Tuesday, June 20, 2017

TAKE CARE OF YOUR SMILE THIS SUMMER!

Are you packing for camp this month?  If you wear braces, don’t forget to pack everything you need to take care of your Spectacular Smile!   Here’s a list of what you need to bring:

  • Extra wax, floss and spare toothbrushes
  • Mouth guards – and remember to wear them for sports
  • Extra retainer cases – remember the most common way to lose a retainer is to put it into a napkin.  

If a wire or band breaks or becomes loose while you are away at camp, use the back of a spoon or the eraser on a pencil to gently press the wire back under the archwire.

You can use wax or a piece of wet cotton as a buffer between the wire and your mouth if the inside of your mouth feels irritated.

Remember not to eat foods that are hard to chew and follow the same instructions at camp that you do at home.

If you have any questions or concerns, just call the office 631-427-8444.  
And have a great summer!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

WHY MOUTH GUARDS MATTER!


If you're a sports fan, you know that every now and then a player gets sidelined by a hit to the face. Lately, this has happened to a few basketball players who don't wear protective helmets but do face a tangle of arms and elbows. They leave the game and sit on the bench, surrounded by concerned coaches, and usually they are back in the game in a matter of minutes -- because they are wearing mouth guards!

Mouth guards are mouth savers! Student athletes wearing a high-quality custom fit mouthguard enjoy an extra layer of protection. The material in the mouth guard is designed to absorb the force of the blow to the face. This is Physics 101: if you get hit hard on the face, the force transfers from the thing you were hit with your face. Not fun!

When kids are wearing braces and they take a hit to the face, the force transfers to the braces and that can cause soft tissue damage, painful cuts and tears to the lip, gums and inside of the cheeks.  A mouth guard can minimize the damage.

Even kids who are not wearing braces need to wear a mouth guard. Having permanent teeth knocked out at a young age is life altering. If the tooth is not put back into the mouth in time, they'll have to deal with having false teeth for the rest of their lives. It's easily avoided—just by wearing a mouthguard.

At Gellerman Orthodontics, we think mouth guards are so important that we give them away for FREE - and these are not just the inexpensive mouth guards that you can pick up at the local sport store for a few dollars. These are high-tech materials that offer the protection possible!

If your student athlete doesn't have a good mouth guard, you are sending them out to play unprotected.

Call our office at 631-427-8444 for an appointment for a custom fit mouth guard. Coaches are encouraged to call and make appointments for the entire team. We're serious about mouth guards - we hope you are too!