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Easy Ways to Achieve a Bright, White Smile

February 6th, 2017

One of the first things that people notice about you is your smile. Having a bright, white smile is an easy way to make a wonderful first impression. And it’s not just whitening trays or products that can give you a brighter smile. Here are a few easy ways to keep your smile luminous once your braces come off.

  1. Floss Every Day. For a white smile, great oral hygiene is a must. Healthy pink gums are the backdrop of a beautiful smile and will make your teeth appear brighter. Also, if you don’t floss, you actually miss 35% of each tooth surface! Allowing food, plaque, and bacteria to build up between your teeth will make it easier for food and drinks to stain your teeth.
  2. Watch Out for Food and Drinks that Stain. If you do decide to use whitening products, be carful what you eat and drink during treatment. Carbamide peroxide and similar whitening agents open up pores in your teeth, which means they will easily absorb anything. Stay away from coffee, red wine, tea, ketchup, mustard, and chocolate during your whitening regimen. Once you’ve reached your ideal shade, you may resume your normal eating and drinking habits. But remember, these foods and drinks do still stain and avoiding them will keep your teeth whiter for longer.
  3. Don’t Guzzle Energy Drinks. If you need an afternoon pick-me-up, you are doing damage to your teeth with energy drinks. The acid they contain can have the same eroding effects as eating citrus fruits but this time, your teeth are bathing in all that acid! If you can’t get through the day without an energy drink, make sure to consume it through a straw to help protect your teeth.
  4. Choose Crunchy Foods & Snacks. Obviously, crunchy foods are something we ask you to avoid while you have your braces on for fear they’ll damage your brackets. But once your braces are off, snacking on hard, raw fruits or vegetables (like apples and carrots) helps produce more saliva. Saliva helps wash away food and bacteria from between your teeth. Saliva battles the effects of acidic foods and beverages, keeping your teeth looking bright.
  5. Swap Out Your Toothbrush. A whiter smile might be as easy as throwing your old toothbrush in the trash. It’s recommended you replace your toothbrush every three months as worn down bristles cannot properly clean your teeth.
  6. Brush Your Tongue. Brushing your tongue doesn’t just help give you fresher breath, it helps prevent staining. Your tongue accumulates bacteria which can lead to discoloration.
  7. Rinse Your Mouth After Eating Acidic Foods. We know you’re not always near your toothbrush, but if your go-to snack is citrus fruits such as oranges, you could be eroding your tooth enamel quickly. Eroded enamel means your teeth will stain more easily. To fix this, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water after eating your favorite citrus fruits to wash away that destructive acid from your teeth.

You’ve got a gorgeous, straight smile now! Just follow these tips to enhance it even more and keep that glowing grin bright and white

Braces-Friendly Thanksgiving Treat

November 16th, 2016

Pass the treats please! At the end of your holiday dinners, who doesn’t love a crave-settling sweet? But some desserts like pecan pie are out of the question for those with orthodontia. Here is one of our favorite, braces- safe treat that the entire family can enjoy!

Bubbly Brown-Sugar Bananas

Pieces to the whole!

  • 4 large ripe/firm bananas cut into thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Where do we go from here?

  • In a large bowl, toss bananas with lemon juice
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat
  • Stir in brown sugar with butter until dissolved
  • Add bananas to skillet and cook until bananas are softened on edges (3 mintues)
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on top
  • Serve bananas slightly cooled
  • Add vanilla ice cream (optional)

Considerations!

This scrumptious simple treat is a quick and easy add to the holiday dinners. Let’s be mindful that the sugar may stick to the teeth and braces. Be proactive and brush your teeth and tongue to avoid these dangers. From all of us at Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price’s office, a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Halloween Candy: Which Treats are Safe for Braces?

October 25th, 2016

With Halloween quickly approaching, we want to remind our patients to be cautious when choosing candy and treats on trick-or-treat night or at Halloween parties! We encourage our patients to stay away from sticky sweets because it could damage your braces, and we would hate to see patients return from Halloween with missing brackets and wires. To ensure that your braces stay on and intact for the shortest time possible, we highly encourage avoiding these candies and sweets:

  1. Gum
  2. Taffy
  3. Hard candy (jaw breakers, Jolly Ranchers)
  4. Sticky candy (caramels, Sugar Daddies, Starbursts, caramel apples, Tootsie Rolls)
  5. Popcorn
  6. Nuts

Hard and sticky candies can take a huge toll on your braces because of the additional force to the brackets and bands, as well as your teeth. If there is too much pressure, the bracket is at risk of breaking off. But don’t worry! There are still plenty of candies and Halloween treats you can enjoy. Here are our top 10 recommendations for super safe and sweet eating:

  1. Soft chocolates like Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s Cups and Hershey’s Bars
  2. Pudding or Jell-O
  3. Ice cream
  4. Cake
  5. Doughnuts
  6. Cookies
  7. Pie
  8. Cereal
  9. Cotton Candy
  10. Candy Corn

We highly advise our patients who plan on eating Halloween treats to brush their teeth thoroughly afterward. This allows braces and teeth to stay healthy and clean and will keep you on the right track toward completing your smile journey! Brushing your teeth also helps to clear away lingering sugars that create cavities. Once your braces are removed, you will be left with a beautiful smile to last a lifetime. So giving up sticky and hard candies for the holiday will be well worth it in the end!

Orthodontists Offering "Pink Smiles" to Support Breast Cancer Research

October 6th, 2016

Columbus, OH, October 2016: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Hutta brothers are coming together to help fight this disease with Pink Smiles! For the entire month, all three practices are donating $5 to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research for every patient that requests pink bands on their braces. The fund supports cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics, Hutta & Cook Orthodontics, and James T. Hutta Orthodontics are excited to be a part of this incredible cause and are happy to have found a unique way to donate thousands of dollars toward breast cancer Research.

“We have been deeply touched by this cause, and are determined to do our part for our global community to find a cure” says Dr. James T. Hutta. “We know so many families affected by this disease, and feel we have found a great way to help. We love that our patients are rallying around this cause and so many of them have requested a pink smile to do their part in the fight.”

Last year, patients—young and old, male and female—were proud to wear pink bands and participate in this great cause. Its impact reached far and wide, and created a strong enthusiasm that involved the entire community. It was such a success and moved so many people that Dr. Hutta’s brother and fellow orthodontist, Dr. J. Lawrence Hutta, wanted to adopt the Pink Smiles charitable campaign in his offices.

“We are so excited to have our practice involved in this year’s Pink Smiles campaign,” says Dr. J. Lawrence Hutta. “We really wanted to do something to help make a difference. We love seeing all of our patients with Pink Smiles!”

“All of our patients are so engaged in making a difference by sporting their pink in October,” echoes Dr. James T. Hutta. “We really feel proud knowing that we’ve inspired our community to learn more about this disease and how they can help.”

The Pink Smiles campaign runs through the end of October, and speaks to the incredible power of community engagement.

“We are so happy to help our many patients and friends impacted by this illness” says Dr. Brandon Cook of Hutta & Cook Orthodontics. “We are very much looking forward to carrying the tradition into the future, until we can find a cure.”