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Delicious and Braces-Friendly Thanksgiving Recommendations  

November 14th, 2019

Here at James T. Hutta Orthodontics, we want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving! We hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy some quality time with your friends and family, and also eat some delicious food! If your child has braces, you might be worried about prepping a meal that will be safe for them to consume. Luckily, with plenty of delicious braces-friendly foods, you won’t have to leave anyone out of the Thanksgiving Day feast. Here are some safe-to-eat holiday classics recommended by Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price:

  • Sweet potato casserole: Everyone loves this classic holiday dish smothered with brown sugar, or perhaps even marshmallows! Because it’s so soft, this casserole is perfectly safe to consume with braces. Feel free to let your child indulge in this sweet treat—just make sure they brush and floss afterward.
  • Mac and cheese: Another delicious and soft food, mac and cheese is a great addition to your braces-friendly Thanksgiving feast.
  • Stuffing: A holiday classic, stuffing is great for a child with braces. Just be sure to leave out any walnuts or pecans this year. Biting into one of those crunchy nuts could damage your child’s brackets or wires.
  • Turkey and ham: As long as turkey and ham are removed from the bone and cut into small, bite-sized pieces, these tender and juicy meats should be perfectly fine to consume with braces.
  • Mashed potatoes: Another indulgent Thanksgiving dish, soft and delicious mashed potatoes won’t cause any damage to your child’s orthodontic appliances. So, bring on the gravy!
  • Pie filling: Just because your child has braces doesn’t mean they’ll have to miss out on everyone’s favorite part of Thanksgiving—dessert! Although they’re better off avoiding the crispy crusts, they can still enjoy the sweet filling of pumpkin pie.

As with any meal, it’s important that your child brushes and flosses after finishing up at the Thanksgiving table. If you’re going to be eating at a friend or relative’s house, remind them to pack a travel toothbrush. No one wants to have leftovers caught in their brackets and wires!

If you have any questions or concerns about cooking for the upcoming holiday, give our office a call. And from all of us here, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

Don’t Get Tricked! How to Enjoy a Halloween Treat Without Harming Your Braces

October 1st, 2019

Just because your child is undergoing an orthodontic treatment, doesn’t mean they should have to miss out on the fun of Halloween! However, it’s important to be cautious during this festive season—Halloween candy can cause spooky damage to the wires and brackets of your child’s braces. Here are Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price’s best tips for keeping braces safe and happy this Halloween season:

  1. Bring a water bottle when you go trick or treating. Staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to flush leftover candy debris from the teeth and braces, keeping your mouth healthy and fresh.
  2. Avoid chewy candy (i.e. Milk Duds, Tootsie Rolls, Laffy Taffy) and hard candy (i.e. Jolly Ranchers, Life Savers, Lemon Heads) at all costs. These are our top offenders when it comes to Halloween-related braces damage! If a child bites down on a hard candy at the wrong angle, it can easily bend the wires or break brackets. And the sticky consistency of chewy candies often results in bent wires or brackets pulled off of the teeth. Best to steer clear of these options in your candy bag!
  3. Enjoy some braces-safe treats. You can still allow your child to indulge this Halloween! Soft chocolate candies (Hershey’s bars, Kisses, or 3 Musketeers) are completely safe to consume while you have braces! Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are also a safe bet. If your child doesn’t like chocolate, offer to bake some soft sugar cookies or have some ice cream on hand at home so they’ll have a braces-safe treat to enjoy in place of damaging candies.
  4. Make sure your child brushes and flosses as soon as they get home. This is particularly important when your child has braces since particles of candy tend to stick and hide between brackets and wires. However, by brushing and flossing as soon as possible, they can minimize the damage to their oral health.
  5. Donate your leftover candy. If your child has braces, they’ll likely accumulate lots of candy that won’t be safe for their teeth. Look into donating this candy to an organization like Operation Gratitude—a nonprofit that sends candy care packages to our troops overseas. This is a great way to give back and get your child involved in a charitable action!

Here at James T. Hutta Orthodontics, we wish you a Happy Halloween! If you have any questions or concerns, please give our office a call.

5 After-School Snacks That Won’t Damage Braces

September 9th, 2019

It’s hard to believe it’s already September! We’ve officially passed Labor Day, so it’s time to put away those white pants and get back into the swing of the school year. One of the most important things you can do to ensure your child’s success this academic year is to provide them with healthy and nutritious meals and snacks! Food nourishes us physically and mentally, and it helps your child focus and learn in the classroom. However, if your child has braces, it might seem difficult to find foods that are both nutritious and safe for their braces. That’s why Drs. Hutta and Price have compiled a great list of braces-friendly after-school snacks to fuel your child through all their homework and extracurricular activities!

1. Bananas and peanut butter

Bananas are soft enough to bite into with braces, and the addition of peanut butter packs in that protein punch to help your child power through their busy schedule.

2. Yogurt

Delicious yogurt won’t cause any damage to the wire or brackets of your braces. Additionally, yogurt is rich in calcium, which can help strengthen your child’s teeth. Best of all, yogurt comes in convenient, portable packaging—great for a kid who is on the go!

3. Lunch meat slices

Although your child shouldn’t be biting into steak or chicken legs during their orthodontic treatment, that’s no reason to miss out on protein-filled meat. Let your child snack on some thin slices of chicken, turkey, or ham from the deli. They’ll still be able to absorb all that protein without risking damage to their braces!

4. Smoothies

Smoothies are a nice, refreshing treat for those September days when it still feels like summer outside! Throw some fresh or frozen fruit, veggies, and yogurt into the blender to make a delicious, nutritious, and drinkable snack for your child with braces. Just be careful with seeded fruits like raspberries—those seeds could easily get caught in braces.

5. Applesauce

Applesauce is a great treat for a child with braces! It’s easy to eat and is a tasty alternative to sugary sweet pudding cups (which might leave your child crashing too quickly). Always check to make sure your applesauce isn’t full of added sugar, which provides an environment for bad bacteria to thrive in the mouth.

We hope you’re enjoying the school year. If you have any questions or are looking for more snack suggestions, give our office a call today!

Braces vs. Clear Aligners: A Quick Comparison

August 5th, 2019

Orthodontic technology is always evolving as we work to find the most advanced and effective ways to align your teeth. With new options and technologies, there are so many different ways to improve the function and appearance of your smile, so the choices might seem a little overwhelming. Luckily, Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price will select which treatment option is best for you, creating a treatment plan based on your teeth alignment and smile goals.

We’ve broken down some of the key differences between traditional braces and clear aligners—the two most popular types of orthodontic treatment.

Visibility 

Clear aligners are thin, plastic-like trays custom-fitted to your teeth, so they are virtually invisible. This is a more discreet orthodontic option; however, many people have fun picking out the colored bands for their braces treatment! Clear braces are also available if you are looking for a less noticeable option.

Removability 

Clear aligners are removable—you take them out to eat and brush—while braces are fixed to the teeth. The removability of aligners is nice when a special occasion arises, but one must be disciplined when undergoing aligner therapy as 22 hours of wear each day are required for a successful and timely treatment. In contrast, braces are not removable, which makes them ideal for an individual who wants a less compliance-driven option.

Hygiene

Taking aligners out to brush and floss makes your hygiene routine a lot simpler with clear aligner therapy; however, you are not exempt from the risk of tooth decay with clear aligners. Since these aligners cover the teeth, bacteria and plaque can become trapped between the tray and teeth, particularly if you consistently consume sugary beverages or snacks while wearing your clear aligners. Brackets and wires on braces can make it more difficult to properly clean the teeth. However, it’s simple once you get the hang of it. Either way, all orthodontic treatments require a good oral hygiene routine for the entirety of the treatment.

Timeline

If you wear your clear aligners exactly as prescribed, this treatment can typically be as efficient, if not more efficient, than treatment with braces. However, if you are not wearing your aligners for the recommended number of hours per day, it will delay your final outcome. The efficiency of treatment with braces relies more heavily on good oral hygiene and making sure to not break your appliances.

On the journey to your best smile, Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price will examine all aspects of your teeth, smile, and bite, and provide the very best treatment option possible. Sometimes that means braces, clear aligners, like Invisalign® or Smile Envy 3D, or a combination of the two treatments. If you want to discuss these options further, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price today at 614-855-8800 or click our Virtual Consultation button to connect with our experts in the comfort of your own home. We can’t wait to help you transform your smile and your confidence!

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