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When is a Good Age for Braces?

May 7th, 2021

In the past, braces have been associated with teenage years. However, a trip to the orthodontist is suitable for people of all ages—whether you are a 7-year-old child or a 70-year-old patient! Today, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about orthodontic treatment based on your age.

What is the best age for braces?

Teeth, jaws, and bites can be improved at any age. And there are clear benefits for doing so—no matter how old or young you are. Some of these benefits are…

- To improve dental health

- To reduce pain or discomfort

- To help with teeth function, like speaking or chewing

- To boost confidence

- To optimally position each tooth and your bite

While everyone at every age can benefit from a trip to the orthodontist, if you have a child, we do recommend bringing them in early.

Teeth over time

Over time, the teeth and jaw undergo changes—for children and adults. For a child, these changes include transitioning from baby to adult teeth and completing jaw growth. Without intervention, teeth may become crowded, misaligned, or uncomfortable. Getting braces or appliances as a child can promote a lifetime of better dental health and prevent many of these problems from arising.

If you are an older age and have never visited an orthodontist, choosing braces or aligners also can prevent future issues. For adults, the jawbones continue to narrow with age. This can cause teeth to migrate and become more crowded or misaligned, leading to poor dental hygiene, discomfort, and issues with the bite.

Getting treatment as a child

Wondering when to bring in your child? According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the best age for a child to visit the orthodontist is 7. This may seem young to some parents. However, orthodontic care has evolved tremendously in recent years, allowing an orthodontist to intervene preventatively for your child’s comfort and dental health.

Even if your pediatric dentist does not notice a problem with your child’s teeth or bite yet, it is still a good idea to book an appointment with an orthodontist. At that age, an orthodontist has the extensive training to spot problems and even prevent some from developing. We offer a complimentary program called Growin’ Grinz in our office, where we monitor your child’s dental development and provide checkups. Your child will love Growin’ Grinz’s free events and swag bags; you’ll love knowing that their teeth, jaw, and dental hygiene are set up for success!

Interceptive orthodontic treatment

With advanced imaging and thorough, comprehensive care, Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price can identify potential problems before they worsen or develop. If your child is a good candidate, interceptive treatment may be an option. While kids are still growing, we can help influence jaw, palatal, and facial growth to set up your child for success. Using appliances like braces or palatal expanders, an expert orthodontist can expand the dental arch, improve the airway, prevent adult teeth from crowding, and reduce the chances that your child will need extractions.

Teenagers and braces

Teenagers want a gorgeous, healthy smile—without treatment slowing them down or standing out on their teeth. In the hands of our expert orthodontists, braces are less noticeable and work more efficiently and comfortably. Depending on the needs of your teen child, clear aligners may be an option.

Invisalign® for teenagers

In the age of social media and selfies, your teen may be self-conscious about braces. For teens who want the most discreet transformation, Invisalign may be right for them. These trays fit perfectly to teeth and gradually transform smiles—tray by tray. However, since they are removable, they do require extra compliance.

Because life is busy, if teens begin to get noncompliant with their aligner wear time, we intervene—before it negatively impacts their teeth. Invisalign for teens comes with blue indicators to help us monitor their progress. As long as your child wears their aligners for 20 or more hours a day, those indicators will fade away. This allows Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price to see how well your teenager is doing with compliance and help them get back on track if needed.

Orthodontic care at an older age

Whether you have never been to an orthodontist before or if you didn’t wear your retainer as a child, it is never too late to seek an orthodontist’s help. Aligned teeth and bites aren’t just cosmetic concerns; they also impact your dental health and overall wellness. For instance, teeth that are crooked may be more difficult to clean, while a misaligned jaw can lead to painful TMJ problems.

Traditional braces aren’t an option

In our office, you won’t get the clunky, painful traditional braces of the past. These days, adults have more—and better—options than ever before! If you had braces years ago as a child, you’ll be thrilled with Dr. Hutta’s and Dr. Price’s modern techniques and technologies.

Our orthodontists use Damon self-ligating technology and create custom-fitted parts with Insignia software to ensure you have a one-of-a-kind transformation at any age. These braces are more efficient, comfortable, and discreet than braces of the past. They even come in clear! In addition, our experts can also use Invisalign or Smile Envy 3D aligners to improve dental hygiene, align teeth, and provide a cosmetic boost. Since they are removable, both options are free from the small lifestyle changes that come with braces.

After evaluating your needs, dental health, and aesthetic goals, Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price will create the perfect plan for you, whether it involves aligners or braces. To help us do our job, be open, honest, and communicative with your orthodontist. We are here to support you and your goals—without any judgment!

Smile rules for every age 

Whether you receive braces as a child or as an adult, there are still several rules that apply to every patient. Firstly, set realistic goals. Braces or aligners will absolutely transform your health and aesthetics—but they cannot whiten teeth, change the shape of your teeth, or fix certain cosmetic issues, like chipping. Those are cosmetic dentistry concerns for general dentists. If you are a parent who wants to get braces, don’t expect your plan to be like your child’s—children and adults may have different treatment options. Besides, no two plans are ever identical!

Next, you will need to follow Dr. Hutta’s and Dr. Price’s instructions during every step of your journey. Braces and aligners require compliance to move teeth precisely and healthily. This includes wearing your retainer and avoiding certain foods. No matter your age, maintaining dental hygiene is key for an efficient, cavity-free treatment. If your child has braces, be their biggest cheerleader. Choose braces- and child-friendly foods at home, book them dental appointments and check-ins with their orthodontist, and give them the encouragement they need to succeed.

No matter your age—take a trip to the orthodontist!

Ready to transform your confidence, teeth, and health with braces or aligners? Get started today by calling our team to set up your complimentary consultation for yourself or your child. By choosing an expert orthodontist, like Dr. Hutta or Dr. Price, you can set up your healthiest future!

Not ready for the office? Get your virtual consult

Interested in improving your health—but too busy with kids, work, or school to book that appointment? For your convenience, we offer virtual consults. Just visit our website, select virtual consult, and take a few pictures of your teeth and bite. We’ll ask for your preferences and goals. Then, we’ll devise the perfect braces or aligner treatment plan for you. After we’ve customized your treatment, we’ll contact you to review the plan with one of our expert orthodontists. There are never any strings attached!

April Fools! Busting Braces Myths

April 8th, 2021

Beginning orthodontic treatment can be a big change in your life. You may even be researching how to prepare yourself for this journey. If you are getting ready to transform your smile, don’t believe everything you read! We’re breaking down popular braces and aligner myths so you won’t get fooled this April or beyond.

Myth 1: I can’t play contact sports with braces.

This is a common misconception based on the belief that braces and sports can lead to dental injuries. While not wearing oral protection with braces is very dangerous, if you wear a mouthguard while playing contact sports, you can enjoy sports and a safe smile. If you need help finding a mouthguard that works with your braces, talk to our team!

Myth 2: Braces make it hard to eat good food.

The range of foods you can eat with braces is slightly limited. But, you’d be surprised how many of your favorite items are braces friendly! During treatment, do avoid sticky foods, as these can pull and bend wires, and hard foods that may pop off a bracket. These rules also apply to candies. With a recent visit from the Easter Bunny, be sure to avoid PEEPS® or lollipops. But feel free to say “yes” to that chocolate bunny!

Myth 3: I’m too old for orthodontics.

There is no one who is too old to get orthodontic treatment! Treatment is just as effective for adults as it is for children. If you choose braces or aligners as an adult, you will enjoy many benefits—everything from an improved bite and a more aesthetic smile to reduced TMJ dysfunction and easier-to-maintain oral hygiene. No matter your age, Drs. Hutta and Price can deliver confidence and health through expert orthodontic care.

Myth 4: Braces and aligners are very painful.

These days, orthodontic treatment is more comfortable than ever! While you may feel minor soreness or pressure at first, treatment will eventually feel so natural that you will forget you are wearing braces or aligners at all.

Myth 5: I will get a cavity if I have braces.

Having braces adds extra nooks, crannies, and hard-to-clean areas. However, with proper at-home oral hygiene habits, good brushing techniques, and excellent flossing, you can keep your smile healthy. For extra protection, make sure you regularly visit your dentist for thorough cleanings. As long as you follow our team’s instructions, you can enjoy a healthy and cavity-free smile transformation.

With these myths busted, we hope you are excited about your orthodontic journey. Braces are a life change, but they are so worth it! And remember, if you have any questions about your braces, contact our team for all the information you need. Following inaccurate advice can lead to damage, tooth problems, and extra visits to your orthodontist or dentist. Better safe than sorry!

Celebrating the Dental Innovation, Invisalign®!

March 5th, 2021

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March 6 marks Dentist’s Day, a time to show appreciation for dentists, dental innovations, and the ever-evolving field of dentistry! One advanced treatment tool we are grateful to use in our practice is Invisalign, a discreet and convenient way to transform your smile with clear aligners. Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price have treated over 2,000 patients with Invisalign and are proud to be in the top 1% of Invisalign providers worldwide. Read on as we break down everything you need to know about Invisalign for Dentist’s Day!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an advanced aligner system that is used by Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price as an alternative to traditional braces. Orthodontists have transformed millions of smiles using the Invisalign system over the last 20 years. This orthodontic treatment involves wearing nearly invisible aligners that are custom-made for you. These aligners have the same effect as braces—though they are more discreet and don’t have any food restrictions since you can easily remove them.

Likewise, you do not have to make any big changes to your current dental hygiene routine. Just brush and floss after eating anything, then put those aligners back in! By guiding teeth into their proper alignment tray by tray, Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price deliver a healthy, beautiful smile that boosts confidence and dental health.

How does Invisalign work?

Undergoing Invisalign treatment with Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price is comfortable and convenient. First, we evaluate your jaw and tooth position and find out what the problem is. Next, Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price prescribe a treatment for you which may include the use of Invisalign aligners. We digitally scan your teeth using state-of-the-art 3D scanners and create a series of aligners designed specifically for you. Then, we ask you to do your part! Wear your aligners for 20 hours or more a day and switch them out after every week or two. These aligners slowly but surely move your teeth into their right places, ending with you having perfectly aligned teeth and a beautiful smile.

Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price are also certified Invisalign Teen providers. Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price are prescribing Invisalign treatment to teens more than ever. Teens are becoming more conscious about their looks and appreciate a clear option during treatment as well. They love the increased comfort, lack of food restrictions, and more aesthetically pleasing look.

Getting your healthiest, happiest smile

If you are looking for a reason to be grateful this Dentist’s Day, look no further than the advanced treatment by Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price using Invisalign! Fortunately, even if Invisalign is not prescribed to you, we are proud to offer the best treatments available, including smile makeovers with Smile Envy 3D aligners and Damon Braces.

To learn more about our technology and treatments, visit our website, or call us today at (614) 855-8800.

Baby Teeth and Braces: Benefits of Early Intervention

February 26th, 2021

Did you know that today is Tooth Fairy Day? At Hutta & Price Orthodontics, we love the Tooth Fairy! When she first arrives in your child’s life, it may be time for our team to intervene. While the Tooth Fairy takes care of baby teeth, our orthodontists can help care for baby teeth and permanent teeth. Read on for more about early intervention and why it matters this Tooth Fairy Day!

What to expect when baby teeth fall out

Around the age of six or seven, children start losing baby teeth in the front of their mouth. After the front eight adult teeth come in along with the 6-year-old molars, your child will take a break from losing teeth. Around 10 or 11 years old, your child will start losing baby teeth again (another 12) until all their adult teeth have fully erupted. Patterns of baby tooth loss will vary from person to person. However, this transition generally takes around six years—excluding the four wisdom teeth that develop in the late teens or early adulthood. As the larger and more numerous adult teeth come in, many kids experience issues like crowding, misalignment, and poor/disrupted jaw growth and bite.

Many assume that you must wait until all adult teeth erupt before orthodontic treatment comes into play. However, while teen and adult braces are common and very effective, orthodontists can actually intervene far earlier.

What is early intervention?

So, when can kids begin using braces? There is no set time, but children should visit the orthodontist during the transition from baby to adult teeth—at around seven years old. At that point, our specialists will be able to detect many issues in their early stages, like an improper bite or crowding. Not all baby teeth need to be gone before beginning orthodontic treatment!

In fact, seeking early intervention can save you money while ensuring a more comfortable treatment for your child. It may even help limit the chances that your child will need tooth extractions or surgeries. By influencing your child’s facial growth and development, we can treat issues before they become more serious, intensive, and costly. For instance, we can prevent some issues, like crowding, from ever arising. If we notice a narrow dental arch/upper jaw, we may use a palate expander to make room for adult teeth and redirect the growth of the jaw. These orthodontic devices expand the patient’s jaw, creating space for teeth as they erupt, improving the size of a child’s airway, and forming the basis of a wide, aligned, and healthy smile.

Book an early intervention appointment today!

The Tooth Fairy and our team love nothing more than seeing kids take care of their baby and adult teeth! If your child is beginning to get visits from the Tooth Fairy, it may be time to come see us. Book your appointment today and help us set up your child for their healthiest, happiest smile.

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