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Get Your SmileSnap Virtual Consultation

June 26th, 2019

At James T. Hutta Orthodontics, we know that life is busy! That’s why we’re so excited to launch SmileSnap, a virtual consultation service on our website that can be completed from the convenience of your own home. If you are considering transforming your smile with orthodontics, you know that finding time to research treatment options and schedule appointments can be difficult. With SmileSnap, you will receive the customized feedback you deserve without taking time out of your busy schedule. Simply fill out the SmileSnap questionnaire and upload several photos of your teeth. Then, we’ll send you an orthodontic treatment plan tailored to your needs and preferences, so you can learn about your potential smile transformation—no strings attached!

The SmileSnap Process

Step 1:

When you enter our SmileSnap virtual consultation, you’ll be guided through a short questionnaire that asks for your basic information and overall smile goals. By ranking important financial and care considerations, describing your smile needs, and telling us your treatment preferences, we’ll gather all the information we need to create your customized treatment plan.

Step 2:

Next, you’ll upload several pictures of your teeth and bite for our experts to evaluate, following SmileSnap’s easy instructions. You can take these photos yourself, either with a phone or a computer webcam—whatever is easiest for you! The various angles needed are simple to capture, and SmileSnap has helpful videos for anyone who may need extra guidance. Once your photos are uploaded, your part of the virtual consultation is complete. All you have to do is wait for our feedback!

Step 3:

Our orthodontists will examine your pictures, treatment preferences, and information from the virtual consultation to devise the perfect smile treatment plan for you. Then, we’ll email or text you our treatment recommendation—complete with pricing, estimated treatment length, and more. With this information in mind, you can make a fully informed decision regarding the next steps of your potential smile transformation journey!

Ready to try SmileSnap?

Click the virtual consultation widget above to receive all the benefits of a traditional consultation—but, conveniently, at home! And if you love your SmileSnap consultation results, call us at 614-855-8800 to schedule an appointment and make your virtual treatment plan a reality.

Tips for Rocking Your Selfie with Braces

June 18th, 2019

June 21 is National Selfie Day! It’s the perfect occasion to snap a picture and share your beautiful smile with friends and family on social media. Although many people with braces feel self-conscious about their smile, you shouldn’t let this hold you back from snapping a selfie! There’s no need to be embarrassed about braces, and you can still look great in a photo without hiding your pearly whites.

Here at James T. Hutta Orthodontics, we have some tips for rocking your braces this National Selfie Day:

  • Practice good oral hygiene. You want your selfie to capture your smile—not the leftover food caught in the wires of your braces. Make sure to brush and floss carefully before taking photos so that your teeth look clean and bright.
  • Take care of your lips. Dry lips can catch on your braces and tear at the skin. When you have braces, it’s especially important to apply lip balm regularly. Your moisturized lips will look so much better in a photo!
  • Have fun with color. When choosing a color for your elastic bands, you have the opportunity to treat your braces like an accessory! Instead of trying to downplay your braces, highlight them with your favorite color. These bands come in pretty much every color of the rainbow, so have some fun playing around with various shades! You could coordinate your braces to a particular outfit, match your eye color, or change out the colors seasonally for different holidays.
  • Don’t use flash. Flash can reflect off the metal of your braces and potentially ruin your photo. Instead of using flash, you should try to find a natural light source for your selfie.
  • Play around with makeup. When prepping for your selfie, try out different shades of lipstick to see what looks the best with your band color. If you’re still hoping to detract attention from your mouth, you could also try out a bold eyeliner or eyeshadow look.
  • Own it! Nothing makes a smile look better than confidence. You won’t have braces forever, so you might as well have some fun, smile wide, and rock that selfie.

Is it about time to get those elastic bands replaced (and maybe trade them in for a new color)? Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!

Protect Your Braces During National Candy Month

June 3rd, 2019

June is National Candy Month—every orthodontist’s worst nightmare! Candy can wreak havoc on your oral health, whether or not you have braces. The high sugar content fuels bacteria growth in your mouth, producing the acids that dissolve tooth enamel, cause tooth decay, and create cavities if left unchecked. Add in the brackets, bands, and wires of an orthodontic treatment, and you can be in for a real mess!

Since cutting out sugar entirely isn’t a realistic option for most, we have helpful tips about how your child can get their sugar fix while keeping their braces and teeth healthy:

1) Avoid certain types of candy. Not all sweets are created equal—certain types of candy can be much more damaging to teeth with braces. Here are the top three types of candy that you should try to avoid during this National Candy Month:

  • Hard candy (i.e. Jolly Ranchers, Life Savers, Lemon Heads): If bitten or chewed, hard candy can easily bend the wires or break the brackets of braces. This can be very costly to repair and can get in the way of orthodontic treatment. Furthermore, small particles of hard candy often get stuck between the wires and bands, which can cause tooth decay and cavities.
  • Chewy candy (i.e. Milk Duds, Tootsie Rolls, Laffy Taffy): The sticky consistency of these candies often results in distorted wires or ripped off brackets. Additionally, these types of candies tend to stick to the teeth—particularly between wires and brackets, dissolving the tooth enamel over time.
  • Small candies (i.e. M&Ms, Skittles, Nerds): While these small candies may seem harmless, they are a leading cause of damage to braces. As a result of their size, these candies tend to get under the wire and pop off a bracket when you bite down, especially when consumed in handfuls. It’s better to steer clear of these candies altogether.

2) Brush and floss immediately after consuming sugar. Though it might be difficult to cut out sugar completely, you can take precautions to make sure that your sugar intake doesn’t harm your teeth. This is particularly important when you have braces, since particles of candy tend to stick and hide between your brackets and wires. However, by brushing and flossing immediately after consuming a sweet treat, you can minimize this damage on your oral health. It’s a great idea to keep a travel toothbrush and package of dental floss to use on the go!

3) Choose your candy wisely. As an alternative to the aforementioned candies, you should opt for a soft chocolate—preferably a dark chocolate that is low in sugar content—or a peanut butter cup that will pack in some protein alongside the sugar. A homemade baked goodie can also be a good alternative to candy. Since these desserts are soft, they are unlikely to cause damage to braces.

Like everything else in life, it’s important to consume candy in moderation. Alongside good oral hygiene habits, soft alternatives to candy are unlikely to cause damage to your child’s oral or orthodontic well-being. Keeping these tips in mind, you’re equipped to help your child make smarter choices when they indulge this National Candy Month.

Enjoying National Barbecue Month with Braces

May 14th, 2019

May is National Barbecue Month, and while we all love enjoying food right off the grill, for patients with braces, barbecued foods can often pose a risk to orthodontic work. We’ve compiled our top tips and recipes to help you enjoy the barbecue season—without damaging your braces!

Barbecued Foods to Avoid

From corn on the cob, to short ribs, to chicken, and more, many barbecue dishes should be avoided entirely to minimize their risk to braces. Because bones in meat can dislodge brackets or bend wires, options like chicken wings or ribs should be avoided. And while corn on the cob is a delicious staple at many barbecues, pulling corn off the cob with your teeth threatens braces. Additionally, stringy meats, like pulled pork, can easily get caught in wires and brackets, so avoid them if possible.

Though there are several barbecue guidelines that patients with braces should follow, you can still enjoy freshly grilled meat and corn. As long as you remove meat from the bone or take corn off the cob, you can still eat both of these staples.

Barbecued Foods to Enjoy

There are plenty of barbecue classics that patients with braces can enjoy—without any modifications! For example, sides like potato salad, fruit salad, beans, and mac-and-cheese all are safe, soft foods for braces. Here are some additional recipes to help you create the perfect, braces-friendly barbecue.

Beef Brisket- This classic is packed with flavor—it’s sure to impress as a delicious main course. Remember, tomato sauce and barbecue sauce have the potential to stain teeth and braces, so if you’re wearing clear braces, don’t forget to clean your teeth after eating to avoid discoloration.

Shrimp Kabobs- If you’re looking for a protein-packed side, grilled shrimp may be perfect for you. Be careful with kabobs, however. Eating shrimp off the kabob could harm braces, so take food off your skewer before enjoying.

Grilled PineappleLooking for a grilled dessert? Try grilled fruit! Although this dish contains only natural sugars, all sugar can lead to tooth decay. Because braces can make regular dental care more difficult, be sure to clean teeth thoroughly after eating to remove lingering food particles and bacteria.

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