Monday, March 13, 2017

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


Did you know…..??
If you are on a journey to a Spectacular Smile using the Invisalign, Teen Invisalign, or SureSmile 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 631-427-8444– or visit our website drgellerman.com.



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

DO IT YOURSELF BRACES? DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE INTERNET!

Yes, we were all surprised when we heard about this. Mail order aligner trays are starting to pop up on the internet. Unlike contact lenses, which are created from a prescription, orthodontic treatment doesn’t really lend itself to mail order.

Your teeth are part of a sophisticated system that includes your jaw, facial and neck muscles, even your sinuses. How your teeth are moved can have an impact not just on how your face looks, but how your jaw operates, how you speak, chew and swallow.

An orthodontist creates a model of your teeth and jaw, using a mold or 3D computer imaging, and based on specialized training and, in my case, decades of experience, creates a treatment plan that includes recommendations for the type of treatment, other orthodontic appliances that may be needed, and in some instances, oral surgery.

Without an in-person exam by an orthodontist, you may create more problems than you solve. Orthodontic treatment also includes evaluating other problems in your mouth, including periodontal issues, cavities and overall oral health.

When teeth are moved incorrectly, you run the risk of losing teeth, developing TMJ problems, along with chronic headaches caused by misaligned jaws.

Our solution? Come in for a free consultation. We’ll take a full set of films, you’ll get a free examination by Dr. Gellerman, and then we’ll talk about what orthodontic treatment you need. We also offer many different payment options to make it possible for all of our patients to enjoy a spectacular smile!