Orthodontics can be used for cosmetic purposes and to realign crooked teeth for an improved bite. Dr. Lotardo offers orthodontic care for children and adults with treatment options that include Invisalign® invisible braces.
As a family dentist serving Riverhead and Roslyn, NY, Dr. Lotardo can monitor the development of your child’s permanent teeth and make appropriate orthodontic care recommendations when necessary for long term oral health. In some cases, early orthodontic treatment can avoid more complex dental problems as your child grows and lay the foundation for a beautiful and healthy smile. If your child has certain habits that can affect tooth development, such as thumb sucking, Dr. Lotardo can work with you to ensure they will enjoy a functional smile through the use of oral appliances or phase one orthodontics.
A member of the American Orthodontic Society, Dr. Lotardo has the advanced training and experience necessary to provide effective orthodontic care in our Riverhead family dentist office. The convenience of being able to meet all of the oral health needs of a growing family in one location makes it easier to keep everyone’s smile looking its best.
Orthodontic Care: Treatment Options
Dr. Lotardo will meet with you to perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health and tooth placement, including digital diagnostics as needed. Depending on the severity of your bite problem and cosmetic goals, he will recommend the most suitable treatment option. The goal of treatment is to improve both the aesthetics and function of your smile with lasting results that will support long term dental health.
Dr. Lotardo offers both traditional metal braces and Invisalign clear retainers for addressing a wide range of orthodontic related concerns. While invisible braces may be the preferred option, especially for teen and adult patients, in cases where there is a bite issue or teeth are severely misaligned, traditional braces and oral appliances may be the recommended option for the best result. Traditional style braces are often the best choice for younger patients.
Dr. Lotardo will explain all aspects of treatment, expected results and related costs for your consideration. Your orthodontic care will require routine visits with us to monitor progress and make any adjustments as needed.
Dr. Lotardo is a North Fork area Invisalign provider for teen and adult patients with a range of mild to moderate cosmetic or dental health concerns. Using a series of clear, comfortable and removable aligners, Invisalign will gently reposition your teeth for a straighter, healthier smile. The material used to create your aligners is called SmartTrack® , a clear plastic that is ultra-thin and very durable. They are designed to fit firmly against your teeth and to avoid irritation of your lips, tongue, and gums.
Invisalign is also ideal for adult patients who have experienced changes in the bite and shifting of teeth after previous orthodontic care and desire discreet, expedient treatment.
This popular clear braces system allows the patient to remove the aligners to eat a regular diet and brush and floss normally. In general, they should be worn for about 22 hours a day. They are very discreet and will not stain your tooth enamel.
Visit our smile gallery to view before and after photos of orthodontic patients who are enjoying beautiful new smiles.