Types of Braces

Here at Sonneveld Orthodontics, we realize that every patient has different orthodontic needs and desires. Because of this, we strive to offer different types of braces and orthodontic treatments so we can provide each of our patients in Orland Park, Oak Forest, and Tinley Park with a customized treatment plan that’s perfect for their needs. Dr. Thomas C. Sonneveld will be glad to discuss your orthodontic options with you and help you find the one that’s just the right fit.

girl-with-metal-braces.jpgMetal Braces

Traditional metal braces are still the most popular form of orthodontic treatment – and for good reason too! These braces provide a very effective, yet affordable treatment. They’re made from high-grade stainless steel and consist of metal bands that wrap around the molars and smaller brackets that are cemented to the fronts of the teeth. A thin archwire runs through the brackets in order to guide the teeth into a better alignment. While modern braces are smaller and more comfortable than ever, they’re still highly noticeable, which may turn off some patients.



girl-with-ceramic-braces.jpgClear Braces

Clear braces are very similar to metal braces, but there’s one huge difference – the brackets are made of a ceramic material that blends in with a patient’s teeth. Adults love clear braces because they provide a much more discreet treatment than traditional braces. While they have a great aesthetic appeal, the downside of clear braces is that because the brackets are made of ceramic, they’re more prone to breaking than their metal counterparts. Additionally, they’re more expensive than metal braces.


While ceramic braces offer a more discreet orthodontic treatment, Invisalign offers one that’s practically invisible! Instead of using brackets and wires to shift teeth, Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners. The process is simple – just wear a set of aligners for two weeks and after that time period is over, move onto the next set in the series. Because the aligners are removable, you’ll be able to continue eating whatever you like without fear of breaking your orthodontic appliances. Additionally, cleaning your teeth is just as simple as ever since you won’t have to worry about brushing around wires and brackets. However, Invisalign isn’t suitable for everyone so if you’re interested in this treatment, we encourage you to visit your Orland Park, IL orthodontist to see if you’re a candidate.

Visit Your Orland Park, IL Orthodontist

If you’re interested in Invisalign or clear braces in Orland Park, Oak Forest, Tinley Park, or the surrounding areas, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us. To do so, you can give us a call at (708) 403-2626 or fill out our appointment request form. We hope to see you soon and find you the treatment that’s right for you!