Friday, January 29, 2016

WHY DO CHILDREN NEED AN ORTHODONTIC CHECK-UP BEFORE THEY ARE SEVEN YEARS OLD?

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

IS THERE A 3-D PRINTED PRODUCT IN YOUR MOUTH?

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 -http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/24/print-thyself
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 www.drgellerman.com