Friday, July 26, 2013

Patient Survey

Did you know that at Gellerman Orthodontics we hold a team meeting before our doors open to make sure that we are ready for you?  Appointments for the day are reviewed and discussed so that we all know who is coming in, what they will need and what we need to do to prepare. Then, at the end of the day, we have another meeting to review the events of the day and to make sure that our team did the best we could for our patients and families.  We learn from each other how to do even better the next day.    

Part of our continued learning process includes hearing from our patients and families.  We always want to hear from you - that’s why we keep a patient survey form at our reception desk.  If you’d rather not use the form, we invite you to speak with Dr. Inna Gellerman, Gina Golde, OfficeManager, or our Treatment Coordinators, Bethany Nota and Elaine Fornuto, if you ever have any questions or comments about your experience at our office.   

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

10th Anniversary Art Contest: Winner to Receive Free Braces

Having a blast this summer?  We are too – and we can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with for the 10th Anniversary “Create a Spectacular Smile” art contest.   Remember the prize is free traditional braces – that’s worth smiling about!  The contest is for students from elementary school to high school, and the judges want to see the beauty of a smile.  Call Gina Golde, Office Manager, at 6our website for details. 
31-427-8444 if you have any questions, or visit

Friday, July 19, 2013

Summertime and Your Braces

Hooray – school is out for the year, and it’s time for summer fun.  But just because your school schedule changes to summer does not mean that you can skip your regular dental care schedule.  You still need to be careful about the foods you eat and be sure to floss and clean your teeth and braces.  

Summer often means travel, and that means packing a braces kit:
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouth rinse
  • Orthodontic Wax
  • A small magnifying mirror so you can see your braces and teeth

·        We recommend that you keep a “braces to go” kit ready in a small cosmetic bag so that you’ll have everything you need anytime you go away, whether to the beach for the afternoon or a weekend away.   Just grab it and go! 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Why does our pediatric dentist want my seven year old to see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist by age seven to evaluate their teeth and to see if there are any issues that need to be dealt with on a pro-active basis.  By age seven, a child normally has at least four permanent molars and four permanent incisors.  If more adult teeth have come in, or if any of the eight permanent teeth have yet to emerge, the child may have a problem with missing teeth or an overcrowded jaw. The orthodontist will evaluate the child’s progress to ensure that growth is managed carefully to avoid future issues. It’s best to resolve small problems before they become bigger problems.

Here’s an example of a situation that we see during these examinations.  A child with a tooth starting to protrude from the upper or lower gum needs to be addressed, either by removing the baby tooth that is in the way of the permanent tooth and forcing it to emerge in an abnormal position, or extracting the tooth if it is actually an extra tooth, before the other teeth become crooked or crowded.  Children with these types of dental malformations are subject to teasing by their peers as well as having future orthodontic problems.  Treating theproblem early on is better for t
he child’s dental health as well as their emotional well-being.