Friday, December 14, 2012


We are excited to introduce our new iTero optical 3D scanner, which will make our patient’s journey to a Spectacular Smile better than ever!

This new state-of-the-art digital scanning system allows us to get accurate digital impressions of teeth and gums in minutes – and completely eliminates the need for trays and the sticky putty that we used in the past to obtain dental impressions.  The iTero scanner can be used for any orthodontic treatment including traditional braces, SureSmile® Robotic braces, and clear aligner-based orthodontic systems such as Invisalign®. Impressions taken with iTero scanner are perfect every time and last a lifetime.

Our patients love this new system because they get to instantly see the three-dimensional model of their teeth surfaces and gums on the computer screen.  No more gagging on trays or gooey impression materials!

At Gellerman Orthodontics, we are committed to making sure that our patients receive the most advanced treatment possible.  The iTero system is another example of our dedication and we can’t wait to show it to you!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Invisalign is on National TV

We are excited to share this television segment with you – it’s all about how Invisalign works to make smiles spectacular without wearing heavy metal appliances.  A young woman who has one crooked tooth goes to see an orthodontist, who suggests the use of Invisalign as the best way to take her smile from good to great.   Invisalign is a perfect solution for many of our patients, particularly for adults who are reluctant to wear traditional braces.  It’s also a great alternative to traditional braces for teens.    Click here to see the segment – and call us if you have any questions.  

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The community support for Kiss Cancer Good-Bye!

The community support for Kiss Cancer Good-Bye has been tremendous! We want to thank all of our sponsors for getting behind our event to make a dream come true:

Exhibiting Sponsors
Dr. Howard Schneider              
Long Island Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
North Shore Implant and Oral Surgery Associates

Gold Sponsors
Dr. Margaret Ames
Huntington Bay Dental 

Media Sponsor
Long Islander Newspapers

Silver Sponsors
Dr. Steven Benardo
Long Island Aviators
Massapequa Oral and Maxillofacial Associates
Mr. Sausage
Plainview Oral and Maxillofacial Associates

Day of Event Sponsors
Blink Fitness
Cactus Salon
Massage on the Run
No Regrets Band

Trail Sign Sponsors
A Rise Above Bake Shop
Basics Landscaping
Dr. Holly Burns
Kalmar Family Dentistry
Marsh’s Huntington

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Just seven days before the Kiss Cancer Good-Bye walk!

Just seven days before the Kiss Cancer Good-Bye walk
There are so many reasons that Gellerman Orthodontics is hoping you’ll join the Kiss Cancer Good-Bye walk.
We walk to support the American Cancer Society in the war against cancer.
We walk to celebrate the gift of life for those who are cancer survivors
We walk to honor those who are struggling right now to fight cancer
We walk to remember those we love who were taken from us by cancer
Come join us, and help us to make a difference. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Join Our First Annual Kiss Cancer Good-Bye Walk

Come join us at a family friendly event that will raise important funds and awareness in the fight against cancer on Saturday, September 29, from 11 AM – 2 PM.  Excitement is building for the First Annual Kiss Cancer Good-Bye Walk as more sponsors and supporters come on board.  
We’ll have massages from Massage on the Run, the holistic wellness center located on Wall Street, offering complementary massages to sooth tired muscles after a walk around Heckscher Pond.  Arrive early and enjoy the live entertainment from No Regrets!, dance performances from area kids at local dance studios and don’t forget your lavender hair extension from Cactus Salon in Huntington.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What color is your ribbon?

What color is your ribbon?  Everyone knows that pink is for breast cancer, yellow is to show support for our soldiers and MIA/POWs, a pattern of jigsaw puzzle pieces is for autism, and a flag pattern is for the  victims and heroes of the 9/11 attacks. 
Our color is lavender – representing all cancers because our event is being held to support the American Cancer Society (ACS), a national, community-based voluntary health organization dedicating to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.  That’s a big task – and we are proud to be a member of the ACS team.
Here are some colors that you may not be used to seeing:
  • Amber – Appendix Cancer
  • Marigold, Blue or Purple- Bladder Cancer
  • Teal and white - Cervical Cancer
  • Gold – Childhood Cancer
  • Dark Blue – Colon Cancer
  • Periwinkle – Esophageal Cancer
  • Grey – Brain Cancer
  • Teal – Ovarian Cancer
  • Orange – Leukemia and other Blood Cancers

Thinking about how many colors are used to represent so many different kinds of cancers can be overwhelming.  There are so many different kinds of cancer, and this disease strikes so many of the people we love.  That’s why we are urging you to sign up, bring your friends and family, and take part in the first annual Kiss Cancer Good-Bye walk.  
Walk in memory of a loved one, walk in celebration of a survivor – come out and show your support!   

Friday, September 14, 2012

Why are we doing a Kiss Cancer Good-Bye Walk?

Why are we doing a Kiss Cancer Good-Bye Walk?  
We don’t know anyone whose lives have not been touched by cancer.   A family member, a beloved friend, an acquaintance at work - we all know someone who has received the dreaded diagnosis and treatment for this disease.  Some have lived, only to find themselves confronting another cancer diagnosis years later.  Others have lost the fight.  
We want to help make a difference in the fight against cancer, and that’s why Gellerman Orthodontics decided to undertake our very own event.  We hope that you will join us and along the way, we’re sure to have some fun, create memories of a great day and support an important cause.  
Sign up today to walk and bring your friends – we can’t wait to see you!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


In case you need a musical reason to sign up for Kiss CancerGood-Bye walk, we’ve got one – a live performance from the No Regrets Band!  One of Long Island’s most loved party bands is our official music sponsor, bringing their great music and followers to our event.  No Regrets is a five piece band that specializes in great music of all styles. With a unique blend of rock, pop and dance favorites, No Regrets will give us the musical inspiration to keep everyone rocking as we raise funds to Kiss Cancer Good-Bye!

To learn more about No Regrets, visit their website at
Don’t miss a beat – sign up today at

Friday, September 7, 2012

Kiss Cancer Good-Bye Walk: Register Early!!!

If you are thinking about signing up for our Kiss CancerGood-Bye walk on September 29th, but aren’t quite ready to commit, here are a few reasons why you should sign up today:
  • Early registration means you get to pre-order our classic t-shirt in the size of your choice.  
  • The earlier you sign up, the more likely you’ll be able to get a lavender hair extension and complementary massage
  • Committing to a course of action makes us feel energized.   Committing to a walk and bringing others along for a fun event makes us feel empowered!
  • It feels good to know that you are doing something that will help others. 
  • We’re going to have a lot of fun – live music, kid’s activities, dance performances.
  • Every dollar we raise makes a difference in the fight against cancer. 
  • Most importantly of all - Your support really matters, and we can’t do it without you!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Kiss Cancer Good-Bye in Heckscher Park

Why are we having Kiss Cancer Good-Bye in Heckscher Park in Huntington?  Because we think it’s perfect.  
Situated around the corner from our office, and home to The Heckscher Museum of Art, where Dr. Gellerman is a member of the Board of Trustees, Heckscher Park has been a part of the history of Huntington since it was dedicated by August Heckscher in 1920.  
The pond that we’ll be walking around, known as Heckscher Pond, was once the source of power for a nearby thimble factory.  Heckscher Park is one of the town’s most frequently used parks in the entire town of Huntington.  It features many large outdoor sculptures.  
And we bet you didn’t know this: Heckscher Park is on the National Register of Historic Places!  
Sign up today to join our walk and help us support the good work of the American Cancer Society.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Kiss Cancer Good-Bye Sponsors are Signing Up – will you be there?

The Kiss Cancer Good-Bye team is excited to announce that a number of Huntington businesses have already signed up to show their support for our September 29th event!  

Munday’s Restaurant, one of Huntington’s favorite spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner, was the first Trail Sign sponsor for our walk!   Cactus Salon, located at the corner of New York Avenue and 25A will be at Heckscher Park on the day of our walk with $10 lavender hair extensions so we can show our support in the fight against cancer with a streak of lavender in our hair.    A Rise Above Bake Shop also has signed up to be a Trail Sign Sponsor – when you stop by to pick up your scones and cookies and cakes, you’ll see our flyer in their store. 

If you haven’t already registered to be a sponsor, or to walk, make sure to visit www.drgellerman.comand click on the Kiss Cancer Good-Bye page for a registration form.  Register before September 10 and you’ll be able to choose the size of your T-shirt!

We are working on creating fun activity tables for kids – let us know if there’s something that you’d like and we’ll try to use your suggestion!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kiss Cancer Good-Bye 1st Annual Walk

We are excited to announce the first Kiss Cancer Good-Bye walk, which will take place on Saturday, September 29 from 11 AM – 2 PM at Heckscher Park in Huntington!  

The walk will be just the right size for families, and we’ll have fun activities for everyone as we raise money to support the American Cancer Society.   
Registration for the walk is $20 per person, and includes a t-shirt.  Your check should be made out to American Cancer Society.  

Click here for the registration form, which you can bring to our office or mail to us at Gellerman Orthodontics, 165 Main Street, Huntington NY  11743.  
If you want to volunteer, please call us at 631-427-8444.  
We’re looking for sponsors and will announce them on the blog and on FaceBook as they sign up!   
Stay tuned for news and updates.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Why should my child be seen by an orthodontist by age 7?

Standards of care in orthodontics continue to change and improve, in the same manner as any other form of medical care.  While years ago children would not be seen by an orthodontist until they lost all baby teeth, today we know better.  We know that an early assessment of your child’s teeth and jaw can make a big difference in the quality of her smile.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children be evaluated by an orthodontist by age seven. By this age, most children have all four of the six-year molars and all four central incisors in place.  The orthodontist can then identify any likely orthodontic problems and counsel the parents on when, if any, treatment should begin. 
At this age the orthodontist can see how much space will be available for the teeth and whether or not the child’s teeth will come in correctly.  Overcrowded teeth may force later-appearing teeth to come out on top of or below the gum line.   Crowding in the back is not easily seen without an x-ray.  If there are anticipated spacing problems, addressing them at an early age can ensure that there will be adequate room for remaining permanent teeth to grow in correctly.
The early treatment does not ensure that the child will not need braces later on.  Early treatment is often referred to as two-phase treatment because most children (more than 90%) who have early treatment need further orthodontic treatment when the remaining permanent teeth are in place.  A younger child whose teeth are under treatment may be spared the physical and social challenges that result when their teeth are poorly aligned or protrude from abnormal locations in the mouth.   And treating at an early stage almost always means that the second phase of treatment – during the awkward years of adolescence – is easier and faster.   

Friday, June 22, 2012


School-age kids going to sleep away camp need to be prepared to take care of their braces, retainers, expanders, night braces and any orthodontic appliances - when parents are not there to supervise. Here’s how to fully enjoy camp while maintaining your treatment for a beautiful smile:
  • ·        Make sure to pack extra wax, floss, and spare toothbrushes
  • ·        Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily
  • ·        Pack mouth guards and wear one when you play contact sports 
  • ·        If a wire or a band breaks or becomes loose, don’t panic.  Use the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil and gently press the wire back under the archwire. 
  • ·        Use wax or a piece of wet cotton to serve as a buffer between the wire and your mouth if the inside of your mouth gets irritated
  • ·        If you wear a retainer, pack extra retainer cases and always put your retainer in the case when you are not wearing it.  NEVER put your retainer in a napkin or tissue – that’s how they get thrown into the trash!
  • ·        Just as at home, don’t eat foods that are hard to chew – bagels, licorice, caramel, nuts, hard candy, etc.
  • ·        Call your orthodontist if you have concerns or questions

Summer camp is all about having fun and enjoying a care-free summer.  For kids wearing braces, it just takes a little extra planning and preparation!  Have a great summer!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Should you get your teeth bleached at the mall? Short answer: no!!

Should you get your teeth bleached at the mall?  Short answer: no!!
Longer answer:  getting your teeth bleached at the mall can put your teeth and your health at risk.  Several states have actually passed laws to close down these businesses.   
Harsh chemicals used in most mall bleaching centers can do real damage to the enamel layer that covers your teeth if not applied properly.   There have been many complaints around the country about bleeding gums and newly sensitive teeth after a whitening treatment from one of these kiosks.
If you have an allergic reaction to the chemicals used, the mall bleaching company takes no responsibility.  When you have a brightening process done in your orthodontists’ office, there are procedures in place if you have an allergic reaction. 
There’s no way to know if proper sterilization techniques are being followed.  In our office, technicians must have special training and be certified to ensure that every piece of equipment, from the chair you sit in to the instruments that are used in your mouth, exceed New York State guidelines for sterilization.
If your teeth are chipped or if there are underlying gum problems that you may not know about, the use of harsh chemicals in an unregulated environment is asking for trouble!   And if you have veneers or crowns, the bleach may turn your natural teeth whiter and leave your veneers or crowns a totally different color. 
If you want to have your teeth as bright as they can be, give our office a call and we’ll be happy to explain options that are safe and affordable. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Orthognathic Surgery - Transforming Treatment

When the jaws are so severely out of position that a child suffers from an extreme under bite or overbite, the result is a misshapen appearance that can lead to teasing and social problems with peers.  Today, it is possible to correct the alignment of the jaw to help develop a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing face.  Orthognathic surgery is performed only after patients turn 18 years old, as the jaw has stopped growing.   Adults can also benefit from orthognathic surgery.

Braces are used as a first step in the correction process.  This is to obtain the best possible dental arch, so that the teeth fit together correctly and the child can eat, speak and sleep without any problems.  The next step, once the patient turns 18, is to consider the single or double jaw surgery to reposition the mouth.  After the surgery, the soft tissue in the patient’s face moves on its own to achieve a natural attractiveness. 

Orthognathic surgery can make a dramatic difference in the patient’s appearance and their quality of life.  If you have questions about orthognathic surgery, please call the office and we will be happy to discuss this with you. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

More than Braces at Dr. Gellerman’s Orthodontics

Did you know that children who have chronic sinus problems can often benefit from the use of a Rapid Palatial Expander (RPE)? 

Children who have chronic sinus infections colds, asthma and allergies often also have narrow sinuses passageways.  The reduced airflow can result in higher levels of bacteria that live normally in everyone’s sinuses – leading to increased numbers of colds and infections.

Sometimes the treatment is as simple as using a Rapid Palatal Expander, known as an RPE.    Orthodontic medical literature has demonstrated positive correlations between using Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE) in children with nasal obstruction, asthma, and allergies. In laymen’s terms, the expansion of the area leads to increased air flow, which changed the amount and type of bacteria in the sinus cavity.  

If your child suffers from chronic sinus problems, you might want to ask your pediatrician or ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat doctor) about the use of an RPE.  If you have questions, please call our office and we’ll be happy to explain further.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Almost every month finds me attending a scientific conference in orthodontics of one kind or another.   On the weekend of April 13th, I attended the New-Conn Orthodontic Foundation’s 24th Biennial Seminar: How Teeth Really Move: emerging trends in biology, biomechanics, genetics, pharmacology, and physiology.  This weekend long program featured speakers from universities all over the world who are leaders in orthodontic, craniofacial and biomechanical science.  It was a very well attended conference, with high level speakers and presentations.  This investment of time is very important to me, because the more I can continue to learn from leaders in the field, the better I can help my patients have a spectacular smile! 

Friday, April 6, 2012

One in Five Orthodontic Patients is an Adult

There is nothing worse than feeling self-conscious about your smile, whether it means holding back on a grin when photos are being taken or keeping lips tightly closed during a romantic gaze. Teeth can be moved the same way for a 56 year old as they can for a 13 year old, so braces are not just for children or teens.

Braces for adults are not always about aesthetics. Some bad bites, which can affect speaking and eating, can get worse if left untreated. If teeth are poorly aligned or if bad habits are making them move out of place, time will only make things worse.

Today, new technologies and space age materials are used in orthodontic systems to decrease the length of treatment time and enhance the effectiveness of braces. Many options, like Incognito™ and Invisalign®, are also extremely discreet. Incognito™ Orthodontic Braces are custom-made gold braces that are hidden behind your teeth, so no one will ever know that you are wearing braces. Invisalign® uses a series of removable, invisible aligners to straighten teeth.

We can give anyone, at any age, a spectacular smile!  If you have questions, just call and we’ll be happy to explain how.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spectacular Smiles Team Trip To OrthoCamp

Dr. Inna Gellerman and her Spectacular Smiles Team just come back from “Ortho Camp” - a four day program of workshops and seminars where we focus on improving clinical and administrative skills.  We also do a lot of work in team building.    This year, Ortho Camp took place at the Hard Rock Palace in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  Each time we go, our entire team comes back with a new sense of purpose and dedication. 

We learn a lot about what it takes to be the best, from the instructors who lead the programs and from meeting other professionals from orthodontic practices around the country who have the same level of commitment to providing superior care and service to patients.

The Spectacular Smile team goes on at least two retreats a year in addition to the continuing dental education programs that we attend throughout the year.  We do this because we think it’s important for us to keep growing and learning, so that we can give our patients what they deserve – a wonderful journey to a spectacular smile!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Should someone who is NOT an orthodontist provide your family with orthodontic treatment? We don’t think so – and here’s why:

You are about to embark on an orthodontic journey – an exciting time for your family. 
When you are deciding who should provide treatment, you may want to ask the following questions to be sure that you are being cared for by the right professional:

  • Is the doctor a specialist in orthodontics with 2-3 years of specialized education beyond dental school?
  • Do clinicians and their team members attend continuing education classes and seminars frequently?
  • Are ‘space age’ wires used for improved comfort and performance?
  • Does the doctor use bonded brackets as much as possible, or spacers and old-school bands?
  • Does the doctor use proper mechanics that allow him/her to reduce the total number of appointments necessary to complete your treatment?

Many non-orthodontists today offer certain orthodontic appliances after being certified by the appliance manufacturer.   We think that your smile and good dental health is far too important to be treated by someone without the extensive training and clinical experience of a board-certified orthodontist.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

When Should Your Child First See an Orthodontist?

Many parents don’t think about braces until their children are just on the cusp of adolescence. Orthodontists can spot problems with teeth alignment and jaw growth as early as age 7, long before children have their permanent teeth and corrections are more challenging.

By age 7, enough permanent teeth are present for an orthodontist to evaluate the relationships between the teeth, the child’s jaw and the bite. In many cases, an early orthodontic check-up can prevent much bigger problems in the future.

Some of the more apparent conditions that call for a child to have an orthodontic check up include:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth.
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting.
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds.
  • Mouth breathing.
  • Thumb sucking.
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or don’t meet at all.
  • Teeth that appear above the gum line.