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July 17th, 2017

If you think braces are only for kids, think again! A growing trend in the United States points to the fact that more and more adults are getting braces to improve their personal and professional careers—and being rewarded for it. The Academy of General Dentistry reported that over one million Americans and Canadians over the age of 18 have braces. According to the American Association of Orthodontics’ (A.A.O) report 75% of the surveyed adults report improvements in their career or personal relationships after getting braces, and attribute their success to their post-orthodontic smile. (92% of them also recommended orthodontic treatment to other adults).

Not only are braces for adults socially and professionally beneficial, the social stigmas attached to adults getting braces have greatly diminished. At age 61, Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globes, and BAFTA award winner, Faye Dunaway, wanted a more glamourous smile and decided to get braces! Tom Cruise wore braces when he was 40 years old to improve his smile on the big screen. And Country music singer Faith Hill was spotted wearing braces at the Grammys at the age of 45. (Hill actually had braces as a kid, but never wore her retainer. So make sure you don’t make the same mistake!)

You don’t have to be a big movie star or a singer to get braces, just the desire to have a better smile. According to the same A.A.O. report, 71% of the surveyed adults had concerns before the treatment: “What will others think?”; “How will I look?”; “Am I too old?” But an overwhelming majority said their concerns dissipated once the treatment actually began.

With the advances in orthodontic technology, you can expect shorter treatment times and longer periods between appointments. Moreover, we can recommend different types of braces that fit your needs. Invisalign are custom-made aligners that are invisible and removable. This lets you eat, drink, brush, and floss while in treatment. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces because they have no metal or wires, plus, that means less time in your doctor’s office!

So what are you waiting for? BRACE yourself for a fresh, new, and better smile!

25 Years of Loving That Smile

June 13th, 2017

To my James T. Hutta Orthodontics family,

I am excited to celebrate 25 years of creating beautiful smiles throughout the Central Ohio area this month, and I know this milestone wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my incredible staff and wonderful patients like you.

When I opened my orthodontic practice 25 years ago in Gahanna, I could not have predicted that I would now be treating the children of some of my very first patients. Treating generations of families is an honor I do not take lightly, and I thank you for entrusting me with your smiles.

I want to be able to give each and every one of my patients the best and most personalized experience possible. Throughout these last 25 years, I have been lucky enough to utilize the latest and greatest technology available in orthodontics. Most recently, our office began using a 3D printer to create highly customized aligners for our patients to help straighten their smiles without braces. It has been incredible to watch how the field of orthodontics has changed since I opened this practice. My staff and I can’t wait to see how technology continues to evolve and improve over the next 25 years so we can be even better equipped to help you attain your best smile.

Thank you to my extremely supportive staff. Your commitment to providing the very best care to our patients is extraordinary, and I couldn’t do it without you. To my patients and their families—watching you and your smiles grow over the years has been a privilege that I appreciate daily. Every single appointment and smile makes my day that much better. Thank you for making it easy to love what I do and for bringing a smile to my own face for the last quarter century. I love being a part of this wonderful community, and can’t wait to celebrate many more smile milestones with you and your family over the next 25 years.

All the best, and we’ll continue to Love That Smile!

Warmest,

Dr. James T. Hutta

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.