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Braces Specialist

Advanced Digital Orthodontics

Robert J. Lopatkin, DDS

Orthodontist located in Great Neck, NY

Thanks to orthodontic devices like braces, it’s possible to correct common alignment issues and improve oral health. At Advanced Digital Orthodontics serving patients in West Hempstead, Port Washington, Manhasset, Great Neck, Williston Park, New Hyde Park, Roslyn, New York, orthodontist Robert Lopatkin, DDS, uses braces to help individuals achieve beautiful, symmetrical smiles. To see if braces are right for you, make an appointment at the practice in Roslyn, New York, by calling the office or booking online.

Braces Q & A

What are braces?

Braces are custom orthodontic appliances that correct issues like crowding, crooked teeth, and jaw misalignments. They consist of several components, including rubber bands, brackets, and wires that put slight pressure on your teeth, changing their position. In addition to making your smile more aesthetically pleasing, braces can lower your risk of cavities and gum disease.

What are the types of braces?

Dr. Lopatkin offers several types of braces, including:

Traditional braces

Traditional braces are made of metal. They’re custom-crafted to your individual needs and bonded to your teeth with brackets. A thin piece of metal, called an archwire, places pressure on your teeth and jawline, allowing them to move into the proper position. 

Clear braces

Clear braces are made of ceramic, a material that mimics the color and light-reflecting properties of your natural tooth enamel. They’re less noticeable than traditional braces, allowing for more discreet orthodontic treatment.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are like traditional metal braces. The only difference is that they’re bonded behind your teeth, instead of in front of them. Lingual braces aren’t visible to others, but they can be difficult to keep clean.


Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic treatment system that uses clear, plastic aligners. The aligners fit snugly over your teeth and put pressure on your teeth and jaw. Invisalign aligners are unique in that they’re removable. That means you can still eat your favorite foods, including apples, nuts, and seeds. 


InBrace uses a technology called Smartwire™ to gradually straighten your teeth. Dr. Lopatkin places the SmartWire behind your teeth, similar to lingual braces. Over time, the SmartWire slowly moves your teeth into the proper position.

How long does treatment with braces take?


The length of time that orthodontic treatment with braces takes depends on the alignment issues addressed and your adherence to the care plan. Most people achieve their desired results within 12-18* months, but it can take longer. To ensure a positive outcome, it’s important to attend each checkup and follow Dr. Lopatkin’s instructions carefully.

What type of braces will benefit me?

The type of braces that will most benefit you depends on your dental health history and the alignment issues being treated. Following a discussion of your goals for treatment and an oral exam, Dr. Lopatkin can make recommendations that align with your needs. 

To see if you’re a candidate for braces, make an appointment at Advanced Digital Orthodontics by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.

*Individual results may vary.