was really concerned about getting braces and work done, but she is so happy every time we leave Dr. Dillehay's office. We enjoy entering the office since we are welcomed every time we walk in the door and we never have to wait long. The staff works with us in any situation, whether it is a missed appointment, a broken appliance, or just making sure everything is going the way it should. Beginning Phase-Two doesn't concern me at all. If necessary, we will use Dr. Dillehay for my son as well."

"They have an AWESOME staff. I love it every time I go in. I'm always informed of what they're doing. The procedures are easy and fast. They use the newest and fastest ways to install everything. I'm very glad that I go to this office."