Orthodontic Care Riverhead, Roslyn and Nesconset, NY

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. In addition to providing orthodontic care, we provide restorative dentistry treatments to new and existing patients in Long Island, NY.


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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 healthy.

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 to analyze the position of your teeth. Depending on the severity of your bite problem and your cosmetic goals, he will recommend the best treatment option for you. The goal is to improve the 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 adult 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.

Invisalign patient before and after photo in Riverhead New York

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

Invisalign in Riverhead New YorkDr. 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. It can also work if you had a change in your bite or shifting teeth after previous treatment.

The Invisalign treatment involves using a series of clear, comfortable, and removable aligners. The aligners will gently move your teeth into the proper position. This will help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile.

The Invisalign lab uses a material called SmartTrack® to create the aligners. It is a clear plastic that is very thin yet also very strong. They will fit firmly against your teeth to avoid irritating 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 few things. Factors such as age, medical and dental history, the condition of your teeth, and more will determine your treatment. Fortunately, today’s orthodontic treatments are versatile and most people will qualify 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. Wearing a retainer will prevent orthodontic relapse. It works by permanently keeping your teeth in their new position after the braces come off. If you do not wear one, there is a good chance you will experience relapse at some point in your 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 will go away once you are used to them.

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 for the best results. Patients should avoid eating chewy candies, popcorn, chewing ice, and drinking soda. They should also wear a mouthguard for athletic activities.