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.