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Common Braces Emergencies and What to Do About Them

Common Braces Emergencies and What to Do About Them

Calendar August 9, 2022

Although braces are quite durable, just about everyone has some kind of braces emergency at some point in their treatment. Even with the utmost care, life happens and brackets break, wires poke, and bands loosen. If it happens to you, don’t panic! Know that it is normal and can be easily addressed. Broken Brackets The…

What to Expect as an Adult Patient

What to Expect as an Adult Patient

Calendar July 27, 2022

You are never too old to fix your bite and align your teeth. More and more adults are getting the orthodontic care they missed in their youth, and rightly so. Crooked teeth and a misaligned bite (malocclusion) are more than just aesthetic issues. They can also wear down your teeth, cause jaw pain and headaches,…

What You Can Do To Get The Most Out of Treatment

What You Can Do To Get The Most Out of Treatment

Calendar July 13, 2022

Orthodontic treatment is a partnership. While your orthodontist is ready to give 100% of their knowledge, skill, and care to your treatment plan, how effective your treatment is depends on you. To stay on track, avoid dental problems, minimize your risk of injury, and limit emergency visits to the office, there are some things you…

Gadgets that Make Dental Care Easier with Braces

Gadgets that Make Dental Care Easier with Braces

Calendar June 17, 2022

Well done! You took the first step toward getting the gorgeous, healthy smile you have always wanted by getting braces. However, your braces will only get you halfway there. Here at Sonneveld Orthodontics, we will get your teeth straight and aligned. But only you can ensure that your teeth are healthy and beautiful by caring…

How to Care for Your Teeth with Braces

How to Care for Your Teeth with Braces

Calendar June 3, 2022

Dental hygiene is always very important for the health and look of your teeth as well as for your general health. When you are wearing braces, you have even more reasons to practice excellent dental care. Your dental care habits now will have a huge impact on how your teeth look when the braces are…

3 Things to Do Before Getting Braces

3 Things to Do Before Getting Braces

Calendar May 20, 2022

You have had your consultation appointment, your mouth has been mapped, and now you are just waiting for the day when you will get your braces on. You might want something to do to consume all of that nervous energy! Luckily, there are a few things you can do to get ready for your braces.…

Braces or Invisalign? Which One Is Right For Me?

Braces or Invisalign? Which One Is Right For Me?

Calendar May 6, 2022

Braces are the classic treatment for misaligned teeth. They have been around for over 200 years, after all! And they have been doing a fantastic job all this time. However, there is a lot of hype in recent years about Invisalign/clear aligners, as well. Sometimes it can be difficult to decide which one is best…

How to Care for Your Retainer

How to Care for Your Retainer

Calendar April 22, 2022

Now that your braces are off and you are sporting your new, dazzling smile, it is critical to maintain it. Your jaw wants to go back to its original position, but you didn’t go through the years and expense of braces to go and lose it all. You want to keep those straight, pearly whites…

Does My Child Need an Early Orthodontic Evaluation?

Does My Child Need an Early Orthodontic Evaluation?

Calendar April 8, 2022

Orthodontic treatment isn’t just important for teens. Your child’s bite and jaw alignment is critical for optimal health and wellbeing. Sometimes, trouble can come up early on, leading to significant problems later. This can be averted with an early orthodontic evaluation. The ideal age to start getting your child’s bite evaluated is age 7. Finger…

How to Ease Discomfort After Getting Braces

How to Ease Discomfort After Getting Braces

Calendar March 31, 2022

In order to get the perfect smile that you deserve, your teeth need to do some shifting around. Braces are what help the teeth transition to their right positions. During the transition process, it is normal to feel some discomfort or even pain, especially right after you get your braces put on or adjusted. The…

Getting Braces: A Survival Guide for Teens

Getting Braces: A Survival Guide for Teens

Calendar March 17, 2022

Between about eleven and fifteen years of age, most children have lost their baby teeth in exchange for their permanent teeth. As the permanent teeth come in, it is much easier for an orthodontist to detect misalignment and other orthodontic problems. For this reason, adolescence is a great time to get braces. Nevertheless, it can…

What Are the Benefits of Getting Corrective Jaw Surgery?

What Are the Benefits of Getting Corrective Jaw Surgery?

Calendar March 3, 2022

Maybe your orthodontist has recommended corrective jaw surgery. But what is corrective jaw surgery and what can it do to enhance your life? Corrective jaw surgery is a procedure done by expert oral surgeons to correct irregularities or problems in your facial structure (more specifically your jaw bone) and strengthen your smile. Corrective surgery is…

3 Things Every Person with Braces Needs in Their Backpack or Purse

3 Things Every Person with Braces Needs in Their Backpack or Purse

Calendar February 17, 2022

Every person with braces knows what it is like to have a “braces emergency” when they are away from home. Whether you have food lodged between your brackets or a loose wire, it can be embarrassing, irritating, or even painful when you don’t have any easy solution on hand. So, to save you from future…

Using Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for Dental Care

At Sonneveld Orthodontics in Orland Park, we work diligently to ensure affordable, quality orthodontic care for patients. However, we understand that dental and orthodontic care can have a sticker-shock for some patients, even when they really need a particular treatment. For this reason, we accepted many different types of payments including credit cards, cash, CareCredit…

When Will I See Teeth Straightening Results from a Clear Aligner Treatment?

Clear aligners are a great option for those who are looking to correct their teeth and bite, especially for those who don’t want the look of braces. Because you don’t have to clean between wires and brackets, and have no food restriction, clear aligners are a convenient option. However, many patients wonder how long it…

Why Orthodontic Treatment Matters for Adults

No matter what age you are, it’s never too late to improve your confidence and self-esteem. This can mean correcting your crooked, crowded, or spaced-apart teeth! Whether you’re considering changing your smile for aesthetic purposes or wanting to fix long-standing issues with your bite and jaw alignment, customized orthodontic treatment can give you the smile…

Advantages of Adult Braces

As an adult, you may find that your teeth straightening options are limited. You may think that orthodontics is only for teens but actually, adults may get exceptional remedy results, due to their motivation and treatment compliance. Today, braces have advanced so that there are a variety of different orthodontic options for adults and kids…

Tips For Cleaning Your Retainer

After you’ve put in all the hard work of straightening your teeth with Invisalign or metal braces, you deserve to have beautiful straight teeth for the rest of your life which is where your retainer comes in. Retention is the process that allows your gums and jaw to set your newly straightened smile in place,…

Do Braces Hurt?

If you are thinking about getting braces with your Orland Park Orthodontist, you are probably wondering whether braces are uncomfortable and if so, how uncomfortable are they? Here at Sonneveld Orthodontics, your local provider of Braces in Tinley Park, we have treated thousands of patients’ crooked teeth with braces, and we have heard from each…

Top 5 Benefits of Aligner Treatments

Did you know there is a small difference between clear aligners and Invisalign? In short, Invisalign is a brand of “invisible,” or clear aligners, whereas clear aligners are a catch-all term for traditional braces alternatives. Our office uses Invisalign because of their patented SmartTrack Material® technology, making them easier to put on and take off,…

Virtual Orthodontic Options

Virtual Orthodontic Options

We’ve all had to adjust to a changing landscape this year and we’re no different here at Sonneveld Orthodontics. From implementing new COVID-19 procedures to changing the way we communicate with patients, 2020 has been a growth opportunity for all of us. In an effort to continue innovating our practice to better serve the Orland…

Adult Braces: Everything You Need to Know

Adult Braces: Everything You Need to Know

Deciding to begin your braces journey as an adult is filled with a great deal of excitement along with a few  concerns. At Sonneveld Orthodontics we know you did not come to this decision lightly and it can be a bit of a daunting choice as well. No matter where you’re at in your decision-making…

Sonneveld Orthodontics Reopening Procedures

Sonneveld Orthodontics Reopening Procedures

The Sonneveld Orthodontics team is looking forward to welcoming our patients back to our office, as of May 18, 2020. Upon reopening, we will be making changes to our daily operations. Our entire orthodontic team is committed to taking every precaution to keep you and your loved ones safe, and will be implementing recommendations from…

What Does My Orthodontist’s Office Being Closed Mean for My Treatment?

What Does My Orthodontist’s Office Being Closed Mean for My Treatment?

Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Sonneveld Orthodontics is currently closed in order to remain compliant with government mandates. While this may serve as a minor inconvenience to those who are in the planning stages for their Invisalign or braces in Tinley Park, this can be problematic for those who are already undergoing their…

The Difference Between Invisalign & Invisalign Teen Orland Park

Sonneveld Orthodontics is proud to be your premier choice when it comes to orthodontic care in and around the Tinley Park and Orland Park areas. We provide state-of-the-art technology with all of our orthodontic treatment plans, ensuring our patients receive the most effective care. With innovative and advanced technologies in the orthodontic field, we can…

5 Ways to Relieve Braces Pain

Braces are the framework that lead to a better smile. They are made up of dental brackets, archwires, and rubber bands designed to use pressure and move your teeth into a straighter formation. The first days after your braces are placed are usually the most uncomfortable. As your orthodontic treatment continues, your sessions with our…

Surviving School Lunch With Braces

Going back to school after having braces placed in your mouth can be a little scary. It’s not just the social factors that may have you freaked out—but what are you supposed to do when you enter the school cafeteria? Not all the meals that they’ve got prepared on a day-to-day basis are made for…

The Top Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist

The Top Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist

If you’ve decided to look into orthodontic treatment in order to improve your smile ― congratulations! This is the first step on your way to achieving a stronger, healthier smile that you can be proud of. Beginning orthodontic treatment can feel somewhat intimidating, but if you know the right questions to ask, it can make…

Teeth Whitening: Myths and Facts

Teeth Whitening: Myths and Facts

Americans are spending more than $11 billion on teeth whitening products and treatments annually. This figure includes spending over $1.4 billion on at-home teeth whitening products. Getting rid of yellow teeth is favored by many people, especially since bright smiles have dominated the world of entertainment and social media. With so much money being spent…

Casimir Pulaski Day

Casimir Pulaski Day

At Sonneveld Orthodontics, we’re committed to delivering the best comprehensive orthodontic care in Orland Park, Tinley Park and surrounding communities in the Chicago metro area. We want to ensure that our patients stay informed of important developments, which includes our holiday hours and closings. Casimir Pulaski Day is a significant holiday for many residents throughout…

The pros and cons of clear braces

The pros and cons of clear braces

Clear Braces in Tinley Park, Oak Forest & Orland Park Sonneveld Orthodontics is proud to offer a variety of treatments to help our patients achieve beautiful and perfectly aligned smiles that will last a lifetime. In addition to metal braces & Invisalign, we also offer clear braces as an orthodontic treatment option. Wondering whether clear…

5 Best Things to Do in Oak Forest

5 Best Things to Do in Oak Forest

At Sonneveld Orthodontics, we’re proud to help patients throughout the greater Oak Forest, IL area achieve beautiful new smiles through orthodontic treatment. But in addition to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams, we also want to give you reasons to use it! Whether you’re getting treatment with braces, Invisalign, or any other orthodontic treatment we…

Should I Get Invisalign From A Dentist Or Orthodontist?

Should I Get Invisalign From A Dentist Or Orthodontist?

Everyone deserves a smile they feel proud to call their own, and whether you’re a teenager getting braces for the first time or an adult professional looking to revamp your smile, Sonneveld Orthodontics can help. We’re proud to offer a range of orthodontic treatments like metal braces to the Oak Forest & Tinley Park communities, but one…

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

At Sonneveld Orthodontics, we’re proud offer a variety of orthodontic treatments to patients of all ages in Oak Forest, Tinley Park, and Orland Park, IL. While braces are our most popular treatment, they’re not the only option, and Invisalign is one of the most convenient alternatives. Invisalign is a removable, virtually invisible orthodontic treatment that can help a wide…

Drinking Soda With Braces

Drinking Soda With Braces

While you’re wearing your braces, there are a number of foods that you need to avoid to prevent damage, such as hard and sticky foods that can snap your brackets right of your teeth or cause enough pressure to bend the archwire. While you may be keeping a closer eye on what you sink your teeth…

Braces Friendly Back-To-School Snacks

Braces Friendly Back-To-School Snacks

It’s almost time to say goodbye to summer and start getting ready to head back to school. While many kids out there may be dreading having to put on their backpacks and make their into the first classes of the year, there is a quick and easy way that parents can help lift their spirits:…

Best Foods For Your Teeth

Best Foods For Your Teeth

Your diet affects your entire body, including the health of your teeth. At Sonneveld Orthodontics, we want to ensure that you are eating the best possible foods to maintain a high level of oral health. The American Dental Association recommends eating more of the following: cheese, apples, leafy greens, carrots, yogurt, almonds, and celery. These…

How to Floss With Braces

How to Floss With Braces

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. We know that flossing your teeth with while wearing braces is…

The Benefits Of Having Straight Teeth

The Benefits Of Having Straight Teeth

More To It Than Just A Good-Looking Smile 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…

Can I Play Sports with Braces?

Can I Play Sports with Braces?

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…

Proper Brushing Techniques

Proper Brushing Techniques

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…

How Can Adult Orthodontics Benefit You?

How Can Adult Orthodontics Benefit You?

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. Dr. Sonneveld and our skilled team provides advanced adult orthodontics, including adult metal braces…

The Differences Between Adult and Children’s Orthodontic Treatments

The Differences Between Adult and Children’s Orthodontic Treatments

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…

Do Direct to Consumer Braces Work?

Do Direct to Consumer Braces Work?

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…

Why Choose Invisalign Teen

Why Choose Invisalign Teen

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…

Braces-Friendly Valentine’s Day Treats

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…

The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

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.…

Happy Braces-Friendly Halloween

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…

Mouth Protection and Basketball

Mouth Protection and Basketball

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. In spite of…

Electric Toothbrushes vs. Regular Toothbrushes

Electric Toothbrushes vs. Regular Toothbrushes

At our office, we take pride in being able to offer high quality orthodontic care to patients of all ages. Whether you’re interested in Invisalign in Tinley Park or are looking for an Orland Park orthodontist for your child, we can meet all your family’s orthodontic needs.  When you have braces on your teeth, food particles and bacteria can easily…

Packing Back to School Braces-Friendly Lunches

Packing Back to School Braces-Friendly Lunches

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…

Should You Floss Before Or After Brushing Your Teeth?

Should You Floss Before Or After Brushing Your Teeth?

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. While brushing and flossing your teeth well is always important, when you have wires and brackets on your teeth, it becomes even more…

Braces Vs. Invisalign – Helping You Choose

Braces Vs. Invisalign – Helping You Choose

Thanks to the many advances made in the world of orthodontics, people today have more choices than ever when it comes to braces. Our Orland Park orthodontics practice uses a variety of treatment options including two of the most popular, conventional braces and the Invisalign System. There are many advantages and disadvantages associated with both…

4 Things To Do This Weekend In Orland Park

4 Things To Do This Weekend In Orland Park

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. We…

Braces-Friendly Holiday Bites

Braces-Friendly Holiday Bites

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…

    COVID-19 Update for our Patients:

    Our office is now open! In order to ensure our patients’ & staff’s safety, we have implemented some changes to our office procedures, in compliance with government mandates.

    Please take a look at our updated office procedures to prepare for your appointment. If you have any questions, please give us a call or text us at (708) 403-2626. We will get back to you as quickly as possible.

    We are now offering virtual consultations! If you are interested in a no-obligation smile assessment, visit our information page here.