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Dr. Stuart Hoffman

Orthodontics
Calabasas, CA
31 years experience male

Locations

Calabasas Orthodontics - Stuart J. Hoffman, D.M.D., M.S.

Calabasas, CA

Address

4764 Park Granada, Suite 104, Address 2, Calabasas, CA
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Practice website

Fax

(818) 222-5728

About

Bio

I am specialist in orthodontics & dentofacial orthopedics practing in private practice since 1991. I received my BS in biology from the University of Redlands. I received my DMD from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Dental Medicine. I received my master's in craniofacial biology from the University of Southern California. I completed my residency in advanced orthodontics from the University of Souther California. I am currently a part time faculty member in the department of orthodontics at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC for the past 14+ years.

Specialties
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Orthodontics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

231 Answers
5 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Loose Teeth: First and foremost, you need to find out "why" your front teeth are "loose". Loose teeth is not something that is good to begin with. Speak to your de... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Clear Braces: Please understand "Inspire Ice" is a brand of clear esthetic brackets. Always select the doctor, not the braces brand. Each and every orthodontists se... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Dental Wax: 'dental wax' for braces is specific silicon wax designed to cover rough or sharp parts of orthodontic appliances (braces). Most drug stores carry 'den... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Many tooth movements: Orthodontics can move teeth in many different directions. Teeth can be rotated, bodily moved, intruded, extruded, tipped and torqued. It all depends o... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
All Depends: If your 'underbite' is strickly dental, then braces will fix the dental underbite w/o affecting the facial profile. If there is a skeletal component o... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Braces + Partial?: Normally, once the orthodontic treatment begins and teeth begin moving, the partial denture will NOT fit any longer. That is ok. That means you are th... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Where Headaches?: Where are the daily headaches happening anatomically? It is not common, however, if a patient develops a clenching or grinding habbit, the discomfort... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
See Dentist ASAP: Recurring gingivitis can have underlying problems. Please see your general dentist immediately to enable him/her to help diagnose why this is happenin... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Hopefully None: I have treated many malocclusion cases with extraction of four premolars. The only medication you should expect to be on is post-extraction pain medic... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Elastics/Rubber Band: I normally instruct my patients to remove the elastics when eating. They can get in the way of enjoying a meal. However, sometimes, patients have no i... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Not really.: I would not recommend using dental wax while sleeping. If the wax becomes dislodged, it can be swollowed or caught in the airway. Better safe than sor... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Depends on what type: Each type of jaw surgery is termed differently. If the lower jaw is involved, it is either a mandibular set back (moved backward) or a mandibular adva... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Too Complicated : Tmj/tmd can be a symptom of stressful clenching or grinding of one's dentition. In stressful situations, many people develop these types of habits, ca... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
1st appointment: This all depends on how the particular office opperates. At my first appointment (consultation), I give the perspective patient information about what... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Very Different: Orthodontists are dental specialists who specialize in tooth movement. A dental hygienist is not a dentist. He/she is someone who trained in hygiene s... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Phase I Ortho Tx: Phase one treatment is an "interceptive" phase of orthodontic treatment. In many instances, interceptive or Phase I treatment is desinged to alleviate... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Open bit???: No orthodontic specialist can properly answer this question w/o comprehensive orthodontic records. I would also need to diagnose the etiology (cause) ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Are you sure?: Many patients that have "tmj" do not but have mfd (myfacial pain dysfunction). Regardless, its important to get tomograms of the joints to determine i... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Using a Plier: An orthodontist normally will remove a metal "spacer" or seperator with a specific type of plier (howe plier).
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
All Depends: The white spots on teeth following orthodontic treatment are decalcification marks. These marks are caused by poor oral hygiene during treatment and f... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Open or close spaces: There are two types of springs, open coiled springs and closed coiled springs. Open coiled springs are compressed between two teeth to open space. If ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Braces off hurt?: Normally, there should be very little discomfort with the removal of braces. There may be some pressure, but rarely any pain.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Can be a no-no: Gum chewing can cause bonded brackets to break off the tooth. Sticky and chewey foods tend to be "brace breakers", meaning, they can loosen bonded bra... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
All Depends: This depends on what you mean by "right away". In many instances, if you get back to the orthodontist within a few days, all will be fine. In some ins... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Usually Not: I'm not sure if your asking whether drinking alcoholic beverages or soaking your retainers in alcohol will damage your retainers. Drinking will not da... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
NO: The material the clear aligner trays are made of can warp or change shape if the dishwasher uses high temperature water. Like any plastic, they are se... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
All Depends: If the dental crowding is not too severe, minor dental arch expansion may create enough space to alleviate the crowding. The upper jaw can be expanded... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Stains/Braces: The time to scared about stains when the braces are removed is at the beginning of treatment. As an orthodontic specialist, my office goes over foods/... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
All Depends: Invisalign is a treatment that uses seperate upper and lower removable trays. At 43, your growth has ceased, therefore, less likely to change via invi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Types of Braces: Metal "speed" braces are a brand of "self ligating" braces. Clear ceramic/crystalline braces are more esthetic. It is most important to select the ort... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Asymetric Smile: Hi Member. Asymetric smiles can be corrected with braces. However, it is important to know why the smile is asymetric. Missing teeth? Skeletal asymetr... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Treat the Thrush 1st: Thrush, also known as a fungal infection, should be treated asap. See your dentist, orthodontist, or oral health care specialist for proper treatment.... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Sure: Crowding of the teeth is a very common malocclusion treated by orthodontists. Your questions has to deal with the "amount of dental crowding". Without... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Specialtist: An orthodontic assistant has been trained specifically for orthodontic proceedures. Most dental assisting schools do in fact teach some basic orthodon... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Not w/o surgery: If your talking about the upper jaw and palatal expansion, most likely not w/o surgery. The palatal suture calcifies from cartilege to bone by maturit... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Depends: If your orthodontist feels the braces are ready to be removed, but you don't like your front teeth, have a conference with him/her. There are other re... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Almost immediately: You'll be surprised that after the placement of the 1st wire, teeth begin to move quickly. Don't be surprised if after the 1st week in braces, you not... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
I don't know: There are times, espeically when metal brackets are used, that the teeth may appear to be smalleer. This may be due to less tooth structure being visi... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Uprighting Molars: Uprighting of molars that are severly tipped "can be done" but could require temporary achorage devices (TADS) and or possibly intentional endodontic... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
During or to start?: I recommend the following: cephalometric xray, panoramic x-ray, anerior pa's (6), and bitwings (4). During treatment, i usually recommend a progress p... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Accelorated?: It all depends on the modality of "accelorated" treatment. If surgical, maybe not. Using devices such as vibration appliances, it all depends on "how ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Skeletal underbite: Hi Andy. Unfortunately, underbite skeletal growth patterns are very unpredicable. The answer to your question is that yes, it COULD get worse. Until y... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
2nd opinion: If you are not happy, seek a 2nd opionion. It is possible that your parent requested a "non-extraction" treatment plan. In some instances, non-extract... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
All Depends: The aao recommends an initial orthodontic evaluation as early as 7 years of age. This initial evaluation is used as a baseline for developing dentitio... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Ask Your Dr.: When your orthodontist gives your elastics, he/she will instruct you on how many hours per day you are required to wear them. If you don't know, pleas... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Braces/Eat: Elen, you will need to be more specific. First of all. it is very normal to have sore teeth for the first few days after the braces are put on. I do n... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Ask The Dr: My best advise is to ask the oral surgeon/doctor who will be performing hte proceedure. It will depend on many factors..Are the wisdom teeth impacted?... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
All Depends: The best time can only be answered when you are ready to commence with treatment. It is recommended that patients see an orthodontist at age 7-8 or wh... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
Yes: It is normal to be nervous about entering into a situation that you are not familiar. Make sure you ask all the questions that will inform you about w... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
31 years experience
?: The two impacted wisdom teeth should be evaluated by an oral surgeon. He/she are in the best position to give you that advise. It all depends on the s... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hoffman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hoffman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Can't complete therapy for open bite bc of excruciating occlusal pain
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Graduated 1989MD

Medical/Graduate school

Univeristy of Southern California Advanced Orthodontics
Graduated 1991MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Southern California, M.S. Craniofacial Biology
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

Type in hospital

Awards

Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society
Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society
Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Affiliations

American Association Of Orthodontics
Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics
California Society of Orthodontics
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