Monday, November 15, 2010

Rest Assured, You're Insured!

Not sure about your dental-orthodontic insurance coverage? Do not worry!!! We accept most insurance plans from a variety of different providers. Our exceptional staff works with each patient individually to thoroughly check their insurance coverage making it possible for patients to pay the least co-pay available.

If you’re unsure about your insurance plan or have questions about your coverage please contact our office. We will help you sort through the paperwork and set up a plan that is affordable and manageable for your personal budget. Dr. Inna Gellerman believes everybody deserves a spectacular smile – yours awaits you!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Suresmile: Accelerated Robotic Braces - Dr. Inna Gellerman, Orthodontist...

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You may be like many other people, who have reached this point in the year with unspent dollars in a flex plan account. These accounts are created to set aside pre-tax dollars for medical expenses, but if the expenses are not incurred before the end of the year, the money is lost to you forever.

Have you ever considered orthodontic treatment? Is there something about your smile that you’ve always wanted to change? Has your dentist recently talked about periodontal issues related to crowding of your lower teeth? Why not use those flex plan dollars to create a beautiful, healthy smile?

Dr. Inna Gellerman is happy to see you for a consultation at no charge to discuss how SureSmile, Invisalign, and Incognito-Lingual Braces, could work for you. You may be surprised how easy and affordable changing your smile can be! If you have flex dollars that expire at the end of 2010, please let our office staff know when you call so they can arrange your appointment accordingly.

So don’t delay call our office today 631-427-8444. Don't forget to visit our website for more exciting news!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dr. Inna Gellerman's "Pumpkin Run" Brings Smiles to Huntington's Children

In the spirit of the Fall season and motivated by her passion to help others and give back to the community, Dr. Inna Gellerman joined forces with several local dental offices and held, "The Pumpkin Run". Each participating office decorated a pumpkin which was displayed at a Fall Festival sponsored by Dr. Gellerman. Dr. Gellerman's patients and their families participated in the fun-filled event by selecting the best decorated pumpkin. The winning office received a delicious "Fall breakfast" from Panera Bread, while the runner up office enjoyed freshly baked pumpkin pies and apple cider. Each pumpkin was donated to Huntington Hospital's Pediatric Ward for the children to enjoy the spirit of Fall. To simply call them pumpkins would be an understatement. They were truly magnificent works of art. The winner of this year's "Pumpkin Run" is Dr. Christine Vice with the amazing "Tiger Pumpkin". Second place went to Dr. Tracy Stewart with a dazzling "Cinderella Pumpkin". On behalf of Dr. Inna Gellerman, we would like to extend her thanks to all the volunteer dentists and their staff members. Your caring hands put smiles on the faces and in the hearts of so many. Check out the masterpieces.

The Dental Solution To Thumb-Sucking: Bluegrass Appliance

One answer to this parental problem is a simple appliance called a "Bluegrass." The appliance is placed on the child's upper teeth, and usually stops the habit the first day of use.This appliance also quickly redirects the tongue to a more normal swallowing position.
It is a type of brace that sits full-time on the upper teeth and roof of the mouth. The appliance consists of plastic roller connected to supporting bands or rings. The roller fits behind the child's upper front teeth. It is barely visible in normal view. The bands are fastened to the back molars.

Effectiveness of the Bluegrass

Once the “Bluegrass” is cemented, there is nothing to adjust and no moving or removable parts. It is one of the simplest, yet most effective dental devices. Why is the “Bluegrass” so effective in stopping thumb sucking? It takes away the habit's pleasure. The roller prevents the thumb or finger from touching the gums behind the front teeth and on the roof of the mouth, turning a pleasant experience into an unpleasant one. With no satisfaction, the child has no incentive to continue.
Bluegrass” will also help to prevent the tongue from thrusting forward. In order to do that, the patient MUST practice flipping or “playing with” the roller as well as putting the tongue behind the roller when swallowing.
As a rule, the front tooth position is better within few weeks after appliance placement. It takes 4-6 months for an open bite to close and the front teeth to straighten. The brace is left on 9-12 months, plenty of time for the habit to fade away.
What is a good age to begin “Bluegrass” treatment? The ideal time is when upper front baby teeth become loose, before the adult teeth have pushed out. This usually occurs just before or after age six. Prompt thumb removal allows adult teeth to have a much better positioning. Dental health is certainly important to a child's wellbeing. So is parental peace of mind. For the thumb sucking patient, the orthodontic “Bluegrass” provides the answer to both.

What About Thumb Sucking in Older Children?

Sucking on a thumb, finger, or blanket may be noted in preteens, teenagers and even adults. The initial orthodontic treatment is the same for all, placement of a “Bluegrass” to break the habit. For teens and adults, counseling may be suggested to deal with any underlying psychological problems.

Breaking Your Child's Thumb Sucking Habit

Thumb sucking in young children is a very normal response to anxiety and stress. Still, this behavior should decrease by ages 3-4 and stop by age five. Many children are slow to break the habit which can lead to anxiety for parents. Is it worth the stress to break the thumb sucking habit? Yes, because long-term thumb sucking can cause problems with chewing, speech, and facial appearance.

Effects on the Jawbone

The longer and harder a child sucks his thumb the more harm is done to teeth and jaws. Regular, strong thumb sucking makes front teeth move and can even reshape the jaw bone. Upper front teeth flare out and tip upward while lower front teeth move inward. But, how can something as small as a child's thumb or finger actually move bone?
Children’s jaws are rich in blood supply and fairly low in mineral content like calcium. This makes jaws of children under age eight especially soft and flexible. As a result, prolonged thumb or finger sucking easily deforms the bone around the upper and lower front teeth. The deformity produces a hole or gap when teeth are brought together, known as an open bite.
If a child stops thumb sucking before loss of baby front teeth and arrival of adult front teeth, most or all of the damage may disappear. The repair may be slow, and it may take up to 6 months for the changes to occur. However, if the habit persists, there may be lasting damage. Flared upper teeth, delayed arrival of front teeth, and open bites are all common problems. This can result in chewing difficulties, speech abnormalities, and an unattractive smile.

Do Home Remedies Work?

Some parents try home remedies to break the habit. Common methods include:
  • Placing gloves on their children before bedtime
  • Painting thumbs and fingers with various foul-tasting substances
  • Wrapping bandages around the offending digits
Children can easily overcome these measures. Thumb sucking is also a deep-rooted behavior and may need more than these remedies offer. The child's desire to stop will determine the success of any intervention.
If you are worried, give us a call and we will help assess the situation,and provide tips for how to help your child break the habit.