Thursday, June 6, 2019

Are You a Nose Breather or a Mouth Breather?

Are you a nose breather or a mouth breather? We hope you’re a nose breather, and if you’re not, this article from The New York Times explains what mouth breathing can lead to:
Cute little boy and father tapping their noses
Sleep problems
Learning disorders
Tooth decay
Bad breath
Jaw deformities

All from breathing through the mouth!

And a new study conducted in Japan found that rats who were forced to breathe through their mouths needed twice as long to navigate a maze and had developed fewer brain cells than their unobstructed rat friends.

So, how can you become a nose breather? Start by being aware of how you are breathing. If you find it hard to breathe through your mouth, you may have smaller airways or an obstruction. There are orthodontic appliances that can open up and expand your airways. Call our office at 631-427-8444 to find out how we can help!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Pediatric and Adult Airway Network of New York – May 9 Presentation

For the past two years, I’ve been proud to be a board member of PAANNY, an organization devoted to educating dentists, pediatricians, doctors, speech pathologists, oral facial myologists, speech therapists and others in related medical professions about the role of early orthodontic intervention in the treatment of sleep apnea and similar disorders.

My involvement with PAANNY began when my colleagues and I began taking a closer look into the problems that sleep apnea present to our younger patients, and the role that orthodontists can play in alleviating this extremely common problem. Very often parents hear their children snoring and don’t realize that snoring is a result of a partially blocked airway that can lead to other, more serious problems for a child. By widening the airways, the effects of sleep apnea – chronic fatigue, behavioral problems and stress on the child’s cardiovascular system —can be alleviated in a relatively non-invasive manner.

This year, I’m pleased to share the news that PANNY is presenting an event on May 9 that will feature leading speakers and experts. The event starts with a series of “TED” style talks, followed by a cocktail reception and dinner featuring speaker Maigrianna Evans DMD, at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Orthodontics and developed several orthopedic and plastic surgical techniques within her specialties. She frequently lectures on orthodontics, periodontics and dental implants both within the United States and around the world.

If you have any questions about pediatric or adult airway health, please feel free to call me at the office at 631-427-8444 for an appointment for a free consultation. Sleep apnea can be addressed through orthodontic treatment, especially in children.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Pink Guard Mouthguards Protect Smiles, Support Pink Aid

As a member of Pink Aid’s Advisory Council, Dr. Inna Gellerman has launched the “Pink Guard” fundraising campaign to support Pink Aid LI, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit that raises funds to help underserved local women survive breast cancer treatment with support and dignity, to provide screening to women in financial need, and to empower breast cancer survivors to heal by helping and inspiring others. 

The mouthguards, which are custom-made for each smile, are high quality mouth guards made of extremely dense material. This type of mouth guard typically retails for more than $25, but to support Pink Aid, Gellerman Orthodontics is offering them for a $10 donation. Gellerman Orthodontics is covering the entire cost of the mouth guard, including materials and labor, to raise funds for Pink Aid.

The community is invited to call the office to make an appointment to be fitted for a custom mouth guard.

Student athletes, coaches, teams and families are invited to join us in fundraising for Pink Aid. This important nonprofit has touched so many women’s lives, from providing funding for breast cancer screenings to transportation for treatment and more. Gellerman Orthodontics is proud to be a part of Pink Aid and excited to give the local community a way to get involved.

Custom mouth guards are proven to greatly reduce the occurrence of sports-related head and mouth trauma. 200,000 youth sports-related injuries are prevented each year in the U.S. by high-quality mouth guards. Kids who wear braces or are wearing Invisalign need to wear custom mouth guards to ensure that they don’t have ancillary injuries caused by a hit to the face or head from a lacrosse stick, a soccer ball or a baseball bat.

A lot of the kids we see in the practice who do wear their mouth guards come back to tell us how their mouth guard saved their smiles. Sometimes they get hurt on the field, but very often it’s when kids are clowning around on the sidelines and they’re not paying attention. We tell them to wear the mouth guards anytime they might get injured, and the ones who do are grateful for the advice.

To make an appointment for a fitting, for an individual, team or class, the community is invited to call 631-427-8444 and ask for Joanna or send an email to

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Gellerman Orthodontics Presents Dental Hygiene Presentations to Area Schools  

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month -- a great month to talk about the importance of good dental health for children.  Starting early with good dental health habits make a big difference for children in their health and in their school attendance. That’s the message Dr. Inna Gellerman and the Gellerman Orthodontics team members are bringing to area schools, with a fun presentation that teaches children how to care for their teeth and learn good health habits early.

By teaching children early about the importance of good dental hygiene, and reinforcing it with a fun story, they are more likely to take good care of their smiles. We know that a healthy smile is an indicator of overall health and self-care, so these skills are quite important for children to learn now, so they continue to care for their smiles for years to come.  
Research has also shown that children with poor oral health are more likely to experience dental pain and miss school than their peers, which can have an impact on their grades. And when they are in class, pain or low self-esteem relating to dental issues can cause children to be distracted from schoolwork.  So regular brushing, flossing and a healthy diet have many benefits for children (and adults).

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.

For information on our visits to area schools, or to schedule a school visit during or after National Dental Health Month, the community is invited to call 631-427-8444. The Gellerman Orthodontics team will be happy to schedule a visit. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Happy Anniversary Gellerman Orthodontics!!

Gellerman Orthodontics opened its doors in Huntington with a vision of an orthodontic practice where patients and family members were treated with the greatest care in a comfortable setting with the very latest in orthodontic technology from a practice that was dedicated to the community.
Fifteen years later, that vision is a daily reality.

We are so grateful to the families, friends and colleagues that have become part of our practice in the last fifteen years. Our success is because of our shared commitment to the highest quality in orthodontic service and to making our community a better place.

Gellerman Orthodontics team members continue to advance their own knowledge, attending clinical education programs throughout the year. Training is always on-going, from lunch and learn programs in the office to workshops held at venues across the country. As the science of orthodontics improves and changes, we’re making the investment in the future, for our patients and for our practice.

Our dedication to the community is well known, and we have a full calendar of educational and fundraising activities. This week we brought decorated pumpkins to Huntington Hospital to add some Halloween cheer to patients and staff. Last week, we were part of Pink Aid, a local organization that raises funds to help breast cancer patients. In a few weeks, we’ll be bringing Christmas trees to area schools to decorate, and then donating them to a nonprofit that could use a little holiday cheer.

We know that our patients have many choices when it comes to caring for their smiles. We believe that our patients value the quality of care we provide, as well as our commitment to the community. We’re looking forward to the next fifteen years!!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Summer is the BEST time to Start your Child with Braces

Yes, we see all of the Back to School sales have begun, but there are still a few weeks of summer left – and now is the best time to bring your son or daughter in to start orthodontic treatment, whether they are getting Invisalign or braces.

There’s more flexibility, especially in late summer, when many camp programs are over, and school hasn’t yet started.

It’s better for kids to get through the initial adjustment to treatment before they start school. While most of the discomforts from braces have been minimized, there are still some kids whose gums and growing teeth can be a little tender in the first week after starting treatment.
Little girl with braces enjoying a slice of watermelon

Your child will have more time to adjust to life with braces and the new routines that comes with it. They may have to learn how to brush in a different way, get used to eating with braces on and learn the cleaning techniques so their teeth stay in great shape during treatment. They’ll have more time to work through any adjustments if they start now. By the time school opens, you want them to feel more comfortable about wearing braces.

Kids do grow faster in the summer. It’s been proven scientifically and may be related to the longer days of summer and heat’s impact on the endocrine system. That means that the best time to begin treatment with braces is during one of those growth spurts.

Even if your child isn’t quite ready for braces, this is a great time of year for them to come in and see us. If they are seven years old, summer is the best time to have their free orthodontic evaluation.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every child around age 7 have an orthodontic evaluation so that early problems can be treated, which can help avoid the need for more intense treatment, like teeth extraction, later in life.

Our office has more flexibility in these last weeks of August, so give us a call today at 631-427-8444 and we’ll be happy to make your first appointment!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Braces During Summer Travel, and Why Paper Napkins Are Your Brace’s Worst Enemy!

Summertime is fun time, and that often means travelling with family and friends to far-off lands. If your summer plans include braces, you’ll want to be ready to continue to take care of your braces and your smile.

Here are a few points to keep in mind about traveling with braces:

Summer Braces Care
We know you’re packing a toothbrush and toothpaste and floss but remember to include an interproximal brush also. It’ll help keep your braces and teeth clean.

Floss or floss threaders, whichever one you use – bring extras. While it seems like there are chain drugstores everywhere you go, we know you’re more comfortable with the type that you use at home. Don’t run out. Besides, who wants to go to the drugstore in the middle of a fun vacation day?

You can use your phone to serve as a mirror, but a small travel mirror when you don’t have your phone, or even better, a small mouth mirror, will help keep your braces care on track.

Remember to pack dental wax and extra orthodontic bands in your orthodontic care kit.

And remember to pack an extra retainer case (more on that below), a tweezer and a small stick for pushing, in case you have to reposition an archwire.

We recommend that patients use a small cosmetics bag, filled with everything they need. That makes it easier to pack, and you can also use it for school in the fall.  Plastic zipper bags aren’t quite as sturdy.

If you are using Invisalign trays, bring a few spares. Talk with our office about what you’ll need, depending on how long you’ll be away.

Why do you need an extra retainer case?

We know from LOOONG experience that the most common way for people to lose their retainers is because they place them in a paper napkin during a rushed meal, then toss the napkin away!
That happens when kids are at camp, teens are travelling around the world, and even adults are enjoying some much-needed downtime.

If you make a personal commitment to yourself to only put your retainer in a retainer case, the chances of your losing your retainers drop dramatically!

One last thing to put in your braces travel kit

Don’t forget to bring a few of Dr. Gellerman’s business cards. Pick some up when you are in the office next time.  Dr. Gellerman has a national network of colleagues, so if you have a braces emergency, you can call the office and we’ll be able to reach out to an orthodontist wherever you are and get you the help you need.