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As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a happy new year. Going into 2012, you are assured to get the same high-quality attention and dental care from me and my team. Each year, we all do our best to improve our skills and our practice to offer you the best dental service in the area. And, as we head into the new year, I’d like to remind you to make sure and prioritize dental health for you and your family. The little things you do for home care and with your regular cleaning and prevention visits are very important. Best wishes for the new year. I hope that you will continue to tell your family and friends about our practice and let people know about the excellent dental care your receive from us.

Best Wishes,
- Dr. Bob Stella


“No Cavity Club” Winners


Congratulations to both of our lucky raffle winners & the best of luck to our No Cavity Club members for next year’s drawing.



Grand Prize


We love to show our appreciation to our patients who refer their friends & families.

With Heartfelt Gratitude,
- Dr. Bob Stella


We love to give recognition to our new friends. Here are the new patients that became members of our practice family this past December. We’d like to welcome you publicly & wish you all the best.

Adrian Alcazar, Noemi Benito, Addison Brady, Aaron Chuston, Julianna Cigliano, Everett Clarke, Christopher Dempsey, Gabriana & Tiadora Galla, Allison Garay, Gavin Gassler, Abbigayle Greiner-Rivera, Jordan Gustafson, Joshua Myles Hardy, Gabriel & Michael & Rachel Henderson, Annika & Chase & James Hinman, Matthew Lewis Jr., Jace Lockett, Kylie Montiel, Jael Obeng, Caitlin Orozco, Mason Peterson, Audrey Redmond, Izaad M. Rezai, Syreeta Roberts, Cameron Schwede, Kyla Shirley, Matilde Smith, Jake Soule, Maya &
Mckenna & Tyler Thomas, and Lucas Yim.

Thank You For Choosing Us!

Thank you for Coming to
Dr. Stella's Christmas Party!



That’s right. Dr. Stella’s office will be OPEN all Winter Break. Take advantage of this time to visit our office for your child’s dental visit so they wont have to miss school once school begins again.

Also, have you been wondering whether your child will need braces or not?
What about for yourself?

Take advantage of this time to schedule an orthodontic exam for you or your child. We offer complimentary orthodontic exams for adults and children.

Call us today, (562) 627-8800.


Is Your Smile Helping You Or Holding You Back?


Your smile has a bigger effect on your business and on your personal relationships than any other part of your appearance. For hundreds of years, from the Mona Lisa to today’s cover girls, a smile has always carried a great significance.  It is a reliable indication of a person’s sense of well being and has an enormous impact on their health and self-esteem and their personal relationships.

In short, a beautiful smile makes people more attracted to you; more disposed to like you, more eager to do business with you and more eager to help you with any kind of favor you need.

Here are three questions you should ask yourself.

1. Are you ever embarrassed to smile wide?

2. Is there anything you would do to change your smile?

3. Do you ever wonder what you would look like with brand new shiny straight smile?

We believe everyone should have the smile they want. Call Us Today. We Can Make YOUR Dreams Come True With The Latest Orthodontic Technologies No Matter At What Age!

3 Things People Feel About Their Smiles

  • 88% of people in North America say they always remember someone with an especially attractive smile.
  • 75% agree an unattractive smile can seriously hurt a person’s chance for financial success.
  • More than half the adults in America wish they could change their smile.


Give Your High School Athlete an Edge
Over the Competition


If you’ve got a child playing high school sports, you’ve got to consider a custom made sports mouthguard.

Yes, all kids playing competitive high school sports wear mouthguards to protect their teeth; but a custom made sports mouthguard offers more than safety.

Kyle Evans, a senior at a local High School has been using a custom made sports mouthguard to enhance his performance in several sports for over a year. "I could not imagine competing in an event without the benefit of having the custom made sports mouthguard," says Kyle.

Regardless of your athletic endeavor, if you are interested in improving your child’s level or reaching their full potential, please contact us to see if he/she would benefit by this unique athletic appliance.

A custom mouthpiece can deliver an edge to training and performance; it’s the culmination of 40 years of proven neuromuscular dentistry research. Neuromuscular dentistry emphasizes the link between the bite and the rest of the body. It has been found that athletes with a poorly aligned jaw and associated residual muscular tension are limited in their physical potential.

Want to help take your child to the next level in athletic performance and get an edge over the competition? You can research the benefits of a custom-fitted sports mouthguard or you can schedule a custom-fitted sports mouthguard visit and see the different colors and decals available and Dr. Stella can answer any and all questions you have about custom-fitted sports mouthguards.


Can Dental Expenses And Co-Pays Be A Tax Write-Off?


When tax time rolls around, many taxpayers spend a lot of time looking for deductions to reduce the amount of money they have to pay the government. If you are a taxpayer who itemizes his or her deductions, you can deduct a portion of their dental expenses, and you may be able to deduct part or all of their dental insurance premiums.

Insurance Premiums
The IRS allows you to deduct your dental insurance premiums only if they weren't paid with pre-tax dollars. If you are getting dental insurance through an employer plan, you are paying with pre-tax dollars. The premiums are taken out of your pay before your payroll taxes are calculated so that your payroll taxes are lower. Because this gives you a tax advantage (less money taken out of your taxes), you can't seek an additional tax advantage on your income taxes.

Deducting Expenses
If you are paying for dental insurance outside of an employer plan, the total of your premiums will be added together with your other medical and dental expenses. You can deduct only amount of your medical and dental expenses that exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income, which is calculated on Form 1040. For instance, if your adjusted gross income is $50,000, 7.5% of that amount is $3,750. So the total of your medical expenses must be greater than that to take a deduction. If you had $4,000 in expenses, you could deduct $250 ($4,000 - $3,750 = $250).

If you are self-employed and made a profit, you can deduct the cost of your dental insurance premiums from your income. The plan needs to be established under your business name and the deduction cannot be greater than the amount of profit the business earned. By taking the deduction as a self-employment insurance deduction on your Form 1040, you won't be able to deduct it again on your Schedule A. Otherwise, you would be taking the tax benefit on the premium twice.

Where To Deduct
Many of the deductions on Schedule A are based on your adjusted gross income. So if your adjusted gross income is lower, you will be able to more on Schedule A because the threshold will be lower. Deducting your dental insurance premium on Form 1040 (if you are self-employed) will lower your adjusted gross income, making it easier to take larger deductions in other areas on Schedule A.

If you are going to deduct your dental insurance premiums, don't forget you can also deduct most of your dental expenses on your Schedule A. You won't be able to deduct the cost of cosmetic dental surgery, but you can deduct co-pays on check-up, mileage to the dentists office and the cost of braces. The cost of these expenses gets totaled with your other medical expenses.

Keep records and receipts of the premiums you pay to maximize your deductions. This will protect you if your deduction is every questioned.

Read more: About Dental Tax Deductions @ eHow.com


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Dr. Stella at Info@FuntasticDental.com


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