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Beat the Heat with 5 Braces-Friendly Snacks for Summer

June 4th, 2018

Before braces, most of us were used to reaching for our favorite crunchy snacks and chewy candy without a second thought. But once we get braces, most of these foods are off the menu, as we now have to consider snacks that won’t be painful or damage new orthodontic devices. Although wearing braces limits some of the foods you can eat, there are still plenty of choices for safe and tasty snacks.

We suggest enjoying these fun summertime snacks that won’t harm your braces.

Fruit salad

There are few things more refreshing than a ripe, juicy berry! Bananas, blueberries, and grapes are good examples of fruits soft enough for you to chew easily and confidently. (It's always a good idea to have bite-size pieces and brush after you eat.)

Cucumber slices and ranch dip

Kick off summer with this seasonal spread, perfect for outdoor fun at the beach or park! Cucumbers can be helpful for those wearing traditional braces or Invisalign® due to their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

Ice cream

A cold, creamy classic, ice cream is sure to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth—and cool you off, too. Just remember that your teeth are more susceptible to cavities when you have braces, so always brush after eating sugary foods.

Seedless watermelon

Watermelon slices are a summer picnic staple. You can even insert a popsicle stick and freeze them for a healthy twist on the traditional popsicle!

Pita bread and hummus

Serve this tried-and-true combination as an easy and healthy snack or party appetizer bursting with fresh Mediterranean flavor.

Spring Braces-Friendly Recipe Everyone Will Love!

April 10th, 2018

Just because you wear braces doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a delicious springtime treat. We understand the struggle you feel when surrounded by sticky, gooey, and crunchy candies throughout the different seasons and holidays. That’s why we have searched high and low for the perfect springtime recipe that the entire family can enjoy!

Triple Berry Trifle

Who doesn't love a fresh berry treat during the spring? Whether you're making it for your family or bringing it to a gathering, this is a recipe that's sure to please everyone at your table.


  • Two 3.4 oz. packages instant cheesecake flavored pudding mix*
  • 4 cups milk
  • Angel food cake (about 12 oz.), cut into pieces
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup chopped raspberries
  • 12 oz. Cool Whip (or homemade whipped cream)


  1. Add pudding mix and milk to a large bowl and make according to package directions.
  2. Add about half of the angel food cake pieces to the trifle dish.
  3. Top with about 1/2 of the prepared pudding.
  4. Top pudding with about 1/2 cup of each kind of berry.
  5. Top berries with about half of the cool whip.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5.
  7. Finish with additional berries on top.
  8. Refrigerate for about 2-3 hours, until ready to serve.

*could be replaced with vanilla flavored pudding if you can't find the cheesecake flavored pudding

Open up and say, “Om”: Stress and its Effects on your Mouth

February 7th, 2018

When it comes to stress, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that our bodies have the perfect response system to help us survive life-threatening situations. Our “fight or flight” mechanism helps us react when a toddler runs toward the road or when we accidentally touch a hot stove. The bad news is that our bodies are not designed to tolerate the ongoing psychological stress that more of us are affected by (e.g., those work emails you’re still reading at night and on weekends or the constant pondering how to pay off your student loans). Because of prolonged exposure to life’s modern day stressors, our body’s stress hormones tend to stay at high levels, and this is a recipe for disaster— not only to our immune system, but also to our mouths.

The link between stress and dental health is undeniable. Because stress affects our immune system, the risk of periodontal disease increases as the immune system fails to keep bacteria at healthy levels. Not only does stress make us more prone to infection, it causes us to hold tension in our mouth, too. So while some of us may need our shoulders rubbed at the end of a stressful day, others may need to release our jaw muscles.

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, along with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) involving the joint where the jaw and skull meet, are two of the most common and serious mouth conditions reported by people living with chronic stress. Bruxism can damage tooth enamel leading to painful nerve exposure and tension headaches. TMD can also cause painful popping of the joint and difficulty chewing and swallowing. Other annoying oral side effects of stress include canker sores and dry mouth syndrome.

If you’re experiencing symptoms like increased tooth sensitivity, headaches, jaw popping or other mouth pain, we certainly want to discuss it with you and your dentist. Together we can figure out whether you’d benefit from something like a nighttime mouth guard to keep you from clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth. In the meantime, and in addition to any interventions like this, we’d like to share a few tips for overall stress management.

  1. Figure out what you can control and what you can’t. Make a list of the circumstances in life that cause the most stress. Determine which of them you can actually influence, and which you can’t. For those that you can change, do so! Even small changes can add up to make a difference on your stress levels. Notice how many things you don’t have control over, and then consider how to pay less attention to them. When they come to mind, make a habit of shifting your focus onto memories or circumstances that bring you joy and comfort. We suggest keeping a list of things you are grateful for in your purse/wallet. (Try pulling that list out instead of going onto Facebook when you’re looking for a distraction!)
  2. Protect your sleep! Sleep is undervalued in our culture as a protective factor for our mental health. If you’re experiencing extra stress in life, do not be afraid to prioritize your sleep like it’s your job. Those eight hours of high quality rest will improve your emotional stability and help you make better decisions throughout the day.
  3. Learn how to surf the waves of life circumstances. Every one of us experiences ups and downs in life until our last day on earth. Sometimes simply accepting that fact and choosing not to push away from difficulty and disappointment can be enough to help us relax, go with the flow, and ride the ups and downs with grace and, even, joy!

We all experience stress, but if you find it affecting your teeth, mouth and jaw, you do not have to handle that alone. Talk to us and together we’ll find coping methods that keep you flashing that beautiful, healthy smile.

Loves Your Smile and the Technology that Builds it!

February 7th, 2018

We’ve heard so many reasons why our patients love us: our friendly, knowledgeable staff; our beautiful office; our flexible appointments; and the time we take to really explain the treatment options and processes. We know that every interaction matters—from that first phone call to the moment we say, “Congratulations on your new beautiful smile!” The time we spend face-to-face with our patients is absolutely invaluable.

But what you may not realize is the priority we place on what happens behind the scenes, too. There are so many fascinating and innovative tools available in orthodontics today. We work hard to stay educated on what’s most effective and bring the best of those options to our offices. In fact, whenever possible, we avoid using outside labs for orthodontic appliances. Our cool technology distinguishes us from other orthodontists.

iTero Element Intraoral Scanner

The journey to a beautiful smile begins by obtaining an accurate picture of the current state of your jaw and teeth. Many providers do this by having you bite into putty-filled trays and creating physical models of your teeth. These trays of goo can create a lot of anxiety for patients and sometimes cause a gag reflex. We’ve eliminated this anxiety by offering a much more accurate option in the iTero Element intraoral Scanner.

With iTero, we can digitally capture a detailed 3-D model of your teeth and gums. First, we scan your teeth and then we perfect those files with our imaging software, Netfab. Not only is a digital scan far more comfortable than the old putty-based impressions, it’s faster and provides images that are more precise.

But that’s just the beginning of the list of benefits. Here are some other things our patients love about the iTero Scanner:

  • The Invisalign Outcome Simulator. How much more motivated would you be to start treatment if you had a picture of what the results will be? The iTero works with the Invisalign system to do just that! Our patients love getting a sense of what their beautiful smile may look like after a successful course of Invisalign treatment.
  • Versatility. The iTero launches the work of an array of our orthodontic interventions: retainers, clear aligners, and appliances.
  • Quick and accurate. With the iTero, our patients get to instantly see a 3-D model of their teeth before and after treatment. Also, research shows a digital model re-creates your teeth with more accuracy than impressions, which helps get better results faster.

3-D Printing with the JUELL 3D-2

Did you know that James T. Hutta Orthodontics was one of the first practices in Ohio to use a 3-D printer in-house? It’s definitely a point of pride for us. We’re also excited to share our most recent upgrade to the JUELL 3D-2 printer. Among other 3-D printers in its class, the JUELL ranks the highest on both resolution and accuracy.

So what does owning the JUELL 3D-2 mean for our patients? Check out this list of awesome advantages:

  • Faster turnaround time. By having a 3-D printer in our office, we bypass the middle man. This allows our experienced lab technicians to fabricate your custom retainers, clear aligners, or appliances faster than using an outside lab.
  • Easily replaced retainers. No more panicked digging in the trash when you accidentally throw away your retainer. Well, okay, go ahead and take a look for it—but skip the panic because we can print you another one easily! Remember those iTero scans? They’re all still on file! You don’t even need to come in for a new scan if you inform us right away that another retainer is needed.
  • Quality assurance. Your appliances are made with the highest level of precision, accuracy, and comfort by our own staff to save you time and money.

Drufomat Press Machine by Dentsply

One of our favorite machines in the office, the Drufomat Press Machine, gives us the power to create clear retainers, bleaching trays, athletic mouth guards, and clear aligners for our patients. We love having the ability to press, trim, and polish your new appliances ourselves. It not only allows us to assure the quality of your new mouthpiece, it also saves you time and money by reducing lab costs.

Instrumentarium 3-D CBCT X-ray Unit

We recently invested in a brand new Instrumentarium 3-D CBCT X-ray unit. We love it for its high quality 2-D and 3-D diagnostic images and its “Low Dose Technology” (LDT) scans. LDT delivers optimized cone beam scans at a radiation dose up to five times lower than typical 2-D panoramic x-rays. Having the Instrumentarium on site also means no extra trips to an imaging center, and it allows us to provide full and accurate assessments of our patients’ teeth and jaws.  We are able to catch disease and pathology that a 2-D x-ray may have missed. We are also able to capture high-quality images of the airway and TMJ to address any concerns our patients may be having.

EasyRx Orthodontic Prescriptions

With all this awesome technology comes the need to properly store our patients’ electronic files and lab prescriptions. The extensive information acquired by our scanners and printers must be easily accessed again if, for example, we need to make a replacement retainer. As we progress through your treatment, your files are safely and efficiently stored by the EasyRx electronic system. EasyRx also allows us to communicate with our in-house and outside labs digitally. This means better communication and less paper waste!

Excited yet?

We hope you are impressed by the advantages that come with keeping so much technology within the walls of our practice. Investing the time and money to equip ourselves with the skills and machinery to make your appliances on-site was an easy decision for us—there’s just no better way to assure quality products and outcomes for each of our patients. There is, however, one thing we love more than that technology—your smile! Thank you for trusting us with it.