Friday, August 16, 2013

Why a healthy bite matters

Wonder why a Spectacular Smile is so important?  It’s not just about looks.
The ultimate goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite – straight teeth that are neatly aligned and mesh correctly with the teeth on the opposite jaw.  This makes it possible to bite, chew and speak properly.  The side benefits are the great looks that come with a Spectacular Smile and the better dental health and well-being that come from having a healthier mouth. 
 A healthy bite is important no matter what the patent’s age.   Orthodontists today prefer to have a first consultation with a child by age seven to better evaluate the potential need for treatment.  Children and teenagers are still growing, and orthodontic treatment will lead to long-term improvements.   Adults whose teeth have shifted over time will benefit in appearance and health from orthodontic treatment.
A bad bite can lead to challenges in speaking, breathing and chewing.  Severely bad bites can lead to bad habits that can take a long time to overcome.
Here are some signs that a person may have a bad bite:
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Teeth not fitting smoothly together
  • Mouth breathing
  • Jaws that make sounds, protrude or are recessed
  • Biting the inner cheeks or biting the inner lips
  • Difficulty with speech 
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Inability to close lips

If you or your child has any of these problems, call our office at 631-427-8444 to schedule a free consultation.

Friday, August 9, 2013

10th Anniversary Art Contest: Winner to Receive Free Braces

Gellerman Orthodontics has brought Spectacular Smiles to our patients and families for ten years.  To celebrate, we’re asking students to create art that will show their interpretation of the beauty of a smile.  The winner will receive free traditional braces – and we’re sure that will bring a smile to you!   Entries can be a sculpture, painting, collage, drawing or any media that you like, as long as it is family-friendly and we can display it at Gellerman Orthodontics.  Visit our website for contest entry forms and rules.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Fashion Influencer Plum Sykes Gets Braces

How exciting to find an article in the August 2013 Vogue from contributing editor Plum Sykes, on her experience of getting braces at age 43 and looking forward to “enjoy those perfect teeth I had…as a teenager.”  Ms. Sykes, fashion writer, socialite and author, reports that she had considered braces through the years, as her teeth had moved a great deal since she first had braces at age 13.  Despite a crooked smile, it was only when a dentist told Ms. Sykes that her two top teeth (maxillary central incisors) were so crooked that she might lose the teeth and    not be a candidate for implants that she made the decision to get orthodontic treatment.   Six months later, she has already seen progress.     Ms. Sykes is a trend-setter, in Europe and America, and we are sure that by the time her braces come off (June 2014), Ms. Sykes will have influenced any number of 40-something women here and abroad to embark on a journey to a Spectacular Smile.