Adult Treatment

adult-orthodontic-treatment.jpgAt the office of Dr. Thomas C. Sonneveld, D.D.S., we are committed to providing the utmost quality in orthodontic care in an environment that is easy-going, fun, and adapts to your needs. Dr. Sonneveld and our team of experienced orthodontic specialists will work with you to design a treatment plan that will allow you to achieve the smile of your dreams – all on your schedule.

It's Never Too Late for a Beautiful Smile

More and more adults these days are discovering how orthodontic care can impact their lives, and it isn't hard to see why. Far from the clunky metal braces of the past, today's orthodontic appliances are slim, comfortable, and discreet, giving adults more options when it comes to their treatment. Moreover, many adults are realizing that orthodontic care doesn't just mean a new smile – it means a new look, a new persona, and a newfound sense of confidence.

It really is true that there's no such thing as being too old for braces: healthy teeth can be moved at any age. However, orthodontic treatment is different for adults in two important aspects: first, the growth of the jaw is complete in adults, so changes to actual jaw structure can't be accomplished only through orthodontic appliances.

Second, periodontal (gum) disease is a more significant risk in adults then children, so keeping the gums healthy during care is vital. If gum tissues aren't maintained during treatment, bone loss can occur and weaken the long-term prognosis of your oral health. Because of this, any gum disease must be treated fully before orthodontic treatment can begin, and regular professional cleanings and good oral hygiene at home are vital for successful treatment.

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

All orthodontic appliances do essentially the same thing: by employing a light, constant force, they move teeth into proper alignment. However, the way in which this force is applied can vary greatly based on what appliance is used, and some of the newer, less visible orthodontic appliances have been designed to blend more easily into a professional adult lifestyle. There are several treatment options available to you:

metal-braces.jpgTraditional Metal Braces – Traditional metal braces are probably what come to mind when you think of braces. These consist of small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth with a thin wire running through, attached on either end to metal bands that go around a back molar.



clear-braces.jpgClear Braces – Clear braces are similar to traditional braces, but instead of metal brackets, they're made of a clear plastic or ceramic material. These braces are hardly visible save for the metal wire, but they are more susceptible to breakage than metal braces.



clear-aligners.jpgClear Aligners – Instead of wire and bracket braces, Invisalign clear aligners use clear plastic "trays" that fit over your teeth. Each tray is part of a series that move your teeth bit by bit until they reach ideal position, usually with one tray every two weeks. The trays are removable and can be easily taken out to brush, floss, eat, or drink.

After Treatment

Regardless of which appliance you choose, wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is crucial for the changes to last. Without a retainer to hold them in place long enough for new supporting bone to develop, teeth can drift back to their original positions, erasing all of your progress and hard work! Don't worry, though – we'll give you every instruction on how to properly care for and use your retainer once your treatment is finished.

Contact Your Orland Park, IL Orthodontist

If you have more questions about your orthodontic treatment options feel free to schedule an appointment using our easy online form or contact us at our Orland Park, IL practice. And remember – it’s never too late for a beautiful, healthy smile!


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