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Thankful for Technology: Self-Ligating Braces

November 22nd, 2021

As we gather in the season of home-cooked meals, leaf piles, and pumpkin pie, we want to take a moment to think about some of the things we are thankful for that improve our lives. Some technological innovations allow our practice to deliver the best smiles around more quickly, comfortably, and efficiently. In the hands of experts like Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price, this technology allows us to produce extraordinary results. Read on to learn more about self-ligating braces, one of the many treatments Hutta & Price Orthodontics proudly offers.

What are self-ligating braces?

Traditional braces use a system of brackets and ties to hold your archwire in place. Brackets are attached to your teeth and hold your archwire using ties. Typically, these ties are elastic rings, though they can also be made of steel. Self-ligating braces don’t use these ties. Instead, they have tiny, specialized clips that sit close to the bracket to hold the archwire in place. When wielded by specialists with extensive training, this technology allows the archwire to move unhindered within the brackets, making tooth movement more comfortable and efficient.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the ways this technology has improved treatment.

  • Less visible: Self-ligating braces are smaller and less noticeable than traditional braces. Our experts are also proud to offer clear Damon self-ligating braces for an even more discreet look.
  • Improved hygiene: Because of their smaller size and tie-free design, self-ligating braces are less likely to cause plaque buildup around your brackets. They make it easier for you to properly clean your teeth and avoid staining during treatment.
  • More comfortable: Without the metal or elastic ligatures of traditional braces, self-ligating braces are frictionless and gentler on your smile.
  • Faster results: Friction from ties on traditional braces slows down the progress of your teeth. Self-ligating technology not only means faster results, but fewer trips to the orthodontist as well.

With Turkey Day and family holiday cards around the corner, there is no better time to think about gratitude. At Hutta & Price Orthodontics, we are committed to providing the best treatments available. And we are thankful that Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price stay on top of orthodontic advancements and the most cutting-edge technologies!

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This season, be thankful for your healthy, happy smile! Schedule an appointment with our experts today by calling 614.855.8800 and learn more about your treatment options during a complimentary consultation.

Questions for Your First Orthodontic Appointment

October 23rd, 2021

An orthodontic consultation is the first step to a bright and shining smile! Your health is extremely important, so you’ll need to stay on top of all information coming your way. While Dr. Hutta or Dr. Price will carefully guide you through details about your treatment options, we’re sure you already have questions. That’s normal! Braces or aligners are a big commitment. As you begin your orthodontic journey, we’ve compiled this list of common questions to help guide you through your first appointment and set you up for the exciting process ahead.

  • How often will I need to come in for appointments?
    • Because every smile is unique, every treatment is different. Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price will let you know how often you will be coming in for adjustments or checkups. This will help you plan your schedule far in advance, so you never have to scramble to rearrange your calendar. 
  • What will my smile look like at the end of treatment?
    • With our advanced software and technologies, we’ll be able to show you a preview of your smile makeover. Plus, thanks to our decades of experience, we have treated similar cases to yours, so we will have some before and after photos to show you.
  • Can I continue my usual activities with braces or aligners?
    • Typically, the answer is yes. You'll get to keep doing all your favorite hobbies or extracurriculars with braces. However, we may have some suggestions to help you stay healthy and safe. For example, you will need to start wearing a mouthguard made for appliances, like braces, if you play sports.
  • How can I make sure my treatment goes as planned?
    • Before you get your braces or aligners, your orthodontist will go over how long your treatment should take. However, patient compliance is key for a successful, efficient transformation. Taking care of your teeth and gums, wearing aligners long enough each day, and following our team’s instructions will keep you on track.
  • Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed before starting treatment?
    • Treatment does not require you to remove your wisdom teeth. However, there are some circumstances in which it is necessary or recommended for the best results. At your appointment, we will assess your unique smile needs and let you know your next treatment steps.

We hope this background information helps you prepare for your first orthodontic appointment! Ready to tackle braces head-on? Meet our team and learn about your options with a complimentary consultation. October is National Orthodontic Health Month—there’s no better time to start your journey! Schedule an appointment by calling our office or clicking on our Virtual Consultation button.

Easy Touch-Ups With Smile Envy 3D

September 24th, 2021

Life is full of moments worth celebrating. So, make sure the next time you break into a smile, it’s a smile you love! Even after getting treatment as teens or children, adults often find their smiles will shift with time. This can happen if former orthodontic patients forget to wear their retainer or as people age and the jawbones, teeth, and bite naturally change.

You might not think to go to an orthodontist for a slight misalignment—especially if you don’t want the look, cost, and time commitment of braces. Luckily, our office has created the perfect option for you! With Smile Envy 3D, we can deliver fantastic results more affordably, discreetly, and quickly than other treatment options.

What is Smile Envy 3D?

Our office is committed to constantly learning and integrating the best technologies for comfortable, hassle-free results. This approach is how Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price first designed the Smile Envy 3D treatment. This clear aligner service is custom printed in the office and personalized for your smile needs. Suitable for patients with minor orthodontic concerns, it is ideal for those who want a quick touch-up rather than a full orthodontic treatment.

How Smile Envy 3D Works

During your complimentary first exam, we will use our onsite 3D scanner to take a closer look at your teeth—without needing to use dreaded gooey trays. Using the information from your scan, we will get to work designing your custom treatment plan to help your smile shine. With our Smile Envy 3D lab, we can print your clear aligners in the office for a fast turnaround—from your first appointment to launching your treatment. We will continue to work with you to monitor your progress and make sure that you stay on track for the smile of your dreams!


Clear aligners have long been the favorite option for those who want to straighten their teeth—without the extra lifestyle changes that braces bring. Perfectly crafted for your needs, Smile Envy 3D clear aligners are practically invisible, allowing you to take care of your orthodontic health discreetly. Beyond aesthetics, clear aligners are easier to take care of than braces. Pop your trays out at mealtimes and enjoy whatever you’re craving. Just make sure to brush your teeth before sliding them back in and you are good to go!

It can be hard to squeeze in orthodontic treatment between all your other commitments. But with Smile Envy 3D, you can enjoy fewer appointments in the office, saving you time. Treatment with clear aligners is efficient and effective. With an orthodontic touch-up via Smile Envy 3D, you’ll enjoy your results in no time at all!

Touch-Up Your Smile 

Revamp your smile on your schedule. Book an appointment with our experts by calling 614.855.8800 or click our Virtual Consultation tab to enjoy a complimentary first consultation from the comfort of your home. We’ll work by your side to create a smile that will last a lifetime!

Importance of a Healthy Bite

August 27th, 2021

When you think of oral health, you probably think about brushing your teeth, flossing, or having a straight smile. But you may be forgetting something important: having a healthy bite. When it comes to your smile and oral health, your bite is crucial. Read more below!

What is a Healthy Bite?

When your orthodontist talks to you about your bite, they are referring to the way that your upper and lower teeth fit together. For a healthy bite, your upper teeth should be just in front of your bottom teeth with your top and bottom molars fitting comfortably against each other. Your mouth’s dental arch (the curve of your teeth along your mouth) should form a “U” shape. When your teeth do not fit correctly and your bite is not properly aligned into this shape, it is called a malocclusion.

Common Bite Complications

Your bite is complicated. It involves bones, teeth, gums, and muscles that all work together to allow you to eat, drink, talk, and smile. Crooked teeth can be a cause and a symptom of bite problems. However, beneath the surface, your bite can also be impacted by the structure and length of your jaw bones. There are three main types of malocclusions, each of which is identified by how the upper and lower jaws and teeth are positioned.

These three varieties include:

  • Class 1: Your upper teeth slightly overlap your lower teeth. This is normal.
  • Class 2: Your upper jaw and upper teeth severely overlap the lower jaw and teeth (overbite)
  • Class 3: Your lower teeth and jaw heavily overlap the upper teeth and jaw (underbite)

Each of these forms of malocclusion can lead to a number of complications, depending on their severity. For instance, an underbite can make chewing and biting more challenging. It can also lead to the development of a TMJD (temporomandibular joint disorder), which causes pain in your jaw joint. On the other hand, an overbite may put front teeth at risk for injury, while a crossbite may reduce your ability to chew properly.

Overall, misaligned bites can negatively impact your quality of life, causing:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Headaches 
  • Speech difficulties
  • Jaw pain
  • Abnormal appearance 
  • Tooth crowding
  • Difficulty chewing

Achieving a Healthy Bite

While teeth are one of the most visible aspects of your smile, having a healthy bite allows your teeth to function properly. Correcting a malocclusion can prevent crowding, gum disease, and tooth wear problems in the future while also improving jaw problems such as TMJD. By using braces, clear aligners, and other appliances, Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price will be able to help improve your bite, reduce uncomfortable symptoms, and prevent future problems.

Have concerns about your bite? Our experts are ready to help talk you through your treatment options. Schedule a free consultation to get your bite into shape!

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