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.