Thursday, February 23, 2017


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and the Gellerman Orthodontics team is visiting schools with a fun presentation about taking care of young teeth.

While our show changes every year, the message is the same: proper brushing, flossing and a healthy diet can help children have a beautiful healthy smile for a lifetime. Good dental hygiene and healthy habits are important all year long!

What children drink can have a big impact on their dental health. Flavored waters, sodas and juices expose young teeth to sugars for a long period of time. Flavored water sounds like a healthy alternative to soda, but check the label first. If sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial food coloring, artificial flavors or ascorbic acid have been added to the water, it is just as bad as drinking soda. When vitamin C is added, it’s even worse, as a lot of vitamin C over time wears away tooth enamel.

Today we’re used to seeing tweens, teens and adults of all ages wearing braces, but you may be surprised to see braces on the smile of a younger child. That’s because there are times when early treatment can solve orthodontic problems that may be harder to treat when the child is older.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should have an orthodontic check up by the time they are seven to evaluate their mouths and jaws and make sure that their teeth are coming in correctly. At this time, most children have at least eight permanent teeth – four molars and four incisors. Most children don’t need treatment at this time, and it’s a quick (and FREE) visit.

The orthodontist will be able to tell if a child’s jaw may not be big enough to fit all of the permanent teeth that are coming in. There are several appliances that can widen the jaw when the child is younger, avoiding the need for teeth extraction later on. Make no mistake about it: orthodontists, parents and patients prefer to avoid having teeth extracted!

You may be reading this in February, but if you would like the Gellerman Orthodontics team to visit your child’s classroom any time during the school year, or if your child’s after-school group would like to have a dental hygiene program at our office, just call us at 631-427-8444. We also welcome Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies who are earning badges for oral health and dental hygiene.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


If you’re wearing Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about kissing your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day because the clear aligner trays are smooth and won’t get in the way! Although we have never really believed those stories about two braces wearers getting their wires crossed and having to be disconnected…..

Red is our favorite color, every day of the year. But Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples and it’s not just about chocolates and roses.

Here’s how everyone can celebrate Valentine’s Day:
  • Put on your dancing shoes and take a ballroom dance class. Lots of area dance studios offer dance parties on this day for singles and couples. Dance instructors make the best dancing partners!
  • Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to make hearts out of fruit slices. Try watermelon, cantaloupe or pineapple slices.
  • If you are packing lunch, a big heart shaped cookie cutter can make a heart shaped sandwich that’s a fun surprise on Valentine’s Day.
  • Red velvet cupcakes, heart shaped brownies and soft cookies are braces-friendly treats.
  • Bright red tulips are our personal favorite for Valentine’s Day – a touch of spring plus great color.
  • Heart shaped stickers, plush animals, red socks and hats: there’s plenty of non-food fun for Valentine’s Day!
Braces and Valentine’s Day are a great combination, as long as you remember the basics: stick with soft foods, brush after eating sugary treats and most important, remember to show off your Spectacular Smile!

Friday, February 10, 2017


It’s simple: tweens and teens love Invisalign because no one can tell that they are getting state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment while they are wearing Invisalign. But that’s not the only reason tweens and teens love Invisalign:

Sports: It’s easy to put on a mouth guard – just place it over your Invisalign trays during contact sports. Invisalign users are less likely to experience soft tissue damage that can occur when wearing brackets and arch wires. BTW, everyone should wear a mouthguard during sports. Call our office and make an appointment for a free custom fit mouthguard.

Oral Hygiene is Easier:
It’s easy to remove the Invisalign clear aligners to brush and floss. Make sure to clean the trays before you put them back on! Just remember: dont put the aligners in a napkin or tissue while you are brushing so you don’t accidentally throw them out.

You’ll look GREAT. We know how awkward some teens feel, even when they look great to everyone around them. You won’t have to worry about food getting stuck in your teeth or not wanting to show your smile while wearing Invisalign. No one will know you are wearing Invisalign, unless you tell them.

Dr. Gellerman is proud to be a nationally recognized Invisalign Top 1% provider. She is a member of a select group of only 1% of all orthodontists nationwide. Our Invisalign patients know that they are getting the best possible treatment from such a highly skilled Invisalign source!!

Want to know more about Invisalign at Gellerman Orthodontics? Call us today at 631-427-8444 for a free consultation and exam. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


If you got engaged this holiday season, congratulations! You’re in for a whirlwind of excitement and anticipation as you and your beloved plan your future and your wedding celebration. To look your best in photos and videos, you’ve probably already starting your wedding diet and are thinking about making your smile spectacular.

While we can’t help you with your wedding diet, we have some pointers for your smile!
We know how busy you are already, and there's only so much time between your engagement and your wedding date.  Invisalign clear trays are a perfect fit for brides and grooms. No one will know that you are wearing the invisible aligner trays unless you tell them. They won’t show up in the many pictures that are taken between now and your wedding day. And if you want to make your treatment time even shorter, we can help with that too.

Acceledent® Aura is used to dramatically decrease the length of time you’ll need to be in treatment to get your spectacular smile.  It works by stimulating bone remodeling, which helps the teeth move into alignment faster. Acceledent® Aura uses a simple appliance that rests comfortably in your mouth for twenty minutes a day.

When it comes to a brighter smile, remember to straighten your teeth first, and then whiten. If you do this in reverse order, you may find your beautiful bright smile has unattractive dark spots.

For the best possible results for your smile, consider that an orthodontist devotes several years of specialized training after graduating from dboard certified orthodontist has achieved the highest level of skills, having been tested through scientific peer reviews. A board certified orthodontist is the best choice to take your smile from good to great, with the latest in orthodontic treatments.
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Friday, April 8, 2016


Last week was an adventure week! We had no school so my whole family and some friends took a vacation to Dominican Republic, There were 7 of us! When we got there I was surprised, things were very different from where I live in New York. Everyone speaks Spanish, they drive really fast and on both sides of the roads! We did so many fun things like swimming, boating, and snorkeling.
Every night after I brushed my teeth I noticed my retainers were always in different place. I asked my mom if she knew who was moving my retainers and she said, "I don't know, maybe one of those cute little lizards that are running around!" One night I went to get my retainer and it was gone. I looked everywhere but they were nowhere to be found!
All I could think about was the little lizard that was visiting our room decided he needed it more than me! At least he will have a spectacular smile just like mine!
James F.

Friday, March 25, 2016


Once upon a time, something that never should happen, happened. After getting my braces off the retainer I was wearing disappeared. The story leaves a mystery that still does not have an answer to it but has left people wondering for days what has happened. Although I will get a new one, the old one will be missed greatly.

One Saturday morning, not too long ago, I woke up eager with the smell of delicious breakfast seeping upstairs into my room. Anxious, I quickly ran downstairs to see all the food that was being made. Still being a little weary, I took my retainer out and put it into a napkin and onto the kitchen counter, excited to dig into my freshly made breakfast.

About a half hour later I was just finishing up as I realized I had somewhere to be, so I rapidly ran upstairs to take a shower, completely forgetting about the retainer I had left on the kitchen counter. That night when I came home, I was extremely exhausted so I went into my room, put my pajamas on and went straight to bed.

When I woke up the next morning, I noticed I didn't put my retainer in, which reminded me that I had left it on the counter the morning before. I brushed my teeth and went downstairs to grab it, but it wasn't there. I began to look frantically around the kitchen, then every room downstairs and upstairs. They were gone. The only explanation is that someone in the house threw out the napkin in the retainer out.

This was very upsetting, and since the incident I have felt very disconcerted, without the retainer to put in to keep my teeth in the line I don't feel right! I hope I never have to go through this again.

Kristen M.

Friday, March 11, 2016


If you suffer from headache pain, there’s a new kind of treatment offered at Gellerman Orthodontics.  The leading cause of headaches is not what you think and it’s not all in your head!  TruDenta treats the cause of many headaches and headache pain symptoms and provides long lasting, needle-free and drug-free relief.
The TruDenta Systemis an approach to chronic headache relief that addresses and treats the cause of the problem instead of temporarily masking the pain. Using a combination of techniques derived from sports medicine therapies, the TruDenta System targets the improper muscle forces in the head, neck, and jaw area that cause painful conditions.
Research has shown that the causes of chronic migraines, tension headaches, vertigo, tinnitus, TMJ/TMD, and face, jaw, and neck pain may all be inter-connected. The cause could be unbalanced forces in your mouth that affect the muscles of these areas. This leads to changes in the chemical and nerve reactions that result in chronic pain. Additionally, painful symptoms could result from an accident, head trauma, bad posture, or other underlying conditions. By treating the cause of the pain and not just the symptoms, TruDenta provides long-lasting pain relief.

To learn more, call Gellerman Orthodontics at 631-427-8444.