Friday, April 19, 2013

How important is your smile?


Your smile is one of the first things that people see about you.  When your teeth are straight, shiny clean and healthy, you can be confident that you are leaving a good impression when you smile.  Studies show that a great smile is one of the most important things that people look for when they are looking for a romantic partner and when interviewing a candidate for a job. 

Remember that you are not completely dressed unless your smile is ready to go out into the world.   At Gellerman Orthodontics, we can take your smile from any level to spectacular so that you can be sure that your smile represents you in the best possible way.

If you are not sure about your smile – if you have a single tooth that’s out of line, or a few teeth that seem to have moved in the wrong way, stop by our office for a free consultation.  Today there are many different kinds of braces, and we’ll be happy to speak with you about the system that will work best for you.

Friday, April 5, 2013

APRIL IS FACIAL PROTECTION MONTH - - PLAY IT SAFE AND PROTECT YOUR SMILE


Millions of kid’s teeth get knocked out every year – and many of those smiles could be protected simply by wearing a mouth guard!
We want to remind our patients, their parents and their coaches to remember to wear mouth guards and appropriate protective gear when participating in sports and any recreational activities that could lead to getting a facial injury.
A survey by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) revealed that 67 percent of parents admitted that their children do not wear mouth guards during organized sports.   When kids don’t wear mouth guards, that’s usually because their parents or coaches don’t understand how important this is.   Whether a child swings a bat or a lacrosse stick, jumps off a diving board or climbs on a horse, they are at risk for recreation related mouth and face injuries.
Mouth guards are one of the least expensive pieces of protective equipment.  Over the counter mouth guards cost as little as $5 - - but they can only be effective if they are worn.  Mouth guards may also protect against neck and central nervous system injuries because they decrease the amount of force transmitted through the jaw to the base of the skull. 
For children and adults wearing braces, mouth guards are particularly important.  An impact to the mouth can cause both broken teeth and lacerations that may occur from the impact of the metal braces and wires coming into contact with soft gum and mouth tissue. 
If you or your child is playing sports or engaging in recreational activities where falls or impacts are possible, we encourage to you take the extra two minutes (!!) to wear a mouth guard.  Your SMILE will thank you!