Friday, April 8, 2016


Last week was an adventure week! We had no school so my whole family and some friends took a vacation to Dominican Republic, There were 7 of us! When we got there I was surprised, things were very different from where I live in New York. Everyone speaks Spanish, they drive really fast and on both sides of the roads! We did so many fun things like swimming, boating, and snorkeling.
Every night after I brushed my teeth I noticed my retainers were always in different place. I asked my mom if she knew who was moving my retainers and she said, "I don't know, maybe one of those cute little lizards that are running around!" One night I went to get my retainer and it was gone. I looked everywhere but they were nowhere to be found!
All I could think about was the little lizard that was visiting our room decided he needed it more than me! At least he will have a spectacular smile just like mine!
James F.

Friday, March 25, 2016


Once upon a time, something that never should happen, happened. After getting my braces off the retainer I was wearing disappeared. The story leaves a mystery that still does not have an answer to it but has left people wondering for days what has happened. Although I will get a new one, the old one will be missed greatly.

One Saturday morning, not too long ago, I woke up eager with the smell of delicious breakfast seeping upstairs into my room. Anxious, I quickly ran downstairs to see all the food that was being made. Still being a little weary, I took my retainer out and put it into a napkin and onto the kitchen counter, excited to dig into my freshly made breakfast.

About a half hour later I was just finishing up as I realized I had somewhere to be, so I rapidly ran upstairs to take a shower, completely forgetting about the retainer I had left on the kitchen counter. That night when I came home, I was extremely exhausted so I went into my room, put my pajamas on and went straight to bed.

When I woke up the next morning, I noticed I didn't put my retainer in, which reminded me that I had left it on the counter the morning before. I brushed my teeth and went downstairs to grab it, but it wasn't there. I began to look frantically around the kitchen, then every room downstairs and upstairs. They were gone. The only explanation is that someone in the house threw out the napkin in the retainer out.

This was very upsetting, and since the incident I have felt very disconcerted, without the retainer to put in to keep my teeth in the line I don't feel right! I hope I never have to go through this again.

Kristen M.

Friday, March 11, 2016


If you suffer from headache pain, there’s a new kind of treatment offered at Gellerman Orthodontics.  The leading cause of headaches is not what you think and it’s not all in your head!  TruDenta treats the cause of many headaches and headache pain symptoms and provides long lasting, needle-free and drug-free relief.
The TruDenta Systemis an approach to chronic headache relief that addresses and treats the cause of the problem instead of temporarily masking the pain. Using a combination of techniques derived from sports medicine therapies, the TruDenta System targets the improper muscle forces in the head, neck, and jaw area that cause painful conditions.
Research has shown that the causes of chronic migraines, tension headaches, vertigo, tinnitus, TMJ/TMD, and face, jaw, and neck pain may all be inter-connected. The cause could be unbalanced forces in your mouth that affect the muscles of these areas. This leads to changes in the chemical and nerve reactions that result in chronic pain. Additionally, painful symptoms could result from an accident, head trauma, bad posture, or other underlying conditions. By treating the cause of the pain and not just the symptoms, TruDenta provides long-lasting pain relief.

To learn more, call Gellerman Orthodontics at 631-427-8444.

Friday, March 4, 2016


Before you schedule your next visit for lip filler, read this article from Town & Country’s March issue

The author details her own journey as an adult wearing braces, starting with her investigation all of the different options and ending up with her treatment decision: a not uncommon combination of ceramic clear and metal braces.

One big take away from this article: she admits to wishing she had worn her retainer more diligently, as it would have prevented her from needed to wear braces again in her early 50's.   

Here’s one thing we want to add – when you begin treatment, you may notice other changes in your appearance that you didn’t expect. We had a patient who was considering getting lip injections to fill out her seemingly thinning lips. But when her braces came off, the change in her smile completely changed her lips – no injections needed!

Gellerman Orthodontics has helped many adults achieve Spectacular Smiles in our practice. We offer several new systems that speed up treatment time so that our adult patients can be in and out of braces faster than ever before. We are still the only office on Long Island offering Sure Smile, a state-of-the-art digital orthodontic treatment. To learn more about the wide range of orthodontic treatments we offer, call our Huntington office at 631-427-8444.

Friday, February 26, 2016


The other day we were walking at the track at Huntington High School and saw that someone had left a mouthguard on the field. It reminded us of how easy it is to forget such a small piece of equipment, but how important it is to wear a mouthguard when engaging in any kind of contact sport.
Do you know how important it is to wear a custom fitted mouthguard?
An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth if they are not wearing a protective mouthguard. Many of these injuries lead to permanent damage that requires medical intervention.
No mouthguard means that you are far more likely to experience:
Fracture – which means that your tooth breaks, get chipped or the root of your tooth is broken.
Avulsion – knocking out the entire tooth, including the root structure that anchors it in place. If the tooth cannot be re-implanted, you’ll need to have an artificial tooth glued in permanently to your mouth.
Luxation – when your tooth is still in the socket, but in the wrong position – pointing forward, pushed way back or poking out.
Mouthguards reduce the risk of jaw injuries and absorb some of the force exerted on the head and neck. Custom mouthguards are thicker and fit better, so they provide even better protection.

Gellerman Orthodontics has offered FREE custom mouthguards to the young athletes in our community for many years .If you or your team wants to protect your smile and your health, please call our office to arrange for individual or
a group visit.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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For a snowy cold month, February has a LOT of events – from the Super Bowl – congratulations Broncos!  – to Valentine’s Day and the Grammys.  But don’t forget that February is also National Children’s Dental Health Month. We celebrate this month every year because we know that when children learn these good dental health habits at an early age, they are far more likely enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth, gums and smiles.

A Spectacular Smile doesn’t happen by magic. It takes brushing and flossing and eating the right kinds of foods to grow a great smile!

Eating patterns and food choices play a big role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re the first steps in the digestion process. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth! A balanced, nutritious diet is essential to healthy living.

Here’s what a healthy diet should include:

  • Fruits and vegetables. Combined, these should cover half your plate at meals.
  • Grains. At least half of the grains you eat should be whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice. 
  • Dairy. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods most often.
  • Protein. Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. Vary your protein choices to also include eggs, beans, peas and legumes. Eat at least eight ounces of seafood a week.

For kids with braces, good dental care is even more important.  It takes a little more time and effort to remove the bits of food particles that get caught between the teeth and braces, but careful brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to the orthodontist, means that when your braces do come off, your teeth and gums will be Spectacular!

Monday, February 8, 2016


We’ve had a LOT of snow days here in Huntington, NY and what better way to spend a day indoors but to look back at the fun from last year.  One of my favorite events was the Long Island Business News Top 50 Influential Women in Business awards dinner.  It was a thrilling evening, and I was so proud to be included among this group of outstanding women.

The award recognizes the Island’s top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring and community involvement. The program’s honorees are selected by a judging committee and receive a unique crystal memento at the elegant dinner attended by more than 600 of the Island’s top business leaders, and represent the most influential women in business, government and the not-for-profit fields.

I was proud to be recognized for the success of our practice, and want to thanks everyone whose lives and smiles we have touched! We have such wonderful patients and a great team in the office, and that makes for a fantastic combination!

The award also recognized our level of community involvement. Regular readers of this blog know that every September for the past four years Gellerman Orthodontics presents the Kiss Cancer Good-Bye Walk, held in Huntington’s Heckscher Park, to raise money to support Kids Need MoRE, a not-for-profit organization that serves pediatric cancer patients. I’m also an active board member of the Junior Welfare League of Huntington, a trustee of The Heckscher Museum of Art and a board member and treasurer for Dentists for a Better Huntington.

Friday, January 29, 2016


Many people associate wearing braces with teenagers, but we can uncover problems with the teeth and jawgrowth much earlier, while the primary or “baby” teeth are present.  According to current guidelines from American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), every child should have a check up by an orthodontist before they are 7 years old. 

By age 7, enough permanent teeth have arrived for us to evaluate relationships developing between the child’s teeth, jaw and bite.  We can determine if there is a problem, and make a recommendation for the best time to begin treatment.
An early visit to the orthodontist can take away any worries about the child’s teeth.  Our recommendation may simply be ‘let's wait and see’ while the face and jaws continue to grow.

Some of the more readily apparent conditions that indicate the need for an examination include:
·       early or late loss of baby teeth
·       difficulty in chewing or biting
·       mouth breathing
·       thumb sucking
·       crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
·       jaws that shift or make sounds
·       speech difficulties
·       biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
·       teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all
·       facial imbalance
·       jaws that are too far forward or back
·       grinding or clenching of the teeth

Protrusive teeth can be prone to injury, another reason why an orthodontic check up by age 7 is important.

If you have questions about your child, just call our office at 631-427-8444. 

Friday, January 8, 2016


Did you know that if you are on a journey to a Spectacular Smile using the Invisalign or Teen Invisalign system, you are benefitting from one of the early products created with the use of a 3-D printer!
A company founded by the engineer who developed the first 3-D printers in the 1980s was involved with the development of Invisalign.  The aligner trays are printed by a state-of-the-art 3-D printer, after a digital image of the patient’s bite is taken, with gradual changes in the trays to move teeth into the correct position.
3-D printers are being used in amazing ways in medicine.  They are used to build frameworks when the body’s own structures did not develop correctly, or when illness or injury destroyed parts of internal organs.  Researchers are working with 3-D printers in ways never thought possible to help save lives.  If you want to read a really good article about this, visit the New Yorker -
At Gellerman Orthodontics, we strive to stay abreast of the latest advances in orthodontic treatment.  We’re using state-of-the-art systems in straightening teeth, treating chronic headache and helping patients who suffer from sleep apnea, all with the latest in treatments that are new – and bring out patients Spectacular Smiles, a great night’s sleep, and relief from chronic pain.  To learn more, give us a call – or visit our website