David Sherman, Owner
157 East 81 st Street
New York, NY 10028
David Sherman, Owner
Dr. David Sherman graduated from Great Neck North High School in 1996. He then studied at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2000 having earned his bachelor’s degree in economics. Dr. Dave then proceeded to SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 2004. He graduated in the top 10% of his class while receiving multiple awards and honors.
After graduating from Stony Brook, Dr. Dave pursued his post-graduate training in orthodontics at the New York University College of Dentistry. As Chief Resident, Dr. Dave completed a two-year research project investigating the effects of the Invisalign® appliance on patients' periodontal health. He maintains his affiliation with NYU as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthodontics. He lectures to future dentists on the use of the Invisalign® system.
Dr. Dave is the founder of the Progressive Study Club of Long Island. He has also lectured locally to the Great Neck Dental Study Club, the Nassau County Dental Society, the Suffolk County Dental Society, the Progressive Study Club of Long Island, and the Garden City Dental Institute on Invisalign® and other orthodontic topics.
Dr. Dave is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Northeast Society of Orthodontists, the New York State Society of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association and the Nassau County Dental Society. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Dental Society for over 10 years, and he was recently appointed to its Executive Board.
In addition to his skills in the field of orthodontics, Dr. Dave is an avid sports fan. He played football at the University of Pennsylvania and enjoys skiing and golfing. Dr. Dave married his college sweetheart, Hillary, and together they have two adorable sons, Zachary and Matthew. In their spare time, the Sherman's love to travel and are avid skiers.
There are several ways that kids can benefit from seeing an orthodontist at an early age. But it's important to recognize that early evaluation isn't necessarily followed by early treatment; in most cases, if orthodontic work is needed, we simply monitor your child's growth patterns until we see that it's time for treatment to begin. This gives us an opportunity to get the best results in the most efficient way, and to help prevent future problems.
Although every child's development is different, in most kids the first adult molars have typically started to emerge by around age six. This, along with other developmental markers, lets us get a handle on the basic alignment of the teeth, from front to back and side to side. It may also be possible at this point to determine whether there is adequate room in the mouth for all of the permanent teeth — and, if not, to take action.
Treatment for common orthodontic problems typically begins around age 9-14, when all of the baby teeth are gone and many of the permanent ones are in place. But there are some conditions that are much easier to treat if they're caught at an early age, when a child's natural growth processes are going full speed ahead.
One is severe crossbite, a condition where the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth. To treat this problem, a device called a palatal expander can be used, which gradually and painlessly widens the upper jaw; it's especially effective when the jaw itself hasn't fully developed. If we wait too long, a more complicated treatment — or even oral surgery — might be required to correct the problem.
Early intervention may also be helpful in resolving several other problems. Protruding teeth, especially in front, can be prone to chipping and fractures; they may also lead to problems with a child's self-image. A severe underbite, caused by the lower jaw growing much larger than the upper jaw, can result in serious bite problems. Orthodontic appliances, including braces and headgear, can be successfully used to correct these problems at this stage, when the child's development is in full swing, thereby increasing the chances that surgery can be avoided.
We're seeing more and more adult orthodontic patients these days, and it's not hard to figure out why. Appliances that are barely noticeable have been developed to give adults more discreet choices when it comes to orthodontic treatment. And many adults realize that investing in a smile makeover can have significant benefits, socially and professionally. Straightening teeth can be an important part of that confidence-boosting makeover process.
Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so there's no such thing as being too old for braces. However, orthodontic treatment for adults is different in two important respects: For one thing, the growth and development of the jaws is complete in adults, so changes in actual jaw structure can't be accomplished with orthodontic appliances in the way they can with a growing child.
Secondly, periodontal (gum) disease is more prevalent in adults than in children. While you are wearing the orthodontic appliances, gentle forces will be applied to your teeth so they can move through their surrounding bone. Periodontal health plays a key role in all of this; if the gum tissues are not healthy during orthodontics, bone loss can result and weaken the long-term prognosis of your teeth. So any gum disease must be brought under control before orthodontic treatment begins. And to maintain your periodontal health, you will need to make sure to have regular professional cleanings during the orthodontics while maintaining good oral hygiene at home.