Adults seek orthodontic care for various reasons, often including worn teeth, missing teeth, bone loss, TMJ pain and gingival recession. Due to the complex nature of their oral conditions, treating each patient in private rooms with personalized care is recommended. The goal for adult patients is to achieve ideal function, characterized by a stable condylar position with adequate anterior and canine guidance and even pressure during closure. Establishing a clear goal and final vision — referred to as creating a blueprint — is essential for effective communication between the patient and the entire oral care team, which may include restorative dentists, dental specialists, oral surgeons and physical therapists.

For many adults, the decision to pursue orthodontic treatment later in life is fueled by the realization that it is not merely about cosmetic enhancement. Braces can prevent a host of dental problems and reduce the need for extensive dental work down the line. Dr. Taera Kim, an advocate for adult orthodontics, emphasizes the goal of achieving optimal functionality of the teeth and jaw joint. She advocates for a collaborative approach to treatment planning, where patients are encouraged to share their vision and goals, thereby playing an active role in the journey towards a healthier, more beautiful smile.

Orthodontic treatments in adulthood are not a one-size-fits-all solution. They are highly personalized, taking into account the patient’s unique desires and needs to ensure a successful outcome. The foundation of any treatment involves addressing underlying issues within the oral system to ensure that the aesthetics built upon this foundation are not only beautiful but also sustainable.

The benefits of adult orthodontics extend far beyond enhancing your appearance, contributing to:

  • A healthier mouth – orthodontics make it easier to clean teeth thoroughly and maintain gum health.
  • Alleviating pain associated with bade bites – orthodontic care realigns the teeth to distribute pressure evenly.
  • Reduced treatment time due to advancements in orthodontic technology.
  • Many treatment options for your convenience, including low-maintenance, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing options, making the investment in braces more appealing and accessible than ever before.

Today, adults considering orthodontic treatment have a wide array of options at their disposal. Some of the most popular options include:

Our orthodontist takes an individualized approach to your treatment plan which enhances your experience as well as contributing to the long-term success and satisfaction with your treatment outcome, affirming the belief that it is never too late to invest in a healthier, more confident smile.

We invite you to contact Metro West Orthodontics & Periodontics today at 402-614-7022 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kim and learn more about adult orthodontics in La Vista, Nebraska!