Thursday, February 23, 2017


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and the Gellerman Orthodontics team is visiting schools with a fun presentation about taking care of young teeth.

While our show changes every year, the message is the same: proper brushing, flossing and a healthy diet can help children have a beautiful healthy smile for a lifetime. Good dental hygiene and healthy habits are important all year long!

What children drink can have a big impact on their dental health. Flavored waters, sodas and juices expose young teeth to sugars for a long period of time. Flavored water sounds like a healthy alternative to soda, but check the label first. If sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial food coloring, artificial flavors or ascorbic acid have been added to the water, it is just as bad as drinking soda. When vitamin C is added, it’s even worse, as a lot of vitamin C over time wears away tooth enamel.

Today we’re used to seeing tweens, teens and adults of all ages wearing braces, but you may be surprised to see braces on the smile of a younger child. That’s because there are times when early treatment can solve orthodontic problems that may be harder to treat when the child is older.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should have an orthodontic check up by the time they are seven to evaluate their mouths and jaws and make sure that their teeth are coming in correctly. At this time, most children have at least eight permanent teeth – four molars and four incisors. Most children don’t need treatment at this time, and it’s a quick (and FREE) visit.

The orthodontist will be able to tell if a child’s jaw may not be big enough to fit all of the permanent teeth that are coming in. There are several appliances that can widen the jaw when the child is younger, avoiding the need for teeth extraction later on. Make no mistake about it: orthodontists, parents and patients prefer to avoid having teeth extracted!

You may be reading this in February, but if you would like the Gellerman Orthodontics team to visit your child’s classroom any time during the school year, or if your child’s after-school group would like to have a dental hygiene program at our office, just call us at 631-427-8444. We also welcome Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies who are earning badges for oral health and dental hygiene.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


If you’re wearing Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about kissing your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day because the clear aligner trays are smooth and won’t get in the way! Although we have never really believed those stories about two braces wearers getting their wires crossed and having to be disconnected…..

Red is our favorite color, every day of the year. But Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples and it’s not just about chocolates and roses.

Here’s how everyone can celebrate Valentine’s Day:
  • Put on your dancing shoes and take a ballroom dance class. Lots of area dance studios offer dance parties on this day for singles and couples. Dance instructors make the best dancing partners!
  • Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to make hearts out of fruit slices. Try watermelon, cantaloupe or pineapple slices.
  • If you are packing lunch, a big heart shaped cookie cutter can make a heart shaped sandwich that’s a fun surprise on Valentine’s Day.
  • Red velvet cupcakes, heart shaped brownies and soft cookies are braces-friendly treats.
  • Bright red tulips are our personal favorite for Valentine’s Day – a touch of spring plus great color.
  • Heart shaped stickers, plush animals, red socks and hats: there’s plenty of non-food fun for Valentine’s Day!
Braces and Valentine’s Day are a great combination, as long as you remember the basics: stick with soft foods, brush after eating sugary treats and most important, remember to show off your Spectacular Smile!

Friday, February 10, 2017


It’s simple: tweens and teens love Invisalign because no one can tell that they are getting state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment while they are wearing Invisalign. But that’s not the only reason tweens and teens love Invisalign:

Sports: It’s easy to put on a mouth guard – just place it over your Invisalign trays during contact sports. Invisalign users are less likely to experience soft tissue damage that can occur when wearing brackets and arch wires. BTW, everyone should wear a mouthguard during sports. Call our office and make an appointment for a free custom fit mouthguard.

Oral Hygiene is Easier:
It’s easy to remove the Invisalign clear aligners to brush and floss. Make sure to clean the trays before you put them back on! Just remember: dont put the aligners in a napkin or tissue while you are brushing so you don’t accidentally throw them out.

You’ll look GREAT. We know how awkward some teens feel, even when they look great to everyone around them. You won’t have to worry about food getting stuck in your teeth or not wanting to show your smile while wearing Invisalign. No one will know you are wearing Invisalign, unless you tell them.

Dr. Gellerman is proud to be a nationally recognized Invisalign Top 1% provider. She is a member of a select group of only 1% of all orthodontists nationwide. Our Invisalign patients know that they are getting the best possible treatment from such a highly skilled Invisalign source!!

Want to know more about Invisalign at Gellerman Orthodontics? Call us today at 631-427-8444 for a free consultation and exam.