You’ll need a cell phone and if possible, a friend to take photos so that Dr. Gellerman can give you a free online orthodontic assessment. If there are particular teeth or areas of your jaw that you are concerned about, please add those photos as well – the more information you give us, the better we can answer your questions.
Start by taking a photo that will show us the complete outline of your face, from your forehead to your neck. We want to see if you have an overbite or underbite, and how your jaw shows in profile.
Facial Front – Smiling
Make sure that your entire face, from above the hairline, to a bit of your neck, show in this photo. And smile big – we want to see how your smile appears to others.
Facial Front – No Expression
We need to see your facial features, so relax your lips and be sure that we can see your entire face in this photo.
Take your cell phone and place it nearly inside your mouth to take a photo of your upper teeth from below–what we call the Exclusial Upper. You may want to have a friend do this.
Do the same for your lower teeth – the Exclusial Lower. Make sure to retract your tongue so that we can see as many of your teeth as possible.
You can use a teaspoon (bowl side facing your teeth) or your fingers to pull one side of your gums away from the right side of your teeth and take a photo that shows us as many of your teeth as you can.
The same as your right side, pull your lips away from the teeth and take a photo.
This last photo should be pretty easy – make a big smile and using your facial muscles, pull your upper and lower lips as far back and away from your teeth as possible.