Bella Smiles uses orthodontics for cosmetic purposes and to realign crooked teeth. We offer orthodontic care for both children and adults. Our treatment options include Invisalign® clear aligners and traditional braces.
Dr. Lotardo is a family dentist serving Riverhead, Nesconset, and Roslyn, NY. When treating children, he will monitor the development of their permanent teeth. Dr. Lotardo will make orthodontic care recommendations when necessary. In some cases, early orthodontic treatment can avoid complex dental problems as your child grows. Straight teeth will lay the foundation for a beautiful and healthy smile.
Dr. Lotardo will work with you if your child has certain habits that can affect tooth development. This includes thumb sucking or using a pacifier. He may recommend using oral appliances or phase one orthodontics so your child can enjoy a functional smile.
Dr. Lotardo is a member of the American Orthodontic Society. He 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 healhy.
Orthodontics Care & Treatment Options
Dr. Lotardo will meet with you to perform an evaluation of your oral health and tooth placement. He will take images of your teeth and use them analyze the position of your teeth. Depending on the severity of your bite problem and cosmetic goals, he will recommend the best treatment option for you. The goal is to improve function of your teeth, make your smile beautiful, and create results that will support dental health.
Bella Smiles offers both traditional metal braces and Invisalign clear aligners. We can address a wide range of orthodontic concerns. Our teen and adults patients prefer Invisible aligners. However, traditional braces and other oral appliances may be the better treatment options. This is especially true for more complex cases. Traditional style braces are often the best choice for younger patients.
Dr. Lotardo will explain all aspects of your treatment. He will explain the kind of results you can expect as well as payment and financing options. Your treatment will require routine visits to monitor your progress and to make any adjustments.
Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatments offer many benefits. You can enjoy these health and personal benefits for many years especially if you continue to use your retainer and practice good oral hygiene habits.
Having straight teeth is important for your oral health. You may think it will just make your smile prettier. However, straight teeth can prevent many dental problems. This includes bite problems, tooth decay, and gum disease. If you have crooked teeth, it may be difficult to keep your teeth and gums clean. It can also cause malocclusion which can lead to TMJ problems. Straight teeth make oral care easy and a more comfortable bite.
Invisalign® at Bella Smiles
Dr. Lotardo is a North Fork area Invisalign provider for teen and adult patients. He uses this orthodontic treatment for mild to moderate cosmetic or dental health concerns. Invisalign can also work if you are experiencing a change in your bite or shifting teeth after previous orthodontic treatment.
The Invisalign treatment involves using a series of clear, comfortable, and removable aligners. The aligners will gently reposition your teeth for a straighter, healthier smile.
The Invisalign lab uses a material called SmartTrack® to create the aligners. It is a clear plastic that is very thing yet also very durable. They are designed to fit firmly against your teeth to avoid irritation your lips, tongue, and gums.
This clear braces system allows the patient to remove the aligners to eat a regular diet and brush and floss normally. In general, you should wear the aligners 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.
Orthodontic Care FAQs
Which orthodontics treatment option is best for me?
This will depend on a variety of factors. Factors such as age, medical and dental history, the type of malocclusion condition you have, and more will determine your treatment. Fortunately, today’s orthodontic treatments are versatile and most people will quialify for it. A consult will help you find out which is best for you and your needs.
Do I need to wear a retainer after orthodontics treatment?
Yes. The best thing you can do to prevent orthodontic relapse is wear a retainer. This will permanently keep your teeth straight after braces. A retainer helps train teeth to stay in their new position after your braces come off. Most pateints that do not wear a retainer after braces will experience orthodontic relapse sometime in their life.
Will clear aligners give me a lisp?
No. However, it may take awhile until you are comfortable wearing them. During this time, you may notice discomfort and speech issues. This is natural and only temporary while your mouth is getting used to this new transition.
How many times do you have to go to the orthodontist before and while getting braces?
Most patients go to their dentist a few months prior to getting braces, and also a few weeks prior to check on their bite. Patients should also schedule dental cleanings and visits every six months while undergoing braces treatment.
What can you not do after getting braces?
After getting braces, patients have some restrictions they should follow to have the best orthodontic experience. Patients should avoid eating chewy candies, popcorn, chewing ice, and drinking soda. They should also wear a mouthguard for athletic activities.