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Smile Health Spa | Homeoblock in New York


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120 East 36th St, Ste 1F
New York, NY 10016
(212) 532-5377


 The HOMEOBLOCK™ is an appliance that Dr. Grafman searched out for her own treatment to help her correct many of the same symptoms she talks about above. For most of us while we are still young even if these underlying problems are there, we feel good enough that we don’t seek out the treatment necessary. We go on with our lives start our careers, families and accept that the discomforts we are living with are the norm. The fact is, if you find the right doctor those problems don’t have to be the norm. I once heard a doctor say “You don’t know how bad you feel until you see what it’s like to feel great.”

Dr. Grafman’s goal is to help her patients feel great again, regain their health and look gorgeous.

Homeoblock appliance has 3 major benefits, which are:


1. Anti-Aging Facial Enhancement 



     All of our faces are asymmetrical to some degree. We might have one eye slightly lower or one side of the upper lip narrower or thinner. Does your face have a “better side” for photos? The facial skeletal structure should be symmetrical. Our external body is programmed for symmetry. The symmetry is there in our genes. The soft refined food that comprises the modern diet does not provide the muscle action and desired strain on the bones that the face required during growth and development. This results in a lack of symmetry. This less developed side of our face can age prematurely.

The Homeoblock Appliance is designed to stimulate the body’s own restorative and corrective energy. The result is:

- more bone to support the face

- it’s anti-aging

- decrease lines and wrinkles

- improves facial symmetry

- creates a more attractive youthful face

- more symmetrical mouth, more youthful eyes

- wider smile

     The Homeoblock™ appliance works with the body, so that physiological changes occur naturally; developing the bones of the face and resulting in the strengthening of facial muscles. These changes occur due in large part to each person’s genetic potential..

     Facial aging is due to loss of volume of both hard and soft tissue. During the aging process, we lose fatty tissue, and the bones of the face shrink in size. As the bones shrink, our skin starts to sag creating the appearance of wrinkles. Traditionally this loss of volume has been replaced with injections of facial dermal filler such as Restylane®, which is placed under the skin, creating volume for treatment of lips, lines, wrinkles and facial folds. The Homeoblock appliance can help increase bone volume therefore treating the underlying problem and decreasing the appearance of wrinkles creating a more youthful appearance.

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Red area shows bone deposition and increased midface volume 

This face is more symmetrical after treatment. Red shows where new bone was deposited.





iStock_000003660671XSmall.jpg2. Straighter Teeth – The only appliance that can be worn only at night 

The Homeoblock™ appliance is a revolutionary patented oral device that is much like a retainer in looks, but the results go way beyond teeth straightening. Furthermore it is currently the only orthodontic appliance that is worn in the nighttime only.

     Over the past few years more and more adults have sought to enhance their smiles with orthodontic tooth straightening procedures such as clear or traditional braces which must be worn 24 hours a day to straighten teeth in adults. The advantage of the Homeoblock Appliance is that for many cases this removable orthodontic device designed for adults can be worn only at nighttime, so no one needs to know its being worn at all.

      Because the benefits of the appliance are much greater than just to straighten the teeth the overall results with Homeoblock™ appliance treatment include

- consistently wider, more attractive smiles

- elimination of black triangle –areas between the teeth and corners of the lip giving a narrow arch appearance

- higher cheekbones and stronger jaws

     The basic premise is that modern adults are underdeveloped in the craniofacial region. Many adults have malocclusions with an underdeveloped face and jaws, which are less attractive and less healthy than a fully developed face. This means there is less space in the mouth for all the teeth, resulting in malocclusions or an unattractive smile, as well as other problems such as sleep and breathing disorders

      The Homeoblock Appliance gently re-aligns the teeth, by working with the body’s own developmental mechanisms through natural functions such as swallowing, especially during sleep. The device produces better facial symmetry, wider smiles, more attractive faces with less lines and wrinkles. Internally, the device widens the posterior airway space for better breathing, sinus drainage and vocal resonance. These additional benefits enhance quality of life and may promote longevity.

3. Treats Sleep and Breathing Disorders 

     Your original face is in your genes. It is not necessarily the face that you are walking around with. Nature has made the middle of our face so very adaptable that altering breathing chewing and swallowing will change the shape of your upper jaw (maxilla). If you breathe through your mouth and not your nose your face will be longer and narrower. If you swallow with a reverse swallowing pattern, sometimes known as a tongue thrust, you will have a narrow smile and dark areas between your teeth and your cheeks. Nature made us adaptable this way to allow for our evolution from great ape to man. As our diets changed and man became hunter-gatherers we actually chased down our food and were successful through endurance and stamina not speed. The shape of our noses has a lot to do with the temperature and humidity of where our ancestors lived. In warm humid climates we developed larger nostrils. In cold climates we developed narrower and smaller nostrils to preserve the heat and moisture of our body. The adaptability of our faces still exists today.

      The Homeoblock addresses most of these developmental problems in that it alters your chewing, swallowing and breathing without any harmful side affects. This appliance can produce startling changes in your facial appearance in the direction of the original face that we have in our genes.

     Since the airway is considered the keystone for the face4 and the face and airway are developmentally connected, the bony changes in the face also reflect changes in the patient’s airway. Hence, there are presumed further benefits to sleep and breathing such as improvement of:

- Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS)

- snoring

- sleep apnea

- increase airway and improve breathing

- increase oxygen flow

      Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) is a sleep disorder characterized by airway resistance to breathing during sleep, which often goes undiagnosed or masquerades as another problem.

- Headaches

- myalgia

- sleep onset insomnia, sleep maintenance insomnia,1

- bruxism

- anxiety

- depression

are all symptoms of chronic stress?which can be related back to respiratory effort related arousals and (UARS).

     Because the medical profession does not fully recognize the problem, many doctors are ignoring a condition that could be affecting as much as 15% of our population.3 This is great for Starbucks, but quite the opposite for many people. Cortisol is the enemy. Cortisol is in every system of the body. When you have a high level of cortisol in the blood, you are by definition, "under stress.” We now know that chronic cortisol, can activate tens or even hundreds of unexpressed genes in our body,4 that produces a variety of hormonal changes with a plethora of symptoms.5 Among these symptoms are a reduction in leukocyte production and interleukin. Both make us more susceptible to infection. The dentist is possibly the best-positioned medical practitioner to provide a special service and to educate patients in relation to a sleep and breathing disorder.. Patients that exhibit symptoms of chronic stress can be tested with a sleep study to determine if there is a pattern of arousal and light sleep all night long. If we can lower the chronic stress and lower cortisol levels, it will take patients out of sympathetic mode and slow down their pulse rate and give them a more restorative night’s sleep. This can be done with appliance therapy treatment, myofunctional therapy, and breathing exercises.

*Theodore R. Belfor, D.D.S.*New York, New York


1. Sleep improvement in an insomniac patient with global pituitary insufficiency?after change from triple to quadruple cortisol replacement therapy.?Sleep Med 2007; 8(5):517-519. Epub 2007 May 18.

2. Ogunrinde O, .Yue HJ, Guilleminault C: Upper airway resistance syndrome.?PCCSU 2011; July, Vol. 25. http://www.chestnet.org/accp/pccsu/upperairway-?resistance-syndrome

3. Ridley M: Genome; Harper Perrenial Edition published 2006

4. Wust S, Federenko I, Hellhammer D: Genetic factors, perceived chronic?stress, and the free cortisol response to awakening. ?Psychoneuroendocrinology 2000; 25:707-720. www.elsevier.com/locate/psyneuen.