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    The Astoria Family Orthodontics Philosophy

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Oral health is important for overall health as well as self-confidence. If your smile has imperfections, you might have a hard time showing it off or even properly cleaning all of your teeth. Finding an orthodontist that makes you feel comfortable can help you improve your oral health with orthodontic treatment and advice!

    Here at Astoria Family Orthodontics, we know how important it is for patients to feel comfortable when visiting the orthodontist. That is why we work hard to maintain a friendly and inviting atmosphere that is appealing to patients of all ages. Our family-friendly orthodontic clinic makes it easy to relax during appointments, allowing you to get the treatment you need while staying comfortable. We use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to provide the most professional treatments possible to every patient.

    You can learn more about the philosophy at Astoria Family Orthodontics by calling us today! Contact us at (718) 278-0358 to hear about our Jackson Heights orthodontists and get answers to your questions about the benefits and importance of orthodontic care.

    Exploring Your Options for Braces

    Last updated 4 months ago

    You might not have been born with a perfect smile, but that does not mean you will never have one! Orthodontists offer a variety of treatments that can fix teeth and jaw misalignment issues, resulting in healthy and attractive smiles that can boost confidence.

    Watch this video for a closer look at the benefits of choosing orthodontic care to improve your smile. Children, teenagers, and adults can all undergo orthodontic treatment to give them smiles that are straighter and easier to maintain. It is almost never too early to visit the orthodontist for the first time and experts recommend that children have their first visit by age 7.

    Are you ready to visit the orthodontist? Contact Astoria Family Orthodontics in Long Island City to schedule an appointment! Give us a call at (718) 278-0358 to learn about our orthodontic services and treatments.

    Common Types of Malocclusions

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Good dental habits can keep your teeth clean, but only your orthodontist can help you find a solution for malocclusions! Learn about some of the most common malocclusions that affect smiles before deciding if it is time to contact your orthodontist to schedule an appointment:


    Do your upper front teeth protrude significantly over your lower front teeth? If so, you might have an overbite. This type of malocclusion occurs when the upper jaw is misaligned and sticks out over the lower jaw. Overbites are common dental misalignments that can occur as a result of genetics. Children who suck their thumbs tend to have a greater risk of developing overbites due to how this habit affects the position of the teeth. Orthodontists commonly suggest braces to correct overbites in patients.


    The upper jaw slightly covers the lower jaw in a properly aligned bite. An underbite is another common malocclusion that occurs when the lower jaw protrudes farther than the upper jaw. This malocclusion can also be influenced by genetics or caused by constant thumb-sucking. Children who user pacifiers or bottles for extended periods of time can also cause an underbite. This condition can cause mild to severe pain, affect speech, increase the risk of tooth decay, and affect the appearance of the face. Depending on the severity of the underbite, an orthodontist might recommend braces, orthodontic appliances, or surgery.


    A properly aligned bite has room for all teeth to sit in the right position. When misalignment occurs, teeth may become overcrowded. This type of malocclusion pushes teeth out of their proper position, resulting in a crooked smile. Crowding can also make it difficult for permanent teeth to grow in properly and often causes impaction. Your orthodontist might suggest braces or an orthodontic appliance to correct crowding.                   

    If you have concerns about your smile, contact Astoria Family Orthodontics. We can answer your questions about malocclusions and help you find a great treatment path for your smile. Call us at (718) 278-0358 to get started!

    Fast Track Your Orthodontic Treatment

    Last updated 4 months ago

    A straight smile can boost your confidence and help you maintain optimal dental health. If you are unhappy with your smile, visiting an orthodontist can help you find the right treatment to straighten your teeth and give you the smile you have always wanted. PROPEL can help you get that smile in even less time:

    What is Orthodontic Treatment?

    Orthodontists specialize in helping patients with misalignments affecting their teeth and jaws. These conditions can cause crooked teeth and other imperfections that make it hard to feel confident in your smile. It is also harder to maintain good oral hygiene when you have crooked teeth, increasing the risk of developing periodontal disease and other dental conditions. Orthodontic treatment gradually moves the teeth or jaws into proper position, resulting in a straighter smile that is more attractive and easier to keep healthy.

    What is PROPEL?

    PROPEL is an innovative technique that orthodontists can use to speed up treatment time for a number of patients. This system stimulates alveolar bone and increase cytokine activity, speeding up the time it takes for the jawbone to remodel. Patients who undergo the PROPEL treatment during their orthodontic care can enjoy shorter treatment times than patients undergoing orthodontic care on its own.

    Why Should Patients Consider Choosing PROPEL?

    If you have recently discussed a treatment plan with your orthodontist, it is a good idea to ask about PROPEL. This system can be used in combination with a number of orthodontic treatments, including traditional metal braces, Invisalign, and lingual braces. Research shows that PROPEL treatment can reduce orthodontic treatment times by 60%, and even more in some cases! You can potentially get the straighter smile you want in months instead of years. This treatment also allows you to become more confident in your smile in less time.

    Astoria Family Orthodontics in Astoria offers PROPEL for braces and Invisalign. If you are interested in learning more about this treatment, you can contact us today! Visit our website or call us at (718) 278-0358 for more information.

    Spotlight on Dr. Jill Varriale

    Last updated 4 months ago

    When you choose an orthodontist, it’s important to establish a relationship with them and feel confident in their expertise and trustworthiness. At Astoria Family Orthodontics, we’d like to help you to that end by introducing you to Dr. Jill Varriale.

    Dr. Varriale is native to New York and is wholly dedicated to providing the best in orthodontic treatment. She is board certified and graduated with honors. She spent her residency learning multiple facets of orthodontic care in a hands-on environment, from Invisalign to complex orthodontic surgical procedures. Her research on tooth movement published in the Journal of Dental Research even won her an award. Even with all this knowledge and skill, however, Dr. Varriale continues her education whenever given an opportunity.

    To meet Dr. Jill Varriale or our other orthodontist, Dr. Robert J. Lopatkin, contact us at Astoria Family Orthodontics. We provide exceptional orthodontic services in Astoria, Brooklyn, and surrounding areas, and we’d love to get to know you, your family, and your needs. Schedule an appointment today by calling (718) 278-0358.

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