Adult orthodontics

Adult braces & orthodontics in Leawood

You’re never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment! According to the American Association of Orthodontists, approximately 1 in 4 orthodontic patients today are adults. With the confidence you gain from having a beautiful, straight, healthy smile, you can do anything.

Differences between kids and adult orthodontics

While orthodontists can move healthy teeth at any age, your jaws have finished growing and developing as an adult, so we can’t achieve changes in your existing jaw structure with orthodontic devices in the same way we can with children and teens who are still growing. In addition, gum disease (periodontal disease) is more common in adults than in children. If you’re an adult experiencing mild to severe gum disease, you must address it before beginning any orthodontic treatment.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Orthodontic treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution. The duration of treatment can vary depending on the specific orthodontic issues. In most cases, patients typically wear braces for a period ranging from 1 to 3 years. Once the initial treatment concludes, you must wear a retainer to maintain your newly aligned teeth, ensuring a lifetime of beautiful and healthy smiles.

Schedule a free consultation

Ready to learn more about braces for adults? Book a free consultation at Jeff Thompson Orthodontics in Leawood, Kansas. We’ll evaluate your needs and devise an orthodontic treatment plan to fit your budget and lifestyle.