Orthodontics

Premier Orthodontic Solutions In Tinley Park And Orland Park, IL

Dr. Thomas Sonneveld knows the difference straight teeth can make in a patient’s appearance and teeth functionality. Orthodontic treatment acts as both a smile makeover tool and a self-confidence booster. Dr. Sonneveld and his passionate team utilize the latest in orthodontic technology to provide patients of all ages the opportunity to experience the benefits of perfectly aligned teeth, including:

  • A great smile will impact social and professional opportunities.
  • Properly aligned teeth will help with biting and chewing.
  • Straight teeth positively affect proper speech.

Orthodontics utilizes our body’s ability to naturally remodel its own tissue through light and constant force of orthodontic appliances to gently reshape bones and move teeth into their ideal position. Continue reading to learn more about orthodontics.

Fix Your Bite Problem With Orthodontics

To correct bite problems, teeth need to be moved. Because teeth aren’t permanently fixed in their supporting bone and held in place by a structure, called the periodontal ligament, moving teeth into their ideal place through orthodontic treatment is possible. Orthodontic treatment can resolve a number of common problems, such as:

  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Excessive overbite
  • Open-bite
  • Crowding
  • Excessive spacing

This force applied to teeth through the metal arch wires that run through the small brackets attached to the teeth can fix improper bites and misalignments.

orthodontic-problems-thumb.jpgOrthodontics For Children And Adults

Bite problems can become evident as early as the age of 7. Childhood is an ideal time to implement orthodontic treatment and take advantage of your child’s natural growth process to help move the teeth into proper alignment. However, healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Tooth-colored ceramic braces, clear aligners and invisible lingual braces have made orthodontic appliances less evident to the naked eye, making orthodontic treatment for adults more appealing and practical for their active and professional lives.

 

 

metal.pngTypes Of Orthodontic Appliances

Traditional braces consist of lightweight, metal brackets bonded to your teeth with a special adhesive that are connected by a thin arch-wire. Over the years, orthodontic technology has evolved. Today, there are various types of braces available, which are either fixed or removable.

 

 

 

ceramic.pngCeramic Braces

Clear, ceramic braces are like traditional braces in functionality and are available as an alternative to metal braces. The clear brackets are made of a tooth-colored ceramic material that makes this treatment hardly visible to the naked eye. Like metal braces, these ceramic brackets are attached to the teeth with a special bonding material and are connected by a slim arch wire as well.

 

 

clear.pngInvisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign is an alternative to fixed orthodontic appliances. This treatment consists of a series of removable, clear, plastic aligners that fit over your teeth like mouthguards but are invisible to the naked eye. Each aligner is made uniquely for your specific treatment plan and is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next aligner. Treatment time with Invisalign is typically shorter than treatment time for fixed appliances.

Retention And Post Orthodontic Care

Teeth naturally tend to drift back to their original locations. Therefore, it is extremely important to wear a retainer once you complete your orthodontic treatment so you don’t undo all your hard work. Retainers hold your teeth in their new positions long enough for new bone and ligament to re-form around them. Wearing a retainer, as directed, helps to keep your smile looking good for a lifetime.

Contact Our Orland Park, IL Orthodontic Office

Thank you or choosing the office of Thomas C. Sonneveld in Orland Park, IL for your orthodontic needs. Contact us at our office if you have any questions regarding orthodontic treatment or if you would like to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!