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Why Aren’t My Teeth Not Moving Correctly with Invisalign?

October 26, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 7:57 pm

Close up of woman holding clear alignerIf you have chosen Invisalign to fix your bite and alignment, you’ve made a great investment. You don’t have to worry about brackets or wires. Instead, clear aligners are worn over your teeth to move them slowly. However, your treatment can be much shorter than with metal braces. Unfortunately, your teeth may not move as quickly as anticipated. Here’s why your treatment plan may not be on track. 


How to Maximize Your Dental Benefits

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 11:39 am

Insurance claim form on desk
As you hit the mall for holiday shopping or pull out your winter decorations from your garage, don’t forget about your dental insurance. The new year is right around the corner, which means your dental benefits are about to reset. You’ve paid your premiums all year, so why not use your coverage? Dental insurance can be confusing, but here’s what you need to know to maximize your benefits before it’s too late.


What Are These White Spots on My Teeth?

September 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 12:17 am
a closeup of a patient’s teeth with white spots

Everybody wants a brighter and whiter smile—but sometimes when we get what we ask for, it’s not always what we expect! This is the case with white spots on teeth; if you’re noticing off-white patches of discoloration on your pearly whites, you might be unsure about what’s going on. In most cases, they’re not considered a medical issue and they can also be addressed with the help of your dentist. Continue reading below to learn more about some of the causes of this odd dental issue, along with a few ways that your trusted dentist can help.


What Are the Benefits of Receiving Interproximal Reduction?

September 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 4:36 pm
a patient smiling while at his orthodontist's office

Dental care isn’t always a simple matter. There are times when a big problem cannot be addressed until a smaller problem is resolved. One example of this is when patients desire to straighten their teeth through orthodontic treatment; although clear aligners and braces are quite effective, sometimes a procedure known as interproximal reduction must be carried out beforehand. Keep reading to learn a little more about what interproximal reduction is and how it’s able to benefit one’s smile in advance of orthodontic treatment.


Dental Implants: The Second Stage of Tooth Replacement

August 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 6:12 am
3D render of a dental implant

Dental implants are hyped up often as one of the most durable and powerful methods of replacing teeth. Their connection to the jaw provided them with stability and realism, which naturally makes them one of the most sought-after methods of tooth replacement.

However, not everyone is able to get them right off the bat—it’s common for people to get dentures or bridges first and then think about investing in dental implants later. If you want to know more about whether that’s possible, here’s some information you may find useful.


What Is Causing All This Gum Disease in Older Adults?

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 5:06 pm
Woman has questioning expression

Gum disease can menace a smile at any age, but it is significantly more likely to occur in people over sixty. Since it takes years to develop, older people are more likely to suffer from it than younger people, but a dentist can provide services to preserve their gum health. Here’s more about why seniors tend to deal with gum disease more often, and what they can do to keep their smiles healthy.


Savoring Success: Nourishing Your Dental Implants for Years to Come

July 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 3:53 pm
A woman holding a plate of vegetables

Dental implants are one of the best and most permanent ways to improve your smile and keep your mouth healthy and chewing for years to come. Once you have implants, you can basically eat whatever you want, right?

Well, that’s true, but you may want to consider how certain foods will affect the health of your implants if you want to keep them strong, healthy, and doing their job.


Why You Might Need a Bone Graft to Get Dental Implants

July 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 6:36 am
A dentist explaining how dental implants work

Today, dental implants are the “gold standard” of tooth replacement. That’s only natural –  they have unique benefits compared to dentures or bridges. Even so, not everyone qualifies for these prosthetics at first. Some patients will need a bone graft before dental implant treatment. Without the former service, one’s new teeth won’t work like they should. Your Massapequa Park dentist can explain if you’d like to learn more. To that end, here’s why your dental implants may require a bone graft beforehand.


You Asked, We Answered: Does It Hurt to Have Your Invisalign Attachments Removed?

June 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 3:22 pm
Woman with red, curly hair wondering

If your teeth were moderately misaligned at the beginning of your Invisalign treatment, then your orthodontic plan likely required “attachments” to be placed on the front of your teeth. These clear buttons give your aligners something to grip onto, helping them move crowded and spaced-out teeth into their properly aligned positions. Naturally, they’ll be removed as soon as you’ve worked through your series of trays, but will it hurt? If you’ve wondered the same thing, then keep reading to learn the answer to the question, “Does it hurt to have your Invisalign attachments removed?”


What to Do If Your Clear Aligners Are Turning Yellow

June 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 1:55 pm
Patient using toothbrush to clean their Invisalign aligners

Invisalign has helped more than 12 million patients over the last two decades, and the clear aligners continue to be one of the most popular selling points. But what happens when your once-clear aligners begin to discolor? Fortunately, there are several proactive steps you can take to prevent additional staining and keep the next trays in your series clean and clear! With this in mind, keep reading to learn what to do if your clear aligners are turning yellow.

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