It’s Never Too Late
for a Confident Smile

At Moon Orthodontics, we offer treatments to suit every age and every stage. You’re never too old to reap the benefits of a stellar smile.

An increasing number of adults in Olathe and Overland Park are seeking orthodontic treatment to boost their confidence and improve their oral health.

FAQs About Adult Orthodontics

What are the benefits of adult orthodontic treatment?

Not only can you straighten your teeth and improve your outer-appearance, but orthodontic treatment can also be good for your overall health. Straight teeth are easier to clean, which keeps tooth decay and gum disease at bay.

Fixing your bite can also prevent tooth loss, headaches, jaw pain and issues with chewing and speaking. When you’ve spent years feeling self-conscious about your teeth, orthodontic treatment can give you confidence and pride that will change your life.

What happens if oral issues are left untreated?

Believe it or not, your teeth don’t stop moving in adolescence. Teeth that seemed straight and aligned in youth could have shifted later in life. This can lead to jaw pain, trouble brushing, or a smile you’re unhappy with.

If you leave misaligned teeth untreated, you may end up with other dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. You may also notice difficulty chewing or abnormal wear on the surface of your teeth.

What options are available for my smile?

If you’ve been cringing at the thought of metal braces, we have great news! While today’s metal braces are a huge improvement from the ones you may remember, we have other choices as well to suit your needs and lifestyle. Adults are usually good candidates for more aesthetic options, including Invisalign, clear braces, and Damon brackets.

Why is orthodontic treatment important for adults?

  • Improves aesthetics for a better smile and facial appearance
  • Improves function of teeth
  • Improves self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improves oral health
  • Can help prevent or improve periodontal problems
  • Can help prevent or reduce further bone loss around teeth
  • Improves ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth

Why choose an orthodontist instead of clear aligners you can order from the internet?

Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. Dr. Moon received an additional three full years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth.

Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). You’ll feel at ease allowing our skilled orthodontic experts to carefully oversee your treatment every step of the way.

We’ll take X-rays of your teeth and work hand-in-hand with your dentist to know the intricacies of your smile and ensure that you receive the best possible result in your treatment. This will give you the promise of much better results in the end!

Does orthodontic treatment work for adults?

Absolutely! Healthy teeth can be moved at any age.

Many orthodontic problems can be corrected as easily for adults as for children. Orthodontic forces move teeth in the same way for both adults and children.

Do my appliances have to show?

Many options are available today to minimize the appearance of braces. Today’s braces are smaller and sleeker, and some are next-to-invisible. Dr. Moon can advise you about options that will fit your particular needs.

These options allow you to have flexibility and discretion during your treatment:

Invisalign: You can simply pop your clear plastic aligners in and out as needed meaning brushing, flossing and eating are no big deal. Plus, you’ll get to straighten your teeth without anyone even knowing!

Clear braces: We use translucent brackets made from a ceramic-porcelain material that doesn’t stain. You’ll get the straightening power of metal braces, but inconspicuously.

Damon brackets: if you opt for the metal Damon brackets, people can still see them. However, the brackets are smaller and no elastic or steel ties are necessary. If you choose Damon Clear, they’re even less visible. These self-ligating braces can significantly reduce treatment time and your number of visits.

Will orthodontic treatment fit my lifestyle?

You can do almost anything during orthodontic treatment – sing, play a musical instrument, dine out, kiss, and even have your picture taken.

Some adjustments may be necessary. But, if you’re like the vast majority of adult patients, you’ll adjust quickly. New techniques and materials have made wearing braces more comfortable and convenient than ever.

Am I a good fit for orthodontic treatment?

During your consultation, Dr. Moon can determine if you’ll benefit from treatment.

After carefully analyzing your needed correction, Dr. Moon will recommend the best treatment to improve your smile, including the different types of braces that are best for you.

I’m missing some teeth. Can orthodontic treatment improve my bite?

Orthodontic treatment can create or hold space to replace missing teeth.

Dr. Moon will work with your dentist or dental specialist. They’ll provide bridges or implants so you can achieve the best result.

I’ve been treated for gum disease. Can my teeth be straightened?

Dr. Moon will consult with your dentist and/or periodontist about the health of your gums.

If you’re a candidate for orthodontic treatment, you’ll continue regular supervision with your dentist and periodontist. In many cases, tooth alignment can improve the health of the gums.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on many factors, including the severity of the problem, its complexity and length of treatment. Dr. Moon will be glad to discuss the cost with you before treatment begins.

You’ll find that braces are more affordable today than ever. We offer a variety of convenient payment plans and accept many dental insurance plans that include orthodontic benefits.

Get Started Today

If you’re ready to start your journey towards a healthier smile, our team is here for you! Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Moon and we can help you find the treatment that fits your smile.