“I’m fortunate to have found orthodontics—and made it my life’s mission,” says Dr. Daniel Kuncio. As a dedicated private orthodontist on NYC’s Upper West Side, and attending orthodontist/assistant professor at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he is passionate about beautifying your smile and bettering your health—for now and well into the future.

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Dr. Kuncio’s approach to orthodontics is guided by a simple yet crucial principle: nature comes first. Using this preventative approach, Dr. Kuncio doesn’t extract teeth or perform surgery—unless absolutely necessary. Like all orthodontists, he works to correct one’s natural teeth, and he will always take the least invasive means possible to get you to optimal health—and that dazzling smile.

Having earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Cornell, 1998), Dr. Kuncio had a foundation in what makes things work. The Manhasset, L.I. native grew up watching his mom’s dental practice thrive. As a kid, he had braces—and it was fascinating and rewarding (his former orthodontist is still a friend and mentor).

After teaching for a few years, Dr. Kuncio earned his D.D.S. (University of Buffalo, 2003), then completed his orthodontic residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2006), where a highly clinical hospital setting provided significant advantages for his practice. As a result of both his distinctive seasoning and his published research (Dr. Kuncio is the only NYC orthodontist to publish findings on Invisalign®), Dr. Kuncio is occasionally called upon to “repair” the work of other orthodontists. He is also one of only a handful of NYC orthodontists board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, the highest honor in the profession.

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People matter most to Dr. Kuncio, and he dedicates time to giving back to the world. In addition to his practice on the Upper West Side, he performs volunteer dental work in places of need, including a remote region in Armenia, and Ukraine. He values continuing education, and is a professor at Bronx-Lebanon, keeping him at the forefront of the profession. He is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the New York County Dental Society—where he gives occasional lectures to local dentists. Whenever possible, he teaches local communities—from schools to camps to religious groups—about the importance of strong oral health. On a personal level, Dr. Kuncio loves live music, sports (to watch and play), travel, and exploring New York City with his wife Maria and son Damien.