Friday, October 3, 2014


Once I was crossing a bridge with trolls underneath. They came up and wanted gold for me to cross the bridge. Instead of giving them gold because I did not have it, the trolls said they would take my retainer instead. I gave them my retainer and crossed the bridge.

Brynne R.

Friday, September 19, 2014


This past week I have been in London. My family and I have been staying in an old professor’s house. I think his name was Kirke. He was showing us all the rooms in his house except one. He let us settle in and made us dinner. 
Everyone was sleeping by 10; so I decided to go see what was in that room. I slowly opened the creaking door. The room was big and there was a large object covered by a sheet. I slowly pulled off the dust-filled sheet. Under the sheet was a huge wardrobe. I slowly opened it, and then that’s when I heard foot steps coming. I quickly closed the door the door and went to the back of the wardrobe. But the problem was that I couldn’t find the back. It seemed to go on forever. I could no longer see but then I felt something cold and things poking me. I turned around and it was snow and branches. I quickly ran out. Was I outside? Was I dreaming? It was so beautiful. I looked around and there where huge trees with the most exquisite looking apples. I was so hungry so I took my retainer out and placed it on a rock next to me. The apple tasted magical. Then all of a sudden I heard a crunching noise. I quickly turned around to see this weird looking half man half horse creature. Then I realized he was eating my retainer and I yelled STOP! He slowly turned and said hello. I asked him where I was and he said… Narnia

That’s the story on how I lost my retainers.

Kaitlin R.

Monday, September 8, 2014


If you just got braces over the summer, congratulations – you are on your way to a Spectacular Smile and we are so excited to be a part of your journey.  Here are some helpful hints as you adjust to wearing braces at the start of a new school year.
You’re not alone!  Lots of kids get braces over the summer.  If you are feeling self-conscious, take a look around you in any class or during lunchtime – we bet there will be other kids who got braces too.
If this is your first school year with braces, make sure that you have a mouth guard to protect your mouth and your braces.  Don’t have one?  Stop by our office and we’ll be happy to make sure you have the most important piece of equipment – a high-quality mouth guard to wear over braces.  Dr. Gellerman offers mouth guards FREE to our patients and area schools because we don’t want anyone getting hurt just because they did not have this simple piece of protective gear.
Never, ever put your retainer in a napkin at lunch time.  It’s almost certain that the napkin will go in the trash.  We have so many stories from kids just like you who take such good care of their braces and their teeth but at some point they put their retainer in a napkin and then spend the afternoon digging through trash to find them. Keep a spare case in your locker or backpack – it’s a lot easier! Need an extra?  Stop by the office to pick one up.
Not only will you have a Spectacular Smile, but you are also going to have a healthier mouth, and that means a healthier body.  Studies have shown that a clean and healthy mouth is important for your overall health, and teeth that are straight and aligned are easier to keep clean, which will keep you healthier!
Stash a braces kit in your locker – a small toothbrush and toothpaste, dental wax and flossers.  If you don’t want to brush your teeth at school, make sure it’s the first thing you do when you get home.  Not motivated to brush after school – see our blog post about the white spots that can happen when you don’t brush enough!

Hoping you have a Spectacular Start to your school year!!!

Friday, August 8, 2014


This is a story of why I need a new retainer
It was a normal Saturday night when my mom told me that there was a super moon out tonight and asked if I wanted to go outside and see it, which I did. So, I left my retainer case with my retainers inside it on the low table next to the couch (as usual) and went to go see it. My mom and I tried to look out the back door to see the moon, but it was not visible from there. Then, we went out into the front yard to try to see the moon and we did. 
Meanwhile, while we were looking for the super moon, my mischievous new Pomsky half Pomeranian and half Husky) puppy named Ash, who always tries to annoy me by chewing up things that I enjoy, grabbed my retainer case off the table. When my mom and I came back into our house, I found the retainer case and one retainer by the front table and my mom found the other retainer somewhere else inside of the house. 
All in all, due to my horrible habit of chewing, Ash’s chewing, the dog saliva on the retainers, and the dog shed on the retainers, they were ruined. So, now I have proven the equation…. 

              +  =


…to be (unfortunately) correct.

From Leyla H.

P.S. SORRY!!!!!

Friday, August 1, 2014


I was away at sleep away lacrosse camp. When I got up in the morning to brush my teeth I forgot to put retainers away in the case. I left them on the sink. Upon my return to the bathroom later in the day, I noticed they were missing. 
Once I realized they were gone, I thought the tooth fairy must have come. I have all my adult teeth and have been told I have a nice smile. I think the tooth fairy picked them up to use for another child whose teeth were crooked that could not afford them. 
I hope they will come in good use for someone else and Dr. Gellerman makes me a new set.
By Michael P.

Friday, July 25, 2014


As an Invisalign® Elite Provider, we are one of the first practices on Long Island to provide the PROPEL system, which works with all orthodontic systems, including Invisalign® and braces, to reduce treatment time by up to 50 - 64%. 

We are proud to add this exciting new technology, which provides patients with exceptional treatment outcomes in about half the time as treatment without the new technology.  PROPEL accelerates aligner and braces, allowing most patients to complete treatment in just three to ten months.

PROPEL encourages the patient’s own biology to stimulate the bone surrounding the teeth, allowing teeth to move faster and more predictably into their ideal position. PROPEL is a five minute procedure that makes a small, virtually painless micro-pierce in the bone, stimulating the bone to accelerate tooth movement and achieve an excellent orthodontic finish. PROPEL makes orthodontic treatment more effective and more efficient and can be used with braces or aligner treatments.

Patients are excited about the short treatment times and we are excited about what we are now able to achieve with PROPEL! To learn more or for a complimentary consultation, please call 631-427-8444.

Friday, July 18, 2014


Can your mouth keep a secret?  It can if you have lingual braces!

For brides who want beautiful smiles, teenagers, performers, business people and anyone who wants to have a Spectacular Smile but does not want to be seen wearing braces, lingual braces are a great alternative – only you and your orthodontist know that you are wearing them!

Lingual braces are completely hidden from sight because they are placed behind the teeth. They are custom-designed to hug the interior surfaces of the teeth and provide the optimum treatment, using the latest in digital imaging, wire materials and robotic technology to shape the archwire.  Created using state-of-the art orthodontic technology, today’s lingual braces allow patients to enjoy the benefits of beautiful straight teeth without any visible brackets or wires.  

Not every orthodontist offers lingual braces because they require advanced training and an investment in specialized equipment. Lingual braces also call for extra effort for the orthodontist.  Here’s why: traditional bracket and wire system braces exert forces on the teeth from the outside.  Lingual braces exert the forces on the teeth and jaws   from the inside, where the distances are shorter and the forces are the opposite of traditional braces.  The orthodontist has to work upside-down and inside of the teeth – not every orthodontist undertakes the special training needed, and not everyone wants to devote the additional time to provide this level of patient care.

At GellermanOrthodontics, we offer lingual braces because we want our patients to have a complete range of choices for their orthodontic treatment.

Want to learn more about lingual braces?  Call our office at 631-427-84444 and we’ll be happy to provide more details on how they work, who they are best suited for, and help you on the first steps to a Spectacular Smile! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014


By J.T. Carney

A couple months ago, I believe it was sometime in May, I was taking a flight to Europe for soccer. When I boarded the plane I was only with my soccer team and I remember having my retainer in. It was killing my teeth; I had to take it out a half hour into the flight. A man next to me, Bill, was running back and forth throughout the plane frantically and then he asked me for help. I remember trying to watch the plane for any suspicious activity because that’s what he asked me to do. He was a Federal Air Marshall, so I followed everything he told me. All of a sudden the plane dropped quickly and bags flew everywhere along with an old man who forgot to buckle up. Sadly he landed wrong and passed. Bill said he got a threat that someone would die every 30 minuets if he does not receive a free retainer from the Gellerman office. The problem was that we did not know who it was and I tried going to get my retainer to give to him but it was gone after the plane was shaken up. Eventually three more people died and the Gellerman office finally made a second free retainer policy. The plane was landed shortly after at a close airport but the killer was not found. I went back to get my second free retainer but when I walked in police had a man hand cuffed with FBI surrounding the office. It was the killer who threatened Bill on the plane. Although I went through a lot of chaos, I did eventually get my retainer for free, but I have to be more careful because the third is not free. That is the story of how I lost my retainer. 
                                                                                                       * Based off the movie “Non-Stop” *

Friday, June 20, 2014


At Gellerman Orthodontics, we have a plan to give you a Spectacular Smile – but we cannot do it without you!  Following these simple guidelines will help you finish up your treatment in a shorter period of time and help you earn points for prizes.

  1. Keep your regularly scheduled appointments. Every appointment is part of a carefully planned program, personalized just for you and your smile.
  2. Follow the instructions from Dr. Gellerman and her clinicians for wearing elastics and using appliances.  Those little bitty elastics are not mini- rubber bands – they are critical tools for your orthodontic treatment and require proper use.
  3. If any part of your braces breaks, please call our office at 631-427-8444.  We’ll be able to tell if you need to come in soon, or if it can wait until your next visit.
  4. Take care of your teeth every day with proper brushing and flossing. Braces wearers who don’t keep their teeth sparkling risk tooth decay on and around their brackets. This can lead to white spots. If you are not sure how to best brush or floss with braces, just ask one of our clinicians – they’ll be more than happy to show you! 

To encourage our patients as much as possible, Gellerman Orthodontics offers a Spectacular Reward Program where patients win points for:
  • Great brushing
  • Nothing loose or broken
  • Sharing your orthodontics experience with friends and family members
  • Seeing your family dentist regularly
  • Being on time for appointments
  • Wearing orthodontic appliances as instructed

If you have any questions at all, about these treatment tips or any other issues, just call us at 631-427-8444 and we’ll be happy to help! 

Friday, June 6, 2014


Gellerman Orthodontics is pleased to announce that Renata Rietveld Neirs has won the Mother’s Day Spectacular Smile contest.  Renata, who lives with her family of five in Huntington, was the subject of an essay written by her nine year old daughter Ariel that expressed the love that Ariel and her siblings feel towards her mother.  Renata will receive a free orthodontic smile makeover using Damon self ligating system of braces. 

“We were so impressed with Ariel’s essay, how heart-felt it was and how sweetly she conveyed why her mother was so special to her and her entire family.  It was also written by hand and in script, which we thought showed a great deal of dedication and effort,” said Dr. Inna Gellerman, who heads the practice.

Some of our favorite parts of the essay:
“This whole entire essay is for my mom for being the most wonderful mom…. My mom is sooo special to me and my family that we love her more than anyone can imagine….  Let’s get back to why I love my mom.  I really love her, because she is always who she is, and that shows me that I always should be who I am…. She is a wonderful person and momade for me. “

We could not have said it any better!

Friday, February 28, 2014


If your kids play sports, they need a mouth guard.  It’s that simple. We believe that the protection that a custom fit mouth guard provides is so important that we offer free custom fit mouth guards to teams and individuals in our community.  Just call us to schedule your team’s visit –631-427-8444.

  • A custom mouth guard can prevent broken teeth, the complete loss of teeth, and soft tissue injuries to the mouth, lips and tongue. 
  • A custom fit mouth guard can also prevent or lessen the force of a blow that might otherwise cause a jaw fracture or concussion. 
  • Mouth guards 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 kids wearing braces, a mouth guard is a necessity.  It serves as a physical barrier between the brackets and the mouth, cheeks, lips and tongue to protect them from an impact.

Think of the mouth guard as an AIR BAG for the teeth!

The American Dental Association reports that studies of mouth guard users and nonusers have consistently shown that mouth guards offer significant protection against sports-related injuries to the teeth and soft tissues. 

The custom fit mouth guard is easy to make and provides better protection than the ones sold in most sporting goods stores.  Using a tray with impression material, a member of our clinical staff takes an alginate impression of the teeth, which is used to make a model that is then crafted into a custom-fit 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. 

Just call us to schedule your team’s visit – 631-427-8444.  This is one ounce of protection that’s worth a lifetime of smiles!

Friday, February 7, 2014

White Spots on My Teeth – Where’d THAT come from?

We spend a lot of time teaching our patients how to take care of their teeth and gums during orthodontic treatment so that there are no surprises when their braces finally come off.  One reason we do this -- to avoid white spots on the flat surfaces of the teeth. 

Known clinically as “white spot lesions,” these spots are actually subsurface porosities, flat, shallow and porous, located on the surface of the teeth and caused by dental plaque, the same substance that causes cavities.  Dental plaque is the sticky substance that good brushing and flossing keeps under control.  When dental hygiene is bad, dental plaque accumulates and creates acids that eat away the enamel that coats your teeth, leading to cavities.  When plaque builds up between the gums and the braces, or around the brackets, white spots are created.

It’s disappointing for everyone when your braces come off and the beautiful straight smile is marred by white spots on the surface of your teeth.  Even the best orthodontic treatment can’t prevent white spots – only you can!

How can you avoid white spots?
  • Keep teeth and gums spotless, brushing after meals and using dental floss.
  • Make sure to brush the area between the gums and braces, even when it takes an extra effort. 
  • Follow the food and beverage recommendations from your orthodontist.  The fewer sticky foods you eat, the better your dental hygiene will be.

What if you get white spots?

It will take time, but in most cases some of the spots do become less prominent, and some may disappear completely.  This happens because of the normal process of your oral fluids, which help enamel repair itself through a process called “remineralization,” although it may take about six months.

Extra fluoride may make the spots WORSE by creating a barrier between your normal oral fluids and the white spot.  Wait six months, and then ask your orthodontist if it’s okay for you to try a low concentration over-the-counter fluoride rinse and/or remineralization paste.

For white spots that don’t go away, resin infiltration products may be used in conjunction with micro-abrasion (removing the superficial white spots). Other treatments include cosmetic bonding to replace the damaged enamel, or, in extreme cases, applying porcelain veneers to cover the damaged areas.

Our recommendation:  take good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing so that plaque doesn’t get a chance to build up in the first place!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Join us at the 15th Annual "Party For Life" to support MoRE Camp Adventure.

At Gellerman Orthodontics, giving back is an important part of our practice.  Thanks to you, our annual Kiss Cancer Good-Bye Walk raised thousands of dollars for MoRE (Motivational Recovery Environments, Inc.) formerly known as Camp Adventure, a free, fun-filled week of summer camp experience for children with cancer and their siblings.

This year, we are joining forces with “Party for Life”, an exciting fundraising event that celebrates the true meaning of life, remembers those who lost their battle with serious diseases, and supports hope and joy for children with cancer, their siblings and their families.

We are so excited to invite you to join us at a wonderful upcoming event – the 15th Annual “Party for Life,” held on March 21st.  All proceeds will be donated to MoRE (Motivational Recovery Environments, Inc).

Join us in supporting MoRE Camp Adventure:
  • Come to the party – March 21st, at The Inn at New Hyde Park.  Tickets are $150 per person, and checks should be made out to Motivational Recovery Environments, Inc.
  • Donations for raffles and silent auctions  are needed.
  • Become a sponsor, or buy an ad for the journal 
  • Want to make a party even better – gather up friends and family and take a table of ten
  • Make a donation  - any size helps!*
*Please write all donation checks to Motivational Recovery Environments, Inc. and mail to Gellerman Orthodontics 165 Main Street Huntington NY 11743
If you have any questions or would like any further information, call the office 631-427-8444 to speak with Gina Golde, who will be happy to help with all the details.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Are my teeth moving in the wrong direction?

First, take a deep breath – your teeth are moving slowly, and while it may seem that they are moving in the wrong direction, chances are they are not.    
Braces are engineered to move teeth in several different dimensions.  Sometimes the teeth appear to be moving in the wrong direction, even when they are not.   There are also times when the teeth need to be repositioned before they can be moved into the final correct spot so that you end up with a Spectacular Smile.   Wait a few days to see where the teeth are headed.  Of course, if you are really worried, call us and come into the office – we don’t want you to worry unnecessarily.  There are times when a broken bracket or appliance may be moving the teeth in the wrong direction, so it’s best for us to get a look and see what is happening.
Concerns about how teeth move are another reason why we ask patients to be very careful about the foods they eat.  Bent wires can change the angle of pressure exerted by your braces, which will affect the movement of the teeth.

Have questions about how your teeth are moving?  Just call us – we’re always here for you!