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How to Floss With Braces
04/18/2018
You’re standing in front of the bathroom mirror, looking at your braces with your dental floss in hand, ready to go. The usual flossing technique you’re used to just doesn’t seem right, because of all those brackets on your teeth and that archwire running between them.
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The Benefits Of Having Straight Teeth
02/26/2018
On the surface, most people just think about having a straight smile in terms of looks. However, having straight teeth carries with it a myriad of benefits that are hard to notice just by looking at them, but are much more valuable than just having a nice looking set of teeth. At Sonneveld Orthodontics, crafting new healthy smiles is what we do best, helping countless patients from Orland Park, Oak Forest, and beyond get the smile of their dreams. While many of our patients come to us wanting a better looking smile, it’s our goal to help them achieve a healthier and more comfortable smile which we achieve through professional orthodontic care. Initially, patients often get a confidence boost when they see their new smile, but over time, they may start to notice the subtle differences in their overall well being. Here are some of the main benefits of having straight teeth beyond just improved appearance.
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Can I Play Sports with Braces?
12/19/2017
A question that we get asked here at Sonneveld Orthodontics is whether patients who just have had braces put on their teeth can still play sports. It’s true that there are certain precautions braces patients have to take if playing sports, though we’d never encourage someone to stop playing sports. Engaging in physical activity is an important part of maintaining a healthy body – especially for those who are of a younger age. Instead of avoiding sports for the time being, we’ve got a better idea – wear an orthodontic mouthguard when you’re going to play sports instead.
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Proper Brushing Techniques
12/19/2017
As your source of Oak Forest orthodontics, we at Sonneveld Orthodontics understand that the foundation of a healthy smile lies in proper brushing. If your smile isn’t healthy and free of advanced gum disease, orthodontic treatment may not even be recommended. That’s why we always try to promote proper brushing for all of our patients. In fact, we’d even be glad to give you advice on how to do so.
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The Differences Between Adult and Children’s Orthodontic Treatments
08/14/2017
When you’re looking for Oak Forest orthodontics, we at Sonneveld Orthodontics are here to go above and beyond in providing you the best orthodontic care around. We’re glad to provide quality orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages in our comfortable and family-friendly Oak Forest office. Whether you’re an adult or a child, you’re always welcome here at Sonneveld Orthodontics! While orthodontic treatment is suitable for patients of any age, there happen to be a few differences between adult and children’s orthodontic treatment.
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Do Direct to Consumer Braces Work?
06/22/2017
Increasingly, we are seeing companies cutting out the middle-man to help cut costs while still providing a great product. While this might work well with a product that doesn’t require an expert like a mattress, it may not be as easy with something involving your oral health. While direct to consumer braces may seem like a good idea with their promise of low pricing and fast treatment time, there’s more to orthodontic treatment than cost and time commitments.
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Why Choose Invisalign Teen
05/02/2017
If your child are getting ready to get braces as an adolescent, congratulations: getting braces for the first time is an exciting period, and it's the first step on the road towards a beautiful, lifelong smile. However, traditional metal braces - the orthodontic treatment that most people are familiar with – are no longer the only option for a healthier smile. Advances in orthodontic technology now let us at Sonneveld Orthodontics offer a variety of orthodontic treatment options to our patients, one of which is Invisalign Teen.
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Braces-Friendly Valentine’s Day Treats
02/14/2017
Valentine’s Day is today and that means there will be plenty of chocolates, candies, and treats around to be enjoyed. At Sonneveld Orthodontics, we know that some of our patients will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and will want to enjoy the treats that come with it. But Dr. Sonneveld has a word of caution for those undergoing orthodontic treatment. Not only will you have to look out for cupid’s arrow, but you’ll also have to watch out for treats that could damage your brackets and wires if you’re wearing braces.
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The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
12/01/2016
At Sonneveld Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile that they're proud of in any situation. Dr. Sonneveld and our highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work with every patient on an individual level, designing personalized treatment plans and utilizing the latest in cutting-edge orthodontic technology to ensure treatment is as effective, safe, and convenient as possible. For many patients, treatment will take place during adolescence or in adulthood - but for some, it's better to start with early orthodontic treatment.
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Happy Braces-Friendly Halloween
10/19/2016
We know many of our Orland Park area patients love to celebrate Halloween, a night of creative costumes, spooky tricks, and lots of sweet treats. Dr. Sonneveld and his team want you to enjoy all the delightfully ghoulish festivities of Halloween, all while protecting your orthodontic appliances amid all the treat eating. Those who wear braces have to take a few precautions, as we don’t want any of our patients to have a frightful experience with broken braces. As your Oak Forest area orthodontist, Sonneveld Orthodontics has put together this guide that will allow braces-wearers to happily haunt on Halloween night!
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Mouth Protection and Basketball
03/29/2016
The month of March is when many college students across the nation suit up to play basketball. For both the players that wear braces and the players that don’t, the team at Sonneveld Orthodontics would like to remind everyone of how important it is to wear protective mouth guards when playing basketball.
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Electric Toothbrushes vs. Regular Toothbrushes
12/02/2015
When you have braces on your teeth, food particles and bacteria can easily become wedged in and around the nooks and crannies making up your braces. This is why it's so important to brush and floss your teeth well while in orthodontic treatment. When it comes to the type of toothbrush you can use, you have two main choices: Electric or regular. Here are the pros and cons of both types of toothbrushes so you can decide which type is best for you.
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Packing Back to School Braces-Friendly Lunches
10/15/2015
Now that fall is here, it's back to school time once again! Our Orland Park orthodontist, Dr. Sonneveld and his team wishes all our school-aged patients good luck in the 2015-16 school year! When you had your braces put on, we told you how important it is to avoid eating certain foods that can damage or break your braces like hard, crunchy, sticky and gooey foods. To help you find foods that are delicious and easy to eat during your treatment, we'd like to offer some tips for those of you who carry your lunches to school.
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Should You Floss Before Or After Brushing Your Teeth?
08/04/2015
When you had braces placed on your teeth, our Orland Park and Tinley Park orthodontist and his team told you how important it is to maintain good oral hygiene while in treatment.
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Braces Vs. Invisalign – Helping You Choose
06/09/2015
Thanks to the many advances made in the world of orthodontics, people today have more choices than ever when it comes to braces.
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4 Things To Do This Weekend In Orland Park
04/02/2015
With Chicago so close by, it’s common for residents of surrounding cities like Orland Park to head to the Windy City when looking for exciting things to do. But did you know Orland Park itself has many fun-filled activities? Whether it’s mini golf or ice-skating, there are tons of things to do in Orland Park.
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How Can Adult Orthodontics Benefit You?
02/13/2015
Your oral health has a lot more to do with our overall physical and mental well-being than most adults realize. At Sonneveld Orthodontics, we believe that achieving a straighter, healthier smile does not have to be limited to children and teens.
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Braces-Friendly Holiday Bites
11/18/2014
With the abundance of treats to enjoy this holiday season, it can be difficult for those with braces to find tasty foods and snacks that are not harmful to their orthodontic progress. Luckily, there are some braces-friendly holiday recipes out there that are an easy crowd-pleaser for everyone at the party, braces or not. Our Orland Park, IL orthodontist, Dr. Thomas Sonneveld, and our staff put together a few holiday dishes that are delicious and easy to eat.
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