Saturday, November 19, 2011
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Friday, October 7, 2011
- Good hygiene: thorough brushing and flossing, getting dental cleanings every 3 to 6 months, using fluoride prescription tooth paste
- Keeping your appointments: if you are not seen on a regular basis we can’t keep treatment on the schedule and it will be delayed.
- Have nothing loose or broken: to prevent things from breaking or getting loose you have to follow the instructions. Each time something gets loose a month is added to your treatment as teeth move back.
- Seeing your dentist: have check-ups with your dentist every 6 months to make sure there are no cavities.
- Wearing your rubber bands: probably most important of all!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
The story talks about the Myths of Orthodontics. For example: Braces are only for kids. The truth is that there has been a rise in adult orthodontics, and we see this everyday at Dr. Gellerman's orthodontic practice.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
There comes a point in almost everyone’s life when you need to see an orthodontist. I happen to work for one. And 99 percent of “everyone” needs braces. I happened not to need them when I started working at Dr. Gellerman’s, but things turned out the way they did and, in the end, at age of 24, I got braces.
Just got my braces – feels like miniature rail road tracks got stuck to my teeth. Weird. Not comfortable but curious to touch them and stretch my lip as far as I can to cover them completely. Stared in the mirror at them for hours, run my tongue over them, examined every little part, found the perfect way of smiling where I look more cute than terrifying; tolerated some mocking and laughing from my family. You see, my brother just got his braces off a month ago. I was the one who talked him into it, he hated me all the way through his treatment, and now he can get his revenge.
My friends don’t know yet. Well… I figured I may as well parade my braces and be proud than try to hide the fact, that I got them and be ashamed. So I did get the metal ones and I plan on getting colors on them later in the treatment. Moreover, my smiling picture with braces now is my profile picture on Facebook to make sure everyone knows I got braces. I know people would respect my courage and craziness and won’t say a word but smile. And I will smile back with my metal mouth. At my dance class I showed them off to my dance teacher. Smiled with my new smile to one of our patients who owns a deli and happened to have braces too. Paraded my “new Bling Bling” in front of the cashier at the grocery store (who happened to have same exact braces as me and smiled back at me kind of saying “we’re in the same boat”).
My first meal – happened to be yogurt which was running freely under my wires and covering my braces in sugary sweet strawberries and milk; banana was a tough one – mushy and soft getting stuck where it should not. After dinner, which was more of a solid food, I learned how to manipulate my tongue to make sure I swallow sushi, not tuck them in under my wires for everyone to see.
I think my co-workers struggle the most with my new metal accessory. It was hard as it is to understand what I said and what I meant before I got braces (as English is my third language) and now it’s almost impossible. Braces added a lisp and a charming almost whistling sound to my words…I feel like a snake with two rows of teeth.
Come the night…teeth start “itching”, can’t really bite the way I used to any more. I don’t even know if I slept at night.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
1. Early or late loss of baby teeth
2. Difficulty of chewing or biting
3. Mouth breathing
4. Finger sucking or other oral habits
5. Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
6. Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
7. Speech difficulty
8. Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
9. Protruding teeth
10. Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
11. Facial imbalance or asymmetry
12. Grinding or clenching of teeth
Do any of these warning signs fit you? If so, give Dr. Gellerman and her team a call today 631-427-8444!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Many people know that Invisalign is a great solution to braces if you don't want to experience the look and feel of traditional metal braces. What few people know, though, is that just like traditional braces, Invisalign requires proper care to work effectively. Good oral hygiene is highly important, even when you are wearing something in your mouth that you can take out to eat with. It's still likely that your aligners can build up plaque if not treated properly. When wearing your Invialign aligners, ask yourself the following questions:
1.) Am I eating with my aligners on? - These aligners are removable and should be taken out when you eat.
2.) Am I drinking anything other than water with my aligners on? - Though it's not a necessity for you to take out your aligners while you drink, think about how sticky a soda is. If you take out your aligners when drinking a soda, you have a better chance of keeping your aligners clean.
3.) Am I brushing before putting the trays on? - The aligners have both an inside and outside. Keeping the outside clean is easy. Keeping the inside clean is also easy: just make sure you've brushed your teeth before putting the trays on.
These are all very simple steps, and ultimately, they help to keep you building good oral habits.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
How exactly does Invisalign work?
Using 3-D computer imaging technology, Invisalign creates a series of custom-made, clear aligners exclusively for your teeth, based on the treatment plan that we specify for you. Each aligner moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.
Will I experience pain during treatment?
Most people experience temporary discomfort for a few days after a new aligner is placed. This feeling of pressure is normal and is a sign that Invisalign is working by sequentially moving your teeth to their final destination.
Can other people see that I'm in treatment?
One of the benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
Can I smoke during treatment?
We discourage smoking while wearing the aligners as they may become discolored.
Are there any foods I cannot eat while in treatment?
You can eat normally during the entire course of treatment. One of the advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. Simply take the aligners out before each meal, brush when you're finished eating, then reinsert the aligners afterward.
What about chewing gum?
We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks, as gum and other chewy substances can stick to the aligners.
How often must I wear my aligners?
Aligners should be worn all day, except when eating, brushing, and flossing.
Will my speech be affected by the aligners?
As with any orthodontic treatment, aligners may temporarily affect your speech. If this does happen, your tongue will adjust within a day or two and your speech should return to normal.
How can I clean my aligners?
The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water.
How often must I visit your office during treatment?
For most patients, visits every 4-6 weeks are frequent enough for us to determine that your treatment is progressing properly. Dr. Gellerman will provide you with a specific schedule that supports your individual treatment plan.